Spring 2017 Workshops

Workshop Registration:

The university-developed REPORTER system allows you to register for workshops and tracks your workshop completion and attendance. Follow the links to add individual workshops to your cart, and be sure to checkout in order to confirm your registration.

Attention Teaching & Communication Certificate Participants:

Offerings associated with the Teaching and Communication Certificate program (formerly, the “Certificate of Achievement in Teaching” or “CoAT” program) are identified by an asterisk (*). If you have questions about the certificate program, then please email professional-development@ncsu.edu.

Communication Workshops

Date offered: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12pm in Talley Student Union 3210

This workshop introduces students to writing expectations in graduate school. We will cover important issues such as writing into a scholarly community, choosing an appropriate citation style, and much more.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
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Date offered: Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210

This workshop introduces students to expectations for graduate student writers. We will cover important issues such as writing into a scholarly community, choosing an appropriate citation style, and much more. Participants will be exposed to academic writing pedagogy in the United States as well as cultural variations in learning styles.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
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Dates offered:
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9am in Talley Student Union 3210
AND
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12pm in Talley Student Union 4280

The most successful writers understand that the key to success is making writing a daily habit. Learn how to develop good writing habits and “train” yourself to write on a daily basis — and successfully complete your writing project. Students will spend time writing and tasking out their writing project in this workshop.
Monday, February 6 Register Now
Tuesday, March 21 Register Now

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State

Date offered: ONLINE

Editing, proofreading, revising… is there really a difference between the three? YES! This workshop will help you understand each of these steps in the writing process and provide exercises that you can apply to your writing project. As you go through this workshop, there will be activities, handouts, videos, quizzes, and forums.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
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Dates offered:
Thursday, February 9 at 11:30am in Talley Student Union 4280
 AND
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10am in Talley Student Union 3210

Did you know that nearly every research article or dissertation introduction chapter follows the same 3-step model? In this workshop, you will learn about these three key things you need to do to write a successful introduction that is worthy of publication or will get your dissertation approved.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State
Thursday, February 9 Register Now
Monday, March 27 Register Now

Date offered: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210
AND
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10am in Talley Student Union 3210

This workshop introduces students to elements of research poster design. Learn what makes a strong poster, get tips from a past winner and judge, discuss how to plan your talk, and see examples of winning posters. This workshop also includes instruction in a basic poster design software program and NC State branding and time to begin working on your poster.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student, especially those presenting in the Graduate School Research Symposium
February 15 Register Now
March 1 Register Now

Date offered: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11am in Talley Student Union 3210

This workshop covers the elements of a research proposal. Students will be given time to work on key elements of the proposal, to talk about their ideas, and ask questions. Participants do not have to be currently working on a proposal. This workshop is beneficial for those who will need to write a proposal in the future.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State, including students who are currently writing a research proposal or plan on writing one in the future
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Date offered: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210

The discussion and conclusion are generally the most difficult part of the paper to write. What do your data mean? What have you learned? What have you contributed to the field? These important sections tell your audience why what you did was valuable and in what ways. This workshop will introduce students to the key concepts of the discussion and conclusion and will give them active writing time on these sections.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State writing these sections
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Date offered: ONLINE

Choosing an advisor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a graduate student. If you are interested in learning more about choosing the right advisor for you, approaching faculty members, and working with your advisor in a professional manner, this workshop is for you.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
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Dates offered:
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5pm in Witherspoon Student Center 201
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Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5pm in Talley Student Union 3210

There are several opportunities for public speaking in graduate school This can be a cause of anxiety for many graduate students. Many high-achieving scholars face performance anxiety and the fear of being a “fraud” or “impostor.” This workshop, led by Shivani Chudasama and Samantha Pranger from the Counseling Center, is designed for students who are interested in learning ways to deal with performance anxiety and the impostor syndrome.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State

Monday, March 20 Register Now

Thursday, March 30 Register Now

Dates offered: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 3pm in Ricks Hall 00113 (intro) and Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2pm in Ricks Hall 00113 (lab)

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies to make PowerPoint slides more visually engaging and interactive. In the first session, we will analyze effective and ineffective forms of visual communication. In the second session, you will present your own slide(s) for peer review. Slides can be course- or research-based.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Who should register: Any graduate student or postdoc who is interested in rethinking his or her use of PowerPoint and receiving feedback on slides.

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Academic Development Workshops

Dates offered:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:30pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Interested in a career in science education/outreach? Want to invest in your community through STEM outreach and mentoring and gain new perspectives on STEM education? Come partner with US2020 RTP. We facilitate STEM outreach and mentoring opportunities in the Triangle. Our goal is to connect underrepresented minorities, girls, and low-income students to STEM opportunities in Research Triangle Park and the broader Triangle Area. By uniting universities, corporations, non-profits, and schools, we can create a region where every child has the chance to explore and pursue a STEM career.

