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Virtual Dissertation Camp 2021

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Virtual Dissertation Camps

This week-long, online camp will provide quiet writing time, individual support from trained communication consultants, short lessons from writing specialists, and wellness activities. To apply, students must be actively writing a PhD dissertation or thesis. Enrollment for each camp is limited to 10 students. All dissertation camps are scheduled as follows:

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Writing Appropriate and Successful Emails

Thursday, October, 14, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm

Students, especially graduate students, write many emails while in their program. They write to invite professors to serve on thesis/dissertation committees, to ask for extensions on papers, to research collaborators to ask a question about their project, or to introduce themselves to potential mentors or advisors. Designed for non-native English speaking graduate students, this workshop discusses the language necessary to craft a polite and yet effective email. It also covers basic email etiquette. Attendees are also encouraged to bring an electronic copy of one of their own emails that they have written in the past or that they need to compose soon.

Instructor: Kyung-Hee Bae

Delivering a successful research presentation: Slide design

Wednesday, October, 20, 2021, 5:30-7:00 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.

Instructor: Layla Seale

Delivering a successful research presentation: Delivery

Wednesday, October, 27, 2021, 5:30-7:00 pm

Giving a talk in person can be nerve-wracking, but it may feel equally stressful presenting remotely. In this workshop, students will learn techniques for giving effective oral presentations in different settings.  Along the way, we will discuss how to mitigate nervousness and build confidence in students’ ability to communicate and present information. This workshop is designed for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Instructor: Evan Choate

Writing an Abstract

Thursday, October, 28, 2021, 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 15 participants.

Instructor: Kyung-Hee Bae

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