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Emerging Media and Technology (Digital Sciences) Research Guide


Welcome to the Digital Sciences Lib Guide. In this guide, you will find useful information about library resources and other academic-related information that will help you succeed in your program here at Kent State University and beyond.

Emerging Media & Technology (Digital Sciences)  @ Kent State

The Emerging Media & Technology (formerly Digital Sciences) Program was started as an independent and Interdisciplinary program in that it was not affiliated with any of the university's colleges and drew faculty from various colleges on campus. Since Fall 2016, the school is now part of the College of Communication and Information, but is still interdisciplinary. "Kent State University's School of Emerging Media and Technology is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary school designed to train tomorrow's digital leaders. With an emphasis on teamwork, hands-on learning and collaboration across disciplines, we are equipping our students with the technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will need to design and create cutting-edge solutions for an evolving world" (EMAT School Website).. As of 2022, students can now choose EMAT as a major.

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School of Emerging Media & Technology 

College of Communication & Information 

Department of Computer Science

Department of Management Information Systems



Calendar Information

Covid- 19 Emergency Funding



Open to degree or certificate-seeking students currently enrolled in the present semester, who have been affected by the pandemic and have emergency needs. Fall Semester Applications are now available.

To apply, visit the Dean of Students'  website at:


Because of COVID-19 related concerns, no in person workshops will be held at the library. Online workshops with an emphasis on technology, remote learning tools can be accessed at




Note:  ALL workshops are held on the First Floor in the Main Library RM 152

Register at:

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  • Introduction to APA Citation Style ( February 10, March 6 & March 31)
    This workshop will introduce participants to the general rules for citing materials and writing papers using APA style. Hands-on activities will provide practice in writing citations and formatting. Computers are provided, however, feel free to bring your laptop. 


  • Managing Your Research: Zotero, Mendeley, & EndNote (January 23 & February 18)
     Zotero, Mendeley, and Endnote are tools used to gather, organize, and analyze information resources for your research. Create a database of articles/references, cite resources as you write, work with/annotate pdfs, collaborate with others, and more. This session introduces you to these three possibilities.


  • Finding Articles with Databases & Google Scholar (February 5 & March 16)
    Learn search techniques that will help you maximize your use of library research databases and search engines such as Google Scholar. These techniques will help you hone in to find the best information resources for your needs.


  • Copyright Basics (March 10)
  • Concepts important to higher education will be covered in this workshop, including Fair Use, the Public Domain, Creative Commons licensing, and Open Access. Common scenarios will be presented, along with choices for practical solutions. There will be some time for Q&A, so bring your questions.


  • How to do a Literature Review (January 28 & March 11)
    Literature reviews are completed for many purposes: papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will explain and show steps and resources for developing, managing, and completing a traditional literature review.


  • The OhioLINK ETD Center (February 13)
    This workshop will cover the procedural aspects of submission of theses and dissertations to the OhioLINK ETD Center. We will create a sample student account in the ETD and demonstrate options within the system. There will be some time for Q&A, so bring your questions.


  • Getting Started with Systematic Reviews (March 3 & April 9
    Systematic reviews (SR) gather, analyze, and synthesize prior research on topics. Different types of systematic review provide background for papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. Systematic reviews may also stand on their own. This session introduces types of SR, sources, and steps.





SPRING 2022-  APRIL 20, 2022



Undergraduate students attending any of Kent State's eight campuses and representing any major are eligible to participate.
Student researchers are required to submit a brief abstract indicating their intent to participate.
The next symposium will be April 20, 2022. Abstracts will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2021 to Feb. 15, 2022
All research, scholarly work, or creative activity must be completed in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor.


  • Participate in an academically enriching experience
  • Build your professional resume
  • Win cash awards for exemplary presentations
  • Not participating? That's OK — Come support your classmates, and
  • Learn more about student research opportunities. Earn FLASHPerks!


Please direct any questions regarding the Symposium to or Ann Gosky, Director of the Office of Student Research, at or 330-672-0837.

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SURE 2022

Join us this summer for SURE – Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. SURE is a great opportunity for undergraduate researchers to work directly with a faculty mentor, gain valuable experience to clarify career and educational goals, enhance research skills and gain academic insight.

The SURE program will run from June 6 – July 29 and will provide students with a $3,200 stipend (40 hours/week) or $1,600 stipend (20 hours/week). The program plans to run both an in-person and remote component.  The SURE fellowship may also provide (at no cost to students) housing for students selecting on-campus accommodations.  Students who plan to enroll in a summer class(es), please note that your stipend will be attributed to your bursar's bill and cover any existing balance prior to monies being reimbursed.  All monies will be paid if no monies are owed.  Students not enrolling in summer classes will be paid directly over three installments as in previous years.

Applicants for the programs must be in good academic standing and have an identified faculty mentor who will provide full-time engagement throughout the eight-week program. Students must be returning to any of the KSU campuses for Fall 2022

Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2021

Deadline for submitting completed applications is Tuesday Feb. 22, 2022, by midnight.

Contact Ann Gosky at if assistance is needed in finding a faculty mentor.

