Graduate Workshops

 "Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, 'Listen to me.'" -- Jhumpa Lahiri

Communication Workshops for Graduate Students

Writing and speaking workshops at the Hume Center provide graduate students from all disciplines with general strategies, as well as support for specific genres, such as research statements, journal articles, multimedia presentations, and more.

All graduate writing workshops are free and located in the Hume Center unless otherwise noted.  Spaces in workshops are limited; thus, we request that students register for workshops at least two days in advance. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can offer your space to someone else.

This series of workshops is generously supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

2018-2019 Schedule

 

Autumn 2018

Quick Bytes: Writing Stellar Fellowship Applications

Zandra L. Jordan, PhD.

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, Noon-1:15 PM

Tressider Cypress Lounge

Working on fellowship applications this quarter? Facing a looming NSF or NIH deadline, or just want to get a jump start on future applications? Get a just-in-time overview of general principles and best practices for writing stellar fellowship applications in this interactive workshop. 

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to the VPGE portal.

Your Research in a Nutshell: The Dissertation Abstract and Research Statement

Becky Richardson, PhD

Monday, Oct. 22nd, 4-5:30 PM

Hume # 106

In this workshop, we'll discuss strategies for describing your research to an audience beyond your advisors or committee. We'll concentrate especially on two genres that search committees in academia typically ask for -- the dissertation abstract and the research statement. These can be particularly difficult to write because they ask us to zoom out on years of work and often hundreds of pages of writing. And the audience for these documents is often a search committee that doesn't work in your particular field or even your discipline. All stages welcome but, to get the most out of this workshop, you might want to bring a draft or ideas toward a draft.

To register for this workshop, click here. If you need to cancel, please email humecenter@stanford.edu.

Academic Job Search: Research Statements (BEAM)

Meg Formato, PhD

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 3-4:30 PM

BEAM Conference Room

When applying to faculty positions, your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, feasible and fundable. This workshop will provide examples of successful research statements and interactive exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language.

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

Spring 2018

Planning Your Summer Writing (All Grad Students)

Zandra L. Jordan, PhD.

Thursday, May 24th, 4:00 - 5:15pm

Hume #106

Concerned that you might find it difficult to focus on your summer writing project when the school year comes to a close? Want to get a head-start on that project now? This workshop will give you an opportunity to begin planning your project and setting realistic goals for summer writing.  We’ll identify and explore a range of strategies that will help you move forward and make good progress throughout the summer: strategies for getting started; for breaking down your project into manageable parts and mapping a projected whole; for building accountability into your planning.

Bring specific ideas for your project to Hume, and we’ll work together to develop a clear, focused plan for effective writing and a productive summer.

To register for this workshop, click hereIf you need to cancel, please email humecenter@stanford.edu.

Winter 2018

Cover Letter Lab for Positions Beyond Academia (PhDs & Postdocs)

Ashley Newby, PhD
Tuesday, January 29th, noon - 1:30pm
BEAM Conference Room

Your cover letter must briefly and succintcly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. How can you make the most out of this document so that it catches the attention of HR departments? This workshop will desconstruct the cover letter for industry and non-profit job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Postdocs who plan on graduating this year. Please bring your laptop and a job description for a position to which you would like to apply. We will workshop a selection of your letters as a group. A light lunch will be served. 

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register. 

 

Writing Research Statements for Fellowship and Grant Proposals (All Fields)

Zandra L. Jordan, PhD.

Tuesday, February 13th, 3:30 - 5pm
Hume #106

In this workshop, we will review strategies for how to persuade an academic committee that may not be familiar with your field much less your project to give you money. Reviewers want to know what the research will accomplish, how you’re going to do it, how it’s different from other research, and why it’s important. Consequently, the workshop will show you how to break down your project into its salient components—research question, methodology, position within the field of existing research, and major significance—and then present them. We will then practice translating the analytical or descriptive complexity of your research project into succinct, jargon-free language that reviewers will be able to understand. Come to the workshop with laptop or paper, and be prepared to write and share your work! Workshop is designed for graduate students applying for their first fellowships and grants as well as those who wish to strengthen their research statements.

To register for this workshop, complete this form. If you need to cancel, please email humecenter@stanford.edu.

 

Quick Bytes: Effective Slide Design & Delivery: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact 

Helen Lie, Ed.D. & Zandra L. Jordan, PhD.

