Undergraduate Students

There are a lot of great opportunities for undergraduate students interested in Communication Studies. These opportunities exist both at K-State and within the discipline. Below are links to information to help you out as you explore the field, as well as information about the department, university, and tips for helping you out in classes.

KSU Information

Course Schedule: Here’s a quick link to the course schedule guide for KSU, it is good to keep this bookmarked to pull up when you need it for registering each semester.

KSIS Help Guide: for if you are having trouble with your DARS report, adding classes, dropping classes, etc.

Class and Research Tips and Tricks

Emailing your Teacher: A good list of tips for email etiquette.

APA Common Mistakes: This is a great blog entry noting the most common mistakes students make in APA to check to fix for assignments.

Funding Opportunities

Arts & Science Research Grant: are you interested in doing research with faculty? Here’s a chance to get class credit AND $1,000! You can receive this grant twice during your time at KSU.

Arts & Science Travel Grant: if you are looking for help traveling once you completed research and want to go to a conference (e.g., CSCA, ICA, RSA, NCA, IARR) This grant will fund you up to $800 if you apply 2+ months in advance or up to $400 if you apply 1-2 months in advance at KSU. The best thing about this grant is you can apply for it every year, so you can attend research conferences your entire time you are at KSU as an undergraduate if you wanted.

OURCI Research and/or Travel Grant: Here is another opportunity for research and travel through the university, you can receive this grant up to two times (either/or for travel and research) and the total is $1,000 for each.

Why Communication Studies?

NCA’s Why Study Communication: This is a great resource for talking about the value of a bachelor’s degree in the field–if you’re struggling to figure out what you might do with your degree when you graduate, this can definitely help.

Current Opportunities (Updated 10/5)

CSCA Undergraduate Honors Conference: CSCA is a great conference to attend as an undergraduate if you think you might be interested in research. In addition to a special section of the conference dedication to undergraduate research, they also host a graduate school fair to let you chat with potential programs if you think you might want to continue your education.

Graduate Students

I will never stop raving about how helpful my Ph.D. program was in preparing me for academia (#rockchalk). The faculty in the department shared excellent resources with me and my advisor was fantastic. Below are links to information shared with me, in addition to sources I have compiled, too!

I recommend this one first: Graduate Student Happiness and Wellbeing Report. Why? Because too often graduate school can become a drain, and it shouldn’t. Put yourself first, and hopefully some of these links can help with everything else!
KSU Information

Course Schedule: Here’s a quick link to the course schedule guide for KSU, it is good to keep this bookmarked to pull up when you need it for registering each semester.

Teaching Tips and Tricks

Kahoot: This is a great game system to use for reviewing for an exam with your class, and I’ve never had students not like it. It also takes a lot of the guesswork and “hey you missed me” out of it that can make in class Jeopardy review a little tricky. Highly recommend!

Syllabus Planning: Your syllabus is more important than you think.

Efficient Teaching Tips: I love the Get a Life PhD blog, and this is a great post reminding GTAs to find a balance in teaching and research.

Grading: Great tips on rubrics and grading fairly.

Canvas Instructor Guide: Canvas can be a pain but it can also be your best friend for your classes- taking the time to learn some of the cool tools you can use for things like scheduling meetings or integrating small group discussions can really take your course to the next level.

Research Tips and Tricks

JournalTOCs: Consider signing up to get alerts from journals most relevant to your research interests, you will get an email when they post new studies and you can decide whether you want to follow the link to reach more, it is that easy!

APA Common Mistakes: This is a great blog entry noting the most common mistakes students make in APA to check to fix for assignments.

EDTR Format: Don’t make the mistake of starting this too late when it comes to formatting your thesis or research report, trust me.

Superbon ‘Record Your Meetings’: This is one of my favorite tips I learned and did during my latter time at my Ph.D. program (if only I had started sooner!) Recording my meetings with my advisor, instead of just taking notes, really helped to make sure that I could go back and work through what we talked about as I edited and changed my dissertation.

Myth of One More Source: I am the worst about this, as I always think there must be more to read, and especially when it comes to a thesis or dissertation it can be tough to stop. This article is great in breaking down the process of knowing when to move from reading to writing.

Professional Development

Advice on Being Advised: A great article discussing the value, need, and HOW to work with an advisor (if you’re willing).

Sterneworks: This was sent to me by Nancy Baym when I was finishing up grad school and I can’t thank her enough- so many awesome links, tips, and helpful thoughts on this site!

CRTNET: This is a listserv you can join that will send you emails about jobs, conferences, research, and other cool opportunities in the field. Worst case you delete a few emails and decide it is not for you- best case you learn about something new you would not have otherwise- I have personally found three publication opportunities from CRTNET and participated/helped with research at least a half dozen times.

How to Write CVs: Great selection from The Professor Is In on CV Writing, a crucial skill in academia as you apply for grants, award, and jobs.

Funding Opportunities

Small Grant Funding: The University offers up to $1,000 for graduate students in their final year of study to assist in research and/or data collection needs for their thesis or dissertation.

Graduate School Travel Grant: A student may receive up to $500 for domestic travel and $750 for international travel from the school each year for attendance to a conference or workshop.

Graduate School Prestigious Travel Award: This award increases the totals to $750 national and $1000 international for attendance and presentation at a conference. If you have won an award (e.g, top paper or panel) you should definitely apply for this grant!

NCA Travel Grant: Each year NCA offers small travel grants to assist members of their student caucuses to attend NCA. Watch for the call for these each year soon after acceptance is sent out.