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2020 Symposium: APRIL 9-10, 2020

Kent Student Center


The annual Graduate Research Symposium has grown to be the largest annual research event on campus, consistently hosting more than 300 individual presentations for the past three years!  The event itself features oral and poster presentations by graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines.  Faculty serve as judges for groups of presentations sharing similar themes or representing common areas of study.  The Symposium is concluded with an awards luncheon which features a keynote address and presentation of awards to exemplary presenters.

Learn More and Register:

For information about previous years' events, please see  Past Symposia page.


Walk-in Advising-  For Graduate students- Mondays and Thursdays 2-3pm

               For Undergraduate students , please schedule an appointment online; OR email your designated advisor.


New! Walk-in Research Help with a Librarian- Get help with Finding articles, Avoiding Plagiarism, Citations etc. Come to the library during the office hours below (ask at the Reference Desk ) or send an email to make an appointment.

Office Hours

Peggy Nzomo (Global Education Librarian)- Wednesdays- 9:30 am- 12pm at the Main Library; RM 510.

 or email:






Wednesday, October 2

Literature reviews are completed for many purposes: papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will explain and show you resources and steps for developing, managing, and completing literature reviews.


This session conducted by Career Exploration and Development will focus on writing Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters. Learn how to gauge when each document is appropriate and how to get the attention of the reader.   Free online as well as in-person resources will be discussed.


This session will describe what software and services are available to graduate students working on their dissertation or thesis, and how graduate students can access or obtain research software for their personal computers (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R). University Libraries will talk about the library's statistical consulting program, which offers free statistical consulting to Kent State faculty, staff, and student researchers.

Thursday, October 3


This workshop will show three of the most popular systems out there; Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley.  See how they capture references or full-text articles (pdfs) from databases, generate bibliographies quickly, and work within Word as you write. Laptop not needed, but bring it if you already use the Flashzone-WPA on campus.


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) research competition is hosted in October at Kent State.  The competition helps graduate students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills by crafting a presentation that explains their research in an engaging and concise manner.  Graduate students are given just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide as tools to explain their research. This workshop will explain more about the competition and provide tips for creating a successful 3MT presentation from students who have won awards at the competition previously. All graduate students are eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes of up to $500.  Learn more about Three Minute Thesis.


Networking is the process of collecting and evaluating a list of contacts and developing a professional relationship with them. A majority of positions are found via word of mouth and networking helps build solid foundations to these relationships. It is important to remember that only about 3.5 percent of employment postings ever make it to job boards. This Career Exploration and Development workshop will discuss how to network, both in-person, and online

Friday, October 4


This workshop will cover research ethics and will provide you with information about the IRB submission and review processes at Kent State.  Topics include an overview of the IRB process, how to develop an informed consent document, and common submission mistakes.


Our classrooms are communities made of individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives.  Creating and maintaining a classroom community where these differences are respected is challenging, particularly when talking about controversial subjects.  This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical guidance on:  setting a positive tone, learning from “hot” moments, and specific exercises to use when teaching controversial topics.


A critical first step in obtaining research or project funding is finding the right grant opportunities. This session focuses on how to do so using COS Pivot, a funding opportunity database that is freely available to Kent State students, faculty, and staff. The session also provides information about KSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and how it assists students with grant application and management. Participants are encouraged to bring an Internet-capable device to set up a COS Pivot account and get hands-on experience.





The Fall 2019  GPAD workshop series is scheduled for October 2-4 in the Kent Student Center with workshops offered from 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm during the week. Registration is now open.

Upon attending at least three GPAD sessions (in-person and/or online), you will earn a certificate of participation that may be noted in your résumé/CV.

Refreshments will be provided at each of the GPAD workshops and pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Kyle Reynolds at with questions.

Fall 2019 Dissertation Boot Camps

University Library- Room 334

Completing one's dissertation is the ultimate academic accomplishment, but creating dedicated time to concentrate solely on writing can be difficult. The Division of Graduate Studies is committed to doing whatever it takes, above and beyond, to help you succeed. In doing so, we're excited to offer our Dissertation Boot Camp on September 13-15. This boot camp inspired retreat has been developed to provide you with a distraction free weekend so you can remain focused on your writing! Please contact Kyle Reynolds at with any questions that you may have.


Spring 2019 Boot camps

February 15-17, 2019

March 15-17, 2019

April 26-28, 2019

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis until we reach capacity. The cost for Boot Camp is $40. Registration for the Feb- Mar 2019 program is open now. . For more information visit the Graduate Studies homepage.



Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The SURE program funds promising undergraduate researchers for eight weeks over the summer to engage in faculty-supervised research. The SURE program will support students with a $2,800 stipend and on-campus housing if needed. Faculty are provided with a $400 stipend to offset the cost of supplies/materials necessary for the research.

June 12, 2017- August 4, 2017

Submit Applications from January 23- March 1, 2017.

Sponsored by: Research and Sponsored Programs and Office of the President

Learn more:

Date: This event took place on:Thursday, January 26th,  6pm-8pm

Venue: Library Fab 4th- Main Library (4th Floor)

Free Food: Come join other incoming international students and their families and socialize over dinner.

Socialize: Come and make new friends and learn about other cultures from around the world.

Advice/ Experiences: Come and hear a panel of 4 international students talk about their experiences at KSU.

Academics: Come and hear about library services and how we can help you succeed in your studies.

Register online at: