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Previous Events

November 10, 2017 - Cohort Dinner at Red Robin

Cailyn, Chenoa, Christine, and her daughter, Payton (Cailyn’s guests) met Jorje and Margarita at Red Robin where we caught up on current life events. Jorje and Margarita shared their recent conference experiences and Margarita’s plans after graduation this December. We reflected on past conference experiences as well and discussed new ideas and theories in science, math, and psychology. It was a wonderful evening of catching up with friends and enjoying great food.

November 7, 2017 - PSD: Your Thesis Project

We welcomed Dr. Pjesky back to present on the very important topic of how to survive your thesis and get it completed.Watch the Your Thesis Project video. Attendees learned about some of the most important factors in completing a thesis project. #1 - Select your committee and chair, #2 - Research preparedness, 3# - Get ready to write and watch your formatting, #4 - Defense Expectations, and #5 After your thesis. In addition, Dr. Pjesky provided some helpful links to help you with thesis guidelines (https://www.wtamu.edu/webres/File/Thesis%20Guide%20January%202017.pdf), research information and compliance committees (https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/wtamu-research.aspx), research funding (https://www.wtamu.edu/internal-grants-info.aspx), and writing (https://wtamu.edu/academics/writing-center.aspx, http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/john.cochrane/research/papers/phd_paper_writing.pdf, http://www.roie.org/how.htm).To catch all of the information discussed during this wonderful presentation, Watch the Your Thesis Project video. You can also review Dr. Pjesky’s previous presentations: Watch the Surviving Your Thesis video. Watch the Surviving Your Thesis (Revisited) video. Watch the Surviving Your Thesis Re-Re-Visited video.Watch the Thesis Formatting video.

October 13, 2017 - Cohort Dinner at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant

Cailyn and Chenoa met the newest AGEP member Andrew at Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant. We discussed the AGEP program, and exchanged “getting-to-know-you” information such as academic goals, career goals, hobbies, and interests. It was a great evening filled with delicious food, good company, and learning about new people.

October 10, 2017 - PSD: Research Compliance and You

We welcomed the Director of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety (AREHS), Richard Smith, to discuss Research Compliance and You. Richard discussed multiple aspects of research compliance including the various compliance committees (IRB, IACUC, and IBC); the importance of ethical considerations for human subjects, animal subjects, and biohazard research; and the importance of being a responsible researcher and reporting any unethical or irresponsible research to the University’s AREHS department. Unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulties with the video recording so we do not have a video for this presentation; however, Richard’s door is always open so please feel free to contact him directly with any compliance or safety questions (rcsmith@wtamu.edu, 806.651.2740, KRC 184A).

September 15, 2017 - Cohort Dinner at Applebee's

Unfortunately, this dinner saw last minute cancellations, and therefore, only Cailyn and Chenoa (Cailyn’s guest) were able to attend. We discussed future plans and touched based on current research adventures in psychology. It was a wonderful evening, but hopefully the next Cohort Dinner will see full attendance and introductions with new members.

September 12, 2017 - PSD: Getting Your First Research Grant-Welcome to the GSR

Wath the Getting Your First Research Grant--Welcome to the GSR video.By popular demand, we welcomed grant specialist, Steve McLean, back to discuss the Graduate Student Research Grant Program sponsored by the Graduate School to kick off this semester’s Professional Skills Development Workshop Series. Steve was accompanied by a panel of former GSR Awardees which included:  Logan Ediger (Biology), Erica Thomas (Wildlife Biology), Michelle Caruana (Biology), Cassie Kirk (Biology), and Maria Pantazi (Environmental Science), Hame Abdou Kadi Kadi (Agriculture), Lindsey Boman (Psychology), and Cailyn Nymeyer (Psychology). The audience learned about the GSR program (what it is, how it helps with research, and how to apply) and listened to personal experiences provided by the student panel. Steve described some of the possible uses for the $3,500 budget, briefly explained the process, and displayed the webpages where information and applications can be found. For the 2017-2018 school year, proposals are due in his office by 5 p.m. on November 17th. To learn more about this research opportunity, go to the Grants Programs webpage or contact Steve McLean via email. You can also call him at (806) 651-2983 or swing by his office in the Killgore Research Center, room 176. Participating WT-AGEP program students are eligible for additional GSR funding through the WT-AGEP program. Watch the Graduate Student Research presentation.

