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Graduate Student Boot Camp: Emerge! Evolve! Embrace!

Emerging from the pandemic -  "Continue to grow and evolve"― Mahatma Gandhi

Virtual Sessions on October 1-2, 2022

Sessions Include:

  • Literature Review
  • Graduate Writing
  • Citation Management Tools
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • SPSS
  • Navigating Grad School

Beginning independent research in graduate schools can be a daunting experience by itself. Add a pandemic to it...and things get messier with teleworking, homeschooling children, taking care of family members and there's only 24 hours in a day!  Two years into the pandemic has added stress and anxiety in our regular lives. Amidst all of this you have decided to embark on an exciting journey. In order to be successful in graduate school, you need to be aware of your strengths and skills. You will also need the right tools. At this bootcamp you will find people who are willing to help you along the way. So spread out your wings and get ready to soar. The sky is the limit.

One lucky student from each session will win a prize!

You will find the brief agenda for each day on this page. You will need to click on the next tab to see full Session Descriptions.

Let's evolve and embrace all the positives in the 2022-23 academic year!

Register and Pretest

Like what you see? Ready to embark on your journey and embrace what's to come?

You will need to register individually for each session. The registration button is next to each session description which is in the second tab.

 Attending the Introductory Panel on Saturday October 1st 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. is mandatory.

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 bootcamp is over. At the end of the event, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.


It will be up to the discretion of the session instructor whether or not the session will be recorded. This means those attending that specific session may be part of the recording and are agreeing to this when they register.

Saturday October 1, 2022 AGENDA


12:30-1:15 p.m. – "A journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step." – Lao Tzu

  • Welcome and introductions – Mou Chakraborty (Director of External Library Services)
  • What to expect as a graduate student/in each discipline area -   Panel
    • Dr. Clifton Griffin (Dean Graduate Studies and Research)
    • Dr. Amber Meyer (Graduate Program Chair, Literacy Studies) 
    • Dr. Heather Diehl (Graduate Program Chair, Social Work)
    • Dr. Annette Barnes (Graduate Program Chair, Nursing)

1:30-2:15 p.m. –   "Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true" 

  • ​ Literature Review 
    Instructor: Dr. Thea Williamson

2:30-3:15 p.m. –

  • Graduate Reading, Writing, and Citing  
    Instructor: Dr. Melissa Bugdal and Beth Towle (University Writing Center)

3:30-4:15 p.m. – “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” ~~ Rabindranath Tagore

  • Citation Management Tools - An Overview 
    Instructor: Mou Chakraborty

4:30-5:30 p.m. –

  • Basics of Graphic Design 
    Instructor: Addison Landers (Product Design Lead, Howard County Library System)


Sunday October 2 AGENDA


12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – “I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me” ~~Dwight Schrute

  • Citation Management Tools -- Zotero
    Instructor: Stephen Ford (Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator) 

1:00-1:45 p.m. – "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." ~~Andy Dufresne (as written by Stephen King)

  • Scholarly Communication 
    Instructor: Dr. Christina Camillo 

2:00-2:45 p.m.  

  • Getting ready with SPSS 
    Instructor: Dr. James Fox

3:00-4:00 p.m. –"If you don't evolve, you dissolve. You evolve or you evaporate." ~~ Usher

  •  Navigating Grad School ( Panel sharing advice and career tips) - 

4:15-5:15 p.m. 

  • Advanced Graphic Design - (Canva, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop) 
    Instructor: Addison Landers (Product Design Lead, Howard County Library System)



Library Resources

While conducting research at the graduate level, you will need to use the library resources and services. You need to learn using the databases so that you can do an effective literature review as well as export articles to a citation management software. Check out this guide that provides a lot of useful library related information.


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 instructors who are volunteering their time to make the students succeed!