Shop Talks

Grad College Shop Talks include everything that has to do with your graduate degree, from program requirements to research and everything in between. Grad College Shop Talks provide presentations in key areas of your shop — including strategizing efficient degree completion, finding research support, disseminating your scholarship, and planning for your career. We even offer a certificate of completion which you can add to your resume!

Upcoming Shop Talks

Our Shop Talks are always free, and we invite you to join us for as many sessions as you would like. To view Shop Talks descriptions and to register, select a Shop Talk title that you are interested in learning more about.

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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Think of this Shop Talks session as a mini-orientation or orientation refresher! Ashley Carrington, Student Development Specialist II at The Graduate College, goes over several resources available through The Graduate College and the university, including career prep services, library tools, graduate student organizations, funding opportunities, and more. Tips from Ashley and other graduate students also shared at the end of this presentation that can help you succeed in your graduate studies.

Presented by: Ashley Carrington, Student Development Specialist II for Retention Initiatives, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is designed for doctoral or master’s students writing a thesis or dissertation (or planning to write one!). It focuses on ten strategies for successfully completing the thesis or dissertation (for example, communicating effectively with your committee chair, and how to get “unstuck” in writing).  Bring your questions!

Presented by: Dr. Patti Giuffre, Assistant Dean, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Graduate school is time-consuming, and balancing academic, work, and personal life is challenging. This session will provide attendees with tips and techniques for evaluating and managing their time and attention. Students will learn mindful productivity strategies to increase time for deep work for and reduce stress and overwhelm. Both print and digital tools will be introduced. 

Presented by: Ethne Sorenson, Administrative Assistant II, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
How can you stand out in the job search process? Having a strong resume and cover letter are a sure way to make a good first impression and lock down the next step in the job search process, the interview. This session discusses how graduate students can make their resume and cover letter engaging, informative, and applicable to the job. The presenter goes over formatting, wording, and important points to include. This session also covers what resources and services the Career Services office has to offer as you are creating and editing your resumes and cover letters. Watch this virtual webinar to take your resume and cover letter to the next level and move one step closer towards the job you want!

Presented by: Sherry Yang, Career Counselor, Career Services


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Learn the secrets of successful graduate students. In just one hour, you will understand advanced search queries, effective research, database tricks, and library services you never knew existed.
This workshop covers finding unique databases, identifying important articles through citation analysis, using citation management tools, exploring a topic with knowledge graphs, and locating opportunities for publishing your scholarship and building your research identity.

Presented by: Jess Williams, Assistant Director, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Letters of recommendation are a routine component of applications for funding, employment, and graduate degree programs. However, requesting and obtaining recommendations can be stressful and confusing for many students because they do not understand the appropriate approach to the process. This Shop Talk will provide tips and best practices for requesting and securing outstanding letters of recommendation, as well as fostering strong relationships with faculty for future references.
 

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz and Dr. Brian Smith, External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
In this session we’ll delve into how to find resources for teaching - from syllabi to ancillary materials to textbooks and everything in between! We’ll also look at resources for you as you grow into your teaching role! This is geared towards those who are starting their teaching experience or want to add materials to their courses. 

Presented by: Isabelle Antes, Open Educational Resources Librarian, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
In this session, students will learn about preparing for the Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), held by The Graduate College.  The GSRC will be a live in-person poster conference. This Shop Talks session will provide an overview of the conference,  details about how to create an excellent poster, and information about submitting the poster for the conference. We hope to have lots of graduate students showcase their work in the 2024 GSRC!

Presented by: Dr. Patti Giuffre, Assistant Dean, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Comparison and perfectionism are difficult to avoid in graduate school. This webinar will not only provide information about these issues, but it will also include activities and a discussion about how to cope with perfectionistic tendencies, as well as comparing oneself to peers.

Presented by: Dr. Alyssa Fernandez, Psychologist, Counseling Center


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you publishing or presenting research in your discipline? Do you want to make your research more impactful? Develop an online researcher profile and make your research more discoverable by researchers globally.

Online tools such as ORCID, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, and Google Scholar Citations can be useful for establishing a successful online academic profile. They can increase the impact of your research, ensure credit for your work, and streamline the publishing and grant-funding process.

In this Shop Talks session, we will show some examples of successful online researcher profiles and the impact you can make by managing your online academic environment.

Presented by: Kristen Van Diest, Librarian, University Libraries &
Xuan Zhou, Data Curation Specialist, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Designed for doctoral or master’s students writing a thesis or dissertation (or planning to!), this Shop Talks session focuses on important elements and strategies for successfully submitting the thesis/dissertation. One of our Degree Audit Specialists at The Graduate College, discusses helpful resources and information, required formatting, common mistakes and what reviewers are checking for when they look over your document. We encourage you to also check out the Thesis & Dissertation Information page on The Graduate College’s website to see the resources that are covered in this session.

Presented by: Courtney Stevens, Graduate Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

In this workshop, we will delve into the art of taking smart notes, a technique that can revolutionize your research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Drawing from the principles outlined in Sönke Ahrens' book, we will explore effective strategies for capturing, organizing, and leveraging your notes to enhance your academic pursuits. Join us to discover a transformative approach to note-taking (or, note-making!) that will empower you to excel in your graduate studies and beyond.

