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A collage of Graduate School events: poster competition at the Science Museum, workshop in the Graduate Center, computer lab meeting, and a group of graduate students meeting outside

Academic and professional development events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are regularly offered by TTU Libraries, the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, the Ethics Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the University Career Center, the Graduate School, and the Graduate Student Advisory Council. You can explore the Fall 2014 opportunities here!

October 2014 Events

      Tuesday, October 14th – THESIS-DISSERTATION FORMATTING WORKSHOP

9:30 am - 10:30 am

TLPDC (University Library, Room 151)

This workshop is designed to help students prepare their thesis and dissertation documents for electronic submission. Basic concepts of document design and use of software for preparing documents is covered. It is recommended for those in the beginning stages of writing and formatting their documents.

Online graduate students can join via livestream at http://mediacast.ttu.edu/Mediasite/Play/cccfcdb3e6154d468cff360a700d04311d

Registration: Please register for this session at www.tltc.ttu.edu or call 742-0133 for more information.

      Wednesday, October 15th – THESIS-DISSERTATION FORMATTING WORKSHOP

9:30 am - 10:30 am

TLPDC (University Library, Room 151)

This workshop is designed to help students prepare their thesis and dissertation documents for electronic submission. Basic concepts of document design and use of software for preparing documents is covered. It is recommended for those in the beginning stages of writing and formatting their documents.

Online graduate students can join via livestream at http://mediacast.ttu.edu/Mediasite/Play/0eea77e2af0c4bd28849bf9902cef0ec1d

Registration: Please register for this session at www.tltc.ttu.edu or call 742-0133 for more information.

      Wednesday, October 15th – ALTMETRICS

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

University Library, Room 150

With the widespread adoption of information technology, the behavior of scholars has changed in recent years. Traditional measures of scholarly impact have come under increasing criticism for being inadequate. How can we measure the influence of scholarly work in the newly emerging online environment? This workshop focuses on the rise of altmetrics, alternative measures of scholarly influence. Alternative resources for measuring research impact will be introduced and discussed and their advantages and disadvantages will be noted. Attendees will learn how to monitor personal and institutional research impact in new ways, track research significance and influence in a more timely and comprehensive manner, and achieve a better understanding of how the scholarly landscape may change in the years ahead.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Wednesday, October 15th – RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

TLPDC (University Library), Room 151

Yes, there are “rules” to appropriately conducting research. However, more importantly, there are practices that can maximize your productivity and the efficacy of your research. Dr. Marianne Evola, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Administrator in the Office of the Vice President for Research, will discuss the rules of research and what happens when those rules are broken. However, she will also address how making good decisions in your daily research activities that can enhance your work, your relationships with colleagues and your productivity.

Registration: Please register for this session at www.tltc.ttu.edu or call 742-0133 for more information.

      Wednesday, October 15th – BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University Library, Room 150

These sessions are meant to be free-form workshops where users can bring their devices, get unofficial help from other attendees (or the presenter), find support material in the Library and online, and become more confident using their devices.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Wednesday, October 15th – STRESS MANAGEMENT & BIOFEEDBACK

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, West Wing Basement)

We all know that stress can make us sick! We must learn how to de-stress ourselves, how to be calm when graduate life challenges us. Come and learn how to manage your stress using relaxation, visualization, and biofeedback techniques! This workshop is presented by Dr. Lisa Viator, Associate Director of Clinical Services. Students off-campus can view this workshop live or as a recording at http://ow.ly/C7akH.

Registration: No registration is needed.

      Friday, October 17th through Saturday, October 18th – ARTS AND HUMANITIES CONFERENCE

The Texas Tech University Graduate School is pleased to announce the fourth annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference October 17-18, 2014. The conference features paper presentations by TTU graduate students, highlighting research and work in the arts and humanities.

The conference is an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with an educated, non-specialist audience making full use of available presentation technologies. Students who present will also submit a 10-12 page scholarly paper based on the presentation (deadline November 7). Papers are peer-reviewed for a "best-of-conference" award. Students may also opt to have their papers included in the annual TTU Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference Proceedings. All papers are eligible for the award whether the student will be submitting them for publication or not.

Graduate students doing scholarship in the Arts and Humanities are invited to submit 250-300 word abstracts for papers showcasing their current work. 36 papers will be chosen for presentation. Fields where research can engage the fields of Arts and Humanities include (but are not limited to) Art, English, Economics, Geography, Communication Studies, Mass Communications, Foreign Language, Linguistics, Philosophy, Music, Theatre, History, Political Science.

