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Your shop is everything that has to do with your graduate degree, from program requirements to research and everything in between. Graduate College Shop Talks provide presentations in key areas of your shop — including strategizing efficient degree completion, finding research support, disseminating your scholarship, and even planning for your career. There are three categories of Shop Talks: degree success, research development, and career prep. Our Shop Talks are always free, and we invite you to join us for as many sessions as you would like. We even offer a certificate of completion which you can add to resume!   

Degree Success
These topics include thesis/dissertation preparation and formatting, best practices in graduate-level writing, and available funding opportunities to support you as you complete your degree.

Research Development
These topics range from learning about external funding to support your research to surviving the IRB: in other words, anything and everything related to research!

Career Prep
These topics ready you for embarking on your career and include how to publish your research, prepare for interviews, navigate professional social networking sites, and craft grant proposals.


Shop Talks Calendar

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Degree Success: Using Databases to Find Funding

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Need funding? Not sure how to find it? This Shop Talk will introduce graduate students to the most common types and sources of funding, the mechanisms funders use to disseminate opportunities, and the search tools available at Texas State. We will also discuss tips for filtering your results, using keywords, and tracking relevant opportunities. Find out how to make funding databases work for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, External Funding Coordinator – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Career Prep: How to Request Letters of Recommendation (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Requesting letters of recommendation can be stressful for many students. This interactive webinar will provide tips and best practices for requesting letters of recommendation for funding and employment applications.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, Research Coordinator, External Funding Coordinator – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Research Development: RSS, Journal Alerts, & Other Tools for Long-term Research

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Make your information gathering for long-term research projects such as dissertations, theses, and semester long papers easier and more efficient with database tools such as journal alerts, and RSS feeds. In this session you will learn how to set up an RSS feed reader (if you don’t have one yet) and be introduced to advanced features in research databases to help you keep track of the latest literature in your field.

Presented by: Lisa Ancelet – Administrative Librarian, University Library

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Degree Success: Graduate College Scholarships and Fellowships (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

This interactive webinar will inform participants of the types of funding available from The Graduate College, including scholarships, research support fellowships, and travel funds.

Presented by: Rebecca Witherington, Graduate Student Funding Specialist – The Graduate College & Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, External Funding Coordinator – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Degree Success: Strategies for a Successful Thesis or Dissertation

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Designed for doctoral or master’s students writing a thesis or dissertation (or planning to!), this Shop Talk focuses on important elements of that process and strategies for successfully completing thesis/dissertation requirements. We will discuss resources, processes and procedures, committees, the defense (including many of the questions committee members ask) and the thesis/dissertation document. Bring your questions!

Presented by: Dr. Eric Paulson, Associate Dean – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Career Prep: Crafting a Grant Proposal

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

This Shop Talk will introduce you to the grant-writing process. Find out what funders are looking for and get tips to help you sell your idea. You will learn what to do, what NOT to do, and everything in between. If you are currently applying for funding for your graduate studies or research — through a grant, scholarship, or fellowship — this workshop is for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, External Funding Coordinator – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!


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Degree Success: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Think of this Shop Talk as Formatting 101! We will cover the document structure of a thesis or dissertation, discuss specific requirements, and end with “how-tos” to help you successfully format your theses and dissertations.

Presented by: Teresa Donnell, Senior Degree Audit Specialist – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Research Development: Finding Statistics on the Web

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Finding stats to reuse can be difficult. Learn the sources for a variety of governmental, educational, and international statistics to reuse for your studies and research. You will learn a little about the concept of Open Data, and learn sources for finding, locating, and reusing published research data, as well as proprietary data available exclusively through library subscription.<p>

Presented by: Dianna Morganti – Librarian, University Library

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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Research Development: Pivot™ Training Webinar

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Looking for funding? Start here! This live webinar will provide you with all the information you need to begin your search for external funding using Pivot™, an online database optimized for finding relevant opportunities and creating customized searches. In this session, you will learn how to set up your account, how to use the advanced search features to generate the best results, and how to track opportunities and save searches. 

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, External Funding Coordinator – The Graduate College

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Did you know we offer a professional development certificate for attending Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!

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WHAT STUDENTS THINK...

"I will continue attending Shop Talks even though I have already earned the certificate!"

"I really enjoyed it. Will recommend this segment to my fellow students."

"I am very glad that I took advantage of The Graduate College Talk Shops"

"Fantastic information for future funding."

"I felt this was an excellent use of my time."