Presented by: Jess Williams, Assistant Director, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This workshop combines reflection activities with practical strategies to increase your confidence as a writer and improve your writing productivity. The session will challenge common writing myths and address typical pitfalls that often hold writers back, such as waiting for inspiration, “binge writing,” all-or-nothing thinking, and more. Participants will identify their own attitudes and beliefs about writing, learn techniques to shift their writing mindset, and practice exercises to build writing stamina and promote positive writing experiences. Participants will also have the opportunity to build their own writing community by signing up to join a writing group. We recommend bringing materials to type or write with to this session!

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Collins, Assistant Director, University Writing Center


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Struggling to organize assignments and due dates? This session will provide attendees with tips and tricks on navigating Office 365, specifically Microsoft Planner and Microsoft To Do.

Presented by: Ethne Sorenson, Administrative Assistant II, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talks session is designed for doctoral students seeking tenure-track and lecturer positions at four-year colleges and universities. It covers the last part of the interview process, namely job offer negotiations. Specifically, we will discuss which factors to consider when evaluating a job offer, what questions to ask, and how to negotiate the terms you were offered. In addition, we will discuss concerns of dual career couples and international students.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Wondering how to attend to your mental well-being in graduate school? This Shop Talks session will address factors that impact mental well-being in graduate school (e.g., work-life balance), as well as briefly cover skills for coping with common mental health concerns faced by graduate students (e.g., anxiety).

Presented by: Dr. Alyssa Fernandez, Psychologist, Counseling Center


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk introduces writers to graduate-level writing expectations. It addresses graduate-level research writing with a focus on the general structure of research-based assignments such as research proposals and research studies for comprehensive exams, theses, or dissertations. Attendees will learn about the parts of these documents, the logic behind how they are written, and how to assess samples of research writing for their strengths and weaknesses in meeting the expectations of the genre. Although writing up literature reviews, methods, results, and conclusions will be discussed, this Shop Talk will serve as a broad overview of the genre.

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Collins, Assistant Director, University Writing Center


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Meet The Graduate College deans virtually: Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean, Dr. Patti Giuffre, Associate Dean, Dr. Donna Vandiver, Associate Dean and, Dr. Clay Green, Associate Dean. Join the event and hear their tips for success on graduate studies, research, and careers in academia. Bring your questions!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean, The Graduate College
Dr. Patti Giuffre, Associate Dean, The Graduate College
Dr. Donna Vandiver, Associate Dean, The Graduate College
Dr. Clay Green, Associate Dean, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Nervous about or unsure of how to take your job search to the next level? Don’t give up! You just need a plan. Find out how to organize your search and target the high-impact activities that will accelerate success. Come learn to use these “tricks of the trade” to uncover exciting job leads and professional contacts. The content for this Shop Talks session is tailored for graduate students.

Presented by: Sherry Yang, Career Counselor, Career Services


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk will address a common challenge in academia: rejection. Whether it is for funding, a publication, or academic employment, rejection is a normal part of the application process. While these experiences often cause grief, this presentation will help attendees develop strategies for processing rejection and responding to feedback through engagement with the following concepts:

• acknowledging the negative impacts of rejection
• understanding the benefits of non-selection
• interpreting negative feedback as constructive criticism
• building on feedback to move forward and persevere

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz and Dr. Brian Smith, External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
New to setting up a survey in Qualtrics? Come learn how to set up a project, some of the tools, and some basics of survey design that will bring back the information in usable form. Come with a project or use ours to practice.

Presented by: Tricia Boucher, Librarian, University Libraries


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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Budgeting in and beyond graduate school comes with many challenges. This session provides an opportunity to explore grad school and post-grad expenses and strategies to manage them. Also in this session, you will gain access to an example budget and be able to follow along with the presenter as they demonstrate different strategies.

Presented by: Dr. Byron Kerr, Assistant Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships


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What Students Are Saying

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"As an international student, I am continuously impressed by the resources offered by The Graduate College to help student success, as I did not encounter anything similar at my previous institutions. I am very grateful for the Shop Talks because they have helped me grow as a writer, improve my presentation skills, feel more structured in my finances and gain more self-confidence on the job market. In short, they have become crucial to my development as a graduate student and professional in academia."

Elisabeth Cuerrier-Richer, PhD, Department of Anthropology

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"As a current graduate student working towards my M. Ed. In Student Affairs in Higher Education, Shop Talks have been essential to my program by helping me understand the process of research, walking me through helpful links and tools for classes, and helping me find new ways to fund my degree. The Shop Talks have taught me to be a better student by reaching out to and using the resources around me on and off campus. I have grown in my program, as a student, and as a person in learning about these topics."

Kayanna Resetar, M. Ed. Student Affairs in Higher Education

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"I gain much more than academic support, but a set of handy tools to bring along in the next stage of my professional journey."

– Crosville Williams, Master's in Public Administration

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