Summer 2020

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 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 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 shuffman@iastate.edu for access to the online seminar.

  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 1 | June 2nd 2-2:30 pm
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 2 | June 3rd 10-10:30 am
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 3 | July 1st 2-2:30 pm
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 4 | July 2nd 10-10:30 am
     


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 CollegeClick to register for one or both sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email shuffman@iastate.edu for access to the online seminar.

  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 1 | June 4th 2-4pm
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 2 | July 8th 9-11am

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 Submission Guidelines 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 June 15th from 9am-1pm 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 shuffman@iastate.edu for access to the online seminar.

 


Previous Seminars and Workshops

Intensive Dissertation/Thesis 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 April 6th 9am-1pm 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. The event will be held April 6th, 2020. Be sure to register today!
 



Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series 

NOTE: Due to the ISU President's recent mandates, the Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series has been cancelled for Spring 2020 semester. Stay tuned for announcements about future offerings of this and other seminar series. 

Part I - Communicating Effectively Face to Face |  March 23 3:30-5pm (Online link will be provided on the day of the webinar.)

Do you feel unsure about how to handle important discussions with your major prof or other influential individuals? This workshop will help you plan and conduct important face-to-face interactions. You will learn about different types of questions and tips for making statements; we will discuss appropriate ways to initiate and conclude these important interactions. 

Part II - You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches  |  March 25 3:30-5pm (Online link will be provided on the day of the webinar.)

Listening is a process of responding to another person using nonverbal actions and verbal messages. This workshop will give you opportunities to practice listening to support, to understand, and to advise through the integration of nonverbal and verbal approaches. 

Part III - Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will Never Hurt Me: Verbal Messages |  March 30 3:30-5pm (Online link will be provided on the day of the webinar.)

Words are powerful. Words create and maintain our reality and they both help and hinder us. This workshop examines the power and role of words, specifically in crafting assertive messages, in requesting, giving, and receiving feedback, and in giving and accepting apologies.

Part IV - “It’s Not What You Said; It’s How You Said It": Nonverbal Communication |  April 1 3:30-5pm in (Online link will be provided on the day of the webinar.)

The majority of the meaning we convey through our communication occurs nonverbally. In this workshop, you will learn tips for managing four nonverbal codes:  touch, space, “body language”, and the voice. 

Part V - It Takes Two: Conflict Management |  April 6 3:30-5pm (Online link will be provided on the day of the webinar.)

Do you avoid conflict or do you believe everyone in a conflict should be satisfied with the outcome? The conflict workshop will discuss five approaches to resolving conflict and provide a process for managing a conflict discussion.

Part VI - Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication |  April 8 3:30-5pm (Online link will be provided on the day of the webinar.)

Does the thought of entering a room where you know no one terrify you? Do you skip receptions because you are uncertain how to talk to a stranger? Come to the “Small Talk” workshop and learn to make connections with strangers that could result in professional partnerships, research relationships, and a good time. 
 



Developing Successful Job Application Materials 

Join the CCE in our "Developing Successful Job Application Materials" Seminar Series and learn valuable tips on how to create different application materials for your job packet. You'll be ready for the job market in no time! Make sure to register in advance, as seating is limited. 

Part I - "Compiling the CV/Resume" February 24th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part II - "Enhancing your Networking Skills" February 25th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part III - "Drafting your Diversity Statement" February 26th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part IV - "Improving your Interviewing Skills" March 2nd 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part V - "Writing the Research Statement" March 4th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part VI -"Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement" March 10th 1:10-2:30pm in Gilman 1652

Part VII - "Composing your Cover Letter" March 11th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115
 


CCE & Parks Library Present...

Writing the Literature Review 

Part I: "Conducting a lit review: A Citation Here, a Citation There. . .Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review” February 27th 2:30-4pm in Parks Library 134

Searching for publications for a literature review is a frustrating experience for many graduate students. If you dread finding material for your lit review, join us for this workshop where you’ll learn about search strategies, how to find and search subject databases, and how to keep up with literature in your field. You’ll also be introduced to citation chains and how they can streamline your search for relevant publications.

Part II:  "Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review" March 5th 2:30-4pm in Parks Library 134

Many graduate students consider the literature review one of the most daunting parts of scholarly writing. If you're one of those students, join us for this workshop 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.