Want to learn more about us? Check out http://www.rtp.org/about-us/us2020/ and attend this info session to hear more about opportunities across Durham and Wake counties for the 2016-2017 school year.

Questions? Email Dr. Sarah Council, US2020 STEM Outreach Program Manager, at council@rtp.org.

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Date offered: RESCHEDULED date: January 30th at 10am in Talley Student Union room 3285

As a graduate student, reading is no longer a means to simply understand a concept, but an opportunity for the reader to find implications for future studies, expand on or create new ideas, and critically analyze the text. This workshop will introduce graduate students to new strategies that will help them become critical readers.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
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Dates offered: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10am in Talley Student Union 3210
AND
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12pm in Talley Student Union 3222

This workshop will cover ETD formatting specifications, deadlines, and graduation requirements. Participants should bring laptops or a printout of the sections they have questions about.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student, especially those working on a thesis or dissertation
February 13 Register Now
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Dates offered: Wednesday, April 19 at 3pm in Daniels 232 (intro) and Wednesday, April 26 at 2pm in Ricks 00113 (lab)

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for making your first day in the classroom a success. In the first session, we will discuss and practice lesson planning. In the second, you will “microteach” a brief lesson and receive feedback. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Who should register: Any graduate student or postdoc who is interested in experimenting with new teaching techniques and receiving feedback.

 

April 19 and April 26 Register Now

Date offered: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210
AND
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10am in Talley Student Union 3210

This workshop introduces students to elements of research poster design. Learn what makes a strong poster, get tips from a past winner and judge, discuss how to plan your talk, and see examples of winning posters. This workshop also includes instruction in a basic poster design software program and time to begin working on your poster.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student, especially those presenting in the Graduate School Research Symposium

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student, especially those presenting in the Graduate School Research Symposium
February 15 Register Now
March 1 Register Now

Date offered: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11am in Talley Student Union 3210

This workshop covers the elements of a research proposal. Students will be given time to work on key elements of the proposal, to talk about their ideas, and ask questions. Participants do not have to be currently working on a proposal. This workshop is beneficial for those who will need to write a proposal in the future.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State, including students who are currently writing a research proposal or plan on writing one in the future
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Date offered: ONLINE

Just what is a Master’s thesis, anyway? What do successful thesis writers understand about this genre? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the Master’s thesis and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the thesis project.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled Master’s student
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Date offered: ONLINE

Just what is a doctoral dissertation, anyway? What do successful dissertation writers understand about the dissertation? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? What do faculty members at N.C. State expect? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the dissertation and encourage students to have open communication with their advisers about expectations for the dissertation project.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled doctoral student
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Date offered: ONLINE

This workshop covers the elements of a dissertation proposal. Students will be given time to work on key elements of the proposal and to talk about their ideas for their dissertations, so registrants should be at the stage of candidacy exams and/or needing to write a dissertation proposal to get the most out of the event.

Who should register: Doctoral candidates and doctoral students nearing their preliminary/qualifying exams
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Dates offered: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3pm in Poe 211 (intro) and Thursday, March 23 at 2pm in Poe 211 (lab)

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for writing a teaching statement that is professional yet personalized. In the first session, we will look at models of effective and ineffective teaching statements and hone our ability to critique and revise them. In the second session, participants will present their own draft teaching statements for peer review. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Who should register: Any graduate student or postdoc who is interested in learning how to write an effective teaching statement and receiving feedback.

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Dates offered: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3pm in SAS 1220 (intro) and Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2pm in SAS 1220 (lab)

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Monday, May 1, 2017 at 1pm in SAS 1108 (intro) and Monday, May 8, 2017 at 1pm SAS 2102 (lab)

In this two-part workshop, we will explore ways to engage with students’ diverse learning styles. In the first session, we will conduct a self-assessment and discuss concrete strategies to motivate students according to their learning style. In the second session, you will receive feedback on an activity that you designed based on what you learned in the first session. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

This workshop is a co-requisite with the corresponding lab session. Please register for both at the same time or your registration may be cancelled.

Who should register: Any graduate student or postdoc who is interested in experimenting with new teaching techniques and receiving feedback.

March 20 Register Now

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May 1 / May 8 Register Now

Date offered: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210

Learn how to prepare for your dissertation defense, including the presentation and question and answer portions of the event.

Who should register: Doctoral candidates who will be defending in the current or following semester
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Date Offered:
Friday, January 27th at 2:00pm in Talley Student Union room 3210
AND
Wednesday, March 15th at 10:00am in Talley Student Union room 4280

The Introduction to Teaching workshop is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of effective teaching and learning in the university classroom through exploration, application, and reflection.  This workshop is designed to provide basic information about a variety of teaching topics and to offer “best practices” for enhancing teaching and learning in the university classroom.