April 28, 2017 - Cohort Dinner at Red Robin

Maria and Margarita met with Eric, Cailyn, and Chenoa (Cailyn’s guest) at Red Robin. In addition to enjoying the delicious Red Robin food, we caught up on life events and plans for the future, and discussed avenues of gardening and self-sustaining methods. It was a wonderful evening of great company and conversation.

April 4, 2017 - PSD: Setting Expectations and Providing Constructive Feedback

Watch the Setting Expectations and Providing Constructive Feedback videoWe welcomed Dr. Bryan Vizzini, the Director of WT’s Teaching Excellence Center and Associate Professor of History, to discuss Setting Expectations and Providing Constructive Feedback. Dr. Vizzini shared tips on how prospective teachers and other professional trainers can set detailed and clear expectations for assignments and activities using simple language, clear rubrics, and examples; and how constructive feedback (and giving students the opportunity to make those feedback revisions) will enhance student confidence, self-esteem, knowledge, and the teacher-student relationship, which will help students (or other professional trainees) be successful in education and work. Dr. Vizzini also gave clever tips on how teachers can save time while giving constructive feedback to a multitude of students. For all of the tips and clever details provided by the excellent Dr. Vizzini, Watch the Setting Expectations and Providing Constructive Feedback video.

March 31, 2017 - Cohort Dinner at Rain Sushi Bar

Jorje and Cailyn discussed news and theories in psychology while enjoying a delicious dinner and the wonderful atmosphere of Rain Sushi Bar for the Cohort Dinner. We also discussed the prospect of attending future psychology conferences and reminisced about past conferences that we had attended, caught up on life events, updated each other on our new-found research interests, and debated the origin of communication as possibly based on gender-need. Although, unfortunately, only two of us were able to meet because of unforeseen last-minute aspects of life, it was a wonderful and quiet dinner with good company and excellent conversation.

March 7, 2017 - PSD: The Tie that Binds: Communication Skills for a Global World

Watch The Tie that Binds: Communication Skills for a Global WorldWe welcomed Professor Carolyn Baum, assistant lecturer for the Department of Communication, to discuss The Tie that Binds: Communication Skills for a Global World. Prof. Baum shared the secrets of interpersonal communication skills that are essential to making both professional and personal connections throughout life and the qualities of a good communicator. For example, good communicators prepare for what they want to discuss (e.g. research a company before a job interview), dress the part for their communication (e.g. if you are going to a job interview dress professional and speak professional), actively work at perfecting their skills (e.g. communication is not automatic so actively think about what you want to say), and have an empathetic understanding of the persons they communicate with (e.g. can take a walk in the other person’s shoes and respond appropriately). Prof. Baum also discussed professional written communication dos and don’ts, the importance of listening and proactive listening skills, how to handle conflict constructively and provided a conflict management assessment handout, and intercultural communication. For all of the tips and amazing communication details provided by the eloquent Prof. Baum, Watch The Tie that Binds: Communication Skills for a Global World video. Also, you can access the Conflict Management Assessment Handout by clicking the link.

February 17, 2017 - Cohort Dinner at Ruby Tequila's

Maria, Margarita, and Adrian met Eric and Cailyn at Ruby Tequila’s. They discussed recently learned news and theories in the fields of biology, physics, mathematics, and psychology. Some of the topics discussed were plant biology and how they use water and air to grow, the alterations of modern gender roles and how they may influence human evolutionary changes to physiology in the far future, new teachings in secondary school science, mathematics as the basis for all knowledge, and quantum physics. It was a wonderful evening of interesting conversation and meeting new people (as Cailyn is new to the group).

February 7, 2017 - PSD: Career Services - The Hidden Job Market

Watch The Hidden Job Market videoWe welcomed the director of Career Services, Denese Skinner, to discuss The Hidden Job Market and How Career Services Can Help. Attendees were provided seven success secrets of the job market, 1# - Identify your transferable skills, 2# - Identify your top 10 job choices that you are passionate about by name (not industry), 3# - Target your résumé and cover letter for the jobs that you are seeking. 4# - Know how to participate in a successful job interview and informational interview, 5# - Use multiple sources for job leads (and why the internet is not the best source). 6# - Network (and why this is SO important), and 7# - Stay positive throughout the entire process.  Also, attendees were provided helpful handouts that gave specific job and networking resources, and were given information on how Career Services is a very useful resource for all of your job and career related needs. Career Services is located on the first floor of the Classroom Center, suite 113. To get all of the details from this very helpful presentation and to virtually meet the fantastic Director Skinner, Watch The Hidden Job Market video. Also you can access the Career Services Handout by clicking the link.

