TAMIU ARC's mission of developing a community of scholars placing greater value on graduate coursework and research, led to the development of Professional Development Program. Beginning Spring 2020, the Professional Development Program will provide more frequent, high-quality workshops and training support for graduate students, faculty and staff. This will give the TAMIU community the resources, skills, and experience to go beyond with their education here at TAMIU. 

These workshops will be conducted by both accomplished TAMIU Faculty and partners from other institutions, such as UT Health Science Center at Houston. Content varies from core competencies such as writing, presentation skills, to multiple course enhancement workshops on new research technology, methodology, and even how to publish in academic journals.



Spring & Summer 2020 Schedule


Research Bootcamp


Dr. Susan H. Fenton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

TAMIU Faculty Mentors

Eight week long program for TAMIU upper-level undergraduate (60+ credit hours) or graduate students. Students will take on a research project while learning new skills such as data analysis, R programming language, overview of scientific method & research and ultimately produce a research paper ready to be submitted to a journal or publication, or present at an academic conference. Open to all Majors! Virtual instruction this Summer 2020.


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future events

Graduate School Is Different: A Guide for Success


Dr. Gabriela Leon-Perez, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Summer Research


Dr. John C. Kilburn, Associate VP Research & Sponsored Projects

TAMIU alumnus, Dr. Leon-Perez, will share her guide to success for graduate students. She will outline the hidden curriculum of graduate school's social and professional norms and discuss how to navigate academia. Other topics covered will be time management, importance of mentorship, getting involved in research, how the research process works, how to collaborate with faculty & peers and end in faculty led breakout sessions.  



Dr. Kilburn will address the various research opportunities available to TAMIU students. There are several programs that will provide advanced training for our students as well as the opportunity to work with professors on cutting edge research. Nearly all of these opportunities are provided at no cost to the student and some of them offer cash compensation for active participation. All majors are welcome from both Undergraduate and Graduate level.



Past events

Writing & Research Workshop


Franco Zamora, Writing Consultant 

Elizabeth DeZouche, Information Literacy Librarian


Guided tutorials on using online citation resources such as Endnote. Graduate students will also participate in mentored writing exercises and learn about receiving personalized writing guidance from our Graduate Writing Consultant. There will be a reference section library tour at 5:30pm prior to the workshop. Those interested should meet in front of Starbucks. Spaces are limited.

Developing Posters


Dr. Alison M. Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Kenneth J. Tobin, TAMIU ARC Co-Director

Workshop will help students design and effective poster presentation for professional conferences. Students will receive tips of inserting figures and images and appropriate amount and size of text. Additionally, students will learn the various resources for printing the final poser version. Using PowerPoint, students should complete the workshop with a working draft of their poster. 

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Developing Oral Presentations


Dr. Alison M. Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor

Workshop will help students organize and execute an effective oral and execute an effective oral presentation for professional conferences. Tips will be given on visual aids including tips on the amount and size of text and use of images. The workshop will include advice on giving an oral presentation, including use of notes, eye contact, staying within time limits, and posture.

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RefWorks Workshop


Elizabeth DeZouche,  Information Literacy Librarian

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that makes research management and paper-writing easy. This workshop willl guide students on using the online tool which will aid in the organization, sharing and citing of sources for academic projects and papers. Start saving yourself time today, try RefWorks and be more productive! View video tutorial via link below.

 Video Tutorial

TAMIU Killam Library

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