Friday, Jan. 27thRegister Now
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Date Offered:
Wednesday, March 29th at 9:00am in Talley Student Union room 4280
AND
Friday, April 7th at 11:am in Talley Student Union room 3222

Writing your teaching philosophy is one of the most challenging tasks you will do when developing your teaching portfolio.  It is also the most important. Please bring two hard copies of your teaching philosophy draft to this informal session to work with a peer to develop your best teaching philosophy statement.  This is the perfect opportunity to “field test” your philosophy, receive comments on your draft, and offer constructive feedback to one of your peers. We will also discuss how the philosophy is used in job application materials and how it should inform your approach to teaching.

Wednesday, March 29thRegister Now
Friday, April 7thRegister Now

Personal and Professional Development Workshops

Date offered:
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210
OR
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 3210

This seminar will involve discussion of several topics that pertain to personal brand development, including an overview of how to articulate one’s unique value proposition, and how one incorporates branding elements in the features listed below. At the end of the session, professional head shot photos of participants will be take by University Communications Services; the GSA is sponsoring the photography.

  • Resume/CV and cover letter writing
  • Elevator pitches
  • Portfolios and websites
  • Networking
  • Interviewing

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoctoral researcher/scholar at N.C. State
Monday, February 27 Register Now

Thursday, March 30 Register Now

Date offered: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 4280 

Networking more often leads to interviews and jobs than direct job applications. Indeed, recent CareerBuilder and LinkedIn surveys have shown that 80-85% of job-seekers land jobs through networking, which is perhaps the most powerful and under-utilized tool in one’s career skill set. During this talk, we will discuss how to build your network, how to make a good impression, and successful networking strategies.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoctoral researcher/scholar at N.C. State
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Date offered: Monday, March 20, 2017; 1pm to 3:00pm in the Coastal Ballroom in Talley Student Union 

Wondering what you might do with your graduate degree? Come learn what others have done!
The NCSU Graduate Student Association, in partnership with The Graduate School, is proud to present a Career Path Panel for our graduate students. The Career Path Panel will offer graduate students an opportunity to learn from others who have made the transition from graduate student to professional. Our panel, drawn from across employment sectors, will discuss their career paths, offering insights that they have learned along the way. The event will include time to network with our panelists as well. Committed panelists include: Geoffrey Bock, Project Manager, NC Plant Science Initiative; Dr. Sarah Council Windsor, US2020 STEM Outreach Program Manager, The Research Triangle Foundation; Dr. Jason Cramer, Program Manager, Professional Development, The Graduate School, NCSU; Kristen Eads, Portfolio Marketing Manager, GlaxoSmithKline; Dr. Neil Demarse, Territory Director, TA Instruments; Michael Doyle, State Public Health Entomologist, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

No registration required. Please feel free to drop in!

Date offered: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union room 4280
Job candidates have only a few moments to capture the attention of human resources personnel and hiring managers through their résumés, cover letters, and other application materials. Unfortunately, many job-seekers are unaware of how to tailor application materials so that a strong case for employment is presented. This workshop will present writing and formatting strategies intended to broaden participant ability to craft application materials that strengthen their candidacy for future job positions. Moreover, information provided will allow participants to distinguish between résumés and curriculum vitae, and how to interconvert those documents.

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Date offered: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union room 4280

Landing an interview represents an important and exciting part of the job selection process. If a candidate has been asked to interview, then the hiring manager and the company/institution determined that the individual’s qualifications might allow him or her to be successful in the respective role, but the degree of fit between a candidate and the culture of the organization must be further assessed. An interview allows for closer analysis of the job seeker’s capabilities and likelihood for success; the process also serves as an opportunity for the candidate to evaluate the employer. Unfortunately, candidates may have only one interview opportunity to make a strong impression that carries them forward through the hiring process. How does one prepare to offer an impression that increases the likelihood of employment? This workshop will present information regarding different types of interviews and strategies for interview preparation.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoctoral researcher/scholar at N.C. State

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Date offered: Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1pm in Talley Student Union room 3210

This workshop covers strategies for networking and effectively communicating complex research ideas to public audiences. Wesley Wade from the Career Development Center will lead this workshop.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State
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Leadership and Management Workshops

Dates offered: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 2pm in SAS 1220 (intro) and Monday, May 22, 2017 at 2pm in SAS 1220 (lab)

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for managing conflict in the classroom. In the first session, we will examine various approaches to preventative and reactive conflict management, using real-life examples. In the second session, participants will role-play a variety of scenarios to practice assertive conflict management. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State

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