Thursday, January 27, 2011

Grad students learn effective presentation skills at the 2011 "Not a Retreat, But a Forward"

Graduate student participants at the 2011 "Not a Retreat, But a Forward"

Each January, the IU Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program offers a professional development workshop for graduate students from the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses called “Not a Retreat, But a Forward.” The topic for the fifth annual workshop was “Effective Presentations.” Previous workshop topics covered grant writing skills and effective communication skills.

“Not A Retreat But A Forward” was co-hosted for the first time by the IUPUI UPnGO ( and the IU AGEP program ( on the Bloomington campus. In addition to IU AGEP students who are primarily in the natural sciences and mathematics, attendees also included graduate students from the social and behavioral sciences, education and the humanities.

One attendee commented: “I sometimes think I am not adequately able to articulate myself verbally (I'm better at written communication) so this workshop was helpful for that purpose.”

Five advanced IUB doctoral students facilitated the day-long workshop: Valerie Benton, Biochemistry; Nancy Ortiz, Chemistry; Paul Rohwer, Computer Science; Tiffani Saunders, Sociology; and Carlos Zednik, Cognitive Science. Each demonstrated how to design and deliver a different kind of informal and formal presentations such as roundtables, paper, oral and lightening talks. Tips on constructing effective slides were also shared and students were able to practice what they learned in small groups.

“AGEP offers excellent, needed topics, the events are well attended and so organized, the presenters are excellent and respond to questions and further feedback, and overall, it is a great learning experience that really enhances our IU graduate school experience,” writes another attendee.

AGEP is a National Science Foundation-funded grant program dedicated to the increasing the number and diversity of Ph.D. graduates in the sciences and engineering who go on to academic careers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fifty Percent Discount on GRE between August 1 and September 30

Educational Testing Services (ETS) has announced that students taking the revised GRE General Exam between August 1 and September 30, 2011 will receive a 50% discount -- a big savings since the exam price is $160.00.

You can find out more about this offer, and the revised GRE, on the ETS website:

2011 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Conference

Indiana University’s 2011 PFF Conference
Friday, Feb. 18, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This year is the 16th Annual PFF graduate student conference. The day-long, campus-wide conference attracts IU graduate students from a multitude of disciplines and stages of their graduate career and focuses on information that further prepares them to be successful faculty members. The IU community and its graduates have benefited from this conference for over a decade.

Preliminary Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15 Welcome (Dean Wimbush)

9:15-10:45 Career Options: Responsibilities and Rewards

11:00-12:30 Navigating the Job Market

12:30-2:00 Lunch, keynote speaker: David Zaret (Alumni Hall)

2:00-3:15 Developing a Professional Record of Teaching, Research, and Service

3:30-4:30 Becoming a Member of Your Academic Discipline And Networking ***New Session****

Workshop: Tales from the Trenches: Strategies for Teaching Effectively

Faculty and graduate students are invited to the following workshop.

Tales from the Trenches: Strategies for Teaching Effectively
Tuesday Jan. 25
Noon to 1:15pm
Office for Women’s Affairs Lounge, Memorial Hall East

The classroom, both real and virtual, is the primary venue professors have in which to share knowledge, encourage ethical behavior, and inspire students to be life-long learners. What a privilege! And what a responsibility! If you feel daunted by this task, or if feedback from students has you worried about your teaching effectiveness, don’t despair. Panel members will share tips and strategies “from the trenches” of their own experiences, and will field questions from the audience as well. Panel members: Sabrina Sullenberger (SWK-), Sara Skrabalak (CHEM), Maresa Murray (HPER), Kasia Chmielewska (CMCL), with Moderator, Joan Middendorf (CITL/HESA).