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  • Workshop Descriptions

    The categories below can be expanded to display the full workshop descriptions for the Pathways to Success program.

     

  • Research Workshops

    These workshops focus on supporting graduate students who are conducting research and producing research papers, theses and dissertations. Collaborating with the library, we offer workshops that will prepare you to write that next paper, from using online library tools to formatting your thesis or dissertation. Additional workshops guide students in applying for graduate research fellowships, presenting and publishing their work, optimizing their online presence, and other topics important for successful researchers.

    Workshops will be held in the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall (CNH) room 146 or the John C. Hitt Library room 235A

    Students must to register for these workshops through their myUCF Student Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success. Please see our Pathways to Success Workshop Registration Instructions. Please email  gradworkshops@ucf.edu with any questions.

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    •    Library Research and Literature Review Strategies

      • Presented by the UCF Libraries 

        What strategies are you using to conduct library research? This session highlights effective strategies to locate sources for literature reviews and projects and tips for using citation tracking features, creating alerts to stay updated on publications, and customizing Google Scholar options. An overview of organizing sources using Mendeley and Zotero citation management tools will also be included. Please bring your laptop if you would like to work along with the presentation.

        May 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146
        July 12, 4:00 p.m. ­– 5:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Presentation Skills

      • Presented by the UCF Libraries 

        Does the idea of giving a presentation freak you out? I have good news and bad news. Bad news – presentations are unavoidable in your courses and in your future career path. Good news – presentation skills are something you can easily improve! This 45-minute session will provide some tips, tricks, and ideas for how to become a better presenter. There will be time at the end for Q&A (and to practice speaking to a crowd!). Please bring your laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

        May 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146
        July 11, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Where to Publish and Author Rights

      • Presented by the UCF Libraries 

        How do you decide which journals are a best fit for your manuscript? Do you know that all rights to a work are often assigned to publishers when a manuscript is accepted? Learn to be a savvy author! This two-part workshop will cover criteria to consider when planning where to submit your work for publication and basic information about copyright as it pertains to publishing. In Where to Publish we will look at factors like acceptance rates, audience, indexing, cost to publish and open access, among others. The Author Rights section will discuss how author rights are a bundle of rights that may be negotiated by the author. Please bring your laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

        June 27, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Optimizing Your Online Presence

      • Presented by the UCF Libraries 

        Join us for this two in one workshop to learn more about evaluating research impacts and managing your online research profile.

        Part 1: Citation Metrics & Measuring Impact: Citation metrics provide quantitative data used to evaluate the impact of a scholar’s research. Several methods and tools exist to assist scholars with obtaining information about citation counts and impact data, such as ISI Web of Science, Google Scholar, and other citation counting tools by discipline. Metrics also assist scholars with identifying key journals and notable researchers in their field. 

        Part 2: Managing Researcher Profiles: In part two of the workshop we’ll discuss why it’s important to develop an online profile as a researcher, how to promote your work and connect to other researchers, and look at several sites in depth. See what ORCID, LinkedIn, Research Gate, Academia.edu, PIVOT, Plum Analytics, and Google Scholar can do for you. 

        Please bring your laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

        July 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Finding Data Sources

      • Presented by the UCF Libraries

        What caveats should you be aware of in selecting and using data sources? Discover tips and tricks for locating data using the web and library resources. This session will focus on free and library subscription resources, including Census and American Community Survey sources, American FactFinder, DemographicsNow, SimplyMap, and Social Explorer. Depending on the interests of attendees we may also discuss specific resources for education, social science and international data. Please bring your laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

        Date to be determined

    •    Beginning the Thesis or Dissertation

      • Presented by the College of Graduate Studies

        This workshop is intended for graduate students in their first or second term after enrolling in thesis or dissertation hours. Attendees will learn essential information on the entire thesis and dissertation process including the role of the advisory committee, research organization, conducting human subjects research, copyright issues, publishing, formatting requirements, campus resources. 

        June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Completing the Thesis or Dissertation

      • Presented by the College of Graduate Studies

        This question and answer session is intended for graduate students in their final term. Prior to attending, students should review the Completing the ETD page and prepare any questions related to this information and bring them to the workshop. Following the workshop, attendees will understand all of the steps needed to complete the thesis or dissertation process.

        May 23, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Endnote and RefWorks: Citing Made Easy!