Complementary work in the fields of Human Sciences, Design, Architecture, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, Psychology, or work from other fields that is cross-disciplinary with Liberal Arts is also welcome. Research that is more quantitative in nature may be better suited for submission to the Graduate School’s annual Poster Competition in the Spring.

Abstracts may be submitted online up until September 19th at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/news/register_poster.php?. LIMIT ONE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PER STUDENT (only the first submission from a student will be accepted). If your abstract is selected, you will be notified by the end of the first week of October.

Direct questions to Anastasia Coles at anastasia.coles@ttu.edu.

      Monday, October 20th – SURVIVING GRAD SCHOOL DISCUSSION GROUP

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students, which meets every Monday evening. It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

Registration: No registration is required to participate in this group. If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

      Wednesday, October 22nd – IDENTIFYING GRANTS FOR RESEARCH AND PROJECT FUNDING

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

University Library, Room 150

This workshop targets faculty, researchers, and graduate students at Texas Tech University who are interested in identifying grant opportunities. Hands-on experience is offered using the database: COS Pivot. Pivot assists in finding funding opportunities and in supporting collaboration in research development. It combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million scholar profiles, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Friday, October 24th – PRIMARY SOURCES

10:00 am - 11:30 am

University Library, Room 150

Primary sources can provide unique content for research projects. This workshop will serve as an introduction to locating and identifying such sources using the TTU Libraries’ resources.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Friday, October 24th – THESIS-DISSERTATION PEER REVIEW SESSION

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

The Graduate School's Friday afternoon Peer Review Sessions are designed to help graduate students who are working on dissertations or theses make substantive weekly progress on revising and editing their work. Each session begins with a short guest presentation by an experienced research writer who will share his or her knowledge about how to revise one's own academic writing. After the presentation, on-campus and online participants will learn sound peer review strategies and split into groups for peer review of drafts. Graduate School thesis-dissertation staff will be available to answer specific revision-related questions.

Graduate students may attend the Peer Review Sessions on campus or via Mediasite at any point during a three-hour session, however, peer revision group work will start immediately after the guest speaker presents. On campus students should go to the Graduate Center in the west-wing basement of the Administration Building. Those wishing to attend remotely should (1) go to http://ow.ly/BmAdv, (2) sign in to eRaider if prompted, (3) find the day's date in the list of presentation titles, and (4) click on "Watch" or the play arrow on the video preview image.

Registration: No registration is required for this workshop; however, admittance is first come as space allows. For more information, contact Anastasia Coles, Graduate School Thesis Coordinator. at anastasia.coles@ttu.edu.

      Monday, October 27th – CREATING AN IRB PROPOSAL

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, West Wing Basement)

Want to get your research going, but feel stuck in the approval process? Rick Shupe from Texas Tech's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) will guide us through the IRB process. The presentation covers the basic elements that comprise the IRB proposal as well as the information that should be included in each section. Emphasis will be placed on the Proposal Format page with additional guidance on accompanying materials. Students off-campus can view this workshop live or as a recording at http://ow.ly/C7akH.

Registration: Register online at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/?p=3952. Please email kimberly.elmore@ttu.eduif you need assistance.

      Monday, October 27th – SURVIVING GRAD SCHOOL DISCUSSION GROUP

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students, which meets every Monday evening. It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

Registration: No registration is required to participate in this group. If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

      Tuesday, October 28th – CHANGING RESEARCH CONTEXTS

THE PRACTICE OF RE/FRAMING YOUR WORK FOR THESES, PRESENTATION, AND PUBLICATION

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

TLPDC (University Library), Room 151

 

Registration: Please register for this session at www.tltc.ttu.edu or call 742-0133 for more information. Lunch will be served.

      Friday, October 31st – THESIS-DISSERTATION PEER REVIEW SESSION

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

The Graduate School's Friday afternoon Peer Review Sessions are designed to help graduate students who are working on dissertations or theses make substantive weekly progress on revising and editing their work. Each session begins with a short guest presentation by an experienced research writer who will share his or her knowledge about how to revise one's own academic writing. After the presentation, on-campus and online participants will learn sound peer review strategies and split into groups for peer review of drafts. Graduate School thesis-dissertation staff will be available to answer specific revision-related questions.

