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Important Graduate Student Resources
This page provides a one-stop list of important resources for graduate students that was compiled by the Technology Graduate Student Advisory Committee (TGSAC). These include:
What they Provide: Review of research protocols that involved humans. Any graduate student research requiring the use of humans for data collection and reporting requires IRB approval.
The IRBs are a unit of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), which is housed within the Office of Research Administration (ORA), located in room 300 Hovde Hall. The website provides detailed steps, forms, and example IRB proposals for all Purdue University faculty and students conducting research. Researchers need to obtain permission to conduct any studies at Purdue University by submitting IRB proposals and completing certain workshops and online training protocols.
What they Provide: Required training/certification for graduate students and faculty.
Description: Researchers involved in the use of human subjects are required to complete the CITI web-based education program in order to be certified as eligible to engage in human subject research at Purdue University. All researchers on an IRB protocol must complete the CITI training before the IRB protocol will be approved. Initial and continuing education (every 5 years) in human subject protections are required.
What They Provide: Purdue University Psychometric Instruction/Investigation Laboratory (PUPIL) Consulting Service, located in BRNG 3157 (phone: 496-3233), is available to respond to and provide resources for questions involving the following: measurement/assessment, psychometrics, and educational and behavioral sciences empirical research.
What They Provide: The Department of Statistics provides statistical software and design consulting services for the University community – free of charge. The Statistical Consulting Service can help you with statistical software problems and data analysis issues. Statistical Software Consulting provides assistance with the set up and running of a wide variety of statistical computing programs, including SAS, SPSS, Minitab and S-Plus. Software consulting is available in MATH G175 on a drop-in basis. Experimental Design and Data Analysis Consulting is available during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Services include assistance with all phases of research projects: proposal preparation, design of studies, survey design, data input strategies, data import/export, analysis of data, interpretation of results, presentation of results, and other statistics or probability problems.
What They Provide: Free workshops are offered to graduate students in the following areas: mentoring, teaching, leadership, entrepreneurships, communication, grantsmanship, service, research ethics, administrative, and graduate education. Specific topics include: grant writing, data management, authorship and publication, funding opportunities, and academic portfolio preparation.
What They Provide: Graduate student TAs can obtain various certificates by completing a series of free workshops and seminars. The certificates include: Graduate Teaching Certificate (GTC), Graduate Teacher Certificate Alternative, Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate (AGTC), Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFFP), and the Graduate Teacher Technology Certificate (GT2C). In addition, the website provides teaching tips, teaching consultation, and information about instructional data processing (e.g., test scoring and page scanning services).
What They Provide: Free workshops are offered by Purdue University Libraries for students, and some of the topics include: Using EndNote, Finding Dissertations, Searching Library Catalogs, Plagiarism, and Finding Scholarly Information on the Internet.
Note: Although SPAN focuses on nontraditional undergraduate students at Purdue University, this information was included as a possible resource for nontraditional graduate students as well.
What They Provide: The staff of the Span Plan Adult Student Services Program is committed to assisting and encouraging adult, nontraditional students at Purdue University. The definition of a Purdue University adult student includes any undergraduate student meeting one of the following three criteria:
- A student who experienced a minimum three year break between completing high school and attending higher education
- A student who experienced an interruption of two or more years while pursuing higher education
- A student who is married and/or a parent
Span’s Academic Services include: advising, individualized counseling, orientation, re-entry counseling, referral to University Resources, and tutoring. Span’s Career Services include: career assessments and testing, career counseling, interviewing skills and practice, and resume development.
What They Provide: Provides students with opportunities to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership and engage in experiences that address individual and community needs that include understanding of self and others, acceptance of responsibilities inherent in community membership, and appreciation of diverse ideas, backgrounds, and lifestyles. The SAO website provides information about the Boiler Volunteer Network, Leadership Development, and how to get involved in various student organizations and clubs at Purdue University.
What They Provide: Software Remote (formerly DACS) provides free access to software from any computer with an internet connection and a web browser. Many software programs are available, including Adobe/Macromedia products, SAS, Microsoft Office, AutoCAD. The software programs appear to run on your desktop, but are actually running on the Software Remote servers. Keyboard strokes, mouse clicks, and screen updates are transmitted between your computer and the server. Because of this technology, these software programs can even be used with a dialup Internet connection.
- Go to the Software Remote website at http://goremote.ics.purdue.edu.
- Log in using your Purdue Career Account login and password.
- If this is the first time accessing Software Remote, install the Citrix client on your computer. The Citrix download link and instructions will appear on the web page once you have logged in.
- Scroll though the icons presented and select the software application you want to run.
What They Provide: Fellowships, Scholarships, Training Grants, & Travel Grants.
Grants in general do not require work for repayment of the funds. However, graduate students should understand the obligations associated with the grant such as academic requirements or commitment of employment after graduation. The common types of grants include:
- Fellowships provide a stipend for living and educational expenses which, in general, allow graduate students to pursue graduate study full-time
- Scholarships provide funds to graduate students and are usually awarded based on academic merit or scholarly potential
- Training Grants are very similar to fellowships and provide graduate students to the opportunity to develop research skills and techniques in a laboratory setting
- Travel Grants reimburse graduate students for travel to conferences to network and present their research
- Assistantships are the most common method of funding graduate study. Over 60% of Purdue graduate students hold graduate student assistantships. You may secure teaching, research, or administrative/professional assistantships to develop and enhance your professional skills. Teaching and research positions are most often available through your department or college. Mathematics or Foreign Languages & Literature will hire teaching assistants from other graduate programs. Libraries and Residence Halls, and Student Services hire graduate students as administrative/professional staff. The Graduate Student Employment Manual provides additional information regarding the benefits of assistantships at Purdue University.
