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Using Human Subjects in Research
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
**ONLINE** This 50-minute workshop will provide practical information about conducting research that involves human subjects. The opportunity to ask questions about the IRB process will be available. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Graduate School and NIU’s Office of Research, Compliance, Integrity and Safety.
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Storing, Annotating, and Employing Sources: Reference Management Systems
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop will focus on improving your understanding of how to use reference management systems, software that helps you store, organize, and insert sources into your research. Other software tools like citation generators and Microsoft Word will also be discussed. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Unpacking and Managing Research Articles and Other Sources
Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop models strategies for you to read, understand, and use stacks of material effectively to frame and design a research paper or study. It will also demonstrate how to use a reference management system like Mendeley to help you organize the content you generate. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Authoring and Publishing Your Research
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
<span style="margin: 0px; line-height: 107%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt;">**ONLINE** If you are interested in learning more about publishing your research, then consider attending this 50-minute, discussion-oriented workshop. No matter your level of experience in writing a manuscript for publication, this workshop is designed to provide you with practical information. Come learn successful strategies for getting published as well as how to manage the inherent challenges. Attendance at this workshop provides credit towards earning a NIU transcript notation in Responsible Conduct of Research. Sponsored by the Graduate School and NIU’s Office of Research, Compliance, Integrity and Safety.</span>
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Learning to Play Well with Others: Working with Your Thesis/Dissertation Committee
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This discussion-based workshop focuses on how to work with your committee, including member selection, dynamics, expectations, and feedback as well as general strategies for success. Another critical topic to be covered includes how to communicate with your committee according to academic and professional standards, especially through email and collaborative platforms. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Defending and Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation Under COVID-19 Policies
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation is for graduate students preparing to submit a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School for May 2021 graduation. Carolyn Law, Thesis/Dissertation Advisor, will walk students through the modified process while NIU remains under COVID-19 policies and restrictions. She will take your questions about meeting deadlines, fulfilling paperwork requirements, scheduling and conducting an online defense, and completing the steps of electronic submission. This program is the best way to ensure compliance with the Graduate School requirements.
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Top 10 Survival Strategies to Finishing the Thesis/Dissertation
Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop highlights how to balance your work, life, and academic responsibilities to push through to completion. It will consider establishing and following schedules, breaking projects into workable segments, and the importance of including rewards to keep yourself motivated. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Research and Laboratory Safety: What Graduate Students Should Know
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
**ONLINE** The laboratory environment can be a hazardous place to work because of potential exposure to numerous potential hazards including chemical, biological, physical and radioactive hazards, as well as musculoskeletal stresses. This 50-minute workshop will provide information on keeping laboratory settings safe and maintaining them by following required regulations. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Graduate School and NIU’s Office of Research, Compliance, Integrity and Safety.
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How to Write the Introduction to Your Thesis/Dissertation
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** You have picked a topic and a focus, but now you have to begin framing how you envision your research. The introduction sets the stage for the entire study, so this workshop will demystify the difference between a problem statement and the significance of the study. It will also explain why you need to define the terms and establish a general direction for the theoretical framework and the methodology. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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How to Write Your Literature Review for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** How skilled are you in writing a literature review? You don't want to miss this popular and practical workshop designed to provide you with strategies for how to write a review as well as tips for organizing and presenting your sources. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek one-on-one assistance from the presenter. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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How to Write Your Methods Section for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** A methodology section describes how data will be collected and analyzed so it can be assessed and replicated by peers/mentors, so this workshop will examine how to select and present the research design as well as how to use academic sources to support your choices. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Research Misconduct – What Graduate Students Should Know
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
**ONLINE** This 50-minute, discussion-based workshop will provide practical information about research misconduct. In particular, attention will be given to misconduct related to fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reporting research. Attendance at this workshop provides credit toward earning a NIU transcript notation in Responsible Conduct of Research. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Graduate School and NIU’s Office of Research, Compliance, Integrity and Safety.
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How to Write the Findings Section for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** You have collected your data! But now you have to (re)present them in your dissertation/thesis – how do you do that? This workshop examines options for shaping your results chapter(s) and showcasing the findings in conjunction with existing research in the discussions and implications sections. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Demystifying the Submission Process
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation is for graduate students preparing to submit a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School for May or August 2021 graduation. Carolyn Law, Thesis/Dissertation Advisor, will walk students through the steps of the process: defense, electronic submission, and final approval.
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How to Write Your Conclusions for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** You have your findings! You know what you want to say based on your beliefs! Why isn’t that enough? This workshop will offer strategies on how to frame an argument and incorporate the outside sources to connect your ideas to the existing scholarship – AKA the final chapter of your dissertation. It will offer tips on how to organize and write about the sources to place your ideas into the larger field. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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How to Manage Your Research Data
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
**ONLINE** This discussion-oriented workshop will include strategies for managing your research data and ways to deal with data management issues when working with peers and faculty. Attendance at this workshop provides credit toward earning a NIU transcript notation in Responsible Conduct of Research. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Graduate School and NIU’s Office of Research, Compliance, Integrity and Safety.
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Improve Your APA – 7th Edition
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop will focus on improving your understanding of how to use APA (7th ed.), the most commonly used documentation style at NIU, to track sources on your references page and how to use in-text citations. Tools and shortcuts like citation generators, research management systems, and Microsoft Word will also be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their work or specific questions (including other documentation styles) to maximize the workshop’s effectiveness. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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ASME Documentation Style for Engineers
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will teach the documentation style of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, known as the ASME journal style. Using real-world examples, students will apply the principles in real time to their own writing. The ASME journal style is ideal for research documentation in all departments of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
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What do you mean my writing isn’t perfect?!? Revision Strategies for Graduate Students
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** A long weekend, a few late nights, more coffee than is probably good for you, and finally, finally, you have your draft, and it is perfect...or so you think. In reality, with larger projects likes theses or dissertations, the strategies that help you write shorter papers in a single sitting (or two) often do not work, and you will typically need to expand on, clarify, develop, refocus, or connect your work in different ways. This workshop will discuss revision strategies to help you reorganize the material you know into a format your readers can follow. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Commas, colons, and semicolons are interchangeable, right? Fixing Common Grammar Mistakes
Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** Typos, who vs. whom, dangling modifiers, split infinitives, active vs. passive voice, concision. This workshop will discuss effective proofreading strategies, address common grammar issues, and identify useful resources to help you clearly explain your work to others. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU's Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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Tables, Figures, Pagination
Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation is designed to assist thesis and dissertation writers to comply with the Graduate School requirements for tables, figures, and pagination. Thesis Office staff will cover the specific format requirements and demonstrate helpful techniques and shortcuts in Microsoft Word.
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Moving Beyond ABD – “How we graduated…and you can, too!”: A Panel of Graduates Share Their Experiences
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
**ONLINE** Because you are not the first person to pursue this journey, it can be helpful to hear tips from those who have gone before you. This panel provides an opportunity to interact with recent completers who can share their struggles and successes throughout the thesis/dissertation process. This is a collaborative effort sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center and the Graduate School.
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A Project-Management Approach to the Dissertation
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation is designed to assist thesis and dissertation writers to comply with the Graduate School requirements for tables, figures, and pagination. Thesis Office staff will cover the specific format requirements and demonstrate helpful techniques and shortcuts in Microsoft Word.**ONLINE** Many doctoral students struggle to make steady progress on their dissertations because they lack a well-articulated plan to manage the document’s production over a long period of time. This online presentation will help students develop a clear, practical strategy for completing the dissertation based on principles and best practices of project management.
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The Balancing Act: A Life in Grad School
Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This discussion will focus on the complexities of managing life as a graduate student, balancing family responsibilities, personal health, outside work, and the pressures of a dissertation or thesis. The discussion will be facilitated by Carolyn Law, Thesis/Dissertation Advisor.
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Strategies for Negotiating Your First (or Next) Job Offer
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
**ONLINE** When you receive a job offer, are you ready for salary questions? Do you know strategies for negotiating salary as well as other benefits? No matter your work experience, don’t accept a job without trying to negotiate. This workshop if being offered by a presenter with Fortune 50 company experience and will focus on practical strategies for navigating your first (or next) job offer.
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How to Write a Cover Letter that Gets You Noticed
Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** Cover letters can feel like a time-consuming and pointless part of the job search process. However, more than 80% of hiring managers see them as crucial when assessing applicants. What makes a good cover letter? What should you include and not include? This workshop will answer those questions. Learn how to increase your chances of getting noticed with an optimized letter.
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Resume Trends & Forecasts for 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will cover 2021 resume trends and forecasts. Due to COVID-19, the job market is tight, so you need to develop and send resumes that cut through today’s crowded pool of applicants. On average, hiring managers spend 8 seconds looking at a resume before making a decision. Learn what you can do to make those 8 seconds count.
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Job Searching: What Skills Should I Be Emphasizing When Applying for Jobs and Internships?
Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** What job skills are in most demand in this pandemic job market? What skills are in job postings based on one’s occupation of interest? Come learn how to use NIU’s Career Pathway Dashboard to search the job market by occupation, skills, employer, and geographic demand. Learn how to use the flexible interface so you have an edge in preparing your resume content and talking about top skills in job interviews. Don’t miss this opportunity to set yourself apart in the job market!
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20 Steps to a More Optimized LinkedIn profile in 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** Your LinkedIn profile is the foundation for your professional branding. Whether you already have a LinkedIn profile or just starting one, this workshop will help you optimize what to include. Come learn 20 LinkedIn features you should know and utilize in 2021. All of the features covered will help you to increase connections with like-minded professionals as well as capture recruiter interest.
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I’m a Career Changer! Strategies for Job Searching
Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** Changing careers is challenging. You need to convince an employer you are the right person for a job, which is difficult because others in the applicant pool have experience, while you do not. Career changers need to use a multifaceted approach. This workshop will include cover letter, resume, and interview tips for career changers.
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How to Write a Cover Letter that Gets You Noticed
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** Cover letters can feel like a time-consuming and pointless part of the job search process. However, more than 80% of hiring managers see them as crucial when assessing applicants. What makes a good cover letter? What should you include and not include? This workshop will answer those questions. Learn how to increase your chances of getting noticed with an optimized letter.
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Digital Interviews: What Are They? What Questions Should I Expect?
Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** Due to the pandemic, hiring managers have shifted to digital interviews to find new employees. The process, which can include 3-8 total interviews per position, can be quite intimidating, especially if you are not sure what to expect. For that reason, come learn how to prepare for multiple level digital interviews. This workshop covers practical information on what types of questions to practice and how to navigate the process before, during, and after each interview. Workshop participants will receive an electronic handout of practice interview questions along with other resources.
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Job Searching: What Skills Should I Be Emphasizing When Applying for Jobs and Internships?
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** What job skills are in most demand in this pandemic job market? What skills are in job postings based on one’s occupation of interest? Come learn how to use NIU’s Career Pathway Dashboard to search the job market by occupation, skills, employer, and geographic demand. Learn how to use the flexible interface so you have an edge in preparing your resume content and talking about top skills in job interviews. Don’t miss this opportunity to set yourself apart in the job market!
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20 Steps to a More Optimized LinkedIn profile in 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** Your LinkedIn profile is the foundation for your professional branding. Whether you already have a LinkedIn profile or just starting one, this workshop will help you optimize what to include. Come learn 20 LinkedIn features you should know and utilize in 2021. All of the features covered will help you to increase connections with like-minded professionals as well as capture recruiter interest.
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Seeking a Position in Academia: Preparing Your Application Materials
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop is open to those interested in working in academia. Major topics to be covered include (1) Understanding the differences in higher education expectations at R1, R2, and PUIs; (2) Becoming aware of key components to include in a teaching philosophy statement; (3) Deconstructing job postings and identify criteria to include in a teaching philosophy statement; (4) Utilizing a rubric to write and evaluate your teaching philosophy statement, and (5) Discussing content to include in a Diversity Statement. This workshop meets requirements for the Future Professoriate Program.
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Resume Trends & Forecasts for 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will cover 2021 resume trends and forecasts. Due to COVID-19, the job market is tight, so you need to develop and send resumes that cut through today’s crowded pool of applicants. On average, hiring managers spend 8 seconds looking at a resume before making a decision. Learn what you can do to make those 8 seconds count.
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Seeking a Position in Academia: Navigating the Interview Process
Friday, April 9, 2021 from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop is open to those interested in working in academia. Major topics to be covered include (1) Discussing higher education timeline, job sources, and application materials; (2) Familiarizing yourself with a typical 2-day interview process; (3) Becoming aware of key components in a research statement,(4) Deconstructing an annotated research statement; and (5) Utilize a rubric to write and evaluate your research statement. This workshop meets requirements for the Future Professoriate Program.
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