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Hope on the Horizon


Emerging from the pandemic - "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 spread out your wings and get ready to soar. The sky is the limit. 

"It’s okay to get butterflies in your stomach; the key is to learn how to make them fly in information.” ― Georges St- Pierre

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 Hope bloom for 2021!

Saturday September 25, 2021 AGENDA


1:00 - 1:45 p.m.. –   "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." 

  • 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. Yvonne Downie Hanley (Director, MBA program)
    • Dr. Heather Diehl (Graduate Program Chair, Social Work)
    • Dr. John Nieves (Graduate Program Chair, English)
    • Dr. Annette Barnes (Nursing)

2:00-2:45. – 

  • ​ Literature Review – Dr. Thea Williamson

3:00-3:45 p.m. –

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

4:00-4:45 p.m. – “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” ~~ Rabindranath Tagore

  • EndNote - Mou Chakraborty


Sunday September 27 AGENDA

1:00 – 1:45 – “I always believe things are going to work out” Francoise Sagan

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

2:00-2:45 – "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 - Dr. Christina Camillo 

3:00-3:45 - 

  •   Getting ready with SPSS - Dr. James Fox


  • Coping Tactics while Navigating Grad School - Student Panelists Rebekah Slade, Olivia Imirie, and Jaleesa Young




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 9/25 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!