Events and Workshops

On-going Fall 2022

Graduate Writing Circle 

The Graduate College is excited to continue providing in-person and virtual writing circles during fall semester! The purpose of the writing circle is to provide a community, accountability, and a dedicated time for students to gather with peers to work independently. All are welcome! Click the blue button to RSVP for the in-person or virtual circle so we know you will be joining us!

In-person Writing Circle - Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. from Thursday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Dec. 15 (exceptions: Fall Break, Oct. 20 and Thanksgiving, Nov. 24). Join for part of the day or for the entire time in the lobby of the Graduate College, Walwood Hall, East Campus.

Virtual Writing Circle - Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. from Monday, Sept. 12 through Monday, Dec. 12 via Webex. 

RSVP here (in-person & virtual)  

September 2022

Successfully Managing your Graduate Projects    

Monday, September 12, 4 to 5 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

Whether you want to prepare for working in a lab, learn techniques to take control of your research, or just want to improve your data organization, this workshop will give you the building blocks to confidently manage your files. Topics covered will include naming conventions, documentation, and storage.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a professional entry-level program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Learn more about the 30-month, 110-credit hour program and application process by joining this session hosted by DPT faculty and staff. Register by clicking the button below. 

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Virtual Information Session

Thursday, September 15, 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about WMU's Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree by attending this session hosted by Sarah Anderson, manager of recruitment and outreach. Register by clicking the button below. 

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Cybersecurity Virtual Information Session

Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m.

Learn more about WMU's graduate programs in Cybersecurity by attending the information session.  WMU offers both a Master's and Certificate program. Those who attend the session are eligible for an application fee waiver. 

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Graduate Student Association General Assembly Meeting

Friday, September 23, 3 p.m.

All graduate students are invited to attend the general assembly meeting of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). It is offered as a hybrid meeting  with food and beverages available for in-person attendees in Rooms 105-106, Bernhard Center. Or, join online by clicking the blue button below at the appropriate time (no RSVP required).

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Grad Student Welcome Event

Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m.

The Graduate College, BGSA, and GSA invite all incoming and current graduate students, their friends and their family to celebrate the new academic year with us! Join us for a fun afternoon with games, music by DJ Chuck, and free food catered by Off the Cuff for you and your guests. Transportation from Main Campus is provided upon request.

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Overview of Evidence Synthesis

Tuesday, September 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

"'Evidence synthesis' is a research methodology which brings together information and findings from a range of sources to help analyze and inform decisions on a variety of problems and issues. This workshop will:

  • Instruct participants on how to find evidence synthesis articles: literature (aka “narrative”) review, scoping review, systematic review, meta-analysis.
  • Review the purpose and application of the various types of evidence synthesis.

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Data Visualization Tools    

Wednesday, September 28, 10 to 11 a.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

Description: An introductory overview of data visualization tools including Excel Pivot Charts, Tableau, D3.js, ArcGIS (pro, online, stories), QGIS, Google Earth Pro, and more.

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Research and Travel/Virtual Grant Application Workshop

Wednesday, September 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Graduate Commons, Graduate College, Walwood Hall, East Campus 

Learn more about the grad student research and travel grants and how to submit a successful application by joining the Graduate College for an informational workshop on Sept. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET. We will meet in the Walwood Graduate Commons on East Campus. Click for details about the research grant and travel grant

 

October 2022

Overview of Systematic Reviews

Monday, October 3, 6 to 7 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

This session will provide you with concrete steps in constructing comprehensive systematic reviews on your topic. The workshop will address:

  • Identifying potential resources and databases to be searched
  • Utilizing a protocol to collect relevant search terms (both controlled vocabulary and keywords)
  • Tools available for organizing search results

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WMU Employee Graduate Education Information Session (in-person, for WMU employees only)

Wednesday, October 5, 10 to 11 a.m., In-person, Graduate College, West Walwood Hall, East Campus

WMU employees receive excellent benefits from the University and are encouraged to pursue educational opportunities. The tuition remission program allows employees with fulltime benefits eligibility to take graduate courses tuition free. Sign up for an in-person informational session hosted by the WMU Graduate College to learn more about graduate program options, including application deadlines and requirements. If there is no registration, the session will be canceled that month, so be sure to register in advance!  Info sessions will be held in the Graduate College located in West Walwood Hall, East Campus. Beverages will be provided. 

