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K-State Today

January 26, 2016



Graduate Student Council announces spring professional development events

By Kelsey Peterson

The Graduate Student Council professional development events are free workshops, informational meetings and forums that help graduate students enhance their professional development and enrich graduate students' education beyond their own disciplines. 

• Accepting the Job Offer: $tart $mart $alary Negotiation Workshop will take place from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the K-State Student Union Room 227. This workshop will prepare you to negotiate your starting salary when offered your first post-graduate school position, improve your lifelong earning potential, articulate your value, build confidence in your negotiation style and sharpen your budgeting skills. The workshop will be led by Camila Haselwood, Powercat Financial Counseling peer counselor 2 and master's student in personal financial planning; and Derek Lawson, doctoral student in personal financial counseling. Come and learn how to successfully negotiate salary and benefits to get the best deal for yourself.

• Grant Writing Workshop: Noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 24, and 2-5 p.m. Feb. 25 in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. This is a two day workshop aimed at informing graduate students and postdocs about various aspects of the grant writing process. Whether you are new to grant writing, or have some experience, information presented will be very relevant and valuable to you. Attend one day or attend them both. By attending one day, you will receive one point for the certificate program, attending both days will earn you two points.

Feb. 24 sessions and topics:
A. Grant Writing Orientation

  1. 1. Terminology and Acronyms
  2. 2. Process of Grant Writing at Universities
  3. 3. Rules of Grant Writing
  4. 4. Data and Publication Accessibility

B. Writing the Narrative and Project Summary

Feb. 25 sessions and topics:
A. Budget and Budget Justifications
B. Review Criteria and Evaluation
C. Developing your Objectives and Goals

This event is co-sponsored by the K-State Postdoc Association, Office of Vice President of Research and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

• Communicating Your Research to the Public: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the K-State Student Union, Room 227. How do you explain your research or scholarly work to your family, friends and the general public who are not experts in your field of study? Explaining your work and why it is important in a way that the general public and academics from other disciplines can understand can be very challenging. Attend this session to receive guidance from a panel of professionals on how to present technical information in an easy to understand manner, learn why it is important to communicate your research to the general public and have your questions answered.

• Publishing Your Research and Scholarly Work: 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the K-State Student Union's Cottonwood Room. In this seminar, graduate students will learn about the publication process and how to be successful in getting their work published. Learn how to increase your chances of success with each submission, how to deal with the rejections and how to effectively respond to feedback from editors and reviewers. The event will feature a brief panel discussion followed by roundtable discussions where students can interact one-on-one with professionals from various fields of study. This event is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of the publication process.

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