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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

Scholarship – Write First!

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Graduate School, Research

Dear Graduate Students,

Juggling the demands of teaching, family life, working a second job and struggling to pay your bills sometimes means that an entire day goes by, and we still haven’t managed to squeeze in an hour’s worth of writing and research. The most consistent, productive academic writers don’t feel the need to carve out large of blocks of time for writing. Instead, they do their most powerful, productive writing at odd moments for an hour or two  every day- even 15 minutes does the trick some days ! For some of us this means setting the alarm for 5 AM. On bleak, winter days in South Bend, this is no small feat but well worth the effort. Do you have trouble waking up early? Try “tricking” your mind into submission: laugh first thing in the morning as though you were absolutely delighted to be up while it is still dark out . And then, make a concerted effort to write first, before checking your email, dealing with student demands and frantic inquiries, or getting your daily NPR fix. (It can wait. You can always catch the  PBS News Hour later or the dulcet tones of the BBC late at night. ) This means we write BEFORE beginning other activities. If we need to prepare for class, or buy food, or respond to an important email, we write for one brief, timed session BEFORE that activity.

Here’s another effective writing technique: a psychology professor at ND reports that some evenings he writes out longhand — in complete, fully formed sentences — responses to scholarly articles and book chapters he’s consulting for his research The next morning he writes first, elaborating on the points he’d written out just the night before. In this way he ensures he always begins the morning with something fresh and  interesting to say.

For some people, it works great to write first thing in the morning. Here are some inspiring quotations to get motivated:
“When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write…”

~Ernest Hemmingway, 20th Century American author and journalist

“When I interview creatives, I often ask them what advice they would give to the next generation, the up-and-comers. Curiously, there’s one incredibly important habit that nearly all of them possess that is almost never mentioned. So what is the secret ingredient in their productivity regime? It’s simple: They get up early.”

~ Jocelyn K. Glei, contemporary American writer,

“My alarm goes off at 5:51 a.m. I creep downstairs, trying not to wake my husband and, even more important, my two children … …I get out the primary materials for the third chapter of my second book, set Freedom for 55 minutes, and write as fast as I can. At exactly 7 a.m., I hear the patter of little feet. My children burst into my office with stories about their dreams, their hunger pangs, and their hopes for the day. I put my computer to sleep and do their bidding.”

~ Kathy M. Newman, The Chronicle Review April 1, 2012

Goal Setting, List Making, and the Sunday Meeting

Posted on January 16, 2013 in Graduate School, Research

For many of us with teaching responsibilities, it is the beginning of a new semester, a fresh start: an ideal time to reflect seriously on goal setting and effective time management strategies. Regardless of our teaching load, graduate school consists, after all, of much frantic reading, writing, and thinking, and so, learning how to minimize distractions and prioritize among competing tasks is essential. While meeting the high bar we set for ourselves professionally and personally can seem like a daunting task, the idea of the “Sunday Meeting” can help. So can regular list making! Always write out your goals and “action items,” so that you get a concrete sense of where you want to be and how to get there. Consider setting up a regular “Sunday Meeting” with a group of friends and congenial colleagues to brainstorm about your goals for the week and prioritize tasks. As Kerry Ann Rockquemore explains in an article from Inside Higher Ed, the “Sunday Meeting” makes it possible for us to stick to our semester goals by allocating blocks of time for different tasks. Too busy during the day to work on your dissertation? Consider setting the alarm for 5AM to get the bulk of your research and writing done first thing in the morning—before allowing yourself to check email or read the paper.

This quote puts the Sunday Meeting in the context of the plan for the semester. Kerry Ann writes,

“I encourage you to see the process of creating a semester plan as one where you identify WHAT your personal and professional goals are, outline HOW they will be accomplished, and WHEN you will do the work. From that point, the real secret to making a semester plan come to life is to use it on a weekly basis as the foundation for planning out your week.”

Kerry Ann Rockquemore:

Within this article you will also find a link to the first in the series, on making a semester plan:

Good luck to you as you begin to set your semester goals!

ND Science Grad Alums – Tailgate this Saturday, September 8!

Posted on September 6, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School

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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International Graduate Students and Dependents

Posted on July 2, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, International Students

Navigating services and resources the university has to offer international graduate students and dependents can be complicated. To simplify this process, information on where to start and who to contact is available through Notre Dame International – International Student Services and Activities (ISSA).  ISSA invites all international students and dependents to take advantage of the many programs and information sessions provided throughout the year.  Sessions content range from understanding American culture, work authorization, to dependent resources and activities.  The mission of ISSA is to provide service excellence to international students and the Notre Dame community, in order to ensure an educational experience that is both meaningful and successful.  Our goal is that all international students will have a positive and enriching experience at the university.

ISSA serves to reach not only students and dependents, but also the greater campus community.  Additionally, ISSA educates and promotes the richness of the international campus community through campus engagement, programs, and services.   As the primary link between international graduate students and the campus, ISSA encourages the campus to celebrate the exchange of ideas and cultural diversity, which is critical towards the development of innovative ideas and perspectives.

ISSA welcomes inquiries and loves visits.  Please visit our office at 105 Main Building or e-mail to learn more about services and resources.

Ethics Café Announced

Posted on June 14, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research

The Graduate School and Reilly Center are teaming up to host an Ethics Café six times per academic year beginning fall 2012. Cafés seek to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Ethics Café at Notre Dame will offer faculty, students and staff a space to learn about ethical issues pertaining to responsible conduct of research, professional conduct, engagement with the public, and other worldly matters. Be on the lookout for more information!

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.