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2013-2014 Presentation Seminars and Writing Workshops

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Ines Kubicek
Telephone: (403) 220-6501
Fax: (403) 282-9298

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Fiona Nelson
Telephone: (403) 220-5267
Fax: (403) 282-9298

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Department of Sociology
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary , Alberta
T2N 1N4

We are located in the Social Sciences Building on the east side of the University of Calgary campus.

Sociology Graduate Student Caucus Scholarly Presentation Seminar & Writing Workshop Spring/Summer 2013 Schedule

1.     June 12, 2013: Converting Conference Presentations to Journal Articles (W)

In this session, we’ll talk about some of the challenges that arise when trying to convert a conference presentation into a journal article. We’ll look at why you should do this as well as the step-by-step process of what’s involved.


2.     August 22, 2013: Revising and Resubmitting Journal Articles (W)

In this session, we'll look at the review process and how to respond to a "revise and resubmit" invitation and what is expected. We'll look at examples of how to write up responses to reviewers' concerns as well as how to respond to the editor.


Sociology Graduate Student Caucus Scholarly Presentation Seminar & Writing Workshop Fall 2013 Schedule

3.     September 12, 2013: A Gentle Introduction to Being a TA (P)

The idea of being a TA and having to teach students can be frightening. In this session, a couple of veteran TAs will offer some valuable advice on how to run a classroom, what to actually do for labs and tutorials, how to grade papers and exams, and how to meet with students. Further, one of our students with teaching experience will provide the opportunity to hear what an instructor expects of TAs.

Presenters: Sarah Harvey, Sonja Schuetz, Patty Thille, Carol Berenson

4.     September 19, 2013: What You Want, What You Get, and Rules of the Game (W)

In this opening session, we’ll identify students’ goals and objectives for participating in the workshops.  We will discuss how to effectively respond to each others’ writing, how to request feedback from the group, and how to react to other people’s responses to your writing. Participants will be invited to volunteer pieces of writing to review and suggest topics for subsequent sessions.

Handout 1 Handout 2

5.     October 3, 2013: How and Why we Cite and Quote (W)

In this session, we’ll examine the role of citation and quotation in scholarly work, discuss guidelines for deciding when you need to cite and how to do it, and address the topic of plagiarism.

Handout 1 Handout 2

6.     October 10, 2013: Networking (P)

This session will focus on something that is, for many of us, one of our least favourite things: mingling. Professional networks are built, in part, at conference social events and department mixers, but how do we take full advantage of these opportunities? And what other opportunities for networking are available to us? This session will be something between a panel and a round table discussion where we will share tips, stories, and strategies for building effective professional networks.


7.     October 17, 2013: Peer Review of the Research Proposal Scholarship Applications (W)

It can be very challenging to summarize your entire research project in one or two pages and convince potential funders that you will be successful in carrying it out and that it deserves to be funded. In this session, we will discuss the criteria used in evaluating proposals and the group will review each others’ proposals. This is your opportunity to receive immediate and objective feedback on your two page research proposal before submitting it to CIHR or SSHRC.


8.     October 24, 2013: Peer Review of the Research Proposal Scholarship Applications 2 (W)

 This session is a continuation of last week's session.

9.     October 31, 2013: Criminology Week (P)

Your feedback is important and wanted! Please come and get involved during this showcase week by supporting your colleagues and providing them with some open, honest and valuable feedback as they prepare to attend the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Presenters: Emma McGeachy, Tamara Nerlien, Chris Esselmont

10.     November 7, 2013: How to Write a Lit Review (W)

After reading everything you find related to your topic, it can be challenging trying to figure out how to pull it all together in the form of a review of the literature relevant to your topic and research question. We’ll look at several strategies that may be used to organize readings the basic body of a literature review.

Handout 1 Handout 2 Handout 3

11.     November 14, 2013: Design Principles Effective Research Posters (P) - To Be Re-Scheduled

Research posters can be an effective way to present your findings to a wide audience.  However, it can be a challenge to present your research in such a limited amount of space.  In this session, we have a special guest who will discuss effective design principles for research posters. 

Presenters: Milena Radzikowska

12.   November 21, 2013: Intros and Conclusions - How We Finish & What We Started (W)

Introductions and conclusions can be the most difficult parts of papers to write.  The introduction is where you make your first impression to the reader and the conclusion is your last word on the subject.  We'll look at some strategies for writing effective introductions and conclusions.

Handout 1 Handout 2 Handout 3

13.    December 5, 2013: Writing Abstracts: Getting Ready for CSA and SSSP (W)

Everybody knows that abstracts are short, but what is the essential information that should be included? Sometimes journals or conferences specify key components and sometimes not. In this session, we will discuss how to write abstracts for papers and conferences, how to do so if you’ve already written the paper and how to do so if you haven’t. We’ll also offer peer review of students’ abstracts that have been drafted for submission to the upcoming CSA and SSSP conferences. 

Handout 1 Handout 2

Sociology Graduate Student Caucus Scholarly Presentation Seminar & Writing Workshop Winter 2014 Schedule

14.     January 16, 2014: Peer Review of Abstracts: Getting Ready for CSA and SSSP (Part 2) (W)

Continuing on from our December 5th session, we will be offering peer review of abstracts for students’ abstracts. Bring 5 copies of your abstract for peer review and prizes of $50 each (towards travel to a conference) will be peer awarded for the top abstracts.

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15.     January 23, 2014: Types of Conference Sessions/Presentations (P)

Conference season is almost upon us, and as you get ready to submit abstracts, we understand that many people are unsure as to the nature of various types of conference presentations.  In this seminar, we will discuss regular sessions, thematic panels, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and critical discussions (and any others which may come up).  

Presenters: Tamara Nerlien, Alica Polachek, Laurie Vermeylen

16.     February 6, 2014: Media 101 (P)

Please join us as two members of the University's Media Relations team give us some tips on how to talk to the media about our research, as well as the potential benefits.

Presenters: Sarah McGinnis, Stephane Massinon

17.     February 13, 2014: Formatting Documents, Tables and Figures (W)

Formatting documents, tables, and figures to conform to journal or thesis standards can be a daunting task.  In this workshop, we will go through the formatting of these elements in a step-by-step demonstration.


18.     February 27, 2014: GSRS Practice (P)

With the upcoming GSRS Symposium, we thought this would be a great opportunity for those 2nd+ year grad students to practice their presentations for the symposium. Please come out and support your fellow colleagues as they hone their presentation skills.

Presenters: TBD

19.     March 13, 2014: Debate (P)

Join us for a lively debate session.  

Presenters: None

20.     March 20, 2014: "We Want You": Effective Recruitment Strategies and Posters (W)

In this session, we will discuss effective ways to recruit respondents for research projects.

Handout 1 Handout 2

21.     April 3, 2014: Results and Discussions (W)

In this session, we will discuss effective ways to recruit respondents for research projects.

Handouts coming soon


For more information, or if you are interested in presenting at any of these sessions, please contact Chris Esselmont at or Shoghi Nikoo at