Scheduled Events (2020 - 2021)
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 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 Series, BEFORE attending the seminar.
- Graduate College Requirements (1 video)
- Submission and Review Process (2 videos)
- Writing Support (1 video)
During the seminar, Graduate College staff members will answer questions about deadlines, formatting guidelines, and provide other helpful hints for working on your thesis/dissertation. Click to register for one or more sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the online seminar.
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 1 | September 8, 2 - 2:30 pm
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 2 | September 9, 9 - 9:30 am
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 3 | September 9, 2 - 2:30 pm
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 4 | September 10, 9 - 9:30 am
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 5 | September 11, 9 - 9:30 am
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 6 | October 5, 3 - 3:30 pm
- Thesis/Dissertation Informational Seminar: Session 7 | October 6, 12:30 - 1:00 pm
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. Click to register for one or both sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email email@example.com for access to the online seminar.
- Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 1 | September 14, 2-4 pm
- Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 2 | October 14, 9-11 am
- Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 3 | November 19, 9-11 am
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.
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.
The event will be held November 2nd from 8 a.m. - 12 pm in an online format. Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants will be at the ready to assist all attendees with thesis/dissertation writing- or formatting-related concerns. Click to register for the retreat. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the online seminar.
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! Click to register for one or multiple sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email email@example.com for access to the online seminar.
- Part I: Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction | October 1, 1-2:30pm
- Part II: Writing the Literature Review | October 5, 1-2:30pm
- Part III: Describing your Methods | October 6, 1-2:30pm
- Part IV: Unveiling the Results | October 8, 3-4:30pm
- Part V: Composing the Discussion/Conclusion | October 13, 1-2:30pm
- Part VI: Revising with the Research Writing Tutor | October 14, 1-2:30pm
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. Click to register for one or multiple sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the online seminar.
- Part I: Finding Funding | October 27, 1-2:30pm
- Part II: Introduction to Grant Writing | October 28, 4-5:30pm
- Part III: Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF | October 29, 1-2:30pm
- Part IV: Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH | November 4, 1-2:30pm
- Part V: Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA | November 5, 3-4:30pm
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! This series is offered every spring semester! Check back with us at the start of Spring 2021 semester to see dates for the current academic year's seminars.
- Part I: Compiling your CV/Résumé
- Part II: Composing the Cover Letter
- Part III: Writing the Research Statement
- Part IV: Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement
- Part V: Creating your Diversity Statement
- Part VI: Building a Professional Network
- Part VII: Preparing for the Interview
Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series (Spring 2021)
*This series is offered every spring semester. Check back at the start of Spring 2021 for dates for the current academic year seminars!
|Part I - Communicating Effectively Face to Face: Coming soon|
|Part II - You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches: Coming soon|
|Part III - Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will |
|Part IV - “It’s Not What You Said; It’s How You Said It:" Nonverbal Communication: Coming soon|
|Part V - It Takes Two: Conflict Management: Coming soon|
|Part VI - Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication: Coming soon|