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Graduate Student Boot Camp: The Reaping: Home

The Reaping!

Pandemic version 2020 - "Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true"

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! 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.

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. So sharpen your weapons and listen to your mentors. You've been given an opportunity. You just have to be brave enough to take it. 

One lucky tribute from each district (aka session) will win a prize! So come on and volunteer.

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 the 2020 games begin!


Saturday September 26, 2020 AGENDA


1:00 - 1:45 p.m.. –   The Capitol - “May the odds be in your favor!"

  • 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. Maida Finch (Graduate Program Chair, Literacy Studies) 
    • Dr. Annette Barnes (Graduate Program Chair, Nursing)
    • Dr. Yvonne Downie Hanley (Director, MBA program)
    • Dr. Mary Hylton (Graduate Program Chair, Social Work)
    • Dr. John Nieves (Graduate Program Chair, English)

2:00-2:45. – District 1 Cornucopia

  • ‚Äč Literature Review – Dr. Thea Williamson

3:00-3:45 p.m. –District 2 "It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."

  • EndNote - Mou Chakraborty

4:00-4:45 p.m. District 3 Love at First Cite Introduction to graduate level writing

  • APA and MLA styles - Dr. Melissa Bugdal and Beth Towle (Writing Center)


Sunday September 27 AGENDA

1:00 – 1:45 – District 4 "It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."

  • Citation Management Tools
    • Zotero – Stephen Ford (Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator) 

2:00-2:45 – District 5 "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear"

  • Scholarly Communication - Dr. Christina Camillo 

3:00-3:45 - District 6 "Fire burns brighter in the dark."

  •   Online Learning and Student Expectations - Dr. Becky Anthony and Haley Cristea

4:00-4:45 - District 7 "The weapons give me an entirely new perspective on the Games"

  • Coping Tactics Student Panel - Meghan East, Katelin Anderson, Jenna Drewer, Jessica Erisman



Monday September 28 AGENDA

3:30- 4:30 – District 8 "You're stronger than they are...they just want a good show."

  • Introduction to SPSS - Dr. Jim Fox



Register and Pretest

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

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 Sat 9/26 1-1:45 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.

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 district mentors who are volunteering their time to make the students succeed!