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GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon. October 27. Fenwick Library. See you there!

GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections 2017

Friday, October 27  |  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  |  Fenwick Library  |  Fairfax Campus

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon! A smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your success at Mason, GRADReCon is a partnership of Graduate Student Life, University Libraries and other key University programs and services for Grad Students. Join us. Learn, share and meet old and new colleagues at GRADReCon 2017. Bring a laptop - bring a friend!

Dr. Peter Pober - Keynote Speaker - Plenary Luncheon Session - PLEASE REGISTER NOW

Location: Fenwick Library, Main Reading Room (2001)

Time: Noon - 1:30pm

"Walking the Walk AND Talking the Talk"

Keynote Speaker: Peter Pober, Ph.D, Distinguished Service Professor, Professor and Director of Forensics, Department of Communication, George Mason University

Description: We will explore both the construction of the research talk and the presentation of the research walk; ie., verbal (structure of discussion, examples, supplemental materials, etc.) and nonverbal communication (tone, gesture, pace, walking transitions, pitch, etc.) strategies.

Lunch and refreshments are generously sponsored by SAGE Publications

Plenary Session registration is strongly encouraged.  Fairfax Attendees: REGISTER HERE

Plenary Session RAFFLES

GRAND PRIZE: Graduate Student Study Carrel @ Fenwick Library for Spring 2018

SECOND PRIZE: Personal Study Room in 24-Hour Area of Fenwick Library During Fall 2017 Finals

THIRD PRIZE: Amazon Echo Dot

FOURTH PRIZE: $25 Starbucks Gift Card

NOTE: Videoconferencing will be available at other locations:

  • Arlington: 332 Founders Hall (Arlington attendees, please register HERE)
  • SciTech: 110H Colgan Hall (SciTech attendees, please register HERE)

Session Moderators: Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life; Austin Deray, Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student Life

Featured Session: SAGE Research Methods - No Registration Necessary

Location: Fenwick Library, Instruction Room 1014A

Time: 10:30am - Noon

Session Presenter: Heather Dray, Senior Library Relations Manager, SAGE Publications


SAGE Research Methods is an online collection of books and other full-text materials that provide authoritative information and multimedia on how to perform hundreds of research methods. The how-tos for carrying out every step of your research project are here! 

By the end of the session, students will:

  • Understand how to Effectively Search across content types and disciplines to identify the best materials to support their project
  • Understand how to use the Methods Map to help find the best methods for their research
  • Understand how to create Reading Lists of curated content to save and share
  • Understand how to create Custom Video Clips to save and share
  • Understand how the Project Planner and Which Stats Test provide guidance and support as students plan and conduct research.