Graduate Student Events

Spring 2021 Graduate Student Workshops

The Portland State University Library and the Graduate School are pleased to offer our Saturday workshops to students virtually this quarter. Each Saturday workshop is open to the first 40 graduate students who register. Please view the descriptions below and register to attend.

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April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Rick Mikulski

This workshop provides an overview of Zotero, a free and open-source citation management tool that allows users to capture, save, and annotate research notes.

This workshop provides an overview of Zotero, a free and open-source citation management tool that allows users to capture, save, and annotate research notes.

Zotero is an especially powerful research tool because it can capture records directly from databases, GoogleScholar, websites, and the PSU Catalog. In this tutorial session, we will cover: 

  • Basic functions of Zotero; 
  • Saving citations; 
  • Connecting Zotero to your browser via the free plugin; 
  • Importing Zotero citations directly into Microsoft Word documents; 
  • Adding you own research notes to citation records; 
  • Creating project-specific lists and folders. 

To maximize our time, we ask that attendees download Zotero in advance of the session. A detailed walkthrough can be found on our guide


May 1, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Linnea Spitzer

Do you ever get comments like "what do you mean?" or "clarify!" on your writing? Clarity is one of those ideas that everyone seems to understand, yet no one is able to explain. In this workshop, you will learn what American academics expect when they ask for clarification and four strategies for how to address these expectations. The material presented in this workshop will be most helpful for those who are new to graduate writing or those who struggle to make their ideas clear for their professors.


May 8, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Susan Kirtley

Everyone gets stuck sometimes, especially with the high stakes writing required of theses and dissertations. In this interactive workshop, we discuss barriers to writing and how to overcome them. Gain practical tips and strategies to conquer writer's block and finish that project!


Graduate School Events

Student Research Symposium

The annual Portland State University Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for current PSU graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines to showcase their research through poster and oral presentation formats.

In collaboration with the PSU Library, this year’s virtual Symposium is offered on the PDXScholar platform, our permanent and open archive of research, scholarship, and creative works. Student posters and prerecorded oral presentations will be searchable via Google Scholar and other search engines and freely accessible to the world.

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Three Minute Thesis

The 3MT for short, is a research communication competition designed to help graduate students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience, all in just three minutes. Although the name of the event is Three Minute Thesis, as a PSU Masters or Doctoral student, you are eligible to present any research you are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or culminating project.

First Place, Runner Up, and People's Choice prizes are awarded.

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University Events

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