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2020 Fall Research Scholars Workshops

An informative series of six virtual workshops is designed to aid researchers at all levels with scholarly publishing, research poster presentation, technical writing tips, literature reviews, searches and more.

All one-hour workshops are on Wednesday at 3:30 pm on Zoom. Anyone is welcomed to join these workshops from graduate students, Iowa Honors Program, researchers, staff, and faculty. The zoom link will be emailed to registered participants one hour before the workshop starts.

If any questions or concerns, please email Marina Zhang ( or Presenters include those from: Lichtenberger Engineering Library, IEEE, the Speaking Center and the Writing Center.

September 9: Introduction to Comprehensive Literature Reviews

Literature review strategies can help you tackle your research question in a more rigorous way. Attend to learn about review types, review process, how to frame research questions, search strategies, and resources & services. Presented by Marina Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian, Lichtenberger Engineering Library

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September 23: Keeping up to date: Searching while you are sleeping (Alerts and Notifications)

Are you overwhelmed trying to keep up on recent research? Many of the library’s databases allow you to set up alerts and notifications. Powerful searches will run automatically overnight and will send you an email with the results—while you sleep! Presented by Kari Kozak, Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library

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October 7: Creating and Presenting a Research Poster

Going to present a poster at the College of Engineering Virtual Research Open House on Nov 5th? Needing to create a poster for a class or conference? Join Bree Nyland to learn about different poster templates, design ideas, and presentation strategies that will help you showcase your fabulous ideas so your audience is as excited about your work as you are! Presented by Bree Neyland, Director, Speaking Center

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October 21: How to Get Published with IEEE 

This workshop will cover

  • Tips for selecting an appropriate IEEE periodical or conference
  • How successful IEEE authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted
  • Insights into what editors look for in a submission and why editors and reviewers reject papers
  • Tools & resources to help authors through the publishing process including IEEE’s Author Center, Publication Recommender, and Reference Preparation Assistance
  • Strategies for using IEEE Xplore effectively for a literature review

Presented by Jalyn Kelley, IEEE Client Services Manager

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November 4: Finding and Using a Good Writing Model

In this workshop, we will discuss common challenges faced by students writing at the graduate level, and we will learn various ways to energize and organize your writing. Discover techniques to give your project momentum and motivate daily writing during this phase of your graduate research. Presented by Deirdre Egan, Writing Center

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November 18: Introduction to LaTeX Editor: Overleaf

LaTeX not only creates professional-looking documents but also allows you to tackle the more complicated parts of typesetting, such as inputting mathematics, creating tables of contents, referencing and creating bibliographies. Instead of downloading, installing and troubleshootinLaTeX software and packages locally in your computer, you can take advantage of the online LaTeX editor called Overleaf. In this workshop, we will use Overleaf and cover LaTeX basicsbibliographic management in LaTeX and collaboration with others on a LaTeX document. Presented by Marina Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian, Lichtenberger Engineering Library

To sign up for Overleaf free account at and download the template

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kari Kozak, at in advance of the event.