Tuesday 4/8

Each year USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies offers several workshops to faculty and students on special topics designed to assist with improving research and graduate programs at Utah State. This year, workshop tracks will be provided in two areas: survey research and graduate student recruitment.


Qualtrics Trainings

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  |  Merrill-Cazier Library Room 154

Most USU faculty, staff and students have a reoccurring need to collect data or conduct surveys with their constituents, research subjects or others. USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies has purchased an enterprise license for Qualtrics, a survey software suite powerful enough to handle academic and professional survey research, yet simple enough for anyone to quickly become proficient in. Qualtrics is available for all USU faculty, staff and students to use at no cost to them. To help orient USU campus members with this software and to inform them how to make the best use of it, three workshops will be offered.

Qualtrics I: Fundamentals 

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Qualtrics representative Mick Swenson will be on campus to provide an overview of the software suite to anyone who is unfamiliar with it. This workshop is for beginners and will cover basic capabilities.

Qualtrics II: Advanced

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

In response to requests from those who have already gone through Qualtrics I, Mick Swenson will provide a second workshop to address more advanced functionality available including question blocks, branch logic, randomization, triggers and authentication.

Qualtrics III: Survey Design

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To get the most out of Qualtrics, users also need to know how to write effective surveys. Richard Krannich, professor of sociology, will give an overview of how to structure questions to get the most useful responses.


Recruitment Workshops

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101

Potential graduate students search for graduate programs much differently than potential undergraduates; that means different recruitment strategies are needed to attract them to USU. Because of differences in search habits along with the diversity of program goals and operations, most of those efforts must occur at the department level. USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies works to provide resources to departments, so they can optimize their graduate student recruitment strategies. Some of them will be covered in these three workshops.

Faculty Profile Workshop

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

How to create outstanding faculty profiles to improve graduate student recruitment.

Graduate Panel Workshop

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Scott Bates and Dr. Jeff Broadbent conduct a panel of current graduate students in discussing effective graduate student recruitment strategies.

Recruitment Working Group

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Scott Bates and Dr. Jeff Broadbent lead a discussion about effective graduate student recruitment strategies.



Graduate Career Development Workshops

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Merrill-Cazier Library

Graduate students need to have the right tools to prepare for life after graduation. These workshops will cover topics such as resume or CV creation, employer expectations, and interview preparation for students on either the professional or academic track. Professional panelists will include: Alan Warnick, Jim Davis, and Lynne Pettit. Academic panelists will include: Al Savitzky, Nancy Huntly, Keith Grant-Davie, and Jason Quin.

Professional Panel

Merrill-Cazier Library Room 154

Academic Panel

Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101


Inclusive Excellence Research Event

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  |  Merrill-Cazier Library

Utah State University strives to create inclusive environments for all members of the USU community. This event follows on the first annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium held last fall on the USU campus, which was designed to provide tools for the promotion of inclusive units on campus. The event continues the themes from the symposium through a research lens, and highlights USU projects. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, Access & Diversity, Office of Global Engagement, Diversity Council, Vice President of Student Services, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at Utah State University.

Poster Session

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Merrill-Cazier Library South Atrium

Poster session will include faculty and student research projects on inclusiveness, access and diversity.

Submit Poster Abstract

Questions: brandon.crouch@usu.edu

Diversity Presentation: Dana Sanchez

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101

The USU SACNAS Chapter will be hosting Dr. Dana Sanchez on Campus as part of Research Week. Dr. Sanchez is an Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Oregon State University who specializes in mammalian space use and habitat selection as well as human-wildlife issues. As part of her extension position, she is also involved with increasing awareness regarding ethnic and gender diversity within the natural resource field.

Dr. Sanchez will present on "Achieving the intent behind our diversity initiatives in science." This talk will include a discussion on diversity focusing on "leaks in the pipeline." Dr. Sanchez will visit issues of identity and intersectionality and how individuals' interactions with the people, practices, and processes of science might contribute to those individuals' decisions to remain in science...or not. In efforts to boost recruitment and retention of a diverse science community, Dr. Sanchez recommends that individual institutions work to identify areas where and how they are best able to provide support while strategically integrating opportunities and resources provided by key organizations such as SACNAS.

Dr. Sanchez will be presenting a separate lecture, "Engagement Scholarship," on Wednesday, April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Natural Resources 217.

If anyone would like to meet with Dr. Sanchez, there are times available Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Please email Michel Kohl to arrange a meeting time.

Diversity Presentation: John Dehlin

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101

Guest presenter John Dehlin shares his 2013 TEDxUSU Talk, "The Ally Within," where he discusses his transformation from homophobe to LGBT ally and his research on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Mormon experience from a sample of over 1,600 LGBT Mormons. Q&A to follow.