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Feel the Force!

Due to uncertain conditions from Hurricane Florence, the bootcamp has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sep 29th.


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 these students have to make adjustments and have unique needs.

Agenda for the Day

9:00-9:30 a.m. –   “Ready Are You?” (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. Koomi Kim (Faculty, Ed.D program) 
    • Dr. Dorothea  Winter (Graduate Program Chair, Nursing);
    • Ms. Yvonne Downie Hanley (Director, MBA program)
    • Dr. Jennifer Jewell (Graduate Program Chair, Social Work)

9:35-10:20 a.m. – A New Hope: SU Libraries’ spaces, services, and collections (GAC 162)

  • ​​An overview of library services and resources - Gaylord Robb (RIS librarian)

10:20-11:15 – "Always Pass On What You Have Learned!” (GAC 162)

  • Literature Review – Mou Chakraborty

11:15-11:25 - Break

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

  • APA Style – Eaqan Chaudhary (University Writing Center staff)
  • MLA Style – Gayle Metzger (University Writing Center staff)

12:30 -1:30 – Eat You Must!  (Boxed Lunch; Graduate Student Lounge)

1:30 – 2:30 – “Patience You Must Have…!”

  • Citation Management Tools
    • EndNote – Mou Chakraborty (GAC 163)
    • Zotero – Stephen Ford (Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator) (GAC 117)
    • RefWorks – Gaylord Robb (RIS librarian) (GAC 162)

2:30-3:30 – “Bring You Wisdom, I will!”  Scholarly Communication - Victoria Martin (Scholarly Communication Librarian, RIS) (GAC 163)

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 117)
    • Introduction to Qualtrics   - Dr. D. Jake Follmer (Education faculty)(GAC 162)

4:35-5:35 – “Truly Wonderful the Mind of a Child is.” 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 a new journey?

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!