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Ideas for Campus Activities
Ideas for Campus Activities
by Kristy Slominski
A Proposal Workshop is a meeting in which graduate students comment on one another’s paper proposals for an upcoming Call for Papers. It is an opportunity to hear about the projects that other graduate students are engaged in, and to share and receive valuable proposal writing tips. Proposal Workshops are useful for beginners who are writing their first proposals, as well as seasoned presenters. All participants will benefit from having extra pairs of critical eyes on their work. These meetings are relatively simple to arrange, so don’t miss another opportunity to build the academic community in your department through this simple exercise.
by Elissa McCormack
While I was a M.A. student, I organized two workshops for my school, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), to help those students who were interested in pursuing their PhDs understand how to navigate the admissions process.
1) PhD Admissions Panel (sample flyer)
This was the easiest workshop to organize because it didn’t involve much planning on my part, beyond searching for and bringing representatives of the admissions office. In this case, the proximity of DSPT to UC-Berkeley and its membership in the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) were great assets. I contacted:
All of the planning, in terms of scheduling, asking the speakers how much time they’d want, etc. was done via e-mail. I asked DSPT’s Academic Dean to introduce the panel, and then each speaker took 10-20 minutes to talk, followed by time for questions. This received a very positive response from students.
2) PhD Programs Workshop (sample flyer)
This workshop focused, like the panel, on tips for applying to PhD programs. It was based on a survey that I asked the school to send out to alumni who had gone on for their PhD and reading that I had done in the book Getting What You Came For by Robert Peters. Using all this information, I put together a PowerPoint presentation giving students tips and advice about how to best find their way through the application process. The good thing about this workshop, unlike the Admissions Panel, is that once the background work of putting the PowerPoint together was completed, I was able to run the workshop twice, using the same information. I also created a handout to be used as I presented the PowerPoint, in case anyone wanted to take notes on it.
I asked the DSPT’s Academic Dean to introduce the workshop and, with his assistance, invited an alumnus/a who had successfully gone through the PhD admissions process to come and give their own perspective. (The difficulty is in finding a good example in an alumnus/a; the person we had come to our first workshop was studying art and religion, so only had applied to the GTU.) After the introduction from the Academic Dean, I presented my research into the admissions process, which was followed by the perspective of the alum, and an opportunity to ask questions.