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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!

November 2014 Events

      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


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


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


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! 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.

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.

      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.


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.


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.

January 2015 Events


4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Student Financial Center in West Hall, Room 301

Representatives from Student Business Services (SBS) and Financial Aid will be on hand to answer graduate students' questions. In addition, the Student Business Services TA/RA/GPTI Tuition Assistance (Fees & Waivers) presentation is currently available at http://goo.gl/GJcNkM and TA/RA/GPTI tuition & fee grid is available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/resources/assistantship.php.

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