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Spring 2021

TAMIU ARC's mission of developing a community of scholars placing greater value on graduate coursework and research, led to the development of Professional Development Program. Beginning Spring 2020, the Professional Development Program will provide more frequent, high-quality workshops and training support for graduate students, faculty and staff. This will give the TAMIU community the resources, skills, and experience to go beyond with their education here at TAMIU. 

These workshops will be conducted by both accomplished TAMIU Faculty and partners from other institutions, such as UT Health Science Center at Houston. Content varies from core competencies such as writing, presentation skills, to multiple course enhancement workshops on new research technology, methodology, and even how to publish in academic journals.

 

 

spring 2021 Schedule

 

Schedule

WORKSHOP

DATE

TIME

INSTRUCTOR

LOCATION

RefWorks Advanced: Create your bibliography April 6 2:30pm DeZouche Virtual-BB Collaborate
Defending & Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation April 20 5:30pm Zamora Virtual-BB Collaborate
SPSS: Tool Introduction April 28 noon & 5:30pm Hernandez LBV computer lab, TBA

 

upcoming events

RefWorks- Advanced

Presenter:

Elizabeth DeZouche, Information Literary Librarian

Ready to organize your research and finalize that paper? Bring your work to this workshop! After this advanced workshop, you will be able to: export a Bibliography/Works Cited, create in-text citations, and more! All majors are welcome from both Undergraduate and Graduate level.This workshop is not for beginners of RefWorks. You must have some of your research done to find benefit from this workshop. Have registered for your free RefWorks account and have your first draft of your writing completed. Registration is required.

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Defending & Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation

Presenter:

Mr. Francisco Zamora, ARC Graduate Writing Consultant

 For those finalizing their Thesis II or dissertation, this workshop's for you! Our Writing Consultant will cover how to conduct your final defense for your committee and how to conduct final edits through the TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School. This virtual workshop is open to all TAMIU students even those not enrolled in Thesis II. You'll also receive public speaking tips, appropriate presentation conduct, how to prepare and more! Must RSVP to attend.

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SPSS: Tool Tutorial

Presenter:

Lesly Hernandez, ARC Supplemental Instruction Leader

Learn the fundamentals of IBM SPSS with this step-by-step introduction workshop along with hands-on learning through examples. You'll learn how to enter and edit data, how to conduct descriptive statistics, variable creation and manipulation and even how to create frequency tables. After the presentation, you will get to practice with sample data provided. This workshop will be on TAMIU campus with limited seating. Registration is required.

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Spring 2021 Past Events

Ref-n-Write: Tool tutorial

Presenter:

Mr. Francisco Zamora, ARC Graduate Writing Consultant

 

 

Writing for TAMIU students is about to get easier! We're happy to announce a new writing tool, Ref-n-Write, is now available. Attend this tool tutorial workshop and learn how to expand your academic vocabulary, create a personalized database of scientific, professional, and commonly used writing phrases and organize papers/references. In person workshop, with limited seating due to COVID-19 protocols. Must RSVP to attend.

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How to Start Writing Your Thesis Workshop

Presenter:

Mr. Francisco Zamora, ARC Graduate Writing Consultant

Intended to guide graduate students on starting their thesis/dissertation, and/or how to revise their current thesis as per TAMIU Thesis and Dissertation Manual. Templates, tools and other resources will be shared. Topics covered will be basics on developing an outline, drafting the introduction, organizing research, practicing healthy thesis writing time management, and how to refine your Thesis I or II process.  

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RefWorks- Tool Introduction

Presenter:

Elizabeth DeZouche, Information Literary Librarian

Ms. DeZouche demonstrated to TAMIU students how to organize their citations using RefWorks, a web-based citation management tool. This online workshop aimed to aid you on your research writing, academic projects and papers. Learn how to easily share and cite your sources while saving yourself valuable time. All majors were welcomed from both Undergraduate and Graduate level.

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Fall 2020 Past events

Research Bootcamp

Presenters:

Dr. Susan H. Fenton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

TAMIU Faculty Mentors

Eight week long program for TAMIU upper-level undergraduate (60+ credit hours) or graduate students. Students will take on a research project while learning new skills such as data analysis, R programming language, overview of scientific method & research and ultimately produce a research paper ready to be submitted to a journal or publication, or present at an academic conference. Open to all Majors! Virtual instruction this Summer 2020.

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RefWorks Virtual Workshop

Presenter:

Elizabeth DeZouche, Information Literary Librarian

Ms. DeZouche will demonstrate to TAMIU students how to organize their citations using RefWorks, a web-based citation management tool. Join this online workshop to aid you on your research writing, academic projects and papers. Learn how to easily share and cite your sources while saving yourself valuable time. All majors are welcome from both Undergraduate and Graduate level.

