2017-2018 Workshops

The Graduate College hosts a series of workshops throughout the year to assist you in planning your courses, conducting research, and writing your thesis.

Thesis writing 101

When: Thursday, January 25, 2018                4:00-5:30 p.m.                                  Where: PSU 317 B

Who: Dr. Tom Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Biology Professor

What: Come learn the timeline and steps to complete your thesis to satisfy the research requirements of the Graduate College. It will also detail the specifics of formatting a thesis including hints on how to avoid some common pitfalls in writing your thesis. Bring your questions and concerns!

View the PowerPoint presentation here

Thesis formatting bootcamp

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018               4:00-6:00 p.m.                                  Where: PSU 317 B

Who: Michael Frizell, Director Student Learning Services, and Writing Center Consultants

What: Check your own thesis formatting in this bootcamp. We’ll begin with a brief informational session on formatting. Then you review your thesis’ formatting with the assistance of several consultants who will be on hand to guide you individually, help with formatting problems, and even help you use the software.

Bring a laptop with your thesis loaded if you can. Otherwise, bring a paper copy of your thesis to make notes. Can’t be there for the whole time? Come for the portion you can!

Writing an abstract

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018                    4:00-5:00 p.m.                                  Where: PSU 317 B

Who: Dr. Doug Gouzie, Fellow of the Graduate College and Professor of Geography, Geology, and Planning

What: You’ve worked on a detailed, and sometimes long, research project. Now, it’s time to tell the importance of your work in less than one page. This session will tell you how. The session is particularly geared toward students who need to write abstracts for their theses or for students who want to have an abstract to submit for a presentation such as Interdisciplinary Forum (coming May 5th), but any student is welcome.

Writing an Abstract PowerPoint presentation

Giving a presentation

When: Monday, April 16, 2018                        4:00-5:30 p.m.                                  Where: PSU 317 B

Who: Dr. Doug Gouzie, Fellow of the Graduate College and Professor of Geography, Geology, and Planning

What: They say the greatest fears of humans are death and speaking in front of a group – not necessarily in that order. Never fear: Come hear suggestions and examples of successful presentation techniques for both oral and poster presentations.

Human Subjects in Research-What Do You Need To Know?

4-5 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017

PSU 317 B

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Hulgus, Chair of Human Subjects Institutional Review Board

For all students who plan to use human subjects in research, this session will provide pertinent information on university policies and procedures required for the use of humans in all types of research (experimental, survey, etc.).

Animal Care and Use in Research

4-5 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017

PSU 317 B

Speaker: Dr. Brian Greene, Vice Chair - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC)

For all students who plan to use animals in their research, this session will provide guidance on current standards for the handling and care of animals, as well as policies regarding biohazardous waste disposal.

Thesis Writing 101

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.   Thursday, January 25, 2018

PSU 317B

Speaker: Dr. Tom TomasiAssociate Dean of the Graduate College and Biology Professor

This session will focus on the research requirements of the Graduate College, specifically dealing with formatting requirements of a thesis. The session will include hints on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls in writing a thesis. 

View the PowerPoint presentation here.

How to Get Into Grad School

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.   Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PSU 317B

This session will discuss the types of graduate programs, degrees, and certificates available to students, as well as some do's and don'ts for applying to graduate school.

View the How to Get Into Grad School presentation. 

Giving a Presentation

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.   Monday, April 16, 2018

PSU 308 A & B

Speaker: Dr. Tom Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Biology Professor

This session will include suggestions and examples of successful presentation techniques for both oral and poster presentations. This session is intended to assist students as they prepare for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, which will be held on May 5, 2018, but this session is also open to any graduate student. 

View the PowerPoint presentation here.