Past Workshops

2020-21 Academic Year

Info Sessions for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Monday, November 16, 12-1pm
Tuesday, November 24, 11:30am-12:30pm

Learn more about Three Minute Thesis and get answers to all your questions about this year's competition.

Making Your Research Resonate with any Audience

Thursday, November 12th, 2020, 12:30pm to 2pm 

Have you ever tried to explain your research to someone who "just doesn't get it"? What do you do if you need to make sure that the person you're communicating with "gets it"?

Sometimes in grad school, we become accustomed to conversing and presenting research with colleagues in same field of study. This allows us to forget how to approach an interdisciplinary audience that isn’t familiar with the field’s foundational concepts or terms.

This workshop will aid students in formulating an oral or written presentation that is accessible and interesting to a well-educated, broad audience; but at the same time, prevent the students’ research from being trivialized or oversimplified. It will address creating a narrative, choosing audience-appropriate language, persuasion techniques, and more. These skills will be useful for networking, seeking research/scholarship collaborators, grant writing, proposals for academic/research journal publication, conference presentation, and more.

Principles of Visual Communication

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whether you’re presenting a research paper during class or defending your research at your thesis/dissertation defense, drawing on basic visual communication principles will improve the delivery of your next research presentation. When visual aids are effectively used in a research presentation, they become a powerful tool for capturing an audience’s attention. They can communicate complex information with a single glance, emphasize the role of key data in your research results, or accommodate different styles of learning. As such, visual aids should not be an afterthought, but should receive the same level of consideration as crafting an oral or written message. 

This workshop will cover principles of visual communication, including visual flow, use of white space and color, visual balance, identifying intuitive symbols for your audience, accessibility guidelines, accurately representing data, and more.

2019-20 Academic Year

Preparing Future Faculty - Acing the Academic Interview

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Tangeman University Center (TUC), Room 415

Hosted by UC's Preparing Future Faculty program, this workshop will offer students with a crash course on acing the academic interview. Join participants and Dr. Scott Belck to discuss the basics of academic interviews, quick tips, and considerations. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better idea of what to expect on interview day and will gain guidance on how to leave a lasting impression. This workshop is specifically geared towards academic interviews, for those planning on pursuing faculty positions.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop

February 11, 2020 from 11am to 12pm
Langsam Library, Room 475

Enjoy light breakfast and refreshments as you pick up some tips and tricks at this joint workshop with the Academic Writing Center

Workshop Series - Strategic Public Speaking

This workshop was offered twice, the first on November 12, 2019 on the Medical Campus and the second on November 13, 2019 on the West Campus. 

Instructor: Dr. Brian Calfano
Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science

Workshop #3 in the workshop series, Composing Your Presentation Toolkit. Participation in workshop #1 or 2 not needed for this workshop.

You’ve crafted your argument and designed visual aids, so now you need to present your work. This workshop will focus on maximizing physical presence during the presentation, including using a mic, regulating speed/volume of your speech, effective use of body language and movement, making eye contact with the audience, seamlessly incorporating visual aids into your presentation, and more. 

Writing Your Diversity Statement

This workshop was originally held on October 29, 2019. 

Join UC's Preparing Future Faculty program, in collaboration with the UC Academic Writing Center, in an interactive workshop on writing your diversity statement. This workshop is designed for those preparing to apply to faculty positions within academia. Students will receive instruction and tips on writing a diversity statement and will have the opportunity to interact with PFF and Academic Writing Center staff. Preparing faculty applications? This workshop might be right for you!

Workshop Series - Visual Presentation Aids: Principles of Visual Communication

This workshop was offered twice, the first on October 22, 2019 on the Medical Campus and the second on November 6, 2019 on West Campus.

Instructor: Dr. Lora Arduser
Director of Professional and Technical Writing Program and Associate Professor of English

Workshop #2 in the workshop series, Composing Your Presentation Toolkit. Participation in workshop #1 not needed for this workshop.

What makes for a good visual aid? Effective visual aids can capture audience attention, provide an alternate method of sharing information to accommodate different learning methods, and can present complex information in a single glance. As such, visual aids should not be an afterthought, but should receive the same level of consideration as crafting an oral or written message. This workshop will cover principles of visual communication, including visual flow, use of white space and color, visual balance, identifying intuitive symbols for your audience, accessibility guidelines, accurately representing data, and more. 

Scholarly Organizations: Having a Successful Conferencing Experience

This workshop was held on October 18.

Let’s talk about conferences! Conferences are one of the first opportunities for graduate students to engage with fellow researchers and scholars as peers. However, planning and preparing for your first conference experience can be a nerve-wracking experience – especially if you will also be presenting. This workshop will equip you with all the tools necessary for making the most of your first conference, from navigating conference “norms” and conventions to networking and making a positive impression to anticipating what office supplies, presentation materials, and even clothing to pack.

