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"Be an Academic Rock Star" Workshop Series

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2014-2015 Workshop Series

This workshop series is intended to help students develop professional skills in general and, more specifically, prepare for the annual WKU Student Research Conference in the spring semester.

The "Workshop Series" is for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. Four workshops, presented by WKU faculty, are open to all students.

How to Make a Conference Poster

The WKU Student Research Conference, like many academic meetings, features a session for students to present their scholarly works using poster displays. This workshop covers the parts of a poster, tips for effectively organizing text and images, and suggestions for printing posters. Examples of student posters are exhibited. This workshop will be repeated onthree dates in late February-early March.

  •  Dr. Gordon Baylis, WKU Vice-President for Research
  • Dates: TBD

    Downing Student Union, Room TBD

How to Prepare a Conference Presentation

Presentation Workshop GraphicThe focus of this workshop is the traditional form of participation in an academic meeting - a podium paper presentation. This workshop covers modes of paper delivery, parts of a presentation, visual aids and tips for communicating effectively. Examples of presentations are evaluated.

  • Dr. Lance Hahn, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Dates: TBD


How to Write an Abstract

Ever wonder what an abstract is and how to write one? This workshop covers the parts of an abstract, how to write concisely, and how to submit an abstract for the WKU Student Research Conference. Examples of student abstracts are provided.

Dr. Gordon Baylis, Vice-President for Research
Fall Dates have past, spring dates will be announced soon. For the handouts follow the link below.

For Handouts go to "The Dos and Don't of Writing an Abstract" here.


How to Visualize Research Data Using Analytics

Good communication doesn't just happen; it is the result of good design!
If you are responsible for presenting quantitative information as Poster,  PowerPoint Presentation, or Research Article, this workshop is for you! In this hands-on workshops you will get the chance to access analytical tool, learn how to present quantitative information simply, clearly, accurately, and compellingly.


Abstract submissions accepted beginning December 1, 2014 and will conclude on February 13, 2015. Make an appointment with your adviser now.


Attend a workshop to help you with:

Writing and Abstract

Visualizing Research Data

Making a Conference Poster

Preparing your Conference Presentation

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 12/4/14