Spring 2014 New Student Orientation Followed by The Graduate Development Conference
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
** New Student Orientation 9:00 am - 10:00 am: (Newly-admitted spring 2014 students only)
** The Graduate Development Conference 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: (Newly-admitted and Current students)
This conference, sponsored by The Graduate School in collaboration with the faculty from all five of the colleges and schools at Montclair State University, provides students with workshop sessions that cover topics specifically for academic and professional development. The conference was developed in response to numerous suggestions from graduate faculty and graduate students alike and from feedback from last year's development conference. Please register for one session per time slot. If you have further questions, contact The Graduate School at 973-655-5147.
Breakout Sessions (Click on each session for a full description of what will be addressed.)
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- New Student Orientation
Orientation is only for newly-admitted Spring 2014 students. You are considered a new student even if you attended MSU as an undergraduate.
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
- Financial Aid 101
A representative from the Financial Aid office will provide valuable information on being a graduate student and financial aid. The representative will be available to answer all of your questions regarding the financial process here at Montclair State University.
- Research at the Graduate Level: Using Library Resources
The demands of graduate-level study vary greatly from most undergraduate programs. This session will provide insight regarding best practices for engaging in and producing graduate-level research with the help of the tools and resources at MSU.
- Time and Life Balance: Tools for Success in Graduate School
The transition into graduate school can be jolting. This session will explore methods for managing your schedule, as well as any stress that may come along with your new endeavor! Learn what the physical, psychological and behavioral signs of stress are and how to address them in a proactive way. Participants will be encouraged to think about long-term and short-term goal setting strategies that produce creative and effective life schedules.
- Staying Sane in the Job Search
Even in an excellent economy, the job search process can prove overwhelming. Submitting resumes, not getting any feedback, feeling unsure of our place in the world of work can be frustrating, to say the least. In an effort to alleviate some of your concerns, the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education will present ways in which to interpret and deal with today's job search.
11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
- Writing at the Graduate Level and Academic Integrity
The ability to effectively and ethically synthesize research and your own ideas is critical to success in graduate school. This session also helps students understand both intentional and unintentional plagiarism and the importance of academic honesty and integrity.
- Public Speaking: Tips and Techniques
Regardless of industry, most careers require strong communication skills. Strong presentation skills can also serve you well as a graduate student. Whether you are comfortable with public speaking or terrified by the concept, it's important to understand that everyone has room for improvement. The goal of this session is to help you recognize your individual public speaking flaws and teach you how to overcome them.
- Doctoral Study 101
New and continuing doctoral students are invited for an informal discussion regarding the road to the doctoral degree at MSU. This session will offer general information on doctoral study, as well as a detailed review of the dissertation process, from admission to candidacy through commencement.
- Grants: Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students and Valuable Grant Writing Tips and Resources
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present on grants as they apply to graduate students interested in seeking funding for research, projects, and scholarly purposes. Attendees will learn how and where to search for grants, funding opportunities that are available to masters and doctoral level graduate students, as well as grant-writing resources and tips.
12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
- MLA Writing Style
MLA (Modern Language Association) Writing Style is used by a number of disciplines in the humanities, particularly in literature, modern language, philosophy, and art. This session will provide you with basic information for composing essays/papers/manuscripts that align with the requirements and regulations that are outlined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
- Chicago Writing Style
CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) Writing Style is used in both the humanities and the social sciences, as well as in book publishing for many fields. This session will provide you with basic information for composing essays/papers/manuscripts that align with the requirements and regulations that are outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style.
- APA Writing Style
APA (American Psychological Association) Writing Style is the most commonly used format for manuscripts in the social sciences; it is also widely used in business and in some natural sciences. This session will provide you with basic information for composing essays/papers/manuscripts that align with the requirements and regulations that are outlined in the APA Publication Manual.
- IRB Survival Guide: What to Do When Your Research Involves Human Participants
All research by MSU faculty and students involving human participants is reviewed by the IRB. This session provides an overview of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for students engaging in research with human subjects. This session includes information regarding the MSU Human Subjects Protection program as well as applications, forms, and templates that are crucial to working with the IRB.