Research Appreciation Week Schedule of Events

  • Monday, April 2

    24th Annual Awards Luncheon

    11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., PNC Conference Room, KCAC

    This invitation-only event recognizes and celebrates outstanding research by faculty and graduate students and commitment to sponsored research by faculty and staff

    13th Annual Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology Program

    4:30 p.m., Weyandt Hall

    The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics presents research of IUP’s women in STEM fields at a poster session in Weyandt Hall, followed by a panel of distinguished speakers and student awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in 107 Weyandt.

    IUP Libraries Better Research Better World Student Voices Events

    Libraries are places where students consult available sources and build upon them to create of new knowledge. In celebration of IUP Research Week, IUP Libraries will sponsor a series of physical and virtual opportunities for students to add their voices to a group document that will share how the research of IUP students makes the world a better place. Students will be encouraged to contribute their thoughts via a physical message board in Stapleton Library on April 2 and 5–6 and at a Scholar's Forum Event April 3–4 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Virtual opportunities will be available through IUP Libraries’ social media pages all week long.

    Tuesday, April 3

    Undergraduate Scholars Forum

    9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., KCAC

    Stop by to see the undergraduate research posters and presentations. Please see the Undergraduate Scholars Forum website for details. The full program will be available there soon.

    Caffeinate and Collaborate

    9:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m., KCAC, TW Philips Room

    Need a coffee fix in the morning? Want to find other faculty who want to work on collaborative scholarship? Stop by at 9:30 in the Kovalchick Complex during the Undergraduate Scholars Forum Poster session for a fun time to make BOTH of those happen! Start off by getting your "JAVA on" and mingling with other interested faculty. Then, once the caffeine gets flowing, several faculty interested in starting collaborative projects will present their initial ideas to the group. After the presentations, participants will have the chance to meet with the faculty who presented to talk about possible collaborative relationships. Stop by for 10 minutes or an hour and have great fun and be PRODUCTIVE. Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services Research and Scholarship Committee.

    An Introduction to Psychometrics, Best Practices in Survey Design and Administration, and Qualtrics

    3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Davis 127

    Presenters: Masha Berman and Nathan Kruis

    Qualtrics survey platform used to generate analyzable data through the administration of online surveys and questionnaires. This interactive workshop starts with an introduction to psychometrics, including a general overview of survey development. Special attention will be given to the processes of conceptualizing and operationalizing measures. A discussion on best practices in survey design and administration while introducing the major components of Qualtrics will be provided. Attendees will learn how to create a project, generate and customize survey questions, create a panel of e-mail addresses, and analyze and export data.

    Wednesday, April 4

    Graduate Scholars Forum

    9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., KCAC

    Stop by to see the graduate student research posters and presentations. Please see the Graduate Scholars Forum website for details. The full program will be available there soon.

    An Introduction to Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data with NVivo

    10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Davis 127

    Presenters: Mallory Smith and John Andelfinger

    NVivo 11 is software used to assist in the management, organization, and analysis of semi-structured and unstructured data. Examples of these types of data include historical documents, memos, transcripts from interviews and focus groups, and audio/video files. In this workshop, we will introduce users to the NVivo interface, review key functions such as creating a project, importing data, developing a coding system, and performing basic descriptive and graphic analyses using word counts and running queries. Participants will also have the opportunity to work hands-on with NVivo by performing a preliminary analysis of a semi-structured data source. This workshop is intended for those who have little to no experience using NVivo.

    Scholars Forum Awards Ceremony and
    Three-Minute Thesis Final Competition

    1:00–3:00 p.m., Toretti Auditorium, KCAC

    Join the university provost and college deans as we recognize the outstanding research and scholarship of IUP students and announce this year’s Undergraduate and G raduate Scholars Forum award winners. Also, watch as the finalists for the Three-Minute Thesis event compete on stage, and a winner is chosen.

    An Introduction to Best Practices in Data Cleaning, Using Syntax, and Performing Preliminary Analysis with SPSS

    3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Davis 127

    Presenters: Nathan Kruis and Masha Berman

    IBM’s SPSS Statistics 24 is a program is commonly used in the social sciences as well as in business settings to analyze quantitative data. A basic overview of the SPSS interface and data entry process will be provided. Emphasis will be placed on the proper way to enter variables and manipulate data to ensure organization and efficiency during the course of a research project. A brief introduction to creating graphs, running preliminary analyses, and working with syntax will also be provided. Special attention will be given to the importance of best practices in data cleaning and getting to know your data. This workshop is designed primarily for individuals who have little or no exposure to SPSS.

    Thursday, April 5

    An Introduction to Open-Source Coding and Hypothesis Testing Using R

    3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Davis 127

    Presenters: Larissa Bray and Nathan Kruis

    R is a free, open-source, and powerful statistical programming language that has increased in popularity in recent years. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a basic conceptual overview of R. Instructors will familiarize users with some basic programming functions necessary for importing data, creating variables and data frames, and producing measures of central tendency and dispersion. Additionally, instructors will walk through examples of hypothesis testing and data visualization using popular packages available in R. The workshop is intended for individuals with no experience using R or other programming software. Attendees will have the opportunity to work hands-on with a dummy dataset.

    Preventing Plagiarism

    5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Stabley Library, Room 101

    Presenter: Thesis and Dissertation Office, SGSR

    Common types of plagiarism will be discussed to help attendees understand the steps they can take to avoid plagiarism in their own published documents. Areas of focus will include self-plagiarism, paraphrasing versus quoting, and proper in-text references/citations. After an overview of the iThenticate software is demonstrated by the SGSR, attendees will learn about copyright laws and how they relate to theses, dissertations and other academic publications.

    Grants for Graduate Students

    6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Stabley Library, Room 101

    Presenter: Thesis and Dissertation Office, SGSR

    Funding is available to graduate students through a variety of sources, both within IUP and externally. This workshop will cover the basics of finding grant money through resources such as SPINPlus.
    Attendees will learn about the application process to apply for funding and grants at IUP and will receive helpful tips on how to secure funding for a variety of types of research projects.

    Friday, April 6

    Preventing Plagiarism (Online)

    5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Blackboard Collaborate Room 1

    Presenter: Thesis and Dissertation Office, SGSR

    Common types of plagiarism will be discussed to help attendees understand the steps they can take to avoid plagiarism in their own published documents. Areas of focus will include self-plagiarism, paraphrasing versus quoting, and proper in-text references/citations. After an overview of the iThenticate software is demonstrated by the SGSR, attendees will learn about copyright laws and how they relate to theses, dissertations and other academic publications.

    Grants for Graduate Students (Online)

    6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Blackboard Collaborate Room 1

    Presenter: Thesis and Dissertation Office, SGSR

    Funding is available to graduate students through a variety of sources, both within IUP and externally. This workshop will cover the basics of finding grant money through resources such as SPINPlus.
    Attendees will learn about the application process to apply for funding and grants at IUP and will receive helpful tips on how to secure funding for a variety of types of research projects.