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Undergraduate Events Fall 2017

Application Blast!
10/27/17 10:00am-3:00pm, Natural History Building 3rd Floor Commons w/ Integrative Biology Alumni Mentoring Program
Bring any and all of your application materials--your resumes, personal statements, cover letters, you name--for questions, review, and resources. Stay for as long or as short as you want--just don't forget to bring the application!

Writing Effective Thesis Statements
11/2/17 4:00pm-5:00pm, Gregory Hall, room 207
Are you writing an argumentative or analytical essay? This presentation will review the basic principles for creating effective thesis statements. It will also help students review common essay structures and strategies. You will have the opportunity to put this principles into practice, so bring a current assignment to work on. This workshop will be most useful to undergraduate students.

The Final Check: Proofreading & Self-Editing Strategies
11/7/17 3:00pm-4:00pm Gregory Hall, room 207
Want to learn about editing and profreading skills? In this workshop, we will define these writing skills and help writers develop practice effective strategies for both.

Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism
11/8/17 1:00pm-2:00pm, Lincoln Hall, room 1057
This workshop helps writers understand plagiarism and why we use academic sources in our writing. It will also help students learn and practice strategies for effective source use.

Vocabulary Building and Word Choice
11/9/17 3:00pm-4:00pm, Lincoln Hall, room 1020
Do you sometimes feel like you don't have the right word to say exactly what you want to say? In this workshop, we will talk about strategies for building your vocabulary and choosing the right academic word. (This workshop will be useful for both native and non-native speakers of English)

Integrating Sources: Paraphrasing, Summarizing and Quoting
11/14/17 3:00pm-4:00pm, Gregory Hall, room 207
Worried about accidental plagiarism? Not quite sure what to do with the sources you spent time finding and reading? This presentation provides an introduction to basic techniques for ethically and effectively incorporating sources through summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting. This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates or Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Writing Effective Personal Statements
11/16/17 3:00pm-4:00pm, Lincoln Hall, room 1020
Learn how to write an effective personal statement, also called an "application essay" or "statement of purpose". This presentation will review successful strategies and help you develop a plan for your own personal statement.

Developing a Research Question
11/28/17 3:00pm-4:00pm Foreign Languages Building, room G30
Trouble making your paper topic work for you? Learn how to turn it into a research question you can search in library databases Tuesday 11/28 at 3:00 with the Writers Workshop.

Developing Public Speaking & Class Presentation Skills
11/28/17 6:30pm-7:30pm Gregory Hall, room 111
Getting ready for an individual or group presentation and don't know where to start? Suffering from speaking apprehension? We will review some of the basic strategies for effective speaking and presentation prep, including technology considerations.

The Final Check: Proofreading & Self-Editing Strategies
12/5/17 3:00pm-4:00 Gregory Hall, room 207
Want to learn about editing and proofreading skills? In this workshop, we will define these writing skills and help writers develop and practice effective strategies for both.

Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism Workshop
12/6/17 1:00pm-2:00pm, Lincoln hall, room 1057
This workshop helps writers understand plagiarism and why we use academic sources in our writing. It will also help students learn and practice strategies for effective source use.

Writing In-Class Essay Exams
12/6/17 6:30-7:30 Foreign Languages Building, room G30
This workshop will focus on how to study for exams, plan your answers, start your essays effectively, and manage your time during exams. This workshop will be most useful for undergraduate students who are preparing for upcoming exams.

Revising for the Big Picture: Focus, Development, & Organization
12/7/17 3:00pm-4:00pm Lincoln Hall, room 1024
You've put down what you want to say on the page, but how do you effectively bring together all the pieces? Come to this workshop to learn about and practice developing, organizing, and focusing your writing.