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A Cosmic Quest!

Beginning independent research in graduate schools can be a daunting experience. Graduate students are often in that transition period — their experiences will be very different whether they are coming straight from undergrad or have been in the work force for years and now going back to school. As such graduate students have to make adjustments and have unique needs. You are on the quest to gain more knowledge...and as they say knowledge is power! You are already a hero! Now, let some superheroes from the academic world help guide you through your quest!

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Saturday September 14, 2019 AGENDA

9:00-9:30 a.m. –   “Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with” (Graduate Student Lounge)

  • Welcome and introductions – Mou Chakraborty (Director of External Library Services)
  • Greetings – Dr. Bea Hardy (Dean of Libraries and Instructional Resources)
  • What to expect as a graduate student/in each discipline area -   Panel
    • Dr. Clifton Griffin (Dean Graduate Studies and Research)
    • Dr. Thea Williamson (Faculty, Ed.D program) 
    • Dr. Dorothea  Winter (Graduate Program Chair, Nursing);
    • Dr. Yvonne Downie Hanley (Director, MBA program)
    • Dr. Mary Hylton (Graduate Program Chair, Social Work)

9:35-10:20 a.m. – "When you decide not to be afraid, you can find friends in super unexpected places." (GAC 162)

  • ​​An overview of library services and resources - Teddy Stocking (RIS librarian)

10:20-11:15 – "With great power, comes great responsibility. (GAC 162)

  • Literature Review – Dr. Thea Williamson

11:15-11:25 - Break

11:25 – 12:30- Love at First Cite Introduction to graduate level writing (AC 260 UWC lab)

  • APA Style –  (University Writing Center staff)
  • MLA Style –  (University Writing Center staff)

12:30 -1:30 – Inter-galactic Feast!  (Boxed Lunch; Graduate Student Lounge)

1:30 – 2:30 – “You’re going to struggle. So you’ll need to surround yourself with people you trust!”

  • Citation Management Tools
    • EndNote – Mou Chakraborty (GAC 163)
    • Zotero – Stephen Ford (Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator) (GAC Dean's conference room)
    • RefWorks – James Parrigin (RIS librarian) (GAC 162)

2:30-3:30 – "Be Strong. You never know who you are inspiring."

Scholarly Communication - Dr. Christina Camillo (GAC 162)

3:30-3:40 – Break

3:40-4:30 – May the Data be with You!

  • Data management
    • Introduction to SPSS  - Maureen Belich (UARA) (GAC163)
    • Introduction to nVivo  - Valerie Whitcomb (Purdue School Instructional Designer) (GAC Dean's conf. room)
    • Introduction to Qualtrics   - Robin Hoffman (GAC 220H)

4:35-5:35 – “Part of the journey is the end!” Mindfulness, Yoga – Dr. Chrys Egan (Professor, Communication; Co-Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (GAC 163)

Register and Pretest

Like what you see? Ready to embark on your quest?

Then register here. 

We'd like to customize the sessions to your needs. In order to achieve this, we need you to answer some questions. Please complete the Pretest.  

You will also need to complete an online evaluation after the session is over. At the end of the day, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.


If you have any questions about the bootcamp please contact

Mou Chakraborty


Phone: 410-543-6131


This bootcamp is jointly sponsored by SU Libraries and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (GSR)

As they say, it takes a village... Many thanks to all the sessions leaders who are volunteering their time on a Saturday!