Southern Miss holds graduate student appreciation week

Southern Miss holds graduate student appreciation week

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay special tribute to its graduate students with a variety of activities tied to Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 6-10 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Held in conjunction with national Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week, Southern Miss is devoting an entire week in honor of graduate students for the first time.

"The Graduate School is sponsoring this event to show our graduate students how much we value them," said Dr. Karen Coats, dean of the Southern Miss Graduate School. "Graduate students contribute very fundamentally to our University mission of cultivation of intellectual development and creativity through generation, dissemination, application, and preservation of knowledge."

Coats notes that the week's activities are designed to showcase student accomplishments, enrich their education through professional development, and support cross-disciplinary conversation and networking.

The week's events will kick off with the inaugural unveiling of portraits of high-achieving graduate students in the Graduate Student Hall of Fame, followed by a Graduate School Open House. Workshops to enhance students' professional development will be offered and will include sessions to assist students as they write manuscripts for peer review, and prepare theses and dissertations.

Workshops are being offered in partnership with Cook Library, the Office of Research Integrity, and Candace Bright (Department Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs).

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Schedule of Events include:

Monday, April 6

3-5 p.m. -- Graduate School Hall of Fame portrait unveiling and Open House. McCain Library Breezeway Tuesday, April 7

12:15-1 p.m. – Plagiarism: What Grad Student Need to Know. Cook Library, Room 123. Session will be recorded and available on Blackboard. Lunch will be served to those who pre-register at: Wednesday, April 8

2-3 p.m. – Citation Management. Cook Library, Room 123. Workshop will provide an overview of two major citation management tools: RefWorks and Zotero. Thursday, April 9

11 a.m. – Noon – Special Network Analysis. McCain Library, Room 203. Workshop will provide a basic understanding of Social Network Analysis methods and terms. 2-3 p.m. – Aquila Digital Community. Cook Library, Room 123. In this workshop, participants will look at some of the different collections that are available in Aquila and walk through submission process that will be used when submitting a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project in to the Graduate School. Friday, April 10

9 a.m. – Noon – Graduate School Recruitment Fair. Union lobby. Representative from the Graduate School and other departments will showcase USM graduate degree programs and provide information to prospective students. 5 p.m. – Live at Five Graduate Student Mixer. Town Square Park in downtown Hattiesburg. Food, live music and fun at the city's first Live at Five of 2015. For more information about Graduate Student Appreciation Week and the Graduate School at Southern Miss, call 601.266.4639 or visit: