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"Be an Academic Rock Star" Workshop Series

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2013-2014 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 "Be an Academic Rock Star" series is for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. There are three workshops presented by WKU faculty and open to all students.

How to Make a Conference Poster

Academic Poster Design WorkshopThe 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 on three dates in late February-early March.

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

    • Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
    • Thursday March 6th, 2014
    • Monday March 17th, 2014
  • Time: All will be from 4:30 – 5:30
  • Place: AC 407

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:
    • Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
    • Monday March 17th, 2014
  • Time: 10:20 – 11:15
  • Place: Academic Complex (AC) 409

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.

  •  Dr. Leyla Zhuhadar, University Senate Representative for Student Research Council.
  • Handouts:  ppt
  • Dates:
    • Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
    • Thursday, February 20th, 2014
  • Time: All will be from 4:30 – 5:30
  • Place: Gordon Ford College of Business (GFCB), Grise Hall, Room 236

 How to Write an Abstract

Scott Arnett, PhD.


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. Scott Arnett, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
  • Handouts:  ppt
  • Date:  Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
  • Time: 12:40 – 1:35 AND 1:50 – 2:45
  • Place: AC 212




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