November 11, 2016 - Cohort Dinner at Braceros

Jorje, Maria, and Adrian from the local cohort met Eric at Braceros. They discussed the recent conferences, research, and the newly re-instated Society for Engineering Technology which Adrian is heading up as the first president.

November 8, 2016 - PSD: Writing Tips and Tricks 2

Watch Writing Tips and Tricks 2 videoWe welcomed Daniel Klaehn, director of the WT Writing Center, to present on Writing Tips and Tricks for thesis. Attendees gained a refresher on important items to remember when writing, 1# - Topic (what are you writing about), 2# - Audience (who are you writing to), 3# - Purpose (why are you writing), 4# - Context (thesis, article, etc.), and #5 - Rhetorical appeals (Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Kairos). In addition, attendees were provided with quick and very helpful tips for getting Microsoft Word to make proper formatting easier. Lastly, the Writing Center is available to assist with editing for grammatical, spelling, and formatting; however, do not wait until the last minute, stop by with a section here and there so that you can receive this assistance from start to end. To catch all of the very handy formatting tips by the wonderful Director Klaehn, Watch the Writing Tips and Tricks 2 video and also check out the Writing Center Assistance – Thesis Formatting presentation for more information. Watch the Writing Tips and Tricks 2 video.

October 11, 2016 - PSD: Surviving Your Thesis Re-Re-Visited

Watch the Surviving Your Thesis Re-Re-Visited videoWith so much interest on this very important topic, we invited Dr. Pjesky back to present on WT's Thesis Guidelines. Attendees learned about some of the most important factors in completing a thesis project. #1 - Select your committee and chair, #2 - Research preparedness, 3# - Get ready to write and watch your formatting, #4 - Defense Expectations (watch the video to find out why and also why the thesis topic is less important). Lastly, when it comes to presenting your research, the ability to adjust from a 30-minute presentation to a 5-minute "highlighter" or even to a 1-minute "elevator speech" is an important factor to practice. To catch all of the information conveyed on this subject by our own Professor Rex, Watch the Thesis Guidelines Revisited video and also Watch the Surviving Your Thesis presentation. Watch the Surviving Your Thesis Re-Re-Visited video.

September 13, 2016 - PSD: Graduate Student Research Grant Program Informational

Watch the Graduate Student Research Informational 2016 videoSteve McLean, Internal Grants Administrator and Senior Grant Specialist with WTAMU's Sponsored Research Services, was greeted by the largest group of graduate students to ever attend the Graduate School's Professional Skills Development workshops. Steve provided the group information and instruction on submitting a research grant proposal to the Killgore Research Committee, our local group that judges research proposals for grant funding. He was followed by several students who have previously participated in the program and who wanted to share their experiences and insight with the prospective new applicants. Maria, Jorje, and Adrian attended this event and gained knowledge about this competitive program that will certainly help them in their applications and presentations. Watch the Graduate Student Research Grant Program Informational video.

September 9, 2016 - Cohort Dinner at The Plaza

Tonight, the local group met at The Plaza. Jorje, Maria, Margarita, Adrian and his wife along with Eric came together for a meal and some 'getting-to-know-each-other' time. We discussed the numerous upcoming conferences and research opportunities. Everyone was excited to be back in the swing of school. I think this is going to be a great semester!


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April 20, 2016 - PSD: Recognizing Opportunities: Preparing for the Teaching Profession

Watch the Recognizing Teaching Opportunitites videoThe Graduate School welcomed Dr. Bryan "Vizz" Vizzini, the Director of WT's Teaching Excellence Center and Associate Professor of History, to discuss the numerous and often unrecognized opportunities to develop teaching skills. Maria, Eric, and several others learned how class projects - outlines, papers, presentations, etc. - provide informal preparation for considering a specific audience, synthesizing and organizing information, and then conveying that information. This process is exactly what instructors do to prepare for teaching a class. A wonderful 'role-playing' opportunity can be sought by asking some of your favorite professors to guest lecture one or two of your favorite class topics (they might be very happy to turn over the reins and take a break). Keep these crucial points in mind: Be yourself - authenticity is very important to students and they will pick up on inaccurate presentations of self; Be adaptive - if a different technique might work better for a particular class then try it; and Be easy on yourself - mistakes are supposed to happen as part of the learning process and everyone makes them. There is a plethora of great information here for the grad student who is thinking about becoming a teacher of whatever their discipline is. Watch the Recognizing Opportunities: Preparing for the Teaching Profession video.

