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Student Professionalization and Research Development Events

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) increased efforts for student research and professional development during the 2015 fall semester through collaboration with CEUS faculty and other centers on campus. The IAUNRC worked with the Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) to respond to student interests and requests in organizing these events. These efforts resulted in a small workshop series that the IAUNRC will continue in the spring semester.  

Professor Kate Graber organized the first event, "Social Science Methods for Central Eurasian Studies". The event included an introduction to the Social Science Research Commons by Dr. Emily Meanwell, as well as discussion on data management by Professor Seema Golestaneh. Professor Graber introduced practical methods for managing and storing archival data, recording and transcribing interviews and interactions, as well as coding and analyzing diverse data sets. Professor Graber and Professor Golestaneh took extra care to tailor the presentation for scholars across different disciplines working on Central Eurasia to discuss the language- and region-specific issues that arise from data collection in this region. Students were also able to tour the Qualitative Data Analysis Lab founded by Professor Graber in fall 2014. More information about the lab can be found here.

The second part of the series was a Syllabus Design Workshop organized by Samuel Buelow, a PhD candidate in Anthropology with minors in Gender Studies and CEUS. Sam’s experience in developing syllabai at both IU and IUPUI for different departments including Anthropology, Folklore, Gender Studies, as well as his own proposed courses for Collins and Global Village made him ideal for guiding advanced students through the syllabus design process. This workshop included an introduction into the structural design of a syllabus, detailed explanation of each section, and opportunity for students to brainstorm or receive feedback on their own syllabi in various stages of development.  

The Resume and CV Workshop for graduate students with Professor Atwood and SGIS Career Services was the final part of the fall series. The workshop included alternative perspectives from both a career professional with expertise in public and private industry, as well as a tenured professor with expertise in academic professional presentation. Following the presentations, students were able to workshop their resumes and CVs through peer feedback as well as work with both Andrea White, SGIS career advisor, with resumes; and Dr. Atwood, professor and former chair of CEUS, with their CVs.

The IAUNRC will continue this series in the spring and is open to suggestions as well as collaboration opportunities to bring further research and professional opportunities to Central Eurasian Studies students. Please email iaau@indiana.edu for more information.