Archive for the ‘Writing Center’ Category

Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Book Giveaway

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Career Center, English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Uncategorized, Writing Center

In celebration of the upcoming Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (Feb. 18-22) the Professional Development Team is applauding our graduate students by giving away books at several of our events. A copy of a related book will be presented to four lucky graduate student attendees selected at random. Below are all the events where books will be available, please check our calendar page for the full list of this semester’s professional development events and workshops.

Exploring Career Options

Tue Feb 19, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Flanner 114
Book: Putting Your Science to Work by Peter Fiske

Dissertation Proposal Accepted: What Now?
Tue Feb 19, 3:00 – 4:15pm
Location: 200 Riley Hall
Book: Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker

English for Academic Purposes: Forms and Structures for Clearer Writing
Tue Feb 19, 6:30 – 7:45pm
Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Book: Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers by Nigel Caplan

Grad School Game Plan: Time Management
Thu Feb 21, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Notre Dame Room, LaFortune
Book: Time Management for Dummies by Dirk Zeller

Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
Tue Feb 26, 2:00 – 3:15pm
Notre Dame Conference Center, 101-104 McKenna Hall
Book: What the Best College Teachers Do by ken Bain

Fall Break Dissertation Camp a Huge Success!

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Hesburgh Library, Research, Writing Center

As part of our continued effort to support graduate student writers, the Hesburgh Libraries and the University Writing Center, with the support of the Graduate School hosted Dissertation Camp during Fall Break.  Presenters from the University Writing Center, the Hesburgh Libraries, the Graduate School, the University Counseling Center, Digital ND, and the Executive MBA program all provided workshops geared toward developing excellent research and writing skills and streamlining the writing process.

The feedback for this event from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the value of building community among writers who are deeply engaged in sometimes isolating long-term research projects. The 26 “campers” collectively logged more than 840 hours of worktime over the course of the week. They engaged in conversation and developed networks with graduate peers within and outside of their own program areas. Many took advantage of opportunities to consult one-on-one with librarians and Writing Center tutors to discuss their works in progress.

Remember that library research support and Writing Center consultations are available at any time during the regular semester, not only during our camps.

Be sure to check the Library and Writing Center events websites for more information about upcoming workshops, including next semester’s Dissertation Camp over Spring Break.  (All Library and Writing Center events are listed on the Graduate School Professional Development calendar as well.)

Three Ways for Graduate Students to Use the Writing Center

Posted on September 4, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Research, Writing Center

Good writers talk about their writing with other writers.  It’s as simple as that.  But finding another writer to talk to sometimes isn’t so simple.  At the University Writing Center, graduate students find attentive listeners and careful readers, ready to offer thoughtful feedback on any writing project.

Here are three ways that graduate students can make use of the Writing Center to help improve their writing.

One-on-One Writing Consultations.  We offer free, 45-minute consultations on any aspect of the writing process–from generating, organizing, and outlining ideas to drafting, editing, and polishing arguments.  Graduate students make use of this consultation service in a number of ways, for example:

  • One-time consultations on fellowship applications, grant proposals, seminar papers, scientific papers, and scholarly articles.
  • Ongoing consultations on longer projects, such as theses, dissertations, and scholarly books.

Our Read-Ahead Service is available for graduate students pursuing extended writing projects. One-time and ongoing appointments can be scheduled with a consultant using our online appointment scheduler.

Workshops. We offer a number of workshops each semester, including:

  • Dissertation Camp, a week-long, intensive writing immersion experience for graduate students at the dissertation or thesis stage. This workshop is offered during Fall Break and Spring Break in partnership with the Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Grant Writing Bootcamp, a week-long workshop focused on developing strong grant proposals, offered in conjunction with the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships.
  • Commenting on Student Writing, a workshop for TAs and faculty who provide written feedback to students on their writing, offered in partnership with the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the English for Academic Purposes program.

Resource Library. In the Writing Center, we have a library of print resources on writing, including:

  • Current editions of all major style manuals (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian)
  • Topic-specific writing guides (e.g. literature reviews, empirical research reports, dissertation project management, etc.)
  • Grammar and usage guides

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit the Writing Center website.

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Advice for Graduate Students

Posted on April 5, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Writing Center

Has graduate school got you down? Having problems managing work and family? Are you worried about debt? Are you feeling stressed? Are you looking for strategies for success? Would you like some advice about writing a dissertation?