April 15, 2016 - Cohort Dinner at Texas Roadhouse

We held our Friday night Cohort Dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Jessica and James caught us up on family life and discussed employment opportunities with Edward and Maria. We passed around ideas and information concerning thesis projects and graduation. It was a bittersweet meeting because, although everyone was happy to be sharing each others' company while breaking bread, this was the last WT-AGEP dinner. Unless...

April 6, 2016 - PSD: Writing Center Assistance - Thesis Formatting

Watch the Writing Center presentation for Thesis Formatting videoDr. Pjesky has previously presented on thesis (see below Thesis 1 and Thesis 2), but we wanted to detail some of the aspects of the writing process and showcase where you can get assistance. We were pleased to welcome Mr. Daniel Klaehn and Ms. A.J. McCormick from WT's Writing Center to discuss what their office can do specifically for our graduate students who are on a thesis tract but also for other grad and undergrad student's writing projects. Mr. Klaehn, a technical communications instructor with the English department, describes two benefits of coming to the Writing Center early in the writing process: Reducing the load to small 'bites' and encouragement. He presents several phases to the thesis writing process and a set of percentages that often fill out this time frame. Along with numerous tips and tricks to make the writing process flow come warnings about getting 'stuck/off-track' or losing good info because it didn't fit where it was written. Mr. Klaehn explains that the first step (formatting the written thesis) is often intimidating and where many students may falter in the process, then he shows us some amazing tricks to create a document that matches the thesis guideline requirements. Prepare to have your mind blown! Watch the Writing Center Assistance - Thesis Formatting video.

March 23, 2016 - PSD: Budgeting for Efficient Debt Repayment

Watch the Budgeting for Efficient Debt Repayment presentationThe Graduate School welcomed Dr. De'Arno De'Armond to the Grad Suite for a discussion on personal finances and budgeting for debt repayment. Student debt is one of today's hot topics and regardless of whether you are a young person working on your first degree or an older, non-traditional student, budgeting is important for all adults. Dr. De'Armond talked about some of the signs of debt distress, how to fill out a 3-Step Spending Worksheet and a Debt Recovery Worksheet, estimating interest, prioritizing, and what is a FICO score. He provided a pdf version of his presentation that has links to several calculators that can help you predict how various actions will affect your budget/debt (page 9). There are many additional resources available to you as a student - like Cash Course. There was a ton of excellent and financially beneficial information in this presentation and you can check it out - Watch the Budgeting for Efficient Debt Repayment video.

March 4, 2016 - Cohort Dinner at Jorge's

We met at Jorge's for this Friday Cohort Dinner. Maria and Edward heard about the upcoming AGEP events including the Professional Skills Development workshops and the closing of the AGEP program. We discussed a new opportunity to participate and gain points toward the Ambassadorship Bonus by interviewing with yours truly about the AGEP program, how it has helped, and what else we can do to further participant's career goals. We will have another dinner next month. Hope to see you there!

February 17, 2016 - PSD: Surviving Your Thesis (Revisited)

Watch Thesis Guidelines Revisited videoWith so much interest on this very important topic, we invited Dr. Pjesky back to present on WT's Thesis Guidelines. Edward, Maria, and many others attended and learned about some of the most important factors in completing a thesis project. #1 - Select your committee and chair, #2 - Research preparedness, #3 - Get ready to write (watch the video to find out why and also why the thesis topic is less important). Also, the Writing Center has a dedicated Graduate Assistant to help you with your written thesis and contacting them early in the process will be of great benefit to you! We are looking forward to a set of workshop presentations put on by the Writing Center that will take an in-depth look at the writing process and the services they provide. Lastly, when it comes to presenting your research, the ability to adjust from a 30-minute presentation to a 5-minute "highlighter" or even a 1-minute "elevator speech" is an important factor to practice. To catch all of the information conveyed on this subject by our own Professor Rex, Watch the Thesis Guidelines Revisited video and also Watch the Surviving Your Thesis presentation.

