Graduate Enrichment Series


What is the Graduate Enrichment Series?

The Graduate Enrichment Series is a certificate program that offers weekly opportunities for students to grow both personally and professionally. These sessions are available to all graduate students at no additional charge and are led by faculty and staff from numerous departments and offices around campus and cover a wide variety of topics. The Fall 2017 GES sessions can be found here! Check DuckSync for details on this semester’s workshops.

Why should I participate in the Graduate Enrichment Series?

Participating in the Graduate Enrichment Series provides opportunities for individual growth and development. Additionally, students who attend a minimum of 15 sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the academic year and may request a Co-Curricular Transcript detailing the sessions that they attended.

What is a Co-Curricular Transcript?

The Co-Curricular Transcript is a verified record of student's involvement used to document experiences gained outside the classroom. The Co-Curricular Transcript can be used to increase a student's marketability to prospective employers and graduate schools, provide speaking points for job interviews, and to showcase leadership experience. The Co-Curricular Transcript is a verifiable university document that bears the Institute's seal.

To request your Co-Curricular Transcript, log into your Duck Sync account and follow the instructions below:

  1. When logged into your DuckSync account, click on your name at the top right corner of the page.
  2. On the pop-up menu that appears from the right hand side of the screen, click “Involvement”.
  3. On the “Involvement History” page, you can see a record of all activities in which you have been involved.
  4. On the right hand side of the page, click the “Request Official Transcript” button.
  5. Your request will be sent to an administrator for approval.
  6. You will receive a notification once your request has been approved.

Are Graduate Enrichment Series sessions available online?

A select group of GES sessions have been made available online


Fall 2017 Graduate Enrichment Series sessions:

Samuel C. Williams Library Open House, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

September 6, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Library Great Hall

Come and meet the staff of the Samuel C. Williams Library and learn about your library’s services and research tools. Enter a raffle to win a prize! Library staff will be available to answer your questions, and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Fake or Credible? Navigating the News, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

September 13, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Library Research and Information Lab, room 204

Who can you trust? Learn how to identify “fake” news and how to better evaluate a news source so you can make your own determination.

 

Technical Writing, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

September 14, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn the basics of technical writing: Clarity, Conciseness, and Correctness, and seamless incorporation of tables, figures, and formulas into documents.

 

Mindfulness and Self-Care, Presented by Dr. Melissa Zarin, CAPS

September 18, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Samuel C. Williams Library, Room 208-B

Join Dr. Zarin for an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation is a valuable tool for coping with stress, and living in the moment. Dr. Zarin will also talk about self-care and self-compassion during your graduate journey.

 

Public Speaking and Oral Reports I, Presented by Dr. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi

September 18, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Babbio 220

Speaking in public makes almost everyone nervous. It seems so easy, and yet many smart people just freeze. This workshop will offer specific tips on how to cope with nerves as well as the basics of giving excellent presentations.

 

How It All Works: An Introduction to Academic Publishing, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

September 20, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Library Research and Information Lab, room 204

Publishing an article in an academic journal is an idiosyncratic process, yet so much rides on it for those working in research. This session will discuss the history of academic publishing, the industry today, and the process by which the work you do becomes a published journal article.

 

Creating and Delivering Professional Presentations, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

September 21, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn ways to improve your presentation skills. Topics include: creating effective PowerPoints, coping with anxiety, improving delivery, eye contact, and poise.

 

Public Speaking and Oral Reports II, Presented by Dr. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi

September 25, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Babbio 220

After the basics, what do you need to give successful reports while in public?  How do you make impressive slides to support your talk?

 

Google Master, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

September 25, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Library Research and Information Lab, room 204

If you’re going to use it, use it better! This session will show you how to find valuable resources available through Google's lesser-known research tools.

 

Preparing to Publish, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

September 28, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Topics include: preparing to publish, selecting a journal, dealing with rejection, revising for submission, writing abstracts.

 

Speaking Clearly, for English Language Learners, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

October 5, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn tips and strategies to improve pronunciation and enunciation. Topics covered: muscle-building exercises, word stress, and intonation patterns.

 

Hit the Ground Running: Company Research for First-Year Graduate Students, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

October 10, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Bissinger

Though you may not be ready to look for jobs yet, start preparing now for the day you will be. Learn how you can use Library and internet resources to find data, reports, news, and more on the jobs, companies, and industries you’re interested in and how to use that information to write dynamic cover letters. Presented in collaboration with the Stevens Career Center.

 

Grammar for English Language Learners, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

October 12, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn about the difficult aspects of English grammar: articles, prepositions, count/non-count nouns, and tenses. Learn strategies to identify and correct written accents.

 

So you think you want to do a PhD?, Presented by Dr. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi

October 16, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Babbio 220

Students contemplating the PhD are often daunted by the dissertation, even if they have written a master’s thesis. The dissertation is a significant piece of original research. This workshop presents the basic parts of the dissertation and strategies for getting started.

