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You're in Good Company: 3rd Annual Mini-Conference for Graduate Students in the Humanities, Aug. 23, 2016

Being held Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Kopolow Business Library in Simon Hall. Prior registration required.

Directions to Kopolow Business Library in Simon Hall

 Driving Directions to Simon Hall – next to the DUC

  • Go east on Forest Park Parkway through Clayton, to Big Bend Boulevard.
  • Turn right (south) onto Big Bend Boulevard and continue for approximately .5 miles.
  • Turn left (east) onto Forsyth. The Washington University campus will be on your left.
  • Turn left at the first campus driveway (Olympian Way) which is just past Francis field.
  • Simon Hall is the first building on the right (faces parking lot).

Walking Directions from Olin Library

Conference Schedule Draft

 8:00 am

Registration and breakfast – Outside Simon Hall 290V (Kopolow Business library)

(Enter via Simon Hall.  Library on 2nd floor and Room 290V is on the upper level of the library.)

8:30 – 9:00 am

Introductions/Words of welcome/Ice breaker game – Simon Hall 290 V

9:00 – 10:30 am

Session 1: Going from ABD to PhD: Writing and Finishing the Diss – Simon Hall 290 V

In this session, participants will learn how to manage dissertation writing effectively. Professor Peter Kastor (History), a dissertation advisor to many graduate students, will discuss best practices and pitfalls to avoid. Dr. Trevor Sangrey (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), who completed her dissertation in 2012, will talk about her own writing experience. Dr. Robert Patterson, Writing Center Director, and Steve Pijut, Writing Center Associate Director, will highlight writing support services available on campus, and librarians will briefly overview other dissertation and time management resources.

10:30 – 10:45 am


Break – Kopolow Business library, Simon Hall 290V

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Tech Break Out Sessions – Simon Hall (Various rooms)
If you are interested in participating in more than one workshop, visit for Research Studios throughout the academic year.  

  • Tech Option 1- Zotero (Advanced) Simon Hall 290 V
  • Tech Option 2- Online Notebooks: Evernote & OneNote (Intro) Simon Hall Study Room 290F
  • Tech Option 3- Writing Software: Scrivener (Intro) Simon Hall Room 021 (Basement)
  • Tech Option 4 – Search like a pro (Intro) Study Room 290G

11:45am – 12:15 pm


Break: Self-Serve Lunch in Simon Hall 020 (Basement)


12:15 – 1:15pm

Beyond the academy: Lunchtime alt-ac talk
Dr. Bob Moore (Arch historian)
Dr. Ebba Segerberg (Director of Communications in Arts & Sciences, translator)
Amy Heath-Carpentier (Assistant Director, Career Center);The professorate is not the only exciting and rewarding destination for humanities PhDs. Sectors such as publishing, the federal government, research institutes, and the cultural sector, not to mention higher education administration, highly value the skills in research, writing, analysis, mentoring, and presentation gained during the PhD. In addition, careers in these areas open up new options in terms of geographical location and work-life balance, and offer PhDs competitive salaries.

In this lunchtime session, three speakers who made the move from graduate school in the humanities into other sectors (Dr. Bob Moore; Dr. Ebba Segerberg; Amy Heath-Carpentier, MA) will discuss some of the alternative career options available, as well as sharing their own career paths. Join us over an informal lunch, followed by a Q&A session.

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Session 2a: Ready-Set-Go—and Research! – Simon Hall 021 (Basement)
Session 2b: Tips and Tricks for Getting Funded – Simon Hall 290 V



Session 2a:





Ready-Set-Go—and Research! – Simon Hall 021 (Basement)
with Brian Vetruba and Kris Helbling

Hone research skills and save time! Participants will learn how to create a research plan for obtaining resources. Librarians will highlight specialized databases and show how alert services can assist researchers.  Participants will also gain insight on finding and using materials in archives and special collections.





Session 2b:







Session 2b: Tips and Tricks for Getting Funded – Simon Hall 290 V
with Claire Ross and Melissa Vetter

An overview of key funding opportunities available to WashU humanities graduate students, from internal conference grants to major research grants, and postdoctoral fellowships. Panelists Dr. Helen Human (International Scholarship and Fellowship Advisor) and Hélène Martin (former GSS VP of Communications and travel grant coordinator), as well as recent research grant recipients Dr. Helina Woldekiros and Claire Ross (German Academic Exchange Service) will pass on their tips for writing winning applications. Participants will also learn about resources for discovering other Arts and Humanities funding opportunities, such as Pivot and Grant Forward.


2:45 -3:00 pm







Session 3: Discovering Apps – Simon Hall 020 (Basement)
with Rina Vecchiola, AJ Robinson, and Miranda Rectenwald)

This session will focus on the strengths and limitations of technology tools, and discuss best strategies. BrowZine, a new app for browsing and reading articles from journals, will be introduced as well as other apps for research. The session will also cover common issues when working across multiple devices and platforms. Participants are encouraged to bring their preferred mobile devices.


4:00-5:00 pm

Closing Reception with Subject Librarians and other WUSTL Libraries’ Staff
Simon Hall 021 Basement