February 1, 2016 - 1st WT-AGEP Ambassadorship Title and $500 Bonus Award

We are proud to announce that Edward Duarte has received the first WT-AGEP Ambassadorship Award for his strong presence in AGEP activities throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. We tracked the participation of each of our WT-AGEP students and applied points to each of these activities. After tabulation, Edward was the hands-down winner of the inaugural year of AGEP on this campus. We honored his efforts with a $500 bonus! We will have another Ambassadorship at the end of this academic year so there is still time to rack up points for this competition. These Guidelines will show you what activities accumulate points and how we select our winner. Good Luck!


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November 20, 2015 - Cohort Dinner at Ruby'sLink to WT-AGEP Travel Request Form

After a few discussions, we decided that dinners were the best way for the cohort to connect, so this month we held our cohort meeting at Ruby's on Georgia St. Edward and John attended; both of whom have been active in recent recruiting efforts. One of John's friends joined us for dinner and I let Edward know that one of his friends asked for a Q&A with me on Monday. A question about how to request travel funding through the AGEP program came up and the answer can be found here: The WT-AGEP Travel Request Form. If your browser supports 'fillable' pdf forms, then this online document may allow you this added convenience. We also discussed current events, the future of TAMUS-AGEP, and our plans for next semester. We wish you all a happy holiday season!

November 18, 2015 - PSD: Under Pressure - Stress Management

Watch the Under Pressure: Stress Management videoFor our Professional Skills Development Workshop Series this month, the Graduate School welcomed Mr. Orvie Nix. The Director of Student Counseling Services spoke with us about dealing with the stresses many of us experience as we make our way through grad school and life in general. Edward and Jorje were among the attendees who learned about the importance of planning and direction, motivational stress versus distress, reactivity and 'awfulizing', among other topics. A quick and easy 8 Life-Factor Model can help us understand how having balance between these factors can alleviate that 'bumpy-ride' feeling. The fees paid for attendance at WT provide for free counseling through the university - if in need, contact Student Counseling Services. To catch all of the information conveyed in Orvie's presentation, Watch the Under Pressure - Stress Management video.

October 30, 2015 - Cohort Dinner at Chili's

As our first official cohort meeting of the semester, this dinner was special on several accounts. Edward and Jessica represented the original group and we welcomed newcomers, Jorje and John. Jessica and her husband, James, showed off pics of their new baby (super cute!). Jorje and Edward talked about the AGEP/Pathways Conference that they attended the week before. John filled us in on his experiences working on an oil platform in the ocean and developing ops for oil rigs in the Middle East. Whoa! We've got a little bit of everything going on! Then, in keeping with the Halloween spirit, we discussed the recent developments in zombie television! Looking forward to next month's dinner!

October 21, 2015 - PSD: Highlight Your Strengths on Any Application

Play the Highlighting Your Strengths VideoThis week, our workshop welcomed Laura Seals, Coordinator in the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. This discussion focused on tips and tricks to developing a Personal Statement for PhD, Scholarship/Fellowship, or Dream-job Applications. Edward and others sat in and joined the conversation that detailed important information that reviewers look for. They went over Covering Your Background - it's not enough to describe your education, describe how it influenced you. Ask yourself about Intellectual Influences, Encouragement, Turning Points, Experiences, Academics, Skills, and Personal Attributes. In Connecting-the Dots, you should know the current research and researchers in your field as well as the organization you are applying to and how you will contribute. There are many more details and ideas to consider when creating a personal statement that stands out above the rest. Watch the Highlighting Your Strengths on Any Application video.

September 16, 2015 - PSD: Graduate Student Research

Watch Graduate Student Research presentationOur first Professional Skills Development workshop of the year welcomed Steve McLean, WT's Internal Grants Administrator, to present and discuss the Graduate Student Research (GSR) Grant Program. Steve was accompanied by a panel of former GSR Awardees which included: Erica Thomas (Wildlife Biology), Caroline Ellison (Biology), Andy Lee (Biology), and Ashley Coffman (Biology). Edward, Jorje (a new student in the WT-AGEP program), and many others learned about the GSR program (what it does and how to apply) along with the personal experiences of our student panel. Steve described some of the possible uses for the $3,500 budget, briefly explained the process, and displayed the webpages where information and applications can be found. For the 2015-2016 school year, proposals are due in his office by 5 p.m. on November 13th. To learn more about this research opportunity, go to the Grants Programs webpage or contact Steve McLean via email. You can also call him at (806) 651-2983 or swing by his office in the Killgore Research Center, room 176. Participating WT-AGEP program students are eligible for additional GSR funding through the WT-AGEP program. Watch the Graduate Student Research presentation.


