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Upcoming 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. See our full list of upcoming events below, or visit our archive of past events and our growing collection of video resources.

Interested in an event but can't attend? Hoping to a see a past event run again in the future? Want to request an event specifically for your program or unit? Please contact us with your questions at lib-rc@umd.edu!

 

Calendar of Events

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Organizing Your Research and Using Citation Managers

**Grad Student Favorite**

Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept. 12 @ 11am-1pm and Tuesday, Nov. 14 @ 1pm-3pm

Location: McKeldin 6107

Description: 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 other files?

Learn strategies for organizing your research, hear the experiences of other graduate students, consider the benefits of cloud storage apps, and get introduced to citation managers like EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero. Presented by Research Commons consultant Hang Le and GA Abbey Morgan.

If you are interested in attending but can't make these sessions, please contact us at lib-rc@umd.edu.

Registration: Click here to register for the Sept. 12 workshop OR click here to register for the Nov. 14 workshop

Hang Le is a Ph.D. student in the International Education Policy program with an interest in comparing educational systems, policies and practices around the world.

 

Speed Geeking, Or How I Learned to Love Talking about My Research Interests outside My Discipline

**New this semester**

Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept. 19 @ 2:30-4:30pm and Wednesday, Oct. 18 @ 2:30-4:30pm

Location: McKeldin 4123B

Description: 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!

By “Speed Geeking” we mean that we’re challenging you to practice talking about your research interests to different audiences—each other! The format is like speed dating where participants rotating around the room and talking to different people, but you’ll be focusing on why you’re here in graduate school and the things you’re working on. This is an important skill to develop for a number of scenarios in which networking will be important to you: conferences, job hunting, explaining to your aunt and uncle what it is that is consuming your life at the University of Maryland. Another way to think of this exercise is as an extended “elevator pitch,” the idea of explaining your research to someone quickly and concisely during an elevator ride.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you're interested in attending but can't make either scheduled session: lib-rc@umd.edu

Registration: Click here to register for the Sept. 19 event OR click here to register for the Oct. 18 event

 

Getting Started with Poster Design

**New this Semester**

Date & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 3 @ 1:30-3:30pm and Wednesday, Nov. 1 @ 12:30pm-2:30pm

Location: McKeldin 6107

Description: 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!

Research Commons consultant Erin Durham will introduce you to the process for academic poster design and presentation from start to finish, including tips for using programs such as Powerpoint. Participants are encouraged to bring their own computers to get some hands on practice in creating their own posters or other graphics. Classroom computers will also be provided.. For the second hour of this session, you'll have a chance to practice yourself and ask questions; feel free to attend even if you can't stay for the whole workshop!

If you are interested in attending but can't make these sessions, please contact us at lib-rc@umd.edu.

Registration: Click here to register for the Oct. 3 workshop OR click here to register for the Nov. 1 workshop

Erin Durham is currently pursuing a Masters degree in History and an MLIS in Library and Information Science and works as a graduate assistant instructing English 101 information literacy sessions. Erin has pursued oral history projects relating to police brutality, 1960s school desegregation, and immigrants in the United States, and has presented a poster on classroom learning strategies at a library instructional conference this past May. 

 

Curating Your Online Presence

Date & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 10 @ 1:30-3:30pm and Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 11:30am-1:30pm

Location: McKeldin 6107

Description: Have you considered establishing an online presence for your academic identity? Wondering how to leverage social media to build academic contacts and publicize your own work? Want to learn how open access publication and repositories might benefit you? Did you know there are library resources that could help with these topics and more?

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'. You will also learn about how libraries' resources can benefit your scholarly reputation. Bring your laptops to set up accounts or get feedback on the digital presence you've already established! Presenters include Katie Kaczmarek Frew, PhD Candidate in English, Setsuko Yokoyama, PhD Student in English, along with a libraries' representative.

If you are interested in attending but can't make these sessions, please contact us at lib-rc@umd.edu.

Registration: Click here to register for the Oct. 10 workshop OR click here to register for the Nov. 9 workshop

Setsuko Yokoyama is a third year PhD student in English, interested in contemporary editorial theories and practices, as well as politics of digital platforms and open access publishing. She is also a project manager of Dickinson Electronic Archives and a coordinator of the Digital Frost Project.

Katie Kaczmarek Frew is a sixth year PhD candidate in English with research interests in immersion, digital media, and transmedia narratives.  She is currently serving as a co-designer and gamerunner of the NSF-funded educational alternate reality game The Tessera, which engages teenagers in computational thinking through an interactive mystery online.

 

The Ins and Outs of Academic Publishing: A Graduate Student Panel

Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 1:00-3:00pm

Location: McKeldin 4123b

Description: Are you a grad student trying to wrap your head around the academic publishing process? Not sure if you’re at the right stage to get started? Need to know what to expect? Interested in knowing what publishing is like for grad students in different disciplines? Come ask your questions and hear some answers from other students like you!

The Research Commons in McKeldin Library is hosting a graduate student panel with participants from different disciplines across campus sharing their experiences and discussing your questions. We’ll cover a range of publishing topics like how these grads approached drafting their articles, chose venues for submission, received responses, and dealt with the publishing process from start to finish.

Panelists include:

Sarah Allard (Plant Science, PhD)

Stephanie Cork is a PhD Candidate in Kinesiology (the Physical Cultural Studies Stream) in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the physical culture of exclusion and inclusion in higher education, and her dissertation project is looking at race and racism here at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the Graduate Student Government President. 

Ruth Osorio (English, PhD)

If you are interested in attending but can't make these sessions, please contact us at lib-rc@umd.edu.

Registration: Click here to register for the Nov. 8 event

 

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Teaching Opportunity for Graduate Students

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