Graduate students may attend the Peer Review Sessions on campus or via Mediasite at any point during a three-hour session, however, peer revision group work will start immediately after the guest speaker presents. On campus students should go to the Graduate Center in the west-wing basement of the Administration Building. Those wishing to attend remotely should (1) go to http://ow.ly/BmAdv, (2) sign in to eRaider if prompted, (3) find the day's date in the list of presentation titles, and (4) click on "Watch" or the play arrow on the video preview image.

Registration: No registration is required for this workshop; however, admittance is first come as space allows. For more information, contact Anastasia Coles, Graduate School Thesis Coordinator. at anastasia.coles@ttu.edu.

November 2014 Events

      Monday, November 3rd – SURVIVING GRAD SCHOOL DISCUSSION GROUP

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students, which meets every Monday evening. It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

Registration: No registration is required to participate in this group. If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

      Tuesday, November 4th – HOW TO CONVERT A CV TO A RESUME

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm OR 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

University Career Center (Wiggins Complex)

Learn the ins-and-outs of resume and CV writing.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Tuesday, November 4th – PRESENTATION SOFTWARE

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

University Library, Room 150

Do your presentations lack pizzazz or do you feel like your conference talks give the audience PowerPoint fatigue? Become a better presenter through more effective use of presentation software: Prezi, Keynote, and PowerPoint. Prezi is a web-based presentation software with a zoomable canvas, while PowerPoint is a slide-based presentation program produced by Microsoft, and Keynote is the presentation software produced by Apple. You will learn techniques to help you better communicate ideas through your slide deck to reach presentation Zen.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Wednesday, November 5th – GRADUATE STUDENT RESUME/CV CRITIQUE DAY

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

University Career Center (Wiggins Complex)

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Wednesday, November 5th – DISSERTATION DIVING

10:00 am - 12 pm

University Library, Room 150

This workshop is designed for graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation. The presenters will demonstrate how to find, evaluate, and obtain theses and dissertations on your topic.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Thursday, November 6th – OVPR DISCUSSION SERIES: TTU RESEARCH PARK

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120

The construction of the Texas Tech Research Park is a tangible example of how Texas Tech is growing as a top tier research university. Join us for the OVPR Discussion Series where representatives directly involved with the building and Implementation of the research park will discuss details of the new facility and what is available to researchers. The event includes several speakers and a round-table discussion led by Dr. Robert V. Duncan, Vice President for Research.

The purpose of the OVPR Discussion Series is to create an interactive discussion platform to spur intellectual conversation on topics involving research, ethics and innovation in higher education. The one hour sessions consist of one or more presenters who will speak briefly on a specific topic. After all presenters have spoken, the floor will be open to audience questions and discussion on the specific topic. The sessions are open to the public, and community members and media are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided.

Registration: Please RSVP to vpr.communications@ttu.edu.

      Monday, November 10th – SURVIVING GRAD SCHOOL DISCUSSION GROUP

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students, which meets every Monday evening. It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

Registration: No registration is required to participate in this group. If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

      Monday, November 17th – SURVIVING GRAD SCHOOL DISCUSSION GROUP

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students, which meets every Monday evening. It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

Registration: No registration is required to participate in this group. If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

      Tuesday, November 18th – WHAT NOT TO WEAR

FASHION TIPS FOR PRESENTATIONS, INTERVIEWS, AND DAILY PROFESSIONAL LIFE

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

TLPDC (University Library), Room 151

Have you ever wondered if you are dressed appropriately, or been told that what you are wearing is inappropriate? This session will help answer your questions about appropriate professional dress, from business casual to interview attire. We will focus on acceptable options for graduate students teaching in the classroom, presenting at conferences, and hitting the job market. Join us for a fun, relaxed conversation about how to look great while still looking professional!

Registration: Please register for this session at www.tltc.ttu.edu or call 742-0133 for more information.

      Wednesday, November 19th – BASICS OF LIBRARY RESEARCH

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

University Library, Room 150

Save time and money. Your personal librarian will get you started with library resources and services. Get tips on how to find articles and books. Learn how to expand and limit search results in databases. Create your free Document Delivery account. Access style guides online. Forget what you think you know. Rediscover the library.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

      Thursday, November 20th – PREDATORY PUBLISHING

WHAT IT IS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR ACADEMIC REPUTATION

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

University Library, Room 150

With the rise of open access publishing, some publishers now charge author fees as a way to finance the cost of publishing articles without having to charge subscription fees. However, some publishers have begun to take advantage of the author pays model and require payment from authors without providing adequate editorial services. The result is that articles are often solicited and accepted for publication in new journals without the customary peer review and editing that is characteristic of established journals. These predatory journals often have scientific names and list prominent academics on their editorial boards without their permission, making them difficult to distinguish from legitimate journals and publishers. In this workshop, we will analyze the characteristics of predatory journals and outline strategies that scholars can take to identify them and ensure that their research is only submitted to quality journals and reputable publishers.