      • Citation Management Tools allow you to dedicate more time to research! Join us for a hands-on session where you learn how to export citations from library databases, organize citations, generate bibliographies, and format citations in a Word document. Endnote & RefWorks can help make managing your references and formatting citations easy! All sessions cover both tools. Please bring your own laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

        June 2, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146
        July 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146
        July 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Thesis or Dissertation Formatting Using Microsoft Word's Hidden Tools

      • Presented by the College of Graduate Studies

        Attend this workshop to learn tips and pitfalls involved with using Microsoft Word to format an electronic thesis or dissertation. Participants will be shown a demonstration of how to use the following Microsoft Word functions: styles for headings and subheadings, captions for figures and tables, page numbering, automatic generation of the Table of Contents and List of Figures/Tables, converting to PDF with bookmarks. 

        May 23, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146
        June 1, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Useful Apps All Grad Students Should Love and Use

      • Presented by the UCF Libraries

        Do you ever wonder if there is a great app out there that you are missing out on? Need help staying organized, taking notes, or need a better way to communicate with classmates over shared projects? Well look no further as this session will introduce helpful and important apps that all grad students should love and use! We will cover organization, project management, reference, and science apps that will keep you at your best while you are in grad school and beyond. Please bring your mobile device or laptop as we test drive the apps during the presentation.

        May 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146
        July 6, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

  • Academic Integrity

    A series of workshops encouraging academic integrity and responsible conduct of research are available to all graduate students. These workshops include the required face-to-face training for incoming doctoral students and the online CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Training Module.

    All workshops will be held in the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall room 146.

    Students must to register for these workshops through their myUCFStudent Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success. Please see our Pathways to Success Workshop Registration Instructions. Please email  gradworkshops@ucf.edu with any questions.

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    •    Authorship, Credit and Collaborative Scholarship and Research: Ethical Pitfalls to Avoid

      • Dr. Steffen Guenzel - Writing and Rhetoric
        Dr. Andrew Randall - Civil Engineering

        CORE WORKSHOP

        This workshop will help to clarify rules governing authorship of peer-reviewed publications, with particular focus on archival journals. We will identify issues and decision making with respect to authorship through the instructor’s personal experiences and example case studies. 

        May 16, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Guenzel)
        June 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Randall)
        July 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Randall)

    •    Ethics: Personal Integrity as a Graduate Student

      • Dr. Nancy Stanlick - Department of Philosophy 

        CORE WORKSHOP

        This workshop is an examination of relevant issues involved in the concept of "integrity" in one's role as a graduate student. Among the issues discussed are professional codes of conduct the meaning of "honor" and personal responsibility. 

        July 20, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    •    Intellectual Property Rights

      • John Miner - Office of Research and Commercialization 

        ELECTIVE WORKSHOP

        John Miner from the Office of Research and Commercialization will present this seminar which will address intellectual property rights specifically concerning graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  

        June 20, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
        July 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    •    Ethical and Legal Issues in Teaching

      • Dr. Jonathan Beever - Department of Philosophy 

        ELECTIVE WORKSHOP

        A discussion of various issues that may and do arise in college and university-level teaching, including disruptive student behavior, academic dishonesty, FERPA, your responsibilities as an instructor or Teaching Assistant. Also included as a central feature is the place of the UCF Creed and UCF Golden Rule as guiding principles. 

        June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    •    How Diverse Attitudes and Perspectives Can Affect You in the Classroom and Workplace

      • Barbara Thompson - Office of Diversity and Inclusion  

        ELECTIVE WORKSHOP

        In the classroom and workplace, situations involving aspects of human diversity may arise that require each of us to reflect on our own biases. This workshop encourages participants to push their views on personal and professional integrity and ethical decision making to their limits. Bring with you flexibility of thought and openness to different attitudes and perspectives as we discuss some challenging scenarios that ask us to decide what is the “right thing to do.”  

        July 27, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    •    Ethical Decision Making in Graduate School and Beyond

      • Jennifer Wright - Office of Integrity and Ethical Development  

        ELECTIVE WORKSHOP

        Actions taken as a result of a decision made reflects one’s values and principles. Inherently, we know what is right and wrong behavior but do we understand how others judge right and wrong behavior. This seminar will provide problem-solving methods and critical questioning techniques associated with the practice of ethical decision making. During the seminar, participants will have an opportunity to strengthen one’s principles of professional conduct to be able to practice living by a set of ethical standards. 

        June 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
        July 13, 3:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
        July 24, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Graduate Teaching Workshops

    The Oral Communication in Academia and Teaching Writing in the Disciplines workshops are designed to provide professional development for graduate students who will be GTAs or who wish to prepare themselves for future teaching at the college level. These sessions are facilitated by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and the Writing Across the Curriculum program.

