Monthly Archives: March 2015

Patricia Witherspoon Research Award

Patricia Witherspoon Research Award

University of Texas graduate students are invited to apply for The Patricia Witherspoon Research Award to offset costs associated with conducting original research in the areas of public service, government, community service, civic life, citizenship, or politics.  Previous research topics have included faith-based organizations, family policy, immigration, and educational interventions. Past award winners have used the funding to pay for focus groups, survey instruments, and other aspects of their research.

Amount of the stipend: $2,000

Research Requirements:

  • Original research must be conducted in public service, government, civic life, citizenship, or politics.
  • Preference will be given to students working on master’s theses or doctoral dissertations.
  • All research must be overseen by a faculty member.
  • The research must be conducted for a course taken for credit.
  • Expectations by the Institute: The recipient will be expected to write a summary of their research for publication for the Institute. Please contact Chuck Courtney, Assistant Director for Administration at 471-7208 with questions.

To apply, please email the following to

Contact information including name, address, email, and telephone number.

  • Major field of study and current overall GPA.
  • Two page research prospectus including research question, brief summary of the literature, methodology, expected results and anticipated start and end dates.
  • Applicants may also be asked to participate in a face-to-face interview.

Award recipients may be asked to give a short presentation of their work to the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life’s Advisory Council during fall 2015.

The deadline for the application will be Monday, May 4, 2015.

Spring into Canvas Instructor Poster Session – Call for Proposals

Looking for AIs, GAs, TAs, and any graduate students working with Canvas.
Spring into Canvas Instructor Poster Session – Call for Proposals
We often hear from faculty and Canvas instructors that they’d like to talk with their colleagues in other departments about the ways they are using Canvas. Here is your opportunity! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 24th 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the SAC Ballroom South for our first-ever Canvas Poster Session (light refreshments served). In order to make this event a success, we need your participation. The call for proposals is open to anyone administering a Canvas site (e.g. faculty, graduate students, staff, organization leaders). Please help us publicize both the event and the call for proposals (deadline March 13th). We want to hear from you, and your colleagues do too!
We’re really excited to hear graduate-student perspectives on Canvas. This is a great opportunity to practice your presentation skills.
If you have any questions, please contact Lea Susan Engle, Training Coordinator for the Canvas:
Lea Susan Engle MSIS/MA ’09
Center for Teaching and Learning
Training Coordinator: Canvas Implementation Project
The University of Texas at Austin
512.475.9397  Twitter: @UTCanvas


TEXTUAL TECHNOLOGIES: An Interactive Genius Workshop

TEXTUAL TECHNOLOGIES: An Interactive Genius Workshop

In anticipation of the 14th Annual Sequels Symposium, E3W invites you to the second and final Prequels event of the semester – “Textual Technologies: An Interactive Genius Workshop.” Facilitated by Yvette DeChavez (PhD candidate, Department of English) and Dr. Jeremy Dean (Education Czar of Genius), this workshop will explore the history of Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and its pedagogical purposes, while also working hands-on with the site’s forthcoming functions. This workshop will take place on Thursday, March 12, from 3:305:00pm in FAC 9 and is designed for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

In preparation for the hands-on portion of the workshop, Dr. Dean invites participants to sign up for Genius accounts here: This beta account allows you to play with a new Genius function that enables you to annotate any website, like the New York Times, Wikipedia, or a friend’s blog.

Here are some examples.

Please also mark your calendars for this year’s Sequels SymposiumApril 9-10 at the University of Texas at Austin. Sequels, an annual symposium sponsored by the Ethnic and Third World Literatures specialization in the Department of English, hosts distinguished E3W graduates and honors their recently published books. This year’s keynote speakers are Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College, SUNY) and Jeremy Dean (Education Czar at Genius).


Allison Haas

Lauren Grewe


The Department of English

Ethnic & Third World Literatures (E3W)









“Staying Afloat: Maritime Trade of Tamil Muslim Merchants in the Indian Ocean, c. 1800-40

The Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History invites you to:
“Staying Afloat: Maritime Trade of Tamil Muslim Merchants in the Indian Ocean, c. 1800-40”
A workshop by
Sundar Vadlamudi
Doctoral Candidate of History
The University of Texas at Austin
Mon., Mar. 9
Noon – 1:30pm
GAR 4.100
“This paper analyzes the maritime trade of Tamil-speaking South Indian Muslim maritime merchants in the Indian Ocean between 1800 and 1840,” writes Mr. Vadlamudi, “a period marked by the expansion of East India Company (EIC) rule in India and the Indian Ocean region and the increased export of British cotton manufactures to Asia.” Sundar received his B.E. (Computer Science) from Thiagarajar College of Engineering (India) in 2000. He quit the IT industry after working for two years and obtained his M.A. (International Policy Studies) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2004. He worked for three years as a Researcher on security issues in South Asia prior to beginning his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, he obtained his M.A. (History) from The University of Texas at Austin.
Read more about Sundar and his work on his profile page:
Dr. Sumit Guha 
Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History
The University of Texas at Austin
Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney by 9 a.m., Friday, March 6.
Learn more about the 2014-15 New Work in Progress series for advanced graduate students, including upcoming events, at:
Thank you,
The Institute for Historical Studies


Upcoming Library Workshops

Inspiration & Research for Creative Writers

Come and see what library resources can do for your fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and any other genre. Whether you’re just getting started or finishing your manuscript, this workshop is for you. We’ll take a brief look at how creative writers use research for inspiration and fact checking, then we’ll introduce you to the exciting world of specialized reference sources and databases. We’ll also share strategies for finding writing handbooks and works by other writers. Bring your writing ideas and questions, too.

