Fall 2019 Workshops and Seminar Series

Research Writing Seminar Series 

"What should I include in my Methods section? How many sources should I incorporate into my literature review? Where should I put the research limitations?" Come find the answers to these and more research writing-related questions in this seminar series!  *Be sure to register for the events in advance, as seats are limited!

Part I - Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction: October 15th 2:10-3:30pm in Marston 2155

Part II - Writing the Literature Review: October 22nd 2:10-3:30pm in Marston 2155

Part III - Describing your Methods: October 24th 2:10-3:30pm in Lagomarcino W0142

Part IV - Unveiling the Results: October 31st 2:10-3:30pm in Lagomarcino W0142

Part V - Composing the Discussion/Conclusion: November 4th 2:10-3:30pm in Agronomy 2050

Part VI - Revising Manuscripts with the Research Writing Tutor: November 6th 2:10-3:30pm in Agronomy 2050



Grant Writing Seminar Series

Learn the key components necessary for making a compelling argument in your grant proposal! Also, identify appropriate sources of funding and familiarize yourself with the expectations of key, national grant-giving organizations.

Part I - Introduction to Grant Writing: The Basics Thursday November 7th 3:10-4:30 in NSRIC 1131

Part II - Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF Monday November 11th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part III - Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH Thursday November 14th 2:10-3:30pm in NSRIC 1131

Part IV -Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA Monday November 18th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part V -Finding Funding Workshop: Thursday November 21st 2:10-3:30pm in Bessey 0210

Fall 2019 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. Sign up for one or more boot camps at the links below:

Boot camp sessions will be held in Parks Library Room 32 (basement computer lab). These events will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop. 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, as seating is limited and demand is high. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Submission Guidelines Seminar. 

Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series/Live Webinars

Part I - Communicating Effectively Face to Face

Monday March 25, 3:30-5pm, Parks Library 198 

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.

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Part II - You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches

Wednesday March 27, 3:30-5pm, Parks Library 198 

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.

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Part III - Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will Never Hurt Me: Verbal Messages

Monday April 1, 3:30-5pm, Parks Library 198 

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.

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Part IV - “It’s Not What You Said; It’s How You Said It:" Nonverbal Communication

Wednesday April 3, 3:30-5pm, Parks Library 198 

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.

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Part V - It Takes Two: Conflict Management

Monday April 8, 3:30-5pm, Parks Library 198 

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.

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Part VI - Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication

Wednesday April 10, 3:30-5pm, Parks Library 198 

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.

Attend the live webinar here