Workshops, Retreats, and Write-Ins
The Graduate School Writing Center offers workshops to support graduate students as they communicate in a range of academic and professional situations. All workshops are open to enrolled University of Maryland graduate students free of charge. We also welcome suggestions for workshops and will design and provide programs for specific disciplinary needs upon request. Please contact Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Academic and Professional Development, with questions or suggestions.
The Fall 2023 Workshop Schedule is still in process! The weekly Friday Write-In will continue this semester, each Friday from 9 - 11am via Zoom. Check back for new workshops — or contact Dr. Macri firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions for workshops you'd like us to run this fall.
Set Your Goals Workshops
September 12, 12-1:30pm, 4123 McKeldin Register here
September 14, 4-5pm (virtual) Register here
Each semester of graduate school poses new opportunities, new schedules, and new challenges. Research shows that taking time to name, write down, and plan for your goals helps you fulfill your intentions! At this workshop, we’ll explore and engage in effective goal setting for the semester. We’ll talk about setting priorities, celebrating successes, making weekly plans, and feeling good about reaching your goals!
Literature Review Series
In conjunction with Research Education at University Libraries, the GSWC will offer this series on understanding and developing the literature review. A literature review documents the disciplinary conversation you are joining as you embark on answering your own research questions. All sessions in this series will be held virtually.
Understanding the Literature Review -- September 21, 12pm-1pm Register here
New to research writing at the graduate level, or getting ready to write your first literature review? Not sure how to start the process of a literature review? Join us for this workshop to understand the fundamentals of a literature review.
Searching for Sources – September 28, 12pm-1pm Register here
How do you run an efficient and effective search when looking for sources and citations for a literature review or other research project? Join us to learn about how to frame and conduct your search on databases and search engines, and get a brief introduction to citation managers.
Reading and Notetaking -- October 5, 12pm-1pm Register here
You’ve collected your articles—now you have to read them! Join us to learn more about reading for writing, effective note taking, and writing brief summaries for the literature review process.
Equitable Citation Practice -- October 10, 1pm-2pm Register here
Citation practice has broad implications for who gets a voice in academia. Yet even while improving equity practices in education and grant-funded research is increasingly mandatory, research still suggests that scholars with marginalized identities are under-cited, across disciplines. In this workshop, you’ll learn why diversity in citation is crucial and how to build a more equitable citation practice in your writing and research.
How to Pick Your Citation Manager -- October 12, 12pm-1pm Register here
Have you wanted to use citation management software but aren’t sure where to start? Then this is the workshop for you! This workshop will review options for citation managers here at UMD, how to download citation manager software, and open courses on citation management.
Introduction to Zotero – October 17, 12pm-1pm Register here
Zotero is a free, open-source citation management software useful for keeping track of bibliographic information and generating citations and bibliographies. This workshop is designed for new users of Zotero and will cover creating bibliographies. Other topics will include adding items to the library, in-text citation generation, changing citation styles, organizing citations.
Introduction to Mendeley – October 19, 12pm-1pm Register here
Mendeley is a free, open-source citation management software useful for keeping track of bibliographic information and generating citations and bibliographies. This workshop is designed for new users of Mendeley and will cover creating bibliographies. Other topics will include adding items to the library, in-text citation generation, changing citation styles, organizing citations.
Fellowship Application Workshops
Applying for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Series
The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to students across disciplines and is offered by many universities across the country, each with slightly different application procedures. While the content of these workshops will focus on the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships, that material will be relevant to most postdoctoral program applications.
Check out our Introduction to Applying for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship webinar (or just take a look at the slides).
Writing the Research Proposal for Postdoctoral Applications -- Thursday, August 31 at 12-1:00pm (via zoom) Access a recording here
A research statement is a standard element of a postdoctoral application. In this workshop, we'll discuss how to write a research proposal, with a particular focus on the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, though the ideas will apply to most applications.
Writing the Educational Background Statement for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program -- Wednesday, September 13, 3-4pm (via zoom) Register here
The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program requires a statement of educational background, a unique document that asks applicants to combine a personal statement with a diversity statement. In this workshop, we'll look at some examples of successful statements and discuss writing an effective statement for your own PPF application. Registrants are invited to bring a draft of their statements to the workshop for development.
Applying for External Fellowships
September 26, 12-1pm, 2124 Lee Register here
September 29, 12-1pm (virtual) Register here
Join the Graduate School Writing Center and Proposal Development Services from the Division of Research at this workshop to learn more about how to find, select, and apply for fellowships and grants to support your doctoral and postdoctoral research.
Communicating Your Research
Communicating Science to Broader Audiences
Friday, September 22, at 10-11:15am and 1:15-2:30pm Register here
You’ve mastered the challenges of communicating your research findings to others in your discipline, but communicating the meaning, significance, and impact of your research to audiences beyond your discipline poses lots of new challenges. How can you inform, explain, persuade, and maybe entertain folks beyond your field that what you study matters to them—and is just plain cool? Is it just jettisoning the jargon? In this workshop, we’ll explore things to consider and strategies to try when you want to communicate your science more broadly (and really, this isn’t just for STEM folks!). This workshop is part of the Office of Postdoctoral Affair’s Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium and is open to doctoral students; click here for more information and to register.