Workshop Proposal Overview

Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Conference

The Ohio State University | October 1, 2017 | Columbus, Ohio


We invite proposals for workshops to be held during The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s second annual Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Conference. We strongly encourage novice as well as experienced presenters to apply. Higher education advisors, administrators, faculty, success coaches, graduate and professional students, admissions counselors, and admissions committee members – we want to hear from you. Accepted workshops will take place as breakout sessions during the main conference, which is scheduled for October 1, 2017, on The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus, Ohio. 


We solicit proposals for two different kinds of workshops: regular workshops and data challenge.

Regular Workshops

The regular workshops should offer a forum for discussions of a broad range of emerging and specialized topics of interest to the post-baccalaureate preparation process for entry into graduate or professional school. Workshops with a focus on interdisciplinary character are strongly encouraged. There are a number of important issues to be considered when generating a workshop proposal: 

  1. The topic of the proposed workshop should offer a perspective distinct from and complementary to the theme of the main conference. Therefore, we strongly advise to carefully review the themes of the main conference when generating a proposal. 
  2. The Ohio State undergraduate and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) communities expect the workshop program to nurture and grow the theme toward preparation for application to graduate or professional school. 
  3. Interdisciplinary theme workshops are strongly encouraged.

Workshops should offer a discussion forum; however, it should be a focused topic and should not become a “mini-conference.” While the formal presentation of ideas through oral sessions are allowed, we strongly encourage organizers to propose alternate ways to allow participants to discuss issues related to the workshop theme. Examples are panels, group brainstorming session, mini-tutorials around key issues, and proof of concept demonstration sessions.

Data Challenge Workshops          

We are also seeking organizers to propose Challenge-Based workshops. Both academic and corporate organizers are welcome.

Data Challenge workshops are solicited from both academic and corporate organizers. The organizers should provide a dataset that is exemplary of the complexities of current and future career success models and one or more tasks whose performance can be objectively measured. Participants in the challenge will evaluate their methods against the challenge data in order to identify areas of strengths and weakness.

Focus Areas

Proposals should address the focus areas listed below:

1st and 2nd year students

  • Professional Development and Career Growth during Undergrad
  • Exploring Graduate and Professional Options
  • Financing Graduate or Professional School
  • Student Panel Presentation

3rd and 4th (+) year students

Initial Stages

  • How to Decide on Post-Baccalaureate Education
  • Selecting a Program
  • Garnering Recommendations
  • Evaluating Competitiveness
  • Out of the Classroom Experiences
  • Gap Year
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism
  • Gender Dynamics
  • LGBTQ Resources

Application Stages

  • Personal Statement Writing
  • Entrance Examination
  • Interviewing
  • Problem Areas in Application
  • Graduate and Professional School Entrance Resume Writing
  • Visiting Prospective Schools
  • Experiential Conveyance (Student Panels)

Post-Acceptance Stages

  • Funding your Education
  • Networking
  • Transitioning from an Undergraduate to Graduate
  • Professionalism
  • Choosing between Programs

Proposal Submission Requirements

Workshop proposals for ODI Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Conference 2017 should include:

  • Title
  • Specific topics to be addressed and specific goals
  • Relevance and significance of the workshop to the main conference
  • The distinctive characteristic of the workshop, including workshop theme, and how the workshop shall be run
  • A history of the workshop , if not being offered for the first time
  • Expected attendance
  • Length
  • Data challenge workshops will be evaluated based on the significance and relevance of the problem and quality of proposed dataset(s).

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the relevance to the theme of the conference, appeal to conference participants, creativity, originality and applicability for participants after the conference. We are seeking a wide range of presentation topics that are both interdisciplinary and relevant to post-baccalaureate preparation. Proposals and abstracts will be reviewed by the 2017 Tri-P Conference Committee using these criteria:

  • Clearly stated purpose and objectives
  • Reflective of good writing practices
  • Timelines of the subject matter
  • Topic’s contribution to the post-baccalaureate preparation
  • Creativity in an approach to a situation or ways to manage it
  • Adaptability of ideal to a variety of post-baccalaureate options
  • When applicable: Presentation grounded in research


Evaluation rubric

  • Interdisciplinary Topic: Does the topic cover content related to preparation for a graduate or professional school discipline?

  • Novelty: Does the proposed workshop theme distinguish itself from the themes of the main conference? Is the topic an emerging area? Does the workshop have a possibility of high reward for the student if successful?

  • Viability: If the proposed workshop is accepted, is there enough interest in terms of submissions to run the proposed workshop?

  • Workshop Format: How does the format of the workshop promote discussion around the topic, beyond the straightforward presentation at the conference? What are the other activities proposed to stimulate discussion and development of new ideas?

Registration fees*

There will be a $10.00 fee for all participants. Presenters will not be required to pay the registration fee.

*If you are interested in submitting a proposal to present, please DO NOT SUBMIT registration fees until AFTER proposal selections are made. The 2017 Tri-P Conference Committee will review proposals beginning June 5, 2017. Notifications regarding the status of proposals will be sent out no later than July 1, 2017.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Please click HERE for the Call for Workshop Proposals. Submissions will be acknowledged via email after the proposal deadline.

Qustions? Contact Kris Y. Coleman, J.D., MBA, Program Director, Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Program at