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The New WMU MBA Program, Information Session

Thursday, October, 6 p.m.

Join faculty, current students, and program leaders to learn about the Haworth College of Business MBA program, including information about how the program can help accelerate your career and build your professional network, as well as information on new program features.

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Scholarly Publishing: finding the best publication option to maximize your impact while avoiding “predatory publishers”

Wednesday, October 5, noon to 1 p.m., In-person, Meader Room, Waldo Library

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

You have research ready to publish, but how do you find the best journal to submit it to?  This workshop will introduce you to tools to identify potential journals in your field, investigate impact factors for journals, and other information to assess the quality and reputability of journals. Tips and tools to identify legitimate open access journals and avoid predatory publishers will be covered.

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How to Synthesize Evidence to Avoid Patch Writing

Thursday, October 6, noon to 1 p.m., In-person, Engagement Room (Room #3015), Waldo Library

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

When conducting any kind of literature review it is often a challenge to analyze the information you are reviewing and present it in such a way in your writing to avoid patch writing or even plagiarism. This workshop will help you improve your writing of any type of review article, and help you present evidence in a clear and ethical manner.

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WMU Graduate and Professional School Fair (In-person)

Tuesday, October 11, 3 to 6 p.m., In-person

The Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held in person from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, in the Bernhard Student Center on the main campus of Western Michigan University. This event provides opportunities for participants to explore options for advanced studies. Nearly 100 graduate and professional schools from WMU and throughout the United States will participate in the fair. This FREE event is open to all who are interested in pursuing graduate education

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Master of Science in Finance, Information Session

Tuesday, October 11, 6 p.m.

Join faculty, current students, and program leaders to learn about the Haworth College of Business Master of Science in Finance degree, including information about how the program can help accelerate your career and build your professional network, as well as information on new program features.

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Tips for Visualizing your Data Online    

Tuesday, October 11, 1 to 2 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

This session will briefly outline the libraries’ data and mapping services, introduce participants to the different types of visualizations and their uses, and engage in a discussion of the do's and don't of visualization.

RSVP HERE

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Virtual Information Session

Thursday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about WMU's Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree by attending this session hosted by Sarah Anderson, manager of recruitment and outreach. Register by clicking the button below. 

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WMU Graduate College Formatting Workshops

Tuesday, October 18, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 19, 2 p.m.

The Graduate College is pleased to offer two synchronous formatting workshops for the preparation of doctoral dissertations, master's with thesis option and specialist projects in Education. The same content will be provided at each workshop. The workshop will outline how to interpret the University's formatting requirements, relay helpful information on paperwork requirements, copyrighting, and the new, more integrated dissertation submission process via ProQuest ETD Administrator, is also provided. Participants are asked to have a copy of the WMU formatting guidelines readily available at the time of the workshop. Download the guidelines here.

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Scholarly Publishing: finding the best publication option to maximize your impact while avoiding “predatory publishers”

Monday, October 24, 5 to 6 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

You have research ready to publish, but how do you find the best journal to submit it to?  This workshop will introduce you to tools to identify potential journals in your field, investigate impact factors for journals, and other information to assess the quality and reputability of journals. Tips and tools to identify legitimate open access journals and avoid predatory publishers will be covered.

RSVP HERE

Conducting a Literature Review in Sciences, Health Sciences, or Engineering

Tuesday, October 25, noon to 1 p.m., In-person, Engagement Room (Room #3015), Waldo Library

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

This workshop will take you through the process of conducting a literature review in fields within the Sciences, Health Sciences, or Engineering. Topics covered include:

  • Choosing and refining a topic.
  • Identifying appropriate and relevant databases.
  • Identifying keywords and constructing effective search terms.
  • Organizing results.

RSVP HERE

Graduate Student Association General Assembly Meeting

Friday, October 28, 3 p.m.

All graduate students are invited to attend the general assembly meeting of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). It is offered as a hybrid meeting  with food and beverages available for in-person attendees in Rooms 105-106, Bernhard Center. Or, join online by clicking the blue button below at the appropriate time (no RSVP required).

