We offer free workshops on relevant topics for undergraduate and graduate students, including seminars on procrastination, the writing process, oral presentation skills, and ESL topics. We also offer week-long dissertation camps each summer for doctoral students.
Writing an Abstract (for HUMA & SoSci) February 2020
Tuesday, February, 25, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm
This workshop is designed for graduate students who want help with writing an abstract for conference presentations/papers as well as journal articles. We will look at samples of successful abstracts, discuss the anatomy of a scholarly abstract, and learn how to use specific and targeted language. Participants also will have the opportunity to write and get feedback on their own abstract. Limited to 12 participants.Instructor: Vasudha Bharadwaj
Saying It and Slaying It: Stylish Academic Prose - March 2020
Monday, March, 02, 2020, 5:00-6:30 pm
Is your prose sluggish? Abstract? Vague? Just plain boring? Are you looking to engage your readers without sacrificing accuracy or clarity? Do you want to build confidence in your writing? Then this is the workshop for you. This workshop focuses on style — the subjective choices in form, tone, rhythm, and voicing that fundamentally affect the authority, poise, and effectiveness of a written work. Limited to 15 participants.Instructor: Mark Celeste
Undergraduate Writing Clinic - March 2020
Tuesday, March, 10, 2020, 5:00-6:30 pm
How do you get started on a tough assignment? How do you move from a general topic to a specific argument? How do you contextualize that argument in a way that makes it matter to your readers? How do you organize claims and sequence your paragraphs? How do you conclude an argument without sounding redundant? How do you make it all flow? How do you revise things to make it even better?
This writing clinic is designed to increase your ability to make a compelling argument in the most effective way. Join us for any or all of the topics to learn useful strategies for navigating the conventions of academic writing.Instructor: Andrew Klein
Managing Writer’s Block - Graduate Students Spring 2020
Thursday, March, 12, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am
This workshop aims to undo the myth of “writer’s block.” We will start with a discussion of why that blinking cursor or that blank page can be the biggest obstacle to our progress. Then, through a series of activities, we will develop some strategies for overcoming “writer’s block” that can help students produce their best work without the constant stress of looming deadlines.Instructor: Brittany Henry
Build Your English Vocabulary
Wednesday, February, 13, 2019, 12:30-2:00 pm
This workshop is designed for non-native English-speaking students—undergraduate and graduate—who are seeking to expand their academic vocabulary. Students will be introduced to tools and strategies that will help them understand and learn new words and phrases from a variety of sources—from emails and news sites, to assigned readings and reports. Additionally, students will discover tools to aid them as they learn how to use new vocabulary in appropriate contexts. Participants will learn to approach every encounter with English as an opportunity to expand their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete short assignments based on selected reading and writing samples and will be offered individual consultations. Limited to 15 participants.
Dates & times: Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 20, and 27; 12:30-2 PMInstructor: Elizabeth Cummins Munoz
Oral Presentation Skills
Tuesday, February, 19, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm
This series of 3 classes will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice the presentation skills most essential for academic and professional success. Students will learn practical techniques for designing, preparing and delivering an effective speech. In addition, students will learn to control nervousness and grow confidence. Each student will receive an individualized set of recommendations to help them become a better presenter and communicator. This workshop is targeted to graduate students, but advanced undergraduates are welcome. Limited to 15 participants
Dates & times: February 19, 26, March 5; 4-6 PMInstructor: Katerina Belik
Conference Poster Design
Wednesday, March, 20, 2019, 6:30-7:30 pm
This workshop will walk participants through the process of designing an informative and visually appealing conference poster. We will discuss how to create a layout that supports your research story, how to write informative section headings, and best practices for formatting text and visuals.
Tuesday, March, 26, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm
This workshop will cover basic guidelines for designing clear, readable, and visually appealing presentations. We will discuss how to set up a slide template, how to use text effectively, and how to find and/or create visuals that help you to communicate your message.