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2014-2015 Presentation Seminars and Writing Workshops

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


1. September 18, 2014: 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.

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2.     September 25, 2014: TA-ing:The joys and Chills (P)

Are you anxious about TA-ing? Do you have questions about how to grade papers and exams? Do you want an idea about how to make your Tutorial class meaningful and fun?  Bring all the questions you have about TA-ing during this session and have it answered by experienced TAs. Its will be a fun, interactive and INTERESTING session.

Presenters: Pernille Goodbrand, Miranda MacCallum, Laurent Wall. 

3.     October 2, 2014: Intros and Conclusion - 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.

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4.     October 09, 2014: How to give a Powerful Powerpoint Presentation (P)

Come and learn how to give a snazzy yet professional PowerPoint presentation. This session will include an attention grabbing example of a PowerPoint presentation as well as a how-to guide on constructing your own.

Speakers : Nahum Arguera and Alla Konnikov


5.     October 16, 2014: 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? 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jyoti Gondek


6.     October 23, 2014: Getting Published (W)

In this session, invited guest Pat carlen first outlines and discusses some of the issues confronting academic authors as they attempt to prepare their first ( or early) articles for publication; and then goes on to describe the academic review process and how authors may best respond to it. Secondly, she discusses the art of writing book reviews. 

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7.     November 06, 2014: Peer Review of Two Page SCHOLARSHIP Proposal (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.

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8.     November 20, 2014: 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.

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9.     December 04, 2014: 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. 


10.   December 11, 2014: Rewind, Reflect and Refresh (P) 

Come and join us as previous presenters come and SHARE how the feedback they received over the semester helped them gain confidence and hone their presentation skills. We will also like to hear from you and how the presentations helped you through the semester. See you there! 

Sociology Graduate Student Caucus Scholarly Presentation Seminar & Writing Workshop Winter 2015 Schedule

11.   January 22, 2015: Peer Review of Abstracts: Getting ready for CSA, SSSP and the Graduate Symposium (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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Facilitator : Dr. Alex Bierman

12.   January 29, 2015: Types of Conference Sessions/How to give a powerful presentation (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: TDB

13.   February 5, 2015: 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.

Facilitator: Dr. Jean Wallace

 14.   February 26, 2015: 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.

Facilitator: TBD

15.   March 19, 2015: Results and Discussion (W) 

In this session, we’ll look at the different purposes and content of the results, discussion and conclusion sections of papers.

Facilitator: Dr. Jean Wallace

16.   March 26,  2015: NVivo Workshop (P)

This session is a NVivo workshop for graduate students to learn the basics of using the data analysis software. All graduate students whether qualitative or quantitative inclined are invited to be present at this workshop to learn something new.

Facilitator: Dr. Adorjan

17.   April 2,  2015: Dealing with Writer's Block and Procrastination (W) 

This session will look at whether you have writer’s block and explore different strategies for dealing with it.

Facilitator: TBD

For more information, or if you are INTERESTED in presenting at any of these sessions, please contact Animwaa Obeng-Akrofi at