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Fall 2017 Professional Development Workshops and Brown Bags

Fall 2017 Professional Development Workshops and Brown Bags

All workshops will be held at Lake Shore Campus unless otherwise noted. You may register for all workshops here. Make a note of the workshop(s) for which you register as you may not receive a confirmation email.


Graduate Student Funding Opportunities: External Funding Grants
Wednesday, November 29 | 4-5:30pm (LSC, Cuneo Hall 217)

Masters and Doctoral students from The Graduate School who are interested in applying for external funding, this workshop can help you get started.

We will:

  • Go over the eligibility guidelines for some upcoming national funding competitions
  • Learn about the Pivot search engine for grant funding searches
  • Explore strategies for seeking funding opportunities in your discipline or specialty

The workshop is being presented by Dr. Jessica Horowitz, Associate Dean, Graduate School and Lisa Knepshield, Fellowship Coordinator. Registration is required for the funding workshop and limited to graduate students in The Graduate School. Space is limited. Please register by 48 hours before the session. Click here to RSVP.

Introduction to Graduate Writing

Tuesday, September 26  |  2-3:30pm (LSC, Institute of Environmental Science 124) or Tuesday, October 10  |  7:30-9pm (WTC, Corboy Law Center 302)

Feel like you need some assistance in your writing? All of us, regardless of our degrees and status, can benefit from someone who has made it his career to guide people to the next level of their writing ability. This 90-minute interactive writing workshop is specifically geared to graduate students who are struggling with graduate-level papers in their courses and individual research. The workshop introduces students to three elemental areas of sound scholarly writing: organizing around a complex and worthwhile purpose, framing paragraph structure, and reassessing the source relationships. This workshop is open to Master's and Doctoral students from all disciplines in The Graduate School. Conducted by Michael Meinhardt, English Instructor.

Registration is required and limited to graduate students in The Graduate School. Please register by 48 hours before the session. Click here to RSVP.


Working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Thursday, October 19  |  5-6pm (LSC, Cuneo Hall 111)

Graduate students planning to conduct “Human Subject Research” should attend this information filled workshop. You will receive pointers for preparing your proposal and submitting it to the Loyola University IRB.

Topics covered include:

  • The types of research required to submit to the IRB consent and training requirements
  • Determining the risk level
  • Determining the type of review required
  • Submission procedures
  • Checking submissions and CITI training status
  • Minimizing risk to subjects
  • Tips and suggestions for preparing proposals: Examples of good and bad ideas 

Andrew Ellis, Assistant Director for Research Compliance, will conduct the workshop. Space is limited. Graduate students enrolled in Graduate School programs will have priority on a first come, first served basis. Click here to RSVP.


The 3-Minute Thesis: Engaging the Community with your Research

Thursday, November 30  |  3-4:30pm (LSC, Cuneo Hall 417)

Every researcher must communicate her research quickly and clearly to potential funders and employers, or engage diverse stakeholders in the community. This session will focus on the 3 Minute Thesis competition being held at LUC on February 15th as a tool to help you hone this valuable skill. In this session, you will:

  • learn how to conceptualize and frame research for non-specialist audiences
  • learn how to avoid common problems when discussing research in settings with diverse audiences
  • practice communicating your own research for a diverse, non-specialist audience.

Join scholars from the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola well-versed in conducting research with community partners. The 3 Minute Thesis competition and this seminar are appropriate for any masters or PhD student working on a thesis or dissertation. Click here to RSVP.