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Communication Workshops

Fall 2017

 

Important notes: 

  • These workshops are only open to enrolled Purdue engineering graduate students.
  • You may register for as many workshops as you like.
  • Most of the workshops occur over multiple sessions; attendance is mandatory at ALL sessions. Students who miss the first session of a workshop cannot participate in the following sessions.
  • The workshops are held in the Purdue Graduate Student Center (PGSC), 105AB. Directions to PGSC.

Click on the registration links located below the description of each workshop to sign up and attend.

Communicating Via Email

"Excellent and pertinent examples for the different sections of an email."
   – a former workshop attendee

Although many students prefer texting, email is still the prevalent form of communication on campus and in industry. Writing email is more complicated than it appears and often causes miscommunication. To write effective emails, writers need to consider the target audience and purpose of the email, among other aspects.  This one-session workshop will cover email language issues such as tone and appropriate salutations and closings, and other issues such as the responsible use of the medium. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Registration closed. This workshop is full to capacity.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • September 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Conference Abstracts

“Not only is this helpful in reviewing my abstract, but it helped me write the abstract!"
  – a former workshop attendee

Many engineering conferences require the submission of a written abstract as the first step in writing a paper.  In the first of two-sessions, students will learn to identify the elements of a well-written abstract. For the second session, they will bring in a conference abstract they have written and receive peer and instructor feedback on it.  This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on September 29.
 
Note: This workshop is limited to students who are actually planning to submit a conference abstract in the near future.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • October 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 4, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Designing and Delivering Oral Presentations

“It gives confidence, and the feedback is really useful!”  – a former workshop attendee

In the first of four sessions, graduate students will learn the basics of presentation design and delivery appropriate for contexts such as research group and conference presentations. The following session will be devoted to instructor and peer evaluation of the slides students create outside the workshop. For the final sessions, workshop participants will give individual ten-minute presentations. While one student presents, the others in the group will evaluate the delivery and slide design and then provide written and oral feedback. Each presentation will be filmed so the students will have a record of it. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Registration is closed. This workshop is full to capacity.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • October 11, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 13, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 16, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Designing and Giving a Poster Presentation

“It will motivate us to prepare one and actually give us the chance to present & receive feedback, which is really helpful.”  – a former workshop attendee

This is a four-session workshop for students who will be presenting their research in poster form. The first session will cover the unique design requirements for a poster and how to speak with the poster’s audience. The second session will be used to receive peer and instructor feedback on the poster design; the final sessions will be mock poster presentations with peer and instructor feedback. The poster presentations will be filmed so the students have a record of it. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on October 20.

Note: This workshop is limited to students who are actually planning to do a poster presentation in the near future.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • October 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 30, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 1, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Discussing Research with Various Audiences

“Discussing research with various audiences is a most critical asset…This workshop is a solution to gain…experience with how to discuss your research.”

– a former workshop attendee

Engineers often need to discuss their research with non-experts. This one-session workshop covers the contexts and purposes of these talks, as well as doing audience analysis and discussing adapting one's message to a particular audience. These adaptations include language use, appealing to different learning styles, and nonverbal communication. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on September 13.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • September 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Effective Graphics

“It’s a very important topic that a student does not realize at the beginning of his Ph.D.” – a former workshop attendee

In the first session of this two-session workshop, students will view examples of various graphics and learn how to create them for use in conference and journal papers, in addition to PowerPoint slides.  Workshop participants will create their own graphics and bring these to the second workshop session to receive peer and instructor feedback. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on November 13.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • November 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 16, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

English for Engineers

“Very useful and gave me lots of good suggestions on the resources available to help my academic writing.” – a former workshop attendee

This is a five-session workshop for students who want to refresh or enhance their knowledge of basic written English and learn strategies for identifying and correcting errors. The sessions will focus on common grammar problems, typical issues in punctuation and mechanics, and workshop participants will write a description of their field and brief professional biography. Both documents will receive peer and instructor feedback. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on November 3.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • November 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., PGSC 105AB

Overview of Academic Paper Writing

“It is useful for all new grad students [who] are being involved in research.” – a former workshop attendee

This is a one-session condensed version of the “Writing a Publishable Paper” workshop to provide students with an introduction to writing an academic paper.  It includes information on how to decide where to publish, the publication process, and the typical organization and components of a journal or conference paper. This workshop is intended for graduate students who do not yet have any research ready for publication. The workshop is held during the fall and spring semesters.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on September 27.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • September 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Preparing a CV