Registration: Students do not need to register to attend.

December 2014 Event

      Thursday, December 4th – OVPR DISCUSSION SERIES

RESEARCH PUBLICATION PRACTICES & RESPONSIBLE AUTHORSHIP

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120

Being aware of proper publication processes is important to the reputation of scholars engaged in research. Recently, questions have arisen regarding paying for works published, credibility of open access publishers, and the effects of government bounty for publication in specific journals. Join us for the OVPR Discussion Series on Research Publication Practices & Responsible Authorship to learn more about proper practices, and tips and tricks to make sure both you and your research are protected. The event includes several speakers and a round-table discussion led by Dr. Robert V. Duncan, Vice President for Research.

The purpose of the OVPR Discussion Series is to create an interactive discussion platform to spur intellectual conversation on topics involving research, ethics and innovation in higher education. The one hour sessions consist of one or more presenters who will speak briefly on a specific topic. After all presenters have spoken, the floor will be open to audience questions and discussion on the specific topic. The sessions are open to the public, and community members and media are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided.

Registration: Please RSVP to vpr.communications@ttu.edu.

Recurring Fall 2014 Events

      Every First Friday - GSAC MEETING AND OPEN FORUM

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Graduate Center (Administration Building, west-wing basement)

GSAC is an organization of graduate students dedicated to enhancing graduate student life at Texas Tech University. We collaborate with TTU graduate students, graduate student organizations, the Student Government Association, and the Dean of the Graduate School to address graduate student issues, produce academic and professional workshops, host social events, and participate in community service. We are also active members of the National Association of Graduate & Professional Students (NAGPS) and participate in state- and national-level legislative lobbying efforts on behalf of graduate students.

All graduate students at Texas Tech are automatically members of GSAC, and we welcome everyone to our regular council and commission meetings as well as to our workshops and events. Meetings include an "Open Forum" where graduate students may voice concerns and issues in an open and safe environment. Past meeting minutes and the upcoming agenda will be found on the GSAC website at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/publications/ a day or two prior to the meeting. If you can't attend the meeting but want to share with us your thoughts about improving graduate student life, please email us at gsac@ttu.edu.

Distance graduate students and those unable to attend in person can use the following link to join the meeting online: https://meet.ttu.edu/gloria.park/Y622219P

If you have any questions about the monthly GSAC Meeting and Open Forum, please contact Gloria Park at gloria.park@ttu.edu.

      Every First Friday - FIRST FRIDAY ART TRAIL WITH GSAC & URBAN TECH

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TTU Urban Tech Design Center, 1120 Main Street, Lubbock

On the first Friday of each month, you can find GSAC at Urban Tech for First Friday Art Trail (F.F.A.T.), which runs from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Each month, Urban Tech features a new exhibit and often a promo just for graduate students. GSAC representatives serve popcorn and lemonade to community guests and provide information about GSAC and the Graduate School. For more details about special plans for an upcoming F.F.A.T., please visit the GSAC's website at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/gsac-events/ or FB Event page at https://www.facebook.com/ttugsac/events.

F.F.A.T. venues are generally within walking or biking distance from each other or you can take the four free trolleys that cover the event between about 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM. First Friday Art Trail is an excellent way to enjoy Lubbock and the local art scene each month. You can check out all the F.F.A.T. venues and trolley information here: http://ffat.org/venues.html.

If you have any questions about F.F.A.T., feel free to email Jacek Jońca-Jasiński at jacek.jonca@ttu.edu.

      Every Second Friday – GRADUATE - PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL HOUR

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location varies

On the second Friday of each month, graduate, law, and health sciences students meet at a local establishment to relax and network. The Graduate Student Advisory Council provides appetizers and other freebies. Since the social location changes each month, please visit http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/gsac-events/ or https://www.facebook.com/ttugsac/events for more details.

More Events and Resources

Funding Your Education

The following sites include additional resources and events open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at Texas Tech.