Scheduled Events (2021-2022)

 

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! If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected. *Links for connecting to virtual sessions will be sent prior to the day of the session. Click here to register for the following session(s). 

  • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar Sessions: 
    • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session I | September 16, 12-1pm (In Pearson Hall Room 3131)
    • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session II | October 12, 1-1:30pm (*Virtual session)
    • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session III | November 16, 11-11:30am (In Pearson Hall Room 3131)

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! Links for connecting to virtual sessions will be sent prior to the day of the session. Click here to register for the following session(s). 

  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session I | September 17, 9-11am (In Parks Library Room/Lab 134)
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session II | October 13, 1-3pm (*Virtual session)
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session III | November 17, 1-3pm (In Parks Library Room/Lab 134)

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. All sessions will take place online until further notice. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Seminar. 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 virtual environment. Whatever your stage in the dissertation/thesis writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising), know you are welcome. Register for the retreat today! Click here to register for the following session(s). If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected. 

  • Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat | November 12, 9am-1pm (In Pearson Hall Room 2143)


  Writing Development Events

Writing with Advanced Technology Workshops

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: The Research Writing Tutor | September 10, 2:30-4pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)
  • Part II: Grammarly | September 13, 2:30-4pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)
  • Part III: The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)  | September 17, 2:30-4pm (In Pearson Hall Room 1115)

Research Writing Seminars 

"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 

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)

Job Application Materials (Spring 2021) 

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. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected. *Please note that until further notice, all CCE events will be held in virtual formats.

  • Part I: Compiling your CV/Résumé  | March 8, 1-2:30pm
  • Part II: Building a Professional Network  | March 9, 1-2:30pm
  • Part III: Composing the Cover Letter  | March 10, 1-2:30pm
  • Part IV: Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement  | March 15, 1-2:30pm
  • Part V: Writing the Research Statement  | March 17, 1-2:30pm
  • Part VI: Creating your Diversity Statement  | March 22, 1-2:30pm
  • Part VII: Preparing for the Interview  | March 24, 1-2:30pm

Nationally Competitive Awards and Scholarships Information Session (Spring 2021) 

Are you interested in information on selecting which awards are best suited to your individual abilities and goals as well as how to prepare applications?Join us for this webinar, where you will receive assistance and insigts into the nationally competitive awards application process rom the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the Center for Communication Excellence. Gene Newgaard, coordinator of nationally competitive awards, and Kristin Terrill, the CCE's Nationally Competitive Awards Writing Consultant, will present and answer any questions. Contact Gene Newgaard at newgaard@iastate.edu with any questions about this webinar.


Writing the Literature Review (Spring 2021) 

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. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected. *Please note that until further notice, all CCE events will be held in virtual formats.

  • Part I: Conducting a lit review: A Citation Here, a Citation There. . .Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review | April 5, 1:30-3pm
  • Part II: Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review | April 12, 1:30-3pm 

 Speaking Development Events

Oral Presentation Seminar Series (Summer 2021)

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 sessions. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected.  *Please note that until further notice, all CCE events will be held in virtual formats.

 Part I: "Once upon a time...and they all lived happily ever after:" Effective introductions and conclusions | June 15, 10-11:30am
 Part II: Delivering the big picture: Using illustrative visuals, engaging oration, and more. | June 22, 10-11:30am

Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series (Spring 2021)

"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.  *Please note that until further notice, all CCE events will be held in virtual formats.

 Part I - Planning and Participating in Difficult Discussions | March 29, 3:30 - 5: 00 p.m.
 Part II - You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches| April 1, 3:30 - 5: 00 p.m.
 Part III - Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will Never Hurt Me: Verbal Messages| April 5, 3:30 - 5: 00 p.m.
 Part IV - “It’s Not What You Said; It’s How You Said It:" Nonverbal Communication| April 8, 3:30 - 5: 00 p.m.
 Part V - It Takes Two: Conflict Management| April 12, 3:30 - 5: 00 p.m.
 Part VI - Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication| April 15, 3:30 - 5: 00 p.m.