Seminars offered each semester familiarize graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the conventions and expectations of scholarly communication.

Summer  2017

Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp: Formatting the manuscript

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence  invite you to a boot camp to guide you through the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation. Graduate students often struggle with this final step of preparing this document for submission to ProQuest, so let us help you! CCE writing consultants specialized in thesis/dissertation formatting will be at the boot camp sessions to assist you in modifying your document to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College.

Boot camp sessions will be held on June 12th 2-4pm and June 20th 9-11am in Parks Library Room 132. These events will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop. You may sign up for one or both of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register, as seating is limited and demand is high. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis Seminar

**Stay tuned for the announcement of more thesis/dissertation boot camps in Fall 2017!**


PAST SEMINARS

Spring 2017

Developing Successful Job Application Materials

 Part I - Compiling the CV/Resume: Thursday March 2nd from 1:40-3pm in Beyer Room 1310
 Part II - Writing the Research Statement: Monday March 6th from 3:40-5pm in Science 1 Room 0102
 Part III - Composing the Cover Letter: Tuesday March 7th from 3:40-5pm in Science 1 Room 0102
 Part IV - Crafting the Teaching Philosophy Statement: Thursday March 9th  from 1:40-3pm in Beyer Room 1310
 Part V - Preparing for the Interview: Wednesday March 22nd from 1:40-3pm Lagomarcino Room W272

FALL 2016

The Research Writing Seminar Series

  Part I - Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction: Tuesday October 18 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part II - Writing the Literature Review: Thursday October 20 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part III - Revealing your Methods: Tuesday October 25 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part IV - Unveiling Results: Thursday October 27 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part V - Writing the Discussion/Conclusion: Tuesday November 1 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part VI - Revising with the Research Writing Tutor: Thursday November 3 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432

Grant Writing Seminar Series

  Introduction to Grant Writing: The Basics: Monday November 7th 1:10-2:20pm in Gilman 1104
  Finding Funding: Tuesday November 8th 1:10-2:20pm in Town 0280
  Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH : Thursday November 10th 1:10-2:20pm in Town 0280
  Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA: Monday November 14th from 1:10-2:20pm in Gilman 1104
  Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF: Thursday November 17th from 1:10-2:20pm in Town 0280
  Expert Panel on Grant Writing: Monday November 28th from 1:00-2:00pm in Pearson 1115

SPRING 2016 

Research Writing Seminar Series

  Part I - Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction: Monday February 22 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part II - Writing the Literature Review: Wednesday February 24 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part III - Revealing your Methods: Monday February 29 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part IV - Unveiling Results: Wednesday March 2 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part V - Writing the Discussion/Conclusion: Monday March 7 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432
  Part VI - Revising with the Research Writing Tutor: Wednesday March 9 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432

Improving Writing Productivity

Dr. Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan, Professor of Civil Engineering and author of The Productive Academic Writer and Efficient Book Writingfocused on techniques for improving writing productivity through topics like overcoming perfectionism and procrastination, managing time, and using accountability mechanisms. The workshop was held March 23rd from 2:10-3:10pm in Coover 1012.