- Hourly employment is another option. You may secure a position as a tutor, exam proctor, note taker, child care provider or through off-campus employment.
- Student loan information is available from the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) at www.purdue.edu/DFA and the U.S. Department of Education. In general, students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for student loans. If you have applied for loans, your fellowship will affect them. Some sponsored fellowships are distributed through the office of Financial Aid.
What They Provide: Unbiased 3rd Party to mediate between Graduate Students and their program. The Graduate School offers two venues for you to gain assistance in resolving problems and conflicts.
- The Graduate School has offered an Ombudsman to assist graduate students, faculty, and staff. Associate Dean Tom Atkinson serves as the Ombudsman for the Graduate School. Dr. Atkinson regularly interacts with people, mostly graduate students, on a range of issues and concerns connected to graduate education.
- The Graduate School offers Peer Ombudsmen to assist graduate students. These Ombudsmen are trained graduate students that provide a peer's perspective to a student's concern. The Graduate School hopes to increase the access graduate students have to ombudsman resources through this new initiative.
The ombudsman is a neutral person that will listen, provide information, offer options, seek explanations, make referrals, and advise regarding rights and responsibilities. Examples of concerns that have been brought by students include relationships with major professors, conditions associated with graduate staff appointments, and academic difficulties. Most meetings are usually 30 to 60 minutes. The setting is confidential to the degree allowed by law, neutral, and informal. Occasionally, an ombudsman will invite a second listener with expertise in a particular area, like employment policies, to a follow-up meeting.
What They Provide: Deal with issued of dishonesty and plagiarism.
- Plagiarism is another serious violation of academic integrity. In simplest terms, this occurs if you represent as your own work any material that was obtained from another source, regardless how or where you acquired it.
- Using verbatim material (e.g., exact words) without proper attribution (or credit) constitutes the most blatant form of plagiarism. However, other types of material can be plagiarized as well, such as ideas drawn from an original source or even its structure (e.g., sentence construction or line of argument).
- Plagiarism can be committed intentionally or unintentionally.
- By merely changing a few words or rearranging several words or sentences, you are not paraphrasing. Making minor revisions to borrowed text amounts to plagiarism.
- Remember, your instructors should be able to clearly identify which materials (e.g., words and ideas) are your own and which originated with other sources.
What They Provide: In order to work with students’ grades in an assistantship role, graduate students must first become FERPA certified. Depending on other roles a graduate student may encounter while obtaining their graduate degree, additional training certificates may need to be completed. Use the links below for the necessary training.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
Gramm Leach Bliley Act / Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
Data Security and Classification at Purdue University
Handling Printed Data at Purdue University
Handling Electronic Data at Purdue University
Public Records at Purdue University
Protecting Social Security Numbers at Purdue University
What They Provide: Offers various free services including one-on-one tutorials, business writing consultation, writing, grammar, and research assistance, and ESL conversation groups
The online website for Purdue’s Writing Lab contains the Writing Lab hours, satellite location hours, and contact information. The website also includes information on lab services, facilities, tutoring jobs, and policies. In addition, various writing examples are available, such as cover letters, resumes, academic writing examples (e.g., APA, MLA), and information on plagiarism.
What They Provide: Purdue offers many different software packages at little or no cost to Purdue students. Students can purchase software at the BoilerCopyMaker in the Union (Room 157). For a complete list of current software visit http://www.purdue.edu/apps/SoftwareSales/
Free downloads can be obtained from https://www.itap.purdue.edu/security/download/
- McAfee, Inc - Total Virus Defense Suite
- Van Dyke Software, Inc. - Secure CRT
- Van Dyke Software, Inc. - Secure FX
You may also stop by ITaP Contracts & Licensing at South Campus Court C to check-out a 24-hr loaner copy for the following software:
- Maplesoft - Maple
- SAS Institute - JMP
- SAS Institute - SAS
- SPSS - Available only to individuals currently receiving a Purdue University payroll check
- The Mathworks - MatLab
Can't find what you're looking for? Check out these other sites that offer academic discounts on a wide variety of software.
What They Provide: DCS provides desktop computing solutions to participating academic and administrative units on the West Lafayette campus. The staff provides purchasing, installation, and troubleshooting services for both Windows and Macintosh platforms, Blackberry PDAs, and software.
For further information: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/help/support/desktop/index.cfm
What They Provide: You can use any secure FTP program to connect to your Purdue home directory. Use ftp.ics.purdue.edu for the server name and log in with your Purdue career account login and password.
Secure FX, a secure FTP program, is available in all ITaP PC labs. To use Secure FX, go to the Start menu, All Programs, Standard Software, Telecommunications, Secure FX. Purdue faculty, staff, and students can download Secure FX for free and install it on a home or office computer: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/security/download
What They Provide: ITaP Customer Service Center can help with a variety of issues such as changing your email address after a name change, such as getting married. Questions? Email – email@example.com
What They Provide: Website provides information about various resources and referral programs to assist parents in finding information about on- and off- campus child care and summer camp offerings. Specific information on family-friendly practices, family resources, parental support, and educational opportunities can also be found on this site.
*** Boiler Kids Camp (BKC) – summer camp for kids at Purdue’s Recreational Sports Center (RSC) http://www.purdue.edu/bkc/