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Undergraduate Events Spring 2019

Proposal Writing in Undergraduate Research
Tues, 2/5, 3-4:30pm, 311 Gregory Hall
Fri, 2/8, 3-4:30pm, 111 Gregory Hall
Mon, 2/11, 3-4:30pm, 1060 Lincoln Hall

This workshop, offered in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, will guide students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner. Students will leave with basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.

Preparing for the Job Search: Cover Letters and Resumes
Tues, 2/19, 4-5pm, 1020 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will help you prepare two documents that you’ll use frequently during your job search: the cover letter and resume. Learn basic formatting, effective word choice, and tips for tailoring your documents to specific employers

Writing Effective Personal Statements
Thur, 2/21, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Wed, 3/27, 12-1pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

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.

Overcoming Writer’s Block
Wed, 3/6, 4-5pm, 1066 Lincoln Hall
Thur, 4/18, 3-4pm, 1066 Lincoln Hall

Tired of those last-minute all-nighters or staring at a blank page to get started on your writing? Join us to learn effective strategies for getting started early and meeting your deadlines as pain-free as possible!

Academic Vocabulary Development and Word Choice
Wed, 4/3, 12-1pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

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.)

Making Your Sources Work for You: Reading and Integrating Them into Your Work
Thur, 4/11, 3:30-4:30pm, 1028 Lincoln Hall

Struggling with effective reading strategies? Not quite sure what to do with different kinds of sources you spent time finding and reading? This presentation reviews tips for reading efficiently and incorporating sources effectively.

Developing Arguments and Revising for the Big Picture
Wed, 4/17, 4-5pm, 1060 Lincoln Hall
Tues, 4/23, 1-2pm , 1066 Lincoln Hall

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 these principles into practice, so bring a current assignment to work on.

Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Sources Effectively
Mon, 4/15, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Wed, 4/24, 12-1pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

Worried about accidental plagiarism? This presentation reviews basic techniques for effectively incorporating sources through summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting.

The Final Check: Proofreading and Editing Strategies
Thur, 4/25, 4:30-5:30pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Mon, 4/29, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

Worried about your editing and proofreading skills? In this workshop, we will help writers develop and practice effective strategies for both. Bring a paper to practice with, or use the exercises provided at the workshop.

Acing In-Class Essay Exams
Wed, 5/1, 6-7pm, 1024 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will focus on how to study for exams, plan your answers, start your essays effectively, and manage your time during exams.