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April 24, 2015 - Cohort Dinner at Ruby's

As one of the more popular restaurants in town, we waited a while for our table; but this gave us time to introduce Dustin to the group and start catching up on each other's current events. Along with Dustin and myself, those who attended included Edward, Jessica, and Dashia (plus a few significant others). Good people and good food kept the night lively. This group is so fun and intelligent - I am happy to play my part in these get-togethers!

 

April 15, 2015 - PSD: Teaching Excellence

Play Teaching Excellence Tips and Strategies video

We were back in the Graduate Suite for a presentation by Dr. Amy Andersen, Associate Provost here at WT and Director of the Teaching Excellence Center. Edward and many others welcomed her and showed great interest in the information she would impart on our Professional Skills Development Workshop Series. If you are interested in becoming a professor in higher education, than this presentation has a lot of great information for you. These are some of the questions that were answered: If you want to teach, you will need teaching experience but how do you get teaching experience before becoming a teacher? What makes a good teacher good? What makes a bad teacher bad? What makes a great teacher even better? There was an extensive Q&A session at the end of the presentation and Dr. Andersen gave us handouts, but don't fret, the information can be found in Nilson's book Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors which can be borrowed from most university libraries. Watch the So You Want to Teach in Higher Ed? Tips and Strategies presentation.

 

March 25, 2015 - PSD: Surviving Your Thesis

Play Surviving Your Thesis videoOur Professional Skills Development Workshop Series welcomed Dr. Rex Pjesky once again to present his thoughts on completing a thesis project. The room was packed, so among others, Edward and I learned quite a lot about the process - some of which unfortunately did not make it into the recording. One item concerns the decision to enter graduate school for which Dr. Pjesky sent me a video link that may help with this - Should You Go to Grad School? Some other questions about deciding on thesis tract are: Do you enjoy research? Do you want to take your Master's Thesis to a PhD program? Do you want to teach at a university? If you answered yes to any of these, then thesis tract may be beneficial for your future. Those who are always asking themselves "why" and "how" might find the answers through research. Watch the Surviving Your Thesis presentation.

 

February 18, 2015 - PSD: Research Compliance: The ABCs of IRB, IACUC, and IBC

The Graduate School and AGEP welcomed April Swindell, WT's Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor, to the Graduate Suite for her presentation on Research Compliance. Edward brought a couple friends and we all learned about each of the review boards and what they do to protect the subjects, the researchers, the university, the environment, and the general public. They have a duty to uphold, but they are not as scary as some may think. If you are interested in research, then you will probably have to submit your proposal to them for approval. Just remember that they want you to succeed and keep everyone involved safe. There are many helpful links found throughout the Presentation/Webinar. Below you will find a very handy list of those links:

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Belmont report educational video
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
WTAMU - Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC)
WTAMU - Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
WTAMU - Institutional Review Board (IRB)

 

February 11, 2015 – AGEP Awards Luncheon

Today we welcomed Dustin into the WT-AGEP fold. Dr. Spaulding and her WT-AGEP staff held an award signing / meet and greet in the Graduate Suite. Edward and Dr. Lockwood joined us (Dr. Chen made an appearance of support) while we discussed the paths that lead us to WT and a few new details of the AGEP program. An interesting question at the end of our meeting concerning the intellectual property rights of university funded research had a very interesting answer. This was one of those times when it pays to be here.


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November 19, 2014 – PSD: Financial Management

Play Management of your time and your money videoDr. Rex Pjesky,­Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Research, distinguished our workshop series' final event of the semester with his presentation on fiscal responsibilities. The goal is to bring in as much if not more money than what is spent (this includes debt to creditors). Dashia and I heard that budgets are a great way to track this, but if we want to attain some long-term goals (like a cabin in the mountains for retirement), then we need annual as well as monthly budgets. Fast-food is more expensive both monetarily and temporally (just think about how much time it takes to get to and through the drive-up window – I could have made a meal at home in less time). Very importantly, always include your family (or as Professor Rex calls them, “Stockholders”) in all of the budgetary discussions – what is important to them may surprise you. Watch the Financial Management presentation.

