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Graduate Student Activities

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs

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First Friday of the month from 3:30pm – 5:30pm

 February 6th, March 6th

Free food and drinks! Meet new friends and hang out with old friends. Join us at the Stein!

Bring your student ID and a Massachusetts license or passport to drink alcohol.

Navigating the American Experience

Do you sometimes wonder where in the world you are?

Who are these crazy Americans and why do they do things the way they do?

Join us for a series of workshops open to both international and domestic graduate students that will explore the reasons behind some "typical" American behaviors.

Navigating American Visas: How do I get an OPT? Where can I work after I graduate? Monday, February 9th 4pm
Graduate Student Center, Kutz Hall

Navigating American Dating: Does s/he like me? How do I know?  Thursday, February 12th 12 noon
Graduate Student Center, Kutz Hall

Navigating the American Workplace: How should I dress? Where should I eat? Friday, March 20th 12 noon
Graduate Student Center, Kutz Hall

Please email and indicate which program you'd like to attend. A light meal will be provided, so we'll need to know who's coming!

Library and Technology Services Workshops

More sessions on each topic, with great new content, including: 
  • Using Special Collections & Primary Sources
  • LaTeX for Beginners
  • Using Government Information
  • Introduction to R (a free, open source software used for statistical analysis)
  • Data Visualization Series
  • Research Data Management Series
We're also holding two bootcamp-style workshops for Stata and Excel over the February winter break. These extended sessions will include guided hands-on experience.
To sign up and see our full listings, go to this form: 
If you have any questions, please contact Gina Bastone at

Data Visualization Series

Visualization can help us to quickly find patterns as we consider datasets either large or small. Exploring research materials using a range of different tools might enable a glimpse at a trend, the formation of a meaningful cluster — or can quickly drive us back to discovery. Over the semester, we’ll review a range of different software packages that enable dynamic graphic displays, meaningful maps, or exhibits that can support the teasing out of complex questions, whether you work with quantitative variable-dependent information or in a richly qualitative and context-dependent field.  Good for: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, all levels.

NOTE: These Thursday sessions generally take place in the Goldfarb Vershbow Classroom.

1/22   Visualization & Methods - Tools Overview & Fusion Tables
We'll talk about the research and visualization issues that are going to be most important for Graduate Students to explore, and then dive into using a tool much loved by NGOs and analysts.  Google's Fusion Tables enable users to quickly explore and display information, make infographics, cluster graphics or maps. This online tool supports collaboration and sharing - just like any other tool from the Google suite. See:
2/5 Online Exhibits
During this session we'll review three different tools that can be used by groups or individuals to build complicated or clean online exhibits.  Online Textbooks, group research sites, digital galleries, or course projects - Omeka, Scalar and WordPress each provides a set of tools that might be matched to each of these particular online projects.

3/5  Timelines
We're all familiar with the display of events that starts at the top of a page and runs to the bottom. Have your own running list of important dates? Turn your chronological list into an easy to create and use interactive online timeline. images and links, movies and music can all be added to make an elegant interface.
3/19  Maps
There are several tools that can help students or faculty easily leap into geo spatial thinking - or data as connected to land, longitude and latitude.  We'll take a look at three 'lightweight' tools that can help to move anyone towards meaningful map-making if an investigation of some of the more intensive or monstrous software programs are part of a future plan of study (or are perhaps not even on the horizon).
4/2  Trees
Treemaps, classification and regression trees, tree map charts, or WordTrees -- all name a set of analytical displays that can be used to picture a hierarchy of terms or decision trees. If you have a small data set -- too small to run another form of regression -- or if you are trying to chart text - this fun session will introduce you to a perhaps almost magical set of tools. See:

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