CLICK TO JOIN

November 2022

WMU Employee Graduate Education Information Session (in-person, for WMU employees only)

Wednesday, November 2, 10 to 11 a.m., In-person, Graduate College, West Walwood Hall, East Campus

WMU employees receive excellent benefits from the University and are encouraged to pursue educational opportunities. The tuition remission program allows employees with fulltime benefits eligibility to take graduate courses tuition free. Sign up for an in-person informational session hosted by the WMU Graduate College to learn more about graduate program options, including application deadlines and requirements. If there is no registration, the session will be canceled that month, so be sure to register in advance!  Info sessions will be held in the Graduate College located in West Walwood Hall, East Campus. Beverages will be provided. 

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Conducting a Literature Review in the Social Sciences

Thursday, November 2, 4 to 5 p.m., In-person, Engagement Room (Room #3015) , Waldo Library

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

This workshop will take you through the process of conducting a literature review in fields within the Social Sciences. Topics covered include:

  • Choosing and refining a topic.
  • Identifying appropriate and relevant databases.
  • Identifying keywords and constructing effective search terms.
  • Organizing results.

RSVP HERE 

Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (AGDP) Training for WMU Staff and Faculty

November 3, 10 to 10:30 a.m., In-person, Graduate Student Commons, Walwood Hall, East Campus

An Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (AGDP) allows WMU students to double count up to 12 credits toward their bachelor's and master's program. The Enrollment Assistants in the Graduate College will provide a brief overview of the AGDP procedures to help WMU staff understand the application and registration process, as well as eligibility requirements. Two training sessions will be offered on November 3, 10:00 a.m. and November 9, 2:00 p.m. in the Graduate Commons, Walwood Hall, East Campus. RSVP by emailing admissions-graduate@wmich.edu.

Becoming Visible as a Scholar    

Thursday, November 3, noon to 1 p.m., In-person, Meader Room, Waldo Library

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

This session will briefly outline the libraries’ data and mapping services, introduce participants to the different types of visualizations and their uses, and engage in a discussion of the do's and don't of visualization.

RSVP HERE 

Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (AGDP) Training for WMU Staff and Faculty

November 9, 2 to 2:30 p.m., In-person, Graduate Student Commons, West Walwood Hall, East Campus

An Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (AGDP) allows WMU students to double count up to 12 credits toward their bachelor's and master's program. The Enrollment Assistants in the Graduate College will provide a brief overview of the AGDP procedures to help WMU staff understand the application and registration process, as well as eligibility requirements. Two training sessions will be offered on November 3, 10 a.m. and November 9, 2 p.m. in the Graduate Student Commons, West Walwood Hall, East Campus. RSVP by emailing admissions-graduate@wmich.edu.  

 

Preparing for Human Subject Research Online

Monday, November 14, noon to 1 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

Whether you are planning on working on a human subjects research for the first time or are trying to get a better handle on managing this type of research, this workshop is for you! Topics covered will include initial research setup (including crafting your consent form for data sharing, using Cayuse, and good practices of survey set-up in Qualtrics), considerations about data collection, tips for managing your research files and preparing a regulatory binder, and guidance on data dissemination post-study (including data curation, de-identification, and repository selection).

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Becoming Visible as a Scholar    

Wednesday, November 16, 5 to 6 p.m., Virtual

This workshop was developed for graduate students as part of the WMU University Libraries' workshop series, Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students.

This session will briefly outline the libraries’ data and mapping services, introduce participants to the different types of visualizations and their uses, and engage in a discussion of the do's and don't of visualization.

RSVP HERE 

Graduate Student Association General Assembly Meeting

Friday, November 18, 3 p.m.

All graduate students are invited to attend the general assembly meeting of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). It is offered as a hybrid meeting  with food and beverages available for in-person attendees in Rooms 105-106, Bernhard Center. Or, join online by clicking the blue button below at the appropriate time (no RSVP required).

CLICK TO JOIN

December 2022

WMU Employee Graduate Education Information Session (in-person, for WMU employees only)

Wednesday, December 7, 10 to 11 a.m., In-person, Graduate College, West Walwood Hall, East Campus

WMU employees receive excellent benefits from the University and are encouraged to pursue educational opportunities. The tuition remission program allows employees with fulltime benefits eligibility to take graduate courses tuition free. Sign up for an in-person informational session hosted by the WMU Graduate College to learn more about graduate program options, including application deadlines and requirements. If there is no registration, the session will be canceled that month, so be sure to register in advance!  Info sessions will be held in the Graduate College located in West Walwood Hall, East Campus. Beverages will be provided. 

CLICK TO REGISTER