Scheduled Events (2022-2023)

 

Each semester, the Center for Communication Excellence offers events related to the development of academic communication skills for graduate students and postdocs. Topics of seminars, workshops, retreats, and boot camps target the specific communication skills needed for successful scholarly and professional communication in graduate college and beyond. Pre-registration for all events is required. Until further notice, all CCE events will be held in virtual formats. 

 

 


 Thesis Dissertation Support

Thesis/Dissertation Seminars: Planning your Journey

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence invite you to a seminar to navigate the Graduate College requirements and deadlines, submission and review procedures, and writing support programs. Attend a seminar to get an overview of the different aspects of the thesis/dissertation journey so that you can be better prepared. 

Watch the informational videos in this playlist, Thesis/Dissertation Seminar SeriesBEFORE attending the seminar.

  • Graduate College Requirements (1 video)
  • Submission and Review Process (2 videos)
  • Writing Support (1 video)

During the informational seminar sessions, Graduate College staff members will answer questions about deadlines, formatting guidelines, and provide other helpful hints for working on your thesis/dissertation. Register for one or more informational seminar sessions today! 

Click here to register for the following session(s).

  • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session I | June 20th, 10 - 11 am | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
  • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session II | July 12th, 1 - 2pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)

*Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.

If you register late and need access to the session, please contact kterrill@iastate.edu to get connected. 


Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camps: 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. Register for one or more boot camps today! 

Click here to register for the following session(s). 

  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session I | June 21st, 9 - 10:30 am | Parks Library Room 032 (basement computer lab)
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session II | July 13th, 2 - 3:30 pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)

*Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session. 

Make sure to bring to the session an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation. You may sign up for one or all of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar. 

If you register late and need access to the session, please contact kterrill@iastate.edu to get connected.


LaTeX Formatting Boot Camp

Take advantage of a new form of support for those graduate students who use the alternate word processing program LaTeX! A CCE consultant specializing in LaTeX support will be leading sessions to assist others in learning the bare bones of LaTeX word processing and assisting with how to best use the LaTeX thesis/dissertation template provided by the CCE and Graduate College. Register for one or more of the following sessions! 

  • LaTeX Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp | Time for Fall 2022 TBD. Stay tuned!

*Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.

If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected. 


Intensive Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat

Could you use some prolonged quiet time to work on writing your thesis or dissertation? Would it help to have someone on hand to provide valuable feedback on the writing itself? If this sounds like your situation, join us for a half-day Intensive Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat, where you'll learn strategies for keeping on track with your dissertation or thesis writing and receive specialized writing assistance with your dissertation or thesis. We'll have trained CCE Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants available to help you navigate confusing parts of the writing process or offer useful tips for you to move forward to the next phase of your dissertation or thesis. If you need no assistance, you can simply use this time to work away on your document in an uninterrupted, distraction-free environment. Whatever your stage in the dissertation/thesis writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising), know you are welcome.

Click here to register for the retreat today! 

  • Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat | July 6th, 12 - 4pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)

*Links for connecting to virtual session via WeEx will be sent prior to the day of the session. 

If you register late and need access to the session, please contact kterrill@iastate.edu to get connected. 


Thesis/Dissertation Walk-In Clinics

In anticipation of your formatting needs, we offer walk-in clinic sessions (both virtual and in-person) leading up to the Graduate College final submission date. Simply come with your document to any of the listed sessions to get your document checked. You will wait for your turn if the consultants are working with other students. Times for walk-in clinics are posted in the weeks leading up to the final submission deadline, so stay tuned!


  Writing Development Events

Writing the Literature Review Workshops (Spring 2022)

Register for one or both of the sessions in this two-part workshop series presented by the CCE and Parks Library. If you dread finding material for your lit review, join us for Part I of the series where you’ll learn about search strategies, how to find and search subject databases, and how to keep up with literature in your field. Join us for Part II where we'll discuss purposes of the lit review, overview qualities of a successful lit review, and provide easy-to-apply techniques to help you craft an effective argument in your lit review with as little stress as possible. Register for one or both workshops.If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected. 

  • Part I: Conducting a lit review: A Citation Here, a Citation There. . .Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review | April 11, 2-4pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
  • Part II: Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review | April 18, 2-4pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)

*Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.


Nationally Competitive Awards and Scholarships Information Session (Spring 2022) 

Are you looking to fund dissertation or thesis research, graduate studies, or international service? Please join us virtually on Thursday, April 14 at 1:00 pm to learn more about the application process for the Fulbright US Student Program, NSF-GRFP, Boren Fellowship, and other grant opportunities. Register here for this virtual seminar. You may also contact John Milstead (milstea5@iastate.edu), ISU's Nationally Competitive Awards Coordinator in University Honors, if you have issues getting connected to the event.

  • Nationally Competitive Awards and Scholarships Information Session | April 14th, 1-2pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • *For this virtual event, the link to connect to the session will be provided to you in advance of the event.

Writing with Advanced Technology Workshops (Spring 2022)

Whether you are writing a paper for class, a research report, a grant proposal, or job application document, understanding how to exploit sophisticated advanced software can help you grow your confidence as a writer. Each workshop in this series orients you to a valuable technological tool to ease your writing process. Please contact shuffman@iastate.edu for questions. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the workshops listed below: 

  • Part I: Grammarly | March 23, 9-11am (Hybrid,  ROSS 0125 AND *WebEx)
  • Part II: The Research Writing Tutor | March 29, 9-11am (Hybrid, ROSS 0125 AND *WebEx)
  • Part III: The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)  | April 6, 2-4pm (Hybrid,  Pearson 3143 AND *WebEx) 
    • Note: The COCA event date and time has been changed from the original listing of April 5th. 
  • Part IV: *NEW* LaTeX | April 12, 9-11am (*WebEx)

*Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.


Job Application Materials Seminars (Spring 2022)

Discover valuable tips on how to highlight your professional skills and abilities and market yourself as the most qualified candidate through polished job application materials. You'll be ready for the job market in no time! Register for one or more seminars. Register for one or more seminars. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected.

  • Part I: Composing the Cover Letter | March 21, 11:30am-1pm (Hybrid, MOL-BIO 1428 AND *WebEx)
  • Part II: Compiling your CV/Résumé | March 24, 11:30am-1pm (Hybrid, MOL-BIO 1428 AND *WebEx)
  • Part III: Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement | March 28, 11:30am-1pm (Hybrid, MOL-BIO 1428 AND *WebEx)
  • Part IV: Writing the Research Statement | March 29, 11:30am-1pm  (Hybrid, MOL-BIO 1428 AND *WebEx)
  • Part V: Preparing for the Interview | March 31, 10-11:30am (Hybrid,  FOOD SC 2319 AND *WebEx)
  • Part VI: Creating your Diversity Statement | April 4, 10-11:30am  (Hybrid, MOL-BIO 1428 AND *WebEx)
  • Part VII:  | Building a Professional Network | April 5, 10-11:30am  (Hybrid, HOWE 1246 AND *WebEx)

*Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.


Research Writing Seminars (Fall 2021)

"How can I best tell my research story?" "How should I incorporate sources in my lit review?" "What should I include in my Methods section?" "Where should I put the research limitations?" Come find the answers to these and more research writing-related questions in this seminar series! Please contact shuffman@iastate.edu for questions. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the seminars listed below: 

  • Part I: Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction | September 27, 3-4:30pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)
  • Part II: Writing the Literature Review | September 28, 3-4:30pm (In Carver Hall Room 0205)
  • Part III: Describing your Methods | October 1, 1-2:30pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)
  • Part IV: Unveiling the Results | October 4, 1-2:30pm (In Hoover Hall Room 1227)
  • Part V: Composing the Discussion/Conclusion  | October 6, 3-4:30pm (In Elings Hall Room 0308)
  • Part VI: Revising with the Research Writing Tutor  | October 11, 1-2:30pm (In Hoover Hall Room 1127)

Grant Writing Seminars (Fall 2021)

Learn the key components necessary for making a compelling argument in your grant proposal! Identify appropriate sources of funding and familiarize yourself with the expectations of key, national grant-giving organizations. Please contact shuffman@iastate.edu for questions. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the seminars listed below: 

  • Part I: Introduction to Grant Writing | October 18, 3-4:30pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)
  • Part II: Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA  | October 20, 1-2:30pm (In Kildee Hall Room 0108)
  • Part III: Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF  | October 25, 3-4:30pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)
  • Part IV: Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH  | October 26, 2-3:30pm (In Marston Hall Room 2200)
  • Part V: Finding Funding  | October 28, 2-3:30pm (In Parks Library Room 134) Change in location: *Virtual event
    • *For this virtual event, the link to connect to the session will be provided to you in advance of the event.

     Speaking Development Events

    Oral Presentation Seminar Series (Summer 2022)

    Do you struggle with preparations for presenting at meetings or conferences?  Have parts of your presentation seemed to leave people underwhelmed or worse confused?  Do you want to learn tips and techniques for presenting your work in ways that are memorable and engaging? Come and learn presentation skills in this two-part series. Register for one or both sessionsIf you register late and need access to the session, please contact lcompton@iastate.edu to get connected.  

     Part I: "Once upon a time...and they all lived happily ever after:" Effective introductions and conclusions | July 12, 10-11:30am (*Virtual session, WebEx)
     Part II: Delivering the big picture: Using illustrative visuals, engaging oration, and more. | July 19, 10-11:30am (*Virtual session, WebEx)

    *Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.


    Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series (Spring 2022)

    "How do I have a difficult conversation with my group member/professor/landlord?" "How can I express my opinion effectively and tactfully?" "How do I initiate/maintain/end small talk?" Come and learn face-to-face interaction skills in this multi-part series and practice them to become a better-prepared communicator in any challenging or nerve-wreaking conversations, discussions, or events. Register for one or more seminars. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact lcompton@iastate.edu to get connected. 

     Part I - Planning and Participating in Difficult Discussions | March 24, 3:30-5pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
     Part II - You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches| March 29, 3:30-5pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
     Part III - Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will Never Hurt Me: Verbal Messages| March 31, 3:30-5pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
     Part IV - “It’s Not What You Said; It’s How You Said It:" Nonverbal Communication| April 5, 3:30-5pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
     Part V - It Takes Two: Conflict Management| April 7, 3:30-5pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)
     Part VI - Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication| April 12, 3:30-5pm (*Virtual session, WebEx)

    *Links for connecting to virtual sessions via WebEx will be sent prior to the day of the session.