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Common Quandaries Workshops and Related Events

The Common Quandaries graduate student workshop and event series offers introductions to a variety of skills, tools, and concepts to researchers on campus.

 

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Curating Your Digital Presence

This workshop will help you to think about how to approach social media as a professional, how you might engage in the professional online conversations in your field, and best practices for sharing your own work or others'. Bring your laptops to set up accounts or get feedback on the digital presence you've already established!

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Data Management

During this workshop we will give you an introduction to the research data life cycle, how data management applies to your research and tips on how to better prepare yourself to meet the challenges required from funding agencies for things like grant writing and research institutions.

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Designed for Data: Tidy Data, Project Planning, and Social Science Research

What we’ll cover: This workshop will help social science researchers at both the undergraduate and graduate level understand essential notions of data philosophy, end-to-end data construction, strategic use of codebooks, tidy data, and developing datasets with an eye towards data modeling, visualization, and other outputs. We will look at some troubleshooting methods when using datasets and work towards an understanding of best practices with research data.

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How to Write a Literature Review

The Graduate School Writing Center, in partnership with the Libraries, offers workshops for graduate students focused on entering an academic conversation through research and writing. The workshops cover graduate-specific library privileges, effective research and citation practices, writing from sources, and a general introduction to the literature review process.

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LaTeX for Beginners

During this workshop, we will discuss: LaTeX basics, why to use it, and where to find information when you have problems. We will also use the article class in LaTeX as an example to demonstrate various features. This workshop will conclude with a hands-on/Q&A session for participants to start using LaTeX on their own. After the workshop participants will be able to: • Understand why LaTeX is useful for technical fields • Know when to use it for writing projects • Create their own article in LaTeX with references • Know where to find additional information and help

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LaTeX Reference Management and Citations

Learn how to manage your references within any LaTeX project! During the workshop we will cover how to export your references from your favorite reference manager, and how citations work in LaTeX documents. This workshop is designed for students and faculty familiar with LaTeX, but no experience is necessary. This workshop will include a hands-on portion, so please bring a device with LaTeX access (online or installed distribution, see https://www.latex-project.org/get/ for details.

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Managing Large Writing with LaTeX

Working on a book, dissertation, or thesis? Learn how to effectively utilize LaTeX to manage your larger writing projects, producing clean, professional documents for any application! During the workshop, we will cover the features of the larger document classes, how they work, and options for tracking changes/edits. After the workshop you will: - Understand how the book and report document classes work - Know how to manage and troubleshoot your project - And be ready to work on your own large project in LaTeX! This workshop is designed for students and faculty with some past LaTeX experience, but all are welcome. The workshop will include a hands-on portion, so please bring a device with LaTeX access (online or installed distribution).

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ORCID Workshop

Participants will learn about Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), including:

  • Creating and curating ORCID-IDs
  • Using ORCID to populate Activity Insight
  • Advancing faculty or staff member's scholarly profile

Sponsored by Faculty Affairs and the Libraries

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Organizing Your Research and Using Citation Managers

Still adapting your workflow to graduate school? Starting a new project and worried about staying organized? Need a solution for keeping track of your PDFs and research data? 

In this workshop you will learn strategies and best practices for organizing your research sources and data, get ideas for note-taking and documenting your work, discover the benefits of cloud storage apps, and get introduced to your choice of citation managers through breakout sessions on EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.

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All About Conferencing and Publishing: A Graduate Student Panel

Learn about the ins and outs of publishing and conferencing as a graduate student. Panelists will discuss the beginning, middle, and end of the process, address your questions and offer best practices!

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Getting Started with Poster Design

Are you interested in participating in poster sessions at conferences or other events but don’t know how to get started? Want to learn how you might easily include some graphic design into how you communicate about your scholarship? Then come join us to get started with poster design!

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Speed Geeking, Or How I Learned to Love Talking about my Research Outside of the Discipline

Are you building an academic or professional network? Do you find yourself at conferences and not quite prepared to talk about yourself and your research? Come get some practice with us at Speed Geeking!

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