The Chronicle of Higher Education devotes an entire section of its website to Advice for Graduate Students.

Preparing Now for Going on the Job Market

Posted on March 28, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Writing Center

Are you concerned about what you’ll do after graduate school? It’ll be too late if you wait until after you have your diploma to think seriously about the job market. You need to ask yourself now while you are in graduate school, “What am I doing to guarantee that I’ll get the job I want?” You have probably already heard someone say that bearing down to get your work done is not enough. You need to be presenting, publishing, and networking. With so much to do, you must be calculated in your approach. You must set priorities.

As a starting point, read Karen Kelsky’s article “Graduate School is a Means to a Job” in Chronicle of Higher Education on 27 March 2012 or http://chronicle.com/article/Graduate-School-Is-a-Means-to/131316/

If you aren’t reading Chronicle of Higher Education on a regular basis, consider starting. Why? “The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.” It has great advice and will keep you abreast of trends and concerns in the world of academia.

Workshop Etiquette

Posted on March 23, 2012 in Career Center, Center for Social Concerns, English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Uncategorized, Writing Center

Your behavior at a workshop or an employer information session can be an indication of your professional behavior after you leave graduate school.  Therefore you want to be sure you are sending a professional, responsible message.  It is extremely important that you remember professional etiquette at these events.  I have listed a few reminders below to think about prior to your attendance at either a workshop or employer sponsored event.

1) If you RSVP for an event, attend.  If you cannot attend, notify the organizer, within 24 hours in advance (if possible).  If you do not know who to contact to withdraw your registration, please contact the Graduate School at 631-1704 or gradprofdev@gmail.com and they will help you withdraw your registration.

2)If food and drink are served, exercise control.  That means take one piece of pizza and one drink.  If there are left overs, you may go back for seconds.  Piling your plate with four pieces of pizza and grabbing a water and a soda are inappropriate.

3)Prepare a few questions ahead of time and ask them when the presenter calls for questions.  Most of the time a presenter will state their preference on answering questions.  Most likely they will call for questions at the end of the presentation while others welcome questions amidst the presentation.  Asking them at these times is most appropriate.  However there are some questions that need to be asked one-on-one versus in front of the entire group (those that are very specific to your situation). This will help alleviate the long line of students after the presentation.

If you have questions about any of these points or would like to know more about workshop and event etiquette please contact the Graduate Career Program at 248 Flanner Hall or 574.631.4058.

Writing Center Read-Ahead Service

Posted on February 24, 2012 in Writing Center

Did you know that you can send a draft to a Writing Center tutor in advance of a consultation?

The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consultations with writers in all disciplines, at any stage of the writing process–from planning a seminar paper to revising a dissertation chapter. If you are working on a longer piece, like an article-length paper or a dissertation chapter, consider using our Read-Ahead service so your writing consultant can read and make notes on your draft in preparation for your appointment.

To use this service, simply follow these steps:

  1. Schedule your appointment at least one week in advance using our online appointment scheduler.
  2. Send an electronic copy of your draft in Microsoft Word (doc or docx) format to writing@nd.edu immediately after scheduling your appointment, indicating in the subject line of the email that you are requesting the Read-Ahead service for the date of your appointment, like this:            SUBJECT: Read-Ahead for 3/20/12
  3. Come to the Writing Center in 203 Coleman Morse at the time of your scheduled appointment, and chat with your writing consultant about next steps for the writing project.

Regular conversation about a writing project with an attentive reader–like one of our trained graduate writing consultants–can help streamline the writing and revising process and enhance your productivity and efficiency.

Come see us soon in the Writing Center!

Language Support for International Students

Posted on February 15, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Writing Center

Did you know that English language support is available for international students?

The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures’ English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers several initiatives for international students targeting English language skills. I encourage any students struggling with language issues to take advantage of our services.

The EAP Workshop Series is intended to provide international students opportunities for improving their English language proficiency in ways that directly support their academic goals. Workshops are open to all international students and do not require registration. Each 75-minute workshop is designed to be hands-on with opportunities for demonstration, Q&A/discussion, and practice.

In addition to the workshops the CSLC offers tutoring and consultation sessions for international students. Please see our website for more information: http://cslc.nd.edu/eap/

Thank you for helping to promote these EAP resources to the international students and others in your department. Please forward this message to interested students and faculty.

Stew Markel
Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
smarkel@nd.edu