 

Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Formatting and Submission, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

October 18, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Library Research and Information Lab, room 204

For graduate and doctoral students working on a thesis or dissertation, this workshop will provide details about formatting and submission standards required by the Library. The process of submitting a thesis or dissertation has changed somewhat since previous semesters, so this session will be of use both to those starting their thesis or dissertation as well as those nearing the end of theirs.

 

Academic Vocabulary Building, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

October 19, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn vocabulary, such as appropriate verbs, sentence templates commonly used in academic writing to achieve clarity and tone, and resources for building your academic vocabulary.

 

Creating a Great Resume, Presented by Sandra Vilarino

October 23, 2017, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Location: Fielding Room, Howe Center

Learn how to start and build a great resume.

 

How Does Life Change in Grad School?, Presented by Dr. Eric Rose, CAPS

October 23, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Samuel C. Williams Library, Room 208-B

Many aspects of life change during graduate school, including friendships, priorities and finances. Join Dr. Rose for a discussion of some of what to expect. Learn tips for coping and adjusting gracefully.

 

Proposal Writing, Presented by Dr. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi

October 23, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Babbio 220

You are ready for the next step.  You must write the proposal for your dissertation.  Where do you start?  How will you manage such an important project?  And will you finish it?

 

Getting to Know Your Future Employer: Company Research for Active Job Seekers, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

October 24, 2017, Time to be determined

Location: Bissinger

When you’re ready to apply for a job, the best preparation is research. Bring a job listing you actively want to apply for and we’ll delve deep into Library and internet resources to learn as much as we can about the company and the job, so that when it’s time to write your cover letter, you’ll know just what to say. Presented in collaboration with the Stevens Career Center.

 

 

 

Open Access and Scholarly Communication, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

October 25, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Library Research and Information Lab, room 204

Scholarly communication refers to the many ways scholars communicate with each other, which include articles, conferences, blogs, Twitter, and much more. We'll discuss the latest news in scholarly publishing and open access, and other current events in the area of scholarly communication.

 

The Literature Review, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

October 26, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn the conventions of literature reviews.

 

Networking and cultural differences, Presented by Dr. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi

October 30, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Babbio 220

Your paper or poster has been accepted by a major conference.  When you get to the conference, you have the opportunity to meet colleagues and superiors.  Will you shy away?  Will you feel uncomfortable meeting people with whom you do not share a first language?  Are you afraid of missing important cultural clues?  Who shakes hands?  Who takes offense at apparently harmless gestures?

 

Image Searching and Citation, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

October 30, 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Library Research and Information Lab, room 204

A research paper, presentation or poster looks better with nice graphics and photos. Luckily, the Internet has a plethora of images to save and use. But beware: visual media carry copyright protections, sometimes specific instructions on use, and need to be cited. This workshop will introduce you to tools to find images on the Internet that are safe to use and how to cite them in your research.

 

The Academic Job Portfolio, Presented by Writing & Communications Center

November 2, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Morton 105

Learn about the components of the portfolio required when applying for a university teaching position; includes statement of teaching philosophy, research statement, and teaching demonstration.

 

Citation Management Tools: Zotero, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

November 8, 2017, Time to be determined

Location: TBD

Your bibliography begins as soon as you've cited an article, and assembling it is an ongoing part of your writing process. This workshop will cover Zotero, an open source citation manager, and how to make use of it for everything from class papers to detailed projects.

 

Adjusting to Life in the US, Presented by Dr. Mai El-Khoury, CAPS

November 13, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Samuel C. Williams Library, Room 208-B

Leaving one’s country of origin to study in the U.S. can be a huge adjustment! Join Dr. El-Khoury for an exploration of the challenges (and triumphs) of making this adjustment. Learn the difference between positive and negative ways of coping.

 

How to Perfect the Art of Small Talk, Presented by Ashley Martins, OGSA

November 13, 2017, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Fielding Room, Howe Center

Based on the book The Fine Art of Small Talk, by Debra Fine, attendees will learn how to start a conversation, keep it going, build networking skills, and leave a positive impression!

 

You’re Just What They Need: Researching Academic Institutions for Doctoral Job Seekers, Presented by Samuel C. Williams Library Staff

November 14, 2017, Time to be determined

Location: Bissinger

The academic job search is different than non-academic, but one thing is the same: the more you know about the job you want, the better prepared you’ll be to apply for it. Learn how to use Library databases normally used for doing academic research to find useful information about the key research areas of the academic institution you want to work for. Show the hiring committee how your research experience fills a need they might not even know they have. Bring a job listing of interest! Presented in collaboration with the Stevens Career Center.

 

Resume Clinic, Presented by Sandra Vilarino

November 17, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Fielding Room, Howe Center

Created a great resume and want someone to review it with you? Drop in at any time throughout this session!

 

Healthy Advisory Relationships, Presented by Dr. Eric Rose, CAPS

November 27, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Samuel C. Williams Library, Room 208-B

Research shows that graduate students consider their relationship with their advisor to be one of the main factors that determine their graduate experience. Join Dr. Rose for a discussion of the good, the bad and the ugly of advisor relationships. Learn tips for fostering a healthy advisory relationship.