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How to Start Writing Your Thesis Workshop

Presenter:

Mr. Francisco Zamora, ARC Graduate Writing Consultant

Intended to guide graduate students on starting their thesis/dissertation, and/or how to revise their current thesis as per TAMIU Thesis and Dissertation Manual. Templates, tools and other resources will be shared. Topics covered will be basics on developing an outline, drafting the introduction, organizing research, practicing healthy thesis writing time management, and how to refine your Thesis I or II process.  

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Data Cleaning Workshop

Presenter:

Mr. Roberto Torres-Saenz, ARC Data Scientist

 Cleaning data is a crucial first step before any analysis, and regularly the most time consuming. The quality of data analysis is directly affected by the quality of your data. TAMIU ARC's Data Scientist will guide participants on cleaning procedures critical to ensure data is ready for analysis. Topics covered will be what types of errors could exist in a dataset, how to deal with those errors, determine if data is still useful, and how to calculate a sample size. 

 

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How to Defend Your Thesis, Proposal or Dissertation

Presenter:

Mr. Francisco Zamora, ARC Graduate Writing Consultant

This live, virtual workshop is for students who want guidance preparing for their Thesis/Dissertation Defense or Proposal. Writing Consultant Franco Zamora will cover public speaking tips, organization strategies, how to address your Thesis Committee during the defense, and former recent defendees will share their advice. Great for students nearing the completion of their Proposal in Thesis I or who are preparing their final defense for Thesis II or dissertation.

 

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The Basics of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)

Presenter:

Dr. Wanzhu Shi, Assistant Professor 

 SEM or Structural Equation Modeling largely used in the social science field, links survey design to data analysis. Participants will learn in this workshop the basic concepts of SEM. They will get to work with actual examples from the field by ultimately practicing survey design and construct the measurement model by the end of the workshop. Dr. Wanzhu Shi is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Administration program. Her current research interests focus on nonprofit management, social media usage in public sectors, and community assessment.

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Editing Your Thesis or Dissertation

Presenter:

Francisco Zamora, ARC Graduate Writing Consultant & COAS's Miguel

This live, virtual workshop is designed for Thesis II or dissertation students who have successfully defended their thesis or dissertation and who are working on the revising and editing process for either COAS or the Graduate School. This workshop will cover proper formatting techniques and methods for the thesis or dissertation, including the Table of Contents, the Title and Approval page, necessary forms, proper citation use, and other essential pages. This is the best way to make sure that you finish your manuscript with the fastens revision process possible.                                                       

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How & Where to Publish

Presenters:

Dr. Ken Tobin, Professor & Dr. John Kilburn, Associate Vice President 

Drs. Tobin and Kilburn will discuss how faculty should select an academic journal to maximize their chances of promotion and tenure. they will review how the Scimago Journal Ranking web site can be a powerful tool in deciding how to disseminate your research. Dr. Tobin will also share his insights into what promotion and tenure committees' value as significant scholarship. While this workshop targets junior faculty, all students and faculty are welcome.

 

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Spring 2020 Past Events

Writing & Research Workshop

Presenters:

Franco Zamora, Writing Consultant 

Elizabeth DeZouche, Information Literacy Librarian

 

Guided tutorials on using online citation resources such as Endnote. Graduate students will also participate in mentored writing exercises and learn about receiving personalized writing guidance from our Graduate Writing Consultant. There will be a reference section library tour at 5:30pm prior to the workshop. Those interested should meet in front of Starbucks. Spaces are limited.

Developing Posters

Presenters: 

Dr. Alison M. Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Kenneth J. Tobin, TAMIU ARC Co-Director

Workshop will help students design and effective poster presentation for professional conferences. Students will receive tips of inserting figures and images and appropriate amount and size of text. Additionally, students will learn the various resources for printing the final poser version. Using PowerPoint, students should complete the workshop with a working draft of their poster. 

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Developing Oral Presentations

Presenters: 

Dr. Alison M. Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor

Workshop will help students organize and execute an effective oral and execute an effective oral presentation for professional conferences. Tips will be given on visual aids including tips on the amount and size of text and use of images. The workshop will include advice on giving an oral presentation, including use of notes, eye contact, staying within time limits, and posture.

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RefWorks Workshop

Presenters:

Elizabeth DeZouche,  Information Literacy Librarian

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that makes research management and paper-writing easy. This workshop will guide students on using the online tool which will aid in the organization, sharing and citing of sources for academic projects and papers. Start saving yourself time today, try RefWorks and be more productive! View video tutorial via link below.

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