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WORKSHOP: Graduate School Oral Exams

2020-03-20 @ 11:30 12:00 MDT

How to Prepare for and Pass Graduate School Oral Exams (qualifying exams and defenses) Presented by Dr. Lee Foote, Professor, University of Alberta Author of Oral Exams: Preparing for and passing candidacy, qualifying, and graduate defenses (2016)  Academic Press Friday, March 13, 2020 11:30AM-12:00PM Norsemen Inn, Salon A1 Most graduate students worry about their graduate oral exams – particularly, how to best prepare, how to manage nervousness, what they will be asked, how to frame answers appropriately, and basically what their committee considers satisfactory. Unfortunately, the available advice thus far has consisted of highly variable guidance from professors, scary internet tales, and graduated students’ horror stories.  In this short workshop we will change all of that with insights and compiled advice from many faculty members across a dozen disciplines and universities. This information is available in my recent book, the contents of which will be outlined in workshop format to address the most common exam concerns.  This casual and interactive ½ hour presentation will give you the tools to understand committee selection and dynamics; recognize the types of questions you can expect; give specific advice on framing oral answers; describe techniques for handling  baffling questions; describe preparation time frames and techniques; and provide a description of “the bar” over which successful students must pass. By following this advice it is unthinkable that you won’t succeed in defending a worthwhile proposal or thesis. The information is crucial for both qualifying exams and defenses as well as expert testimony, board oral exams, and framing answers in a courtroom. How to select a good committee? How to prepare for questions? How to frame a 3-minute descriptive answer? How to address the impossible/unfair/trick/unknown question? What about antagonistic questioners? What are committee members really looking for to pass you?   I will also invite questions and discussion afterward about your specific conundrums.


11:30 – 12:00 MDT
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Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques

Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!

Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College

Cost: $15

Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.