"It’s a good way to organize thoughts about a CV.”– a former workshop attendee

Students seeking positions in academia need a CV, rather than a resume, for their application.  The first session of this two-session workshop will cover the essential information and organization of a CV, and the second session will be used for students to bring in a draft of their CV for peer and instructor feedback.  This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Registration ended at 4:00 p.m. on September 8.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • September 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • September 13, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Preparing for a Job Fair

“This workshop highlights some important ‘should-be-aware-of’ stuff that I ignored before.  Really great help.”  --a former workshop attendee

This one-session workshop is held every fall and spring semester before the Purdue Engineering Student Council (PESC) Industrial Roundtable and EXPO, respectively. Topics covered include using the PESC website to identify and research potential employers; a job fair day plan; meeting with recruiters; and special job search tips for international students. This workshop is offered early in the fall and spring semesters.

Registration ended at 4:00 p.m. on August 26.

 

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • August 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • August 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. , PGSC 105AB

Professional Communication Etiquette

This is a one-session workshop covering the use of etiquette in written, spoken, and nonverbal communication in professional contexts such as the job search process.  Students will learn how to make a good impression on potential employers in email and snail mail, to interact verbally, and to be aware of the impact of their body language and table manners. This workshop is offered early in the fall and spring semesters.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on September 5.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • September 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. , PGSC 105AB

Resumes and Cover Letters

“It is the best resume workshop I’ve attended while at Purdue (and I’ve attended several).”
-a former workshop attendee

This is a two-session workshop to help students write resumes and cover letters for job applications. The first session covers the information that both documents should contain, and the second session provides an opportunity for students to bring in a draft of their resume and cover letter for peer and instructor feedback. This workshop is offered early in the fall and spring semesters.

Registration is now closed.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • August 30, 2017, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sep 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at PGSC 105AB
  • September 5, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and Sep 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at PGSC 105AB

Writing Effective Fellowship Essays

“It is really important for [students] to know about the resources and how they can get [fellowship].”– a former workshop attendee

Fellowship programs sponsored by government agencies and foundations such as EPA, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Ford Foundation, and Hertz Foundation offer opportunities for graduate students to help fund their education, In the first session of this two-session workshop, students will learn how to interpret fellowship application essay requirements and do prewriting activities. The following session will consist of instructor and peer evaluation of an essay the students write according to the requirements of a fellowship application of their choice. The workshop is only offered in the fall semester.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on September 24.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • September 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • September 27, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Writing a Publishable Paper

“Just the exercise of systematically working through a paper, doing peer review, and having deadlines is a great way to help yourself break up a daunting task & work through it.”  – a former workshop attendee

This 11-session workshop is designed to guide advanced Ph.D. students through the process of writing a journal or conference paper based on their individual research.  At the conclusion of this workshop, students should have a paper that is ready for submission to a conference or journal.  Because the workshop will focus on the content, structure, and process of writing the paper, students will need to possess strong skills in written English.  Topics covered in the workshop include audience awareness, library research strategies, copyright concerns, and the individual sections of a conference or journal paper.  Students will be expected to write both during and outside of the workshop and participate in guided peer review sessions of their written work. The focus of the feedback will be on the content and organization of the writing rather than the grammar. This workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on October 2.

Note: This workshop is limited to Ph.D. students enrolled at Purdue who already have research in progress and need to write a paper based on it in the near future.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • October 3, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 5, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 17, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 19, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 26, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 31, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 9, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB

Writing and Responding to Manuscript Reviews

"...knowing the review process helps you improve your own paper."  – a former workshop attendee

The selection of academic papers for publication in journals or presentation at conferences depends upon the ability of peer reviewers who can objectively judge the suitability of the paper for a particular venue.  This three-session workshop is designed to help graduate students understand the review process, write an effective review, and learn how to respond to reviewers' comments.  Students participating in this workshop will need to have access to an unpublished manuscript in their field; they will write a review of it based on the criteria supplied by the actual venue to which the manuscript will be/has been submitted.  The final session will be devoted to instructor and peer evaluation of the review.  This workshop is offered during spring and fall semesters.

Register here to attend this workshop.

Registration ends at 12:00 p.m. on October 19.

Fall 2017 Workshop

  • October 20, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • October 27, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB
  • November 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., PGSC 105AB