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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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Using the Summer to Your Advantage

Posted on July 12, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Kaneb Center, Research

Summer is a great time to explore opportunities for Professional Development. A recent article on The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests the following ways you can develop over the summer:

  1. Identify grants and fellowships appropriate to your career stage and your research interests – try using the Graduate Fellowships Database and Pivot. Mark deadlines on your calendar and begin drafting your proposals. Make an appointment with the Associate Program Director of Grants and Fellowships.
  2. Read widely in your field. Ask faculty for journal recommendations and subscribe to the table of contents for the most important journals related to your work. Identify journals that you should strive to publish with in the coming years.
  3. Set up a group of students that want to work towards a common goal – whether it’s a reading group, a presentation skills group, or a dissertation writing group, a built-in network that keeps each other accountable and gives feedback is invaluable.
  4. Explore different career avenues. Complete informational interviews with people in a number of different fields that interest you. Get connected with the alumni organizations here at Notre Dame and your undergraduate institution.
  5. Find opportunities to gain teaching experience outside the university. Volunteer with a local museum, institute, or school. Think creatively about ways you can share your knowledge and skills with the public.
  6. Prepare (or polish) your job search materials: CV/resume, cover letter, dissertation abstract, teaching portfolio, etc. Get in touch with the Career Center and the Kaneb Center for advice.

There’s still plenty of summer left – use it to explore the Professional Development checklist!

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

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 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.

Planning Ahead for Funding Opportunities

Posted on March 9, 2012 in Fellowships and Grants

One of the most important ways to increase your chances of success is to be prepared – especially when it comes to external funding! Don’t miss out on valuable opportunities because you don’t know what’s available. This semester the Grants and Fellowships office is offering a series of workshops to help you plan ahead for funding applications:

3/21 2:00PM  Planning Ahead for Study Abroad and International Research

4/5 2:00PM    Planning Ahead for Multi-year Fellowships

4/16 2:00PM  Planning Ahead for Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Each workshop will give an overview of the major opportunities available, and offer strategies to maximize your potential before you apply. There will be a special focus on what you can do this summer to gear up for the big award deadlines coming up in the fall.

Please register for these events at the Professional Development Registration website. In the meantime, browse through the Graduate Fellowships Database and start to familiarize yourself with what’s open to students in your discipline! Contact me to schedule an appointment to create a personalized Research Action Plan and discuss the opportunities best suited for you.

Professional Development Funding Deadline Approaches

Posted on January 6, 2012 in Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School

In the chaos of the beginning of a new semester, one item that is easy for students to look past is the upcoming deadline for students to apply for Professional Development funds on Jan. 31. Funds can be used by students for a number of purposes, including travel to present research at conferences, to receive specialized training at workshops and short courses, to examine manuscripts and conduct research experiments in key areas.

During the 2010-11 academic year, the Graduate School provided more than $175,000 for graduate students’ professional development activities. Applications are due three times per year (Sept. 15, Jan. 31, and May 31).

For more information on the Professional Development funds, see this article from last October. To apply for the Graduate School Professional Development funds, fill out the form at this link.

For questions on the Professional Development funds, email Colleen Turk in the Graduate School.