Prosem Series for Graduate Students

The proseminar series is organized to jumpstart sociology graduate students’ transition from consumers to producers of knowledge and to foster professional socialization. We encourage all graduate students to attend the bi-weekly proseminars (first year students and funded students are required to attend).

Fall 2020 Proseminar Schedule

  • September 4: Professor Yige Dong, "What I Wish I'd Known When I Started Graduate School"
  • September 18: Professor Mary Nell Trautner, "All About the Academic CV"
  • October 2: Professor Iris Lu, "Strategizing Now for the Job You Want Later"
  • October 30: Dr. Matt Rafalow, Senior Researcher, Google, "Getting Into Industry Research"
  • November 13: Dr. Christy Panagakis, Director of Research & Public Policy, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, "Building a Strong Resume for Non-Academic Audiences"
  • December 4: Professor Joanna Pepin, "Doing Public Sociology"

Spring 2020 Proseminar Schedule

  • February 6: Professors Robert Adelman and Mary Nell Trautner, “Q&A with the Department Chair and DGS”
  • February 13: Professor Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, “Tips for Learning New Methods & Statistics Independently”
  • February 20: Professor Erin Hatton, “Building a Professional Website”
  • March 12: Professor Allison Dwyer Emory, “Master Planning Your Graduate Career”

    [remaining prosems canceled due to Covid-19]

Fall 2019 Proseminar Schedule

  • September 5: Professor Kristen Schultz Lee, “Happiness in Graduate School”
  • September 12: Keith Nichols, UB Libraries, “Understanding and Using the Library”
  • September 19: Professor Ashley Barr, “Academic Life 101”
  • September 26: Professors Jordan Besek and Greg Sharp, “How to Develop a Research Question/Topic”
  • October 3: Professor Robert Adelman, “Working Collaboratively with Faculty”
  • October 10: Professor Chris Dennison, “Tips for Working Smarter”
  • October 17: Professor Veronica Horowitz, “Preparing and Submitting IRB Proposals”
  • October 24: Professor Erin Hatton, “Applied Sociology”
  • November 7: Professor Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, “All About the Peer Review Process”
  • November 14: Rhonda Reid, UB Writing Center, “Getting to Know the UB Writing Center”
  • November 21: Professor Allison Dwyer Emory, “Writing Policy Briefs for Different Audiences”
  • December 5: Professor Kevin Smiley, “Creating Conference Presentations”

Spring 2019 Proseminar Schedule

  • February 6: Professor Mary Nell Trautner, “Being Strategic about Professional Development Opportunities”
  • February 20: Professor Jordan Besek, “Getting the Most from the Conference Experience”
  • February 27: Professor Kristen Schultz Lee, “Preparing for Qualifying Exams”
  • March 6: Susan O’Rourke, Office of Student Engagement, “Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking 101”
  • March 27: Professor Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, “Tips for Time Management”
  • April 3: Professors Kevin Smiley and Chris Dennison, “Avoiding & Working Through Burnout”
  • April 10: Professor Erin Hatton, “Writing Engaging Introductions and Well-Structured Papers”
  • April 24: Professor Greg Sharp, “Moving from Course Paper to Published Paper”
  • May 1: Professor Debra Street, “Planning for a Productive Summer”

Fall 2018 Proseminar Schedule

  • September 10: Professor Jessica Houston Su, “Understanding the Hidden Curriculum”
  • September 17: Professor Ashley Barr, “How to Develop a Research Question/Topic”
  • September 24: Professor Kristen Schultz Lee, “Getting the Mentoring You Need”
  • October 1: Professor Jordan Besek, “Strategizing Now for the Job You Want Later”
  • October 8: Professor Lora Cavuoto, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, “Working Ergonomically”
  • October 15: Professor Chris Dennison, “How to Publish Your First Paper”
  • October 22: Professor Kevin Smiley, “Picking the Right Journal for Your Work”
  • October 29: Professor Erin Hatton, “How to Write Engaging Introductions and Well-Structured Papers”
  • November 5: Professor Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, “Tips for Time Management”
  • November 12: Susan O’Rourke, Student Engagement, “Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking 101”
  • November 26: Professor Robert Adelman, “Giving and Receiving Feedback”
  • December 3: Professor Brenda Moore, “Dropping the T from LGBT”