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GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon. October 31 & November 1. Fenwick Library. See you there!

GRADReCon 2019 Schedule

GRADReCon 2019 Schedule | Location: Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus

Time Session Room
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Funding for Graduate Student Research at Mason and Beyond 

Funding is one of the greatest challenges graduate students face as they plan research activities. This session will offer an overview of funding opportunities and support available to Mason grad students. The session will cover internal funding opportunities offered to Mason grad students from within the university, and also help students learn how to identify funding opportunities from external sources, including government agencies, foundations, professional associations, and more. The session will also provide information on support and advising services available to students through the Office of Graduate Fellowships, which assists Mason students seeking external funding in support of research, training, or professional development opportunities.

Presenters:

Kay Ágoston, Director of Graduate Fellowships, Office of the Provost
Akitta Robertson, Graduate Education Manager, Office of the Provost

1014A
1:00PM - 2:30PM

An Introduction to Strategies for Structuring and Writing Reviews of the Literature

Most graduate students must write reviews of the literature, but this genre of writing can be mysterious for students approaching it for the first time. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the main purposes and features of lit reviews, and they will explore methods for analyzing how lit reviews function in their own disciplines and genres of writing. The workshop will then provide participants with tools for generating material and organizing a review of the literature that is driven by the writer.

Presenter: Sarah Johnson, Graduate Writing Coordinator, University Writing Center

1014A
2:30PM - 3:15PM

Coffee & Conversation with Research and Resources Experts
Light refreshments will be served.

Meet with your research & resources experts and have some tasty treats!

  • University Libraries
    • Subject Librarians
    • Digital Scholarship Center Consultants
    • Interlibrary Loan Services
    • Special Collections Research Center
    • SP@RC Lab
    • Mason Publishing
  • Learning Services
  • Graduate Student Life
  • MIX@Mason
1014B
3:15PM - 4:15PM

ABCs of Publishing

The publishing process may seem confusing or overwhelming at first. How do you identify potential publications or write a manuscript that will meet journal’s criteria? This workshop will demystify the complicated process of publishing with academic journals and discuss other publishing opportunities. Participants will learn how to prepare manuscripts for publication, respond systematically to peer review feedback, work effectively with editors, and participate in the broader academic community.

Presenter: Theresa Calcagno, IT & Engineering Librarian, University Libraries

1014A
Time Session Room
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Grant Writing 101: Telling Your Story

Developing a grant proposal can be overwhelming. In this presentation you will learn some basic tips on how to “Tell Your Story” to funders and learn strategies for preparing strong proposals for any external funder, including federal agencies, foundations, and other organizations. Dr. Rebekah Hersch, Associate Director, Research Development, will share tips, insights and additional resources to help you craft your proposal to meet the requirements of the funding opportunity.

Presenter: Rebekah Hersch, Associate Director, Research Development

1014A
1:00PM - 2:30PM

Summarizing and Displaying Your Data with Excel

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP

Discover how to effectively and efficiently work with data in Excel.

Learn to use Pivot Tables to summarize the data and see best practices for creating data visualizations. Sample data and exercises will be available for those who choose to bring a laptop.

Intended for those who are already comfortable in Excel.

Presenter: Debby Kermer, Data Services Research Consultant, Digital Scholarship Center, University Libraries

1014A
2:30PM - 3:15PM

Coffee & Conversation with Research and Resources Experts
Light refreshments will be served.

Meet with your research & resources experts and have some tasty treats!

  • University Libraries
    • Subject Librarians
    • Digital Scholarship Center Consultants
    • Interlibrary Loan Services
    • Special Collections Research Center
    • SP@RC Lab
    • Mason Publishing
  • Learning Services
  • Graduate Student Life
  • MIX@Mason
1014B
3:15PM - 4:15PM

Organizing and Managing Your Project Data

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP

Working on a research project but not sure how to begin to organize and manage your data? This introductory workshop is designed to be an overview of major data management topics. You will learn the essentials of research data management, including data formats; best practices for organizing, storing and backing up your files; documenting your research data (readme files, codebooks, etc.); and useful tools for organizing your data. One tool that will be highlighted is the Open Science Framework, which provides free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle.

Presenters:

Wendy Mann, Director, Digital Scholarship Center, University Libraries
Margaret Lam, Physical Sciences & STEM Data Librarian, University Libraries

1014A