What are my options for getting information through the libraries? Can I get access to books and academic journals?
The Library system at CMU provides many means of support. You can search academic journals and books through their website. For journals CMU does not subscribe to or books that are not owned by CMU, you can consider using the Interlibrary Loan System. If you are off-campus, be sure to log into the library website or remote access the campus network to maintain access to online journals that CMU is subscribed to. To find info on using the CMU Libraries, see HERE
. Also be sure to check out the "Research Support" Tab on their website.
I am working on my dissertation, are there any services that can help?
The GCC is a great place to start. They provide seminars and one-on-one consultations. Get more info HERE
. Additionally they host a Dissertation Boot Camp a couple of times a year to support students' writing. If you hope to get support from your peers as you write, consider a Dissertation Writing Group funded by GSA (info HERE
). Small grants are provided for food/coffee as you work together.
I want to learn how to be a better TA (and maybe enter Academia after my degree). Are there any services that can help me improve as a teacher?
The Eberly Center is the resource you need. They host seminars throughout the year to help you learn skills to be a better TA/instructor. If you are thinking about teaching long term, consider enrolling in their Future Faculty Program. Find information on how they work with grad students HERE
I need to print a poster and/or official documents for a conference/meeting. Is there anywhere to do this on campus?
The Office of Tartan Ink provides a wide range of printing services on campus. Everything from booklets and pamphlets to posters and business cards. Get more information about the process HERE
Who should I contact if I am having issues with a professor or my advisor?
Your college/department Ombudsperson is a great place to start. They are not a formal advocate or mediator, but can maintain confidentiality when requested. The ombudsman will provide guidance on the college/department policies and procedures and can help you figure out the next steps to solving the issue. Find their contact information in your Department Handbook or through your Department Coordinator. Additionally, your College Liaison can provide guidance on college specific policies. Find their contact information on your SIO listed as your "Student Affairs Contact".