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.

 

 


 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 | February 8,  11am - 12pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
  • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session II | March 7, 1 - 2pm | (*Pearson 1115, Hybrid: WebEx)
  • Thesis/Dissertation Informational Session III | March 27, 10 - 11am | (*Pearson 3137, Hybrid: WebEx)

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

NEW OFFERING: Navigating the Basics of the Institutional Review Board | March 8, 4 - 5pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx) Register here

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 | February 14, 2:30 - 4pm | Hybrid*; Library 032 
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session II | March 22, 2 - 3:30pm | Hybrid*; Library 032 
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp Session III | April 11, 2 - 3:30pm | Hybrid*; Library 032 

*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.


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 | March 9,  12 - 4pm | (Library 032, Hybrid: 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 Drop-In Clinics

We offer virtual drop-in clinic sessions if you need help with formatting questions. 

The thesis/Dissertation Submission Deadline is May 2, 2023!

Extended Drop-in Clinic Hours:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
April 24April 25April 26April 27April 28
12 - 3pm2 - 5pm 2 - 5pm 
May 1May 2May 3May 4May 5
12 - 3pm2 - 5pm   

What to expect:

  • Check in using our app (see below). When it is your turn to see the consultant, you will receive a notification via email.
  • Regular drop-in hours are posted on the CCE calendar. As the thesis/dissertation submission deadline approaches, additional hours will be posted to accommodate heavier drop-in traffic.
  • If you request a virtual consultation, you will receive a link to the virtual consultation room.

Click here to check in (works when the drop-in clinic is in session)

 


      Writing Development Events

    Job Application Materials Seminars (Spring 2023)

    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. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the seminars listed below. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact shuffman@iastate.edu to get connected.

    • Part I: Compiling your CV/Résumé | February 27, 1 - 2:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part II: Writing the Research Statement | February 28, 2:30 - 4pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part III: Composing the Cover Letter | March 1, 3 - 4:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part IV: Creating your Diversity Statement | March 2, 1 - 2pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part V: Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement |  March 6, 1 - 2:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part VI: Building a Professional Network | March 8, 3 - 4:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part VII: Preparing for the Interview | March 9, 2 - 3:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)

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


    Writing the Literature Review Workshops (Spring 2023)

    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. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the seminars listed below. 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 4, 1:30 - 3pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part II: Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review | April 10, 1:30 - 3pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part III: Recycle, Repurpose, Self-Plagiarize? Defining and Avoiding Self-Plagiarism in the Age of iThenticate  | April 13, 1:30 - 3pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)

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


    Research Writing Seminars (Fall 2022)

    "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.

    • Part I: Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction | October 3,  3 - 4pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part II: Writing the Literature Review | October 5,  1:30 - 2:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part III: Describing your Methods |  October 12,  3:30 - 4:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part IV: Unveiling the Results |  October 13,  3:30 - 4:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part V: Composing the Discussion/Conclusion  |  October 17,  3:30 - 4:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part VI: Revising with the Research Writing Tutor  |  October 18,  3:30 - 4:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part VII: Navigating the Basics of the Institutional Review Board | October 26, 3 - 4pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)

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


    Grant Writing Seminars (Fall 2022)

    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. 

    • Part I: Introduction to Grant Writing | October 19,  2 - 3pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part II: Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA  | October 24,  2 -3pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part III: Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF  | October 26,  1:30 - 2:30pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part IV: Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH  | November 1,  1 - 2pm | (*Virtual session, WebEx)
    • Part V: Finding Funding  | November 2, 1:30 - 2:30pm | (*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 2023) 

      Are you looking to fund dissertation or thesis research, graduate studies, or international service? Join us to learn more about the application process for the Fulbright US Student Program, NSF-GRFP, Boren Fellowship, and other grant opportunities. Register 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 | Dates To Be Announced in January 2023

      Writing with Advanced Technology Workshops (Summer 2023)

      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 for one, two, or all of the workshops listed below: 

      • Part I: Grammarly | Dates To Be Announced in January 2023
      • Part II: The Research Writing Tutor | Dates To Be Announced in January 2023
      • Part III: The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)  | Dates To Be Announced in January 2023
      • Part IV: *NEW* LaTeX | Dates To Be Announced in January 2023

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


         Speaking Development Events

        Public Speaking Seminar Series (Spring 2023)

        Do you struggle with preparations for presenting at meetings, conferences, or your oral exam?  Have parts of your presentation seemed to leave people underwhelmed or, worse, confused?  Do you want to learn delivery strategies and manage your audience and anxiety? Bring your ideas for an upcoming presentation, or come and pick up presentation skills in this pilot three-part series. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the seminars listed below. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact lcompton@iastate.edu.

        • Part I: Public speaking:  A guide to captivating your audience and sharing what you know | Feb 21, 1:30 - 3pm | Carver 0196
        • Part II: Lights, camera, action:  How to develop your notes, practice, and deliver your speech | Feb 28, 1:30 - 3pm | Carver 0196
        • Part III: "How do I respond?" "What do I do?":  Managing your audience and yourself when presenting a speech | March 7, 1:30 - 3pm | Carver 0196

        Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series (Spring 2023)

        "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. Sign up here for one, two, or all of the seminars listed below. If you register late and need access to the session, please contact lcompton@iastate.edu.

        • Part I: Planning and Participating in Difficult Discussions  |  April 4, 1:30 - 3pm | Pearson 1115
        • Part II: You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches  |  April 11, 1:30 - 3pm | Pearson 1115
        • Part III: It Takes Two: Conflict Management  |  April 18, 1:30 - 3pm | Pearson 1115
        • Part IV: Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication  |  April 25, 1:30 - 3pm | Pearson 1115