 

November 14, 2014 – Cohort Dinner at Green Chili Willy’s

We met at Green Chili Willy’s, a local restaurant between Canyon and Amarillo, around 7 p.m. on Friday night. Alyssa, Dashia, Edward, and Jessica (along with some of our significant others) joined in on an evening of good food and great conversation that lasted into the night. GCW is known for their burgers and their chicken fried steak. The latter can come as a sampler of traditional, green chili, and jalapeno-jack varieties all on one plate (it was awesome!). We got to know each other more and talked about where we came from, what we were working on, and what we were hoping for in the future. This is a great group of people and I am honored to be assisting them as they work toward their graduate degrees.

 

October 31, 2014 – Hanover’s Grant-Writing Workshop

The Graduate School and Sponsored Research Services invited Michael Preuss and Chad Ross from Hanover to conduct a grant-writing workshop for faculty, staff, and students. Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both for-profit and non-profit organizations The morning session covered the difference between Federal and Foundation funding, good project ideas vs fundable project ideas, and an overview of non-governmental funding sources. The afternoon was broken up into sessions covering the difference between scholarly writing and grant writing, the experiences of two reviewers – Jessica Sharp and Susan Perri, and an overview of various review processes. Alyssa and Dashia joined us for part of this all-day event. Attaining research funding is a complex process, but through the efforts of Hanover group and WT staff – Kaaren, Dona, Steve, Glenda, and Heather – getting your projects paid for is within your reach.

­ Play an overview of funding sources and good versus fundable project ideas video Play differences between scholarly writing and grant writing video Play two reviewer's experiences video Play overview of various review processes video

 

October 15, 2014 – PSD: Career Services | Assessment and Planning

Play Career Services - Assessment and Planning videoWe welcomed Denese Skinner, Director of Career Services, to the Graduate Suite for info about what all they have available to WT students. Dashia and Edward were among the attendees when Denese began by having us play ‘Cup O’ Careers’ in which you pull a slip of paper with an occupation printed on it from a cup. Some were happy with their selection, some not so much. She told us that this is what it is like to search for a job without first seeking career information. MyPlan (more information below) is an excellent first step in getting to know you and your matching careers. It is important to not dismiss any matches until you have researched their details like knowledge, skills, and abilities needed along with average earnings. One exceptional website for all of this occupational information is O*NET. Additionally, WT has a resource page for career fairs, workshops, and BuffJobs. Watch the Career Assessment and Planning presentation.

 

October 8, 2014 – Cohort Luncheon

Dashia and Edward picked up lunch from the JBK and we relaxed in the Graduate Suite where we got to know each other a little better. One interesting topic (especially for me since I am in a Careers Counseling course) was the MyPlan Assessment provided by WT’s Career Services. It is a tool we use to test an individual’s personality, interests, values, and skills then it matches your scores with the scores of people working in various occupations. This can uncover some career choices that we may not have previously considered. The test is free for WT students. Contact Barb in Career Services (651-2345, bzellers@wtamu.edu) or get the free license code here.

 

September 17, 2014 – PSD: Social Media Tips and Intercultural Communication­­

Play Social Media and Intercultural Communication videoDr. Emily Kinsky and Dr. Noah Franken were welcomed by over 20 students (including Alyssa) to the Graduate Suite. Their communication presentations examined the many modifications to services like LinkedIn and ResearchGate that allow professionals to convey their past and current activities, their interests, and connect with others in their fields. Other topics included how to utilize social media outlets like Instagram for professional purposes, some examples of what not to post online and the repercussions of doing so, and how to be aware of cultural differences, personal biases, and ways to adapt our communication to meet the distinctions of various cultures. A short session of questions and answers followed. Watch the Social Media and Intercultural Communication presentation.

 

September 10, 2014 – AGEP Award LuncheonImage of first AGEP awards attendees

Dr. Angela Spaulding and WT-AGEP staff, welcomed recipients (Alyssa, Edward, and Joey) and their faculty advisors (Drs. Blaser, Chen, and Rhoades) into the project. We discussed the many benefits AGEP provides its members like scholarships, conference travel funds, and select access to professional development networks and workshops. An Italian style lunch was catered by Aramark (the Spinach Lasagna was awesome!) and a group photo was taken. The only way to get ALL of the benefits (Spinach Lasagna and Photo Op) is to attend our meetings.


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Disclaimer Statement:
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.HRD-1308163. The WT-AGEP program is promoted by WTAMU’s Graduate School and Sponsored Research Services, along with the Texas A&M University System. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.