The first half of the program will feature a guide to the academic conference experience by Dr. Marcus Johnson, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, CECH. The second half will feature a graduate student panel with experienced conference presenters. These students will speak about the ways they benefited from attending a conference, what they wish they could have done differently, and their tips for navigating the conference experience.

Workshop Series - Navigating Between Disciplines: How to Make Your Research Speak to Any Audience

Workshop #1 in the workshop series, Composing Your Presentation Toolkit. This workshop was offered twice, on September 26 on the Medical Campus and October 3 on the West Campus. 

Instructor: Dr. Suzanne Boys
Professor of Communication & Public Relations Program Director

Have you noticed that your written or oral communication skills need some refinement? Sometimes in grad school, we become accustomed to conversing and presenting research with colleagues in same field of study. This allows us to forget how to approach an interdisciplinary audience that isn’t familiar with the field’s foundational concepts or terms. This workshop will aid students in formulating an oral or written presentation that is accessible and interesting to a well-educated, broad audience; but at the same time, prevent the students’ research from being trivialized or oversimplified. It will address creating a narrative, choosing audience-appropriate language, persuasion techniques, and more. These skills will be useful for networking, seeking research/scholarship collaborators, grant writing, proposals for academic/research journal publication, conference presentation, and more. 

Preparing Future Faculty Information Session

This information session was held twice, on September 17 on the West Campus and September 30 on the Medical Campus. 

Interested in joining UC's Preparing Future Faculty program? Curious about a career in academia? Preparing to become a professor? Join UC's Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program for an informational session. During this session, we will cover the mission of PFF, the elements of PFF, and potential benefits of PFF. Come hear about the program and discover what PFF can do for you. 
 

2018-19 Academic Year

Graduate Student Writing Workshops

The Academic Writing Center is offering a series of writing workshops. These workshops are tailored to the writing needs of the graduate student experience and will provide the skills that you need to be successful in your academic journey. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required. 

  • Cover Letter: February 6, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 475.
  • Graduate Reading Strategies: February 13, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 462.
  • Writing an Introduction and Conclusion: February 20, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 462.
  • Plagiarism and Paraphrasing: February 27, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 475.
  • Publication for Beginners: March 6, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 475.
  • Common Grammar and Punctuation Errors: March 13, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 462.
  • Developing Research Question and Starting Your Dissertation: March 27, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 475.
  • Writing Your Dissertation Proposal: April 3, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 475.
  • Comprehensive Exam Strategies: April 10, from 12-1pm in Langsam Library 475.

Questions? Email: joseph.cunningham@uc.edu.

Conflict Resolution for Graduate Students

Does meeting with your MA/PhD advisor totally stress you out? Does it seem impossible to fulfill your GA responsibilities and do excellent academic work at the same time? Are you suffering from a chronic case of "Imposter Syndrome"? The Ombuds Office is here to help! Come spend an hour learning constructive conflict tips and tools to help successfully navigate your graduate program at UC. Lunch will be provided. 

When: Wednesday, November 14, 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Where: AACRC (60 W. Charlton St., West Campus) Main Lounge

Financial Literacy Workshop

Tuesday, November 7, 5–7 p.m.

Medical Campus, French East 135

Pizza will be provided. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Chalee Engelhard, or check out the event's official flyer

$tart $mart Workshop

Tuesday, October 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

TUC 417

Learn skills to negotiate salary and benefits for the job you want after graduation! 

Donuts & Development

Presented by The Graduate School. Thursday, September 6th, 2018, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., TUC 400ABC.

The Graduate School's "Donuts & Development” is a professional development event for all graduate students. The purpose of this event is to provide graduate students with a one-stop shop to visit representatives from various professional development groups, offices, and courses across the university. Stop by to grab some free breakfast and coffee and hear about opportunities for preparing for the job search, teaching preparation, writing guidance, diversity & inclusion events, and more!

Questions? Email gradcurrents@uc.edu

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session

Thursday, September 27, 12–1:30 p.m. 

AACRC (60 W. Charlton St., West Campus) Main Lounge

Calling all graduate students, postdocs and newly admitted students of PFF: if it’s your goal to be a professor one day, then please join us for the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session.

The UC PFF program provides instruction in modern teaching and learning and offers rich mentoring experiences that strengthen these career skills. The PFF program: prepares graduate students for academic careers at postsecondary institutions; helps graduate students conduct productive job searches and achieve early career success; and provides professional development that does not extend time-to-degree.

If you would like more information about the PFF program, please contact gradpff@uc.edu.