Wednesday, February 21st, noon - 1:15pm
Tressider West Oak

Your cover letter must briefly and succintcly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. How can you make the most out of this document so that it catches the attention of HR departments? This workshop will desconstruct the cover letter for industry and non-profit job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Postdocs who plan on graduating this year. Please bring your laptop and a job description for a position to which you would like to apply. We will workshop a selection of your letters as a group. A light lunch will be served. 

Register here by Oct. 4th. You will need to login to the VPGE portal.

 

Cover Letter Lab for Positions Beyond Academia (PhDs & Postdocs)

Becky Richardson, PhD
Thursday, March 8th, 3:00 - 4:30pm
BEAM Conference Room

Your cover letter must briefly and succintcly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. How can you make the most out of this document so that it catches the attention of HR departments? This workshop will desconstruct the cover letter for industry and non-profit job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Postdocs who plan on graduating this year. Please bring your laptop and a job description for a position to which you would like to apply. We will workshop a selection of your letters as a group. A light lunch will be served. 

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.  

 

Autumn 2017

Academic Job Search: Research Statements

Meg Formato, PhD

Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 3-5 PM

BEAM Conference Room

When applying to faculty positions, your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, feasible and fundable. This workshop will provide examples of successful research statements and interactive exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language.

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

Quick Bytes: Writing Stellar Fellowship Applications

Zandra L. Jordan, PhD.

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, Noon-1:15 PM

Tressider West Oak

Working on fellowship applications this quarter? Facing a looming NSF or NIH deadline, or just want to get a jump start on future applications? Get a just-in-time overview of general principles and best practices for writing stellar fellowship applications in this interactive workshop. 

Register here by Oct. 4th. You will need to login to the VPGE portal.

Cover Letter Beyond Academia

Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD

Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 3-5 PM

BEAM Conference Room

Your cover letter must briefly and succinctly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. How can you make the most out of this document so that it catches the attention of HR departments? This workshop will deconstruct the cover letter for industry and non-profit job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Post Docs who plan on graduating this year. Please bring your laptop and a job description for a position that you would like to apply to.

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

Academic Job Search: Research Job Talk

Helen Lie, Ed.D.

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 3-5 PM

BEAM Conference Room

Giving a successful job talk requires more than simply knowing your topic inside and out. This interactive session provides strategies for engaging your audience and giving a dynamic job talk, including effective structure and delivery; visual design principles for slides; and academic job talk tips. There will also be opportunities to practice your own speaking. 

To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

2016-2017 Schedule

Summer 2017

Cover Letters for Jobs Beyond Academia

Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD

Thursday, July 27th, 3:30-5:30 PM

BEAM Conference Room

Your cover letter must briefly and succinctly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. How can you make the most out of this document so that it catches the attention of HR departments? This workshop will deconstruct the cover letter for industry and non-profit job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Post Docs who plan on graduating this year. Please bring your laptop and a job description for a position to which you would like to apply.

To register for this workshop, click here.  You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

Spring 2017

Publishing Academic Journal Articles: A Pop-Punk Approach (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Clara S. Lewis, PhD
Friday, April 28th, 12-2pm
Hume #106

This workshop will address a full spectrum of issues related to getting published in the humanities and social sciences. We will begin by discerning the prerequisites to publication: What makes a piece of criticism or research publishable? What kinds of moves do published scholars tend to make on the page? We will then use these criteria to review our own drafts, or project abstracts, and determine what needs to be revised prior to submission. After the review, we will discuss different strategies for getting published, with a focus on how to identify and approach viable journals. In the mix, we will consider what the pop-punk spirit shares with the soul of the aspiring academic. In this context, “pop-punk” refers to a specific genre of music. More importantly, however, the term denotes an ethos of celebratory struggle; of striving to find an audience for work that embodies one’s own interests. Ultimately, we will look rejection head on, defang it, and figure out how to turn pure failure into the far more desirable failing in order to succeed. Please come with either a completed article or project abstract. Expect to leave with a revision plan geared towards enhancing the work’s chances at publication, as well as strategies for approaching journals and capitalizing on reader reviews.

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "Publishing Academic Journal Articles: A Pop-Punk Approach" under Reason.

Cover Letters for Jobs Beyond Academia

Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD

Friday, May 19th, 12-2 PM

BEAM Conference Room

Your cover letter must briefly and succinctly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. How can you make the most out of this document so that it catches the attention of HR departments? This workshop will deconstruct the cover letter for industry and non-profit job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Post Docs who plan on graduating this year. Please bring your laptop and a job description for a position to which you would like to apply.

To register for this workshop, click here.  You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

Winter 2017

Writing Research Statements for Fellowship and Grant Proposals (All Fields)
Norah Fahim, PhD
Tuesday, January 31st, 5pm-6:30pm
Hume #211

In this workshop, we will review strategies for how to persuade an academic committee that may not be familiar with your field much less your project to give you money. Reviewers want to know what the research will accomplish, how you’re going to do it, how it’s different from other research, and why it’s important. Consequently, the workshop will show you how to break down your project into its salient components—research question, methodology, position within the field of existing research, and major significance—and then present them. We will then practice translating the analytical or descriptive complexity of your research project into succinct, jargon-free language that reviewers will be able to understand. Come to the workshop with laptop or paper, and be prepared to write and share your work! Workshop is designed for graduate students applying for their first fellowships and grants as well as those who wish to strengthen their research statements.

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "Writing Research Statements for Fellowship and Grant Proposals" under Reason.

 

Effective Slide Design (All Fields)
Helen Lie, EdD and Chris Kamrath, PhD
March 3rd, 12-2pm
Hume Lounge, #101

New York Times headline declares, “We have met the enemy and he is PowerPoint”!  National Public Radio reports that “Physicists, generals and CEOs agree: ditch the PowerPoint.”  Why does PowerPoint inspire so much hate?  Perhaps because it’s so easy to use PowerPoint poorly and to make bad slides.  We’ve all seen our fair share of them!  In this workshop, we will explore the ways that PowerPoint and other slide technologies can foster audience understanding and attention.  We will cover topics such as how to develop visually arresting slides, how to break down complicated information, and how to apply best practices across fields.  Attendees will be invited to apply some of these techniques to their own materials by producing and sharing a few slides as part of the workshop.

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "Effective Slide Design" under Reason.

 

From Seminar Paper to Publication: What Distinguishes Publishable Scholarship in your Field? (All Fields)*
Clara S. Lewis, PhD
Friday, March 10th, 12-2pm
Hume #106

In this advanced, self-led workshop, you will be asked to figure out what distinguishes publishable scholarship in your field from mere schoolwork. Come with an exemplary journal article from a flagship publication in your field, one that has a high citation rate and high impact factor, as well as a recent paper you have written that includes original research. An article you personally admire and an essay that you could revise into an article will work best. The workshop will lead you through a series of advanced reading exercises designed to reveal the inner workings of the published text and guide you to a deeper understanding of how to craft scholarship for publication.

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "From Seminar Paper to Publication" under Reason.

*This is the second in a 3-part 2016-2017 series of workshops created for students just starting their advanced studies, although all graduate students are welcome to participate. Subsequent workshops in the series will focus on discovering disciplinary moves in academic writing (Winter 2017), and writing the academic journal (Spring 2017). All workshops in the series will be facilitated by Clara S. Lewis, PhD

 

Fall 2016 

Crafting Persuasive Research Statements for the Job Search (All Fields) With BEAM
Megan Formato, PhD
Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00-4:00 PM
BEAM, First Floor Conference Room

Your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, and fundable.  This workshop will provide examples of successful research statements as well as exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language.  

To register for this workshop, click here.  You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

 

Writing Effective Cover Letters (All Fields)
Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD
Wednesday, October 12th, 5-6:30 PM
Hume #106

Your cover letter must convey to the academic job search committee your expertise, experience, and fit. This workshop will deconstruct the  cover letter for academic job applications, and provide examples of successful ones. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared towards PhDs and Post Docs who plan on going on the market this year. 

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "Writing Effective Personal Statements and Cover Letters" under Reason.

 

Writing Research Statements for Fellowship and Grant Proposals (All Fields)
Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD
Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 5pm-6:30pm
Hume #106

In this workshop, we will review strategies for how to persuade an academic committee that may not be familiar with your field much less your project to give you money. Reviewers want to know what the research will accomplish, how you’re going to do it, how it’s different from other research, and why it’s important. Consequently, the workshop will show you how to break down your project into its salient components—research question, methodology, position within the field of existing research, and major significance—and then present them. We will then practice translating the analytical or descriptive complexity of your research project into succinct, jargon-free language that reviewers will be able to understand. Come to the workshop with laptop or paper, and be prepared to write and share your work! Workshop is designed for graduate students applying for their first fellowships and grants as well as those who wish to strengthen their research statements.

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "Writing Research Statements for Fellowship and Grant Proposals" under Reason.

