Spring 2021 Events

Introduction to Information Management for Doctoral Students

Wednesday, February 10th, 2 – 3 pm

Doctoral students interact with vast quantities of information from numerous sources that come in many formats and in various languages. It is a daunting challenge to manage and document information repeatedly and for multiple projects, including doctoral dissertation research as well as unimagined projects in the distant future–a problem reported by established scholars who find they want to use a source they encountered while working on a past project, but might not have used in the final, published version, and can no longer precisely identify and therefore retrieve. In this session, we will review different types of citations and participants will learn how to choose among the various citation management systems. In addition, instructors will discuss note-taking strategies to curate and store information effectively. This session is open to all doctoral students.

Conducting a Literature Review

Friday, February 19th, 1 – 2:00 pm

In this session, students will learn about general and subject-specific indexing and abstracting resources, search techniques, and interacting with collections held at the University of Illinois and beyond. This session is open to all doctoral students.

Writing in the Life Sciences

Thursday, March 11th, 3 – 4:30 pm

The Doctoral Research Support Program announces “Writing in the Life Sciences,” the latest installment in our series “Writing in the Disciplines.” This series gives doctoral students an opportunity to hear from a panel of scholars and journal editors who share their methods and advice on writing in their respective disciplines. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Our panelists for “Writing in the Life Sciences” will be Andrew Suarez (Professor of Entomology, and Head of the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior), Mark Hauber (Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions), Katy Heath (Professor of Plant Biology, and Associate Editor for the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B), Paola Mera (Professor of Microbiology), and Eva Fischer (Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior).

Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis: Strategies and Tools

Friday, March 26th, 2 – 3 pm

Researchers across disciplines use qualitative data to answer their research questions. While there are many different approaches to conducting qualitative research, all projects share the need to develop a strategy for analyzing the data. In this workshop, we’ll outline strategies that researchers use of analyze qualitative data along with the variety of tools used. We’ll also discuss how you can assess your own project to decide which strategies and tools are right for you.

Publishing with IEEE

Tuesday, April 6th, 4 – 5 pm

Identifying where to publish your research can be a daunting task. Should you do a conference paper, a journal article or both? What is a green open access publication, a predatory journal and other publication jargon? In this webinar, IEEE Client Services Manager Jalyn Kelley, will provide insights into publishing with IEEE and participants will

  • Learn tips for selecting an appropriate IEEE periodical or conference
  • Understand how successful IEEE authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted
  • Gain insights into what editors look for in a submission and why editors and reviewers reject papers
  • Discover the common mistakes and ethical lapses that will prevent a manuscript from being accepted
  • Learn about tools & resources from IEEE to help authors through the publishing process, including IEEE’s Author Center and Publication Recommender
  • Develop strategies for using IEEE Xplore effectively for a literature review 
  • Hear about IEEE and UIUC’s Open Access publishing agreement

Virtual Alternative Academic Career Forum

Thursday, April 15th, 2 – 5:30 pm

Have you been thinking about what career you might pursue beyond tenure-track faculty positions? Join us for the Alternative Academic Careers Forum!

  • Learn how you can use your experience and education outside of a job in academia
  • Hear advice and perspectives from faculty, current and former doctoral students, and career development experts
  • And more!
  • Learn more about the panelists.

Harvest Moon Drive-In Theater Outing

Friday, April 30th (Rain date: Saturday, May 1st)

Details TBA