Wednesday, October 2
11am-12pm: HOW TO PREPARE A LITERATURE REVIEW

Literature reviews are completed for many purposes: papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will explain and show you resources and steps for developing, managing, and completing literature reviews.

12:30-1:30pm: RESUMES, CVs, AND COVER LETTERS

This session conducted by Career Exploration and Development will focus on writing Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters. Learn how to gauge when each document is appropriate and how to get the attention of the reader.   Free online as well as in-person resources will be discussed.

2-3pm: STATISTICAL CONSULTING AND RESEARCH SOFTWARE SUPPORT

This session will describe what software and services are available to graduate students working on their dissertation or thesis, and how graduate students can access or obtain research software for their personal computers (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R). University Libraries will talk about the library's statistical consulting program, which offers free statistical consulting to Kent State faculty, staff, and student researchers.


Thursday, October 3

11am-12pm: MANAGING YOUR RESEARCH WITH ZOTERO, ENDNOTE, AND MENDELEY

This workshop will show three of the most popular systems out there; Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley.  See how they capture references or full-text articles (pdfs) from databases, generate bibliographies quickly, and work within Word as you write. Laptop not needed, but bring it if you already use the Flashzone-WPA on campus.

12:30-1:30pm: THREE MINUTE THESIS: TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING YOUR RESEARCH

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) research competition is hosted in October at Kent State.  The competition helps graduate students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills by crafting a presentation that explains their research in an engaging and concise manner.  Graduate students are given just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide as tools to explain their research. This workshop will explain more about the competition and provide tips for creating a successful 3MT presentation from students who have won awards at the competition previously. All graduate students are eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes of up to $500.  Learn more about Three Minute Thesis.

2-3pm: NETWORKING: IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK:

Networking is the process of collecting and evaluating a list of contacts and developing a professional relationship with them. A majority of positions are found via word of mouth and networking helps build solid foundations to these relationships. It is important to remember that only about 3.5 percent of employment postings ever make it to job boards. This Career Exploration and Development workshop will discuss how to network, both in-person, and online


Friday, October 4

11am-12pm: RESEARCH ETHICS AND THE IRB

This workshop will cover research ethics and will provide you with information about the IRB submission and review processes at Kent State.  Topics include an overview of the IRB process, how to develop an informed consent document, and common submission mistakes.

12:30-1:30pm: RESPECTING OUR DIFFERENCES: HOW TO FACILITATE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

Our classrooms are communities made of individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives.  Creating and maintaining a classroom community where these differences are respected is challenging, particularly when talking about controversial subjects.  This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical guidance on:  setting a positive tone, learning from “hot” moments, and specific exercises to use when teaching controversial topics.

2-3pm: SEARCHING FOR GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 

A critical first step in obtaining research or project funding is finding the right grant opportunities. This session focuses on how to do so using COS Pivot, a funding opportunity database that is freely available to Kent State students, faculty, and staff. The session also provides information about KSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and how it assists students with grant application and management. Participants are encouraged to bring an Internet-capable device to set up a COS Pivot account and get hands-on experience.