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Saturday Series

The Graduate Support Center’s Saturday Series allows you to attend four workshops in one day! All Saturday Series Workshops will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in the Nursing Building, room 214. A free breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Download the Fall 2014 Saturday Series brochure!


Constructing an Academic Paper

Saturday, August 30 from 9am to 3:30pm (Nursing Building 214)

New to graduate school or need a refresher course on academic writing? Come learn how to use the essential tools for academic writing. The following workshops will be presented on this date:

Introduction to APA Writing Style
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Dr. Albert Rubio-Sanchez
American Psychological Association (APA) is the editorial writing style adopted by many graduate programs at UIW.  This writing style is designed to ensure clear and consistent communication of written material.  This workshop will cover APA elements such as:  punctuation and abbreviation, construction of tables, selection of headings, citations and references, presentation of statistics, and bias-free language.

Literature Review Searches
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ms. Polly McCord
Working on a literature review for a class project or paper? This process can be overwhelming. Learn to manage resources with this workshop. Discover how to search for the appropriate literature in your subject area.

RefWorks Online Management Tool
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Mr. Anthony Micchelli 
One of the most important elements of academic writing is properly identifying where information comes from and where the sources can be located. Appropriate citations and references reduce the chance of committing academic fraud or plagiarism while at the same time strengthening a paper. This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of in-text citations, footnotes and reference pages. Additionally, participants will be trained on how to use RefWorks, an online reference management software.

Writing a Literature Review
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Dr. Noah Kasraie
Once you have collected the appropriate research articles and books, the next step is writing the literature review.  This workshop is designed to help students understand the purpose, structure and process of composing a literature review. 

Strategies for Academic Success

Saturday, September 27 from 9am to 3:30pm (Nursing Building 214)

Graduate school is not all about writing. Come learn techniques to be successful in the classroom. The following workshops will be presented on this date:

Writing in Graduate School 
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Dr. John Perry
Highly developed writing skills are expected in graduate school.  This workshop is designed to focus on the core elements of writing which serve as the foundation for building strong writing skills.

Effective and Engaging Presentations
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Dr. John Perry
Come learn tips and strategies for keeping your audience interested and alert during class presentations.  Engaging presentations properly stimulate the mind and promote effective learning.  Participants will learn how to integrate advanced PowerPoint features, public speaking strategies and building rapport using non-verbal cues.

Human Subjects Research: IRB Process
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Ms. Rebecca Ohnemus
As a graduate student, it is important to develop research skills. This presentation will help demystify the federal regulations and UIW policies for human subjects research for successful submission and speedy approval.

Critical Thinking and Analysis
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Dr. Hector Perez
Participation in graduate school requires students to be reflective thinkers, causing students to see the world differently.  This workshop will engage participants in the concepts of reasoning, logic and critical thinking.  Participants will develop and organize arguments in order to identify and develop critical thinking skill sets.

Professional and Personal Success

Saturday, October 25 from 9am to 3:30pm (Nursing Building 214)

Graduate school requires a lot of time, come learn how to manage everything from time, stress and your career. The following workshops will be presented on this date:

Cross-Cultural Communication
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Dr. David Ortiz
This workshop is designed to help participants draw upon existing (as well as build new) knowledge and skills to strengthen their capacity to work across cultures and in diverse communities. 

Managing Graduate School, Work and Personal Time
10:30 am – 11:45 am 
Dr. Nursen Zanca
The intersection of school, work, and personal life can become overwhelming at times.  Juggling all these activities takes time and thoughtful consideration.  This highly interactive and informative workshop will be led by current UIW graduate students.  Learn the “insider’s” secrets to successfully managing your schedule.

Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Dr. Keith Tucker
Stress is a body’s physiological response to the daily demands place on oneself.  Although stress may not be avoidable, it is manageable.  This program discusses the different types of stress and provides positive coping strategies for leading a healthy lifestyle.

Developing a Publication Agenda
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Mr. Duncan Hayse 
This workshop is meant to help students adapt their college writing for publication. Learn how to turn your essays and chapters into journal articles or book chapters, and how to think about the difference.