In Person: PCL 1.124

April 3                                   11-11:50am

Taught by Kristen Hogan (English Literature & Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian) & Allyssa Guzman (Senior Library Specialist in Research & Information Services)

RSVP encouraged, but not required
Lights… Camera… Longhorns! Creating videos for your student organization with iMovie
Get your group on the web with iMovie! This workshop, specially designed for student organizations, will teach you to import and edit video footage, add a soundtrack and titles, and upload to the web. Even if you have no experience of working with video, iMovie will help you produce professional-looking content with speed and ease.

In Person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 24                                11-12

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees


Podcasting with Audacity

Get on the air with Audacity, a simple recording and editing program favored by a global community of podcasters. In this workshop you will learn how to record directly from an external device, import audio files, edit recordings and export your podcast as a broadcast-ready MP3. You’ll also learn a few other tricks of the trade, such as how to combine audio samples, improve sound quality and apply effects.
Participants are not required to bring their own materials but may bring their own audio files or recording devices.

In Person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 10                            10-11am

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees


Poster Design Workshop

The workshop emphasizes poster design principles; appropriate sections for a research poster; presenting your poster; understanding your audience; and evaluating a poster. This workshop or its equivalent in your program is required for all students presenting at the Longhorn Research Bazaar during Research Week.

In person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 3                                  3-4:30pm

Taught by Robert Reichle of the Office of Undergraduate Research

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees


Public Speaking

According to some polls, a majority of Americans fear public speaking more than death. Projecting a confident presence when called upon to share your ideas in public can impact your success in school and life. This workshop leads you through the fundamentals of speech delivery, provides rehearsal tips and helps you create a personal plan to improve your speech delivery. Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving excellence as a Longhorn. Make your own luck.

In person: PCL 1.124

February 9                               5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

March 31                                 5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Michelle Jewell of the Sanger Learning Center


Writing Writing Assignments

Intended for graduate student instructors and faculty, this workshop will discuss four aspects of writing effective writing assignments: the major genres of undergraduate writing; the relationship (and sometimes disconnect) between those genres and course goals; methods of stair-stepping short writing assignments to lead to larger ones; and genres of writing assignment prompts. Drawing from research, our own experience as writing teachers, and our work with students in the University Writing Center, we will share general advice and offer specific models.

In person: PCL 1.124

March 26                                 1-3pm

RSVP – encouraged, but not required

Taught by the University Writing Center staff


Here are the ones I mentioned last email that are coming up soon:

Time Management for Researchers

Scholarship on graduate student and faculty success strongly suggests that academics who publish on a regular basis don’t necessarily work more than anyone else, but use their time strategically. This two-hour workshop will provide a quick overview of the research on scholarly writing and its relationship to time management and procrastination. The final third of the workshop will concern apps, programs, and practical strategies for managing the writing process effectively.
In person: PCL 1.124

March 27                                  12-2pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Trish Roberts-Miller of the University Writing Center


Using the Thesis/Dissertation Templates 
The Graduate School distributes a set of thesis and dissertation templates in Microsoft Word for Apple and Windows computers, which will help you format your paper according to current requirements. This workshop will help you learn to use the templates, and will cover such topics as the use of styles, correct page numbering, and table of contents generation.

In person: PCL 1.124

April 10                                    3-4:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

April 16                                    1-2:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School

CFP for the Tex-ICS Institute for Comics Studies Conference

Dear All,
We would like to share with you all the CFP for the Tex-ICS Institute for Comics Studies Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas on August 7-9 in conjunction with Texas Comicon.
Please share this CFP with anyone that may be interested in participating.
Submissions deadline: April 1
The Institute for Comics Studies
Calls for Papers, Presentations, and Participation
Tex-ICS 2015
The Texas Comicon Institute for Comics Studies Conference
100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, panels, and poster sessions taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) are being accepted for a meeting of scholars and professionals during the Texas Comicon, San Antonio, TX, August 7-9, 2015, San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258
Submission deadline April 1, 2015
The Institute for Comics Studies is a non-profit organization that promotes the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics through building knowledge, communication, expertise, and support for the study of comics and sequential art.
We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars.  We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers,distributors, and journalists.
CSC Submission Site:
For more information:
Dr. Peter Coogan

Sam Cannon MA

Assistant Instructor
PhD Candidate

Co-organizer TexICS Comics Conference
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Spanish and Portuguese