Graduate Student Workshop 2014

Saturday, November 22
2:45 pm-6:30 pm

Registration for the Graduate Student Workshop is now closed. This information is intended only for those who pre-registered online


Session I:  A Graduate Student Tool Kit

This session will feature presentations on key skills necessary for a successful graduate student experience and transition to professional life in the current environment.  It will include presentations on doing fieldwork in Africa, grantsmanship, working in interdisciplinary teams, and publishing.  Presenters bring their expertise to helping graduate students gain the skills needed to become effective researchers and scholars.


  1. Clifton Crais, Emory University – Publishing
  2. Sheryl McCurdy, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston – Interdisciplinary research and grant writing
  3. Gregory H. Maddox, Texas Southern University – Fieldwork
  4. Jonathon Reynolds, Northern Kentucky University – Teaching Africa 

Session II:  Mentoring session

Graduate students who have signed up for mentoring will be matched with a volunteer established scholar in the field in small groups for mentoring sessions.  Mentors will include scholars who have worked in different regions in Africa and in different disciplines.


  1. Gregory Maddox
  2. Charles Ambler
  3. James Giblin
  4. Judy Byfield
  5. Sheryl McCurdy