 

Borrow and Reckon: Writing the Literature Review (All Fields)*
Clara S. Lewis, PhD
Friday, December 2, 12-2pm
Hume #106

Dissertation writing in all fields entails engaging with “the literature.” While in some fields that engagement is codified in the form of a single chapter, “the literature review,” in others it is undertaken in more flexible ways. In this workshop you will be introduced to and enact the foundational intellectual moves that characterize rigorous engagement with existing scholarship relevant to your own research focus, namely citing, synthesizing, borrowing, and reckoning. Come prepared to actively develop aspects of your own literature review. Leave with a better understanding of how these kinds of intellectual practices and skills characterize not only the production of new knowledge, but also a host of other modes of human communication and artistic production. Please be ready to think, write, and collaborate with Ph.D. candidates from across the university. In addition, you will need a computer and access to the scholarship you are currently working with in your dissertation research.

To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "Borrow and Reckon: Writing the Literature Review" under Reason.

*This is the first in a 3-part 2016-2017 series of workshops created for students just starting their advanced studies, although all graduate students are welcome to participate. Subsequent workshops in the series will focus on discovering disciplinary moves in academic writing (Winter 2017), and writing the academic journal (Spring 2017). All workshops in the series will be facilitated by Clara S. Lewis, PhD

 

Crafting Persuasive Research Statements for the Job Search (All Fields)
With BEAM
Megan Formato, PhD
Wednesday, November 16th, 3-5 PM
BEAM, First Floor Conference Room

Your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, and fundable.  This workshop will provide examples of successful research statements as well as exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language.  

To register for this workshop, click here.  You will need to login to BEAM's Handshake platform to register.

 

2015 - 2016 Schedule

SUMMER 2016

Developing Your Elevator Pitch (All Fields)
Tom Freeland, Ph.D.

Borrow and Reckon: Writing the Literature Review (All Fields)
Clara S. Lewis, PhD

Writing Research Statements for Fellowship and Grant Proposals (All Fields)
Norah Fahim, PhD

Start with YES: Improv Tips For Quick Thinking (All Fields)
Tom Freeland, Ph.D.

Crafting Persuasive Research Statements for the Job Search (All Fields)
With BEAM
Megan Formato, PhD
 

SPRING 2016

Borrow and Reckon: Writing the Literature Review (All Fields)
Clara S. Lewis, PhD

Publishing the Scientific Journal Article (STEM)
Russ E. Carpenter, PhD

Developing Your Elevator Pitch (All Fields)
Tom Freeland, Ph.D.

Start with YES: Improv Tips For Quick Thinking (All Fields)
Tom Freeland, Ph.D.

Crafting Persuasive Research Statements for the Job Search (All Fields)
Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD

The Academic Job Talk (All Fields)
Doree Allen, PhD

 

WINTER 2016

Crafting Persuasive Research Statements for the Job Search (All Fields)
With BEAM
Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD

Writing the Research Statement for Fellowship and Grant Proposals (All Fields)
Erica Cirillo-McArthy, PhD

Publishing Academic Journal Articles: A Pop-Punk Approach (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Clara S. Lewis, PhD

Design and Pitch: Effective Scientific Research Posters and Poster Presentations (STEM Fields)
Russ E. Carpenter, PhD

 

FALL 2015

Crafting Persuasive Research Statements for the Job Search (All Fields)
With BEAM
Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, PhD

Writing Awesome Fellowships (All Fields)
With Quick Bytes
Sarah Peterson Pittock, PhD
 

Writing the Research Statement for Fellowship and Grant Proposals (All Fields)
Erica Cirillo-McArthy, PhD
 

Effective Slide Design (All Fields)
With the Oral Communication Program
Alya Raphael, PhD

 

Workshop Survey

Feedback is essential for improving our existing workshops and for the development of new ones.  Once you've participated in one of our workshops, please help us by responding to our workshop survey for 2016-2017.

Additional Workshop Resources

Research statement for graduate student fellowship and grant proposals: workshop writing kit

This kit is written to accompany the workshop provided by the Hume Center.  The kit provides instruction for how to approach writing research statements for fellowship and grant proposals as well as practical worksheets to help you prepare, to write, and to revise your proposal.

Questions about workshops

Are workshops free? 

Yes, the workshops are free, but you need to register in advance. Spaces in workshops are limited to 20 participants and are allocated on first-come, first-serve basis.

Can anybody attend?

Workshops are open to graduate students who are registered at Stanford University in one of the seven schools. Visiting scholars and postdoctoral candidates are also welcome to attend.

What should I bring to the workshop?

Participants should bring a laptop or pen/paper to each workshop.

Where are the workshops located? 

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held in the Hume Center.