    All workshops will be held in the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall room 146.

    Students must to register for these workshops through their myUCFStudent Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success. Please see our Pathways to Success Workshop Registration Instructions. Please email  gradworkshops@ucf.edu with any questions.

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    •    Dealing with Communication Anxiety

      • Presented by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

        Many people deal with some level of communication anxiety when speaking in public. Whether you lead a small discussion, teach a large lecture, or present at meetings or conferences, nerves can get the best of you. We will learn some techniques to alleviate speaking anxiety and boost confidence in the classroom.

        May 22, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Developing Your Teaching Persona

      • Presented by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

        Have you considered how you want to be perceived by students in the classroom? How will you know if you have reached your objectives in that area? Instructors should not be replicas of one model, and in this workshop we will identify individual strengths in order to develop our own unique instructor personas.

        June 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Next Level PowerPoint

      • Presented by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

        Students have become used to having slides as part of their classroom experience. However, these visual aids can detract from the message you are trying to convey to your class and affect your perceived credibility. Attend this workshop to learn the principles of effective Power Point creation that will take your teaching to the next level.

        July 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146

    •    Graduate Teaching Information

      • Most programs offer assistantships in which students serve as a research or teaching associate or assistant. Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) may be appointed as classroom teachers (instructors of record), co-teachers or classroom assistants, graders, lab assistants, or other roles directly related to classroom instruction. Please see our Graduate Teaching (GTA) Information page for additional details.

        GTA training information is available on our GTA Training Requirements page. This training mainly involves self-paced online modules and there is no cost to students. While it’s primarily intended to prepare graduate students to teach at UCF, it is beneficial to any graduate student who may teach in various contexts in their future positions.

    •    Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program

      • The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers a Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program every semester. This is a voluntary program on teaching in higher education, primarily intended for graduate teaching assistants but open to all UCF graduate students. The format for this program is mixed-mode. Participants will be expected to complete a series of online modules and attend six, two-hour meetings, which will be held on the Orlando campus. Participation is limited, so please enroll early. There is no cost associated with registration.
  • Professional Development Workshops

    Partnering with Career Services, we offer workshops to prepare you for life after graduation. These workshops include career support, resume assistance and the annual Graduate Career Development Symposium in the spring.

    All workshops will be held in the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall room 146.

    Students must to register for these workshops through their myUCFStudent Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success. Please see our Pathways to Success Workshop Registration Instructions. Please email  gradworkshops@ucf.edu with any questions.

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    •    Lacking Experience or Changing Careers? Combination Resumes That Work

      • A combination resume is an excellent resume format for students who are changing careers and for students who don’t have significant experience in their field of interest.  Learn strategies to develop a combination resume that highlights your transferable skills and accomplishments. 

        May 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    •    What is a CV?

      • How does a CV differ from a resume? Techniques to target academic and professional positions will be discussed. Discover the components and formats to create a document that effectively communicates your professional background. 

        May 31, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    •    Smart Answers to Tough Questions: Advanced Interviewing

      • Distinguish between what the employer is asking and what the employer really wants to know! Develop strategies that will help you answer tough behavior based questions.          

        July 12, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    •    How It Works for You: Networking Techniques

      • Overcome fears and anxiety related to networking by using outcome based thinking. Learn what to do before, during and after a networking event.

        June 14, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    •    Create a Professional Portfolio

      • Understand the importance of showcasing your skills, experiences and accomplishments through the use of a portfolio.  Compare the advantages of both a hard copy and an electronic portfolio. 

        July 19, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    •    The Academic Job Search

      • Are you prepared to begin the job search process? This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the academic job search. We will discuss the job search timeline, pre-application and application process, as well as expectations of faculty interviews.

        June 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    •    Social Networking

      • Take your job search online. Learn effective strategies for searching and networking online with systems including KnightLink, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites.

        June 28, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Personal Development Workshops

    Through the collaboration of several offices on campus and in the community, we have organized workshops focused on graduate student needs. These include personal finance management, ways to battle common stressors facing graduate students, and time management.

    Unless noted otherwise, all workshops will be held in the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall room 146.

    Students must to register for these workshops through their myUCFStudent Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success. Please see our Pathways to Success Workshop Registration Instructions. Please email  gradworkshops@ucf.edu with any questions.

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    •    Building a Successful Budget

      • Presented by Fairwinds Credit Union

        Learn to make the most of your money, the importance of emergency funds, how to save for a future expense, and know about Paying Yourself first. 

        June 12, 4:00 p.m.  5:00 p.m. Colbourn Hall 146


 

 
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