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Workshops for graduate students and other advanced researchers designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. Stay all day or just for the sessions that interest you

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10 a.m.
What Does Your Advisor Mean by “Working on Grants?”
Nina Exner
You will hear research grants mentioned frequently around the university. Grants fund much of our research and many of our graduate assistantships. We even talk about students graduating and getting a postdoctoral position on a research grant, or even some day becoming the head of a grant-funded lab. But most classes don’t describe what it means to write a grant or how researchers get grants. This session will introduce you to 

  • How grants work and how they interact with research at the university and on the job
  • How grant funding fits with the research cycle and some current trends in scholarly communication for grant requirements. 
  • Key concepts in how grant applications work and tools for searching for grant opportunities
  • How project management, data visualization, and academic identity affect the grant world

 

11 a.m.
Let’s Get this Project (Management) Started
Janet Reid, Pattie Sobczak and Erica Brody
We are here to demystify project management, a practice that ranges from the small scale of informal planning of small, personal projects to wrangling larger, higher stakes initiatives. In practice, project management is taking time before beginning a project to create a plan of action that encompasses all aspects of reaching a desired outcome. We will present a structure and tools to help you organize any project or paper from beginning to end, more effectively and with less stress. After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of setting goals and milestones for any project
  • Create a timeline to track progress and manage setbacks
  • Identify resources (i.e. money and people) needed to reach your goal
  • Work in a team setting; getting the best out of you and your collaborators
  • Effectively reflect on each project to carry lessons learned on to future endeavors

 

12 p.m. 
Research Speed Networking
Carla-Mae Crookendale
Practice your elevator speech and networking skills during this research version of speed dating.

 

12:45 p.m.
Lunch with Your Librarian
Join us for lunch and informal conversations about your work with library colleagues.

 

1:15 p.m.
Make Your Data Talk with Visualization
John Glover and Erin Carrillo
You’ve collected data; now what? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to

  • Select the right type of chart for your data 
  • Make simple charts in Excel
  • Create eye-catching infographics in Piktochart
  • Gain exposure to advanced visualization tools

 

2:15 p.m.
Research Tweaks from the Tip Jar
Julie Arendt
We all have little things that make our lives better. Librarians will share some of these little things that can do a lot for your researcher. Expect to 

  • Learn a little bit about a lot of research tricks
  • Try out research tools you may not have heard of 
  • Find a few tips that you can use immediately

 

2:45 p.m.
Manage Your Professional Identity
Nia Rodgers and Hillary Miller
First impressions are important in both business and academic environments. By creating and using an ORCID account, researchers can ensure that users can find their published materials through a unique identifier as well as link to professional activities and websites. In this session you will 

  • Manage your reputation to create the impression you want to take control of your assets and use them to your best professional advantage 
  • Create an ORCID account, 
  • Explore platforms to engage your audience and peers
  • Learn best practices for managing your online identity

 

 

Date:
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Location:
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205

Event Organizer

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Julie Arendt

jaarendt@vcu.edu

(804) 828-1539