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Graduate Student Bootcamp: Emerge, Evolve, Embrace: Session Descriptions

Registration Information

You will need to register for each session individually. Registration for each session is limited but you could be put on a waiting list.

You will receive a Zoom link with your registration confirmation for each session. You will also get emails closer to the date with the Zoom link and the password. You will need to sign into Zoom via your SU account.

Also  that attending the introductory panel on Saturday 12:30-1:15 p.m. is mandatory. There will be prize drawing in each and every session. So sign up for multiple sessions for more chances!

Email  Mou Chakraborty with any questions.

Saturday, October 1

Welcome & Introductions (Mandatory Session) - 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Join this mandatory session to hear from the Dean of Graduate Studies & Research and the graduate program directors give you valuable advice and encouragement as you embrace and embark on a new journey.​​​​​​


Literature Review - 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The session will introduce the essential elements of conducting and writing a literature review (LR). This session will  cover:

  • Purpose
  • Differences between  LR and annotated bibliography
  • Different types of literature reviews
  • Strategies and the process of LR: summarizing, synthesizing, creating new knowledge/research


Graduate Reading, Writing, and Citing - 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the resources the University Writing Center (UWC) offers specifically tailored to graduate students.  Participants will learn how the UWC can work with writers at any stage of the writing process and at any stage of their graduate coursework.  


“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” -- Rabindranath Tagore

Citation Management Tools: An Overview - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

This session will provide overview of the the four tools -- EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks, and Mendeley. Learn about each tool so that you can make an informed decision before choosing one.



Basics of Graphic Design - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Learn about the different image formats and how to find images on the web. The session will also cover how to create an effective PowerPoint presentation.




Sunday, October 2

“I always believe things are going to work out” Francoise Sagan
Zotero - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Zotero is a free, powerful, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Downloaded as a standalone, you can save to your Zotero library directly from your Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browser. Zotero integrates with word processors, like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Writer, to easily generate in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies.  SU has adopted Zotero as one of three citation management programs. 

The session will cover:

  • Downloading the software
  • Navigating the interface
  • Collecting and managing research sources
  • Integrating with word processors (Microsoft Word, etc.)



"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 - 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

This session will focus on preparing effective presentations and provide information about copyrights, plagiarism, and publishing research.  The session will begin with a demonstration on how to work with PowerPoint, and will also include information about other available presentation platforms.  Often images, graphs, or other items can be used for added interest in a presentation, but copyrights and plagiarism must be considered.  Finally, publishing research is a vital mechanism for sharing your amazing findings, but not all journals are created equal.  Knowing where to publish and how to find “good” journals is an important tool as you advance in your graduate studies.


Getting Ready with SPSS - 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

You have data, now what are you going to do with it?!  This SPSS introductory session will assist you in navigating critical initial steps you need to take prior to actually running your analysis. Topics will include such things as file management, recording variables, calculating variables, merging data, running descriptive statistics and frequencies, etc.).  A brief introduction to more advanced statistical analyses will be shared as well.



"If you don't evolve, you dissolve. You evolve or you evaporate." -- Usher
Navigating Grad School- 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Participants will be able to engage with recent grads of Salisbury University who will share their experiences during their journey. Topics both important and relevant to graduate student life will be discussed including: balancing school life with home/family life, coping with stressors specific to graduate school, communicating with faculty, working while in graduate school, and career advice.


 "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear"
Graphic Design Tools Advanced- 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This session will provide an overview and introduction to graphic tools like Canva, Adobe InDesign, and Photoshop