Category: Academics

Fall 2014 Seminars for your Success

By , August 26, 2014 3:10 pm

DestinationGraduationYour Destination:  Graduation!  Join us for a full-slate of seminars on success-topics throughout the semester.  Interested in tips to polish your writing skills?  need to know about all the resources UMKC provides?  how to manage stress and test anxiety?  smarter ways to study?  how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd?

Click here for the full schedule of success seminars.

These topics and more are covered during weekly seminars hosted in the Atterbury Student Success Center by Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, UMKC Libraries, and the Writing Studio.

Seven UMKC students are Gilman Scholarship Recipients

By , May 13, 2014 2:44 pm

GilmanScholarshipA record seven UMKC undergraduates have received Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships for summer 2014, with another student named as an alternate. A total of $21,500 will help them with expenses.

One group, led by Matthew Edwards, Foreign Languages and Literature professor, is headed to Argentina this summer. The group includes Benjamin Bachwirtz, Victoria Clark, Christenio Collins, Maritza Gordillo, Araba Kuofie and Coleen Solomon.

Taylor Smith will study in Costa Rica, and Alia Wheeler is an alternate to France.

Sixteen UMKC students applied this year. Gilman scholarships are awarded to Pell Grant recipients who plan to study for four weeks or more in an approved Study Abroad program. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

The goal of the scholarship program is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people around the world. No less importantly, the program chooses diverse students, particularly undergraduates who might have financial limitations, to go to countries that are rare study-abroad destinations.

Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony

By , May 6, 2014 11:02 am

USOG[The following was provided by the School of Graduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council.]

The annual Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony will be 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Student Union, room 401.

The Symposium, hosted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council (IDSC), features UMKC graduate students’ research papers, posters and panel presentations.

Following the Symposium will be a Reception and Awards Ceremony from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring the school’s presentation of 41 Research Grant Awards to graduate students, the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Awards, the Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship Awards, Preparing Future Faculty Scholar Awards and the inaugural Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship. In addition, the following awards will be presented:

SGS/IDSC Research Poster and Symposium Paper Awards

IDSC Outstanding Faculty Award: Theodore White, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Dissertation Award Winners: Nazgol Bagheri, Geosciences/Sociology; Ankit Shah, Pharmacology/Cell Biology and Biophysics

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award: Dustin Stalnaker, History

Superior Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards: Amol Singh, Bloch School; Anne Derrell, History; Amy Nygaard Mickelson, Art and Art History; Kristin Everson, Math; Janalee Isaacson, Nursing and Health Studies; Anna Shipman, Biological Sciences.

Summer Session 2014

By , April 8, 2014 10:42 am

Summer Session 2014Whatever your goals are, UMKC Summer session is a great way to meet them. Whether you’re looking to catch up, making sure you stay on track, or aiming to graduate ahead of schedule, UMKC Summer Session 2014 offers flexible scheduling, a variety of classes, online offerings and in-state tuition for area Kansas students. Enrollment for current UMKC students is underway and open enrollment begins April 28.

Each year, Summer Session allows students to complete course credits in over 50 academic areas within several UMKC schools:

  • Bloch School of Management
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Computing and Engineering.

Look for window posters, floor stickers and fliers across both Volker and Hospital Hill campuses for more information, and be sure to get your free Summer Session t-shirt by inquiring about classes. For a full rundown of Summer Session 2014, including registration dates and course lists, visit

Personalized Research Coaching with a UMKC Librarian

By , April 8, 2014 10:41 am

Search Consult Promo ULIBS ScreenSign up for a Free Research Coaching Sessions with a UMKC Librarian

We all need to use an Ask the Expert lifeline once in a while. Lucky for you, UMKC Librarians are expert researchers and are always happy to help.

Sign up for a free 15, 30, or 60-minute coaching session for your study group or just for yourself. During your session, you can expect the librarian to help you develop a search strategy, choose the best databases, locate both popular and scholarly/peer reviewed sources, and give you insider search tips.

Whether you have no idea how to start your research or you’re struggling to find relevant sources, a Research Coaching Session is just what you need to write a stress-free, A+ paper!

Study tips for Mid-Terms

By , March 4, 2014 9:17 am

study groupsHello fellow UMKC students. I am Kathleen Ramo, a Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing here at the university. As mid-terms approach I would like to share some study tips that I find useful. Before you get started it’s helpful to find out what your learning style is so your time is used effectively. There are many short quizzes online! To find out your learning style click here: Below are some tips I find useful and I hope they are helpful for you as well! Good luck on your mid-terms!

  • Give yourself plenty of time with the amount of material you have to study for.
  • Take a short break when things no longer start to make sense. When you go back to the question after a short break you may find you know the answer with a clear head.
  • Don’t pull “all nighters”. It always ends in regret and your brain doesn’t function at its full capacity without sleep.
  • Eat! Don’t skip meals to cram for exams. Your body needs energy to focus.
  • Ask questions. If something doesn’t make sense don’t hesitate to e-mail your professor or another student. Material that you may not understand maybe someone else can lend helpful hints
  • Study without distractions. Yes, this means turning off your cell phone if you have to and shutting your computer down. You know how tempting social media is.
  • Make “to-do” lists for each class you need to study for and put time frames on each item.
  • Focus on one task at a time. During mid-terms your list of “to-dos” grows and can get quite overwhelming. Cross one thing off at a time so you feel accomplished.
  • Use tables and/or diagrams; draw pictures, use arrows and label. 
  • Make flash cards for key terms.
  • Have someone else quiz you after you are confident with the material. Any questions you cannot answer confidently is material you should go back over.
  • Be organized
  • Highlight and/or use different colored writing materials.
  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Be prepared for your exam. The night before make sure you have everything you need ready to go. No one needs the extra stress of lost car keys the morning of an exam.
  • Details, Details, Details!

Study Tips for classes with a study guide:

  1. Handwrite the questions and the answers. This helps to retain the question and the answer as a whole.
  2. If you prepare you study guide in advance don’t just fill it out and set it aside, go over it! Multiple times!
  3. If you prefer to work in groups make sure you discuss solutions to the answers because just writing down answers does not help with information retention. Always write your own answers after group discussion so each person is learning and working.
  4. Highlight and use different colored writing materials for each chapter or question on the study guide. This helps when you are going back over your study guide so you understand what you’ve written and what material coincides.
  5. If your instructor has prepared lecture notes, use them to help fill out your study guide. If they have taken the time to prepare notes it’s probably important to them.
  6. Watch for reoccurring themes throughout the material. If it appears more than once it’s probably important.

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