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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. Grad 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 your 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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Research Development: Pivot Funding Database Training (Webinar)

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

Looking for funding? This webinar training will provide you with all the information you need to take your search for external funding to the next level using Pivot. Pivot is a powerful tool for finding funding opportunities and creating customized searches. In this interactive 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 – Research Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.

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Career Prep: ABC’s of Cover Letter Writing

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

Let’s face it: a blanket cover letter just isn’t going to cut it these days. So how can you make the best use of your time while maximizing your results? Come learn a few simple steps to customizing your cover letters.

Presented by: Madison Taber-Smith – Career Counselor, Career Services

Register today!

*Off-campus students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.

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Career Prep: Smarter Job Search Tactics (Webinar)

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

Nervous about or unsure 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.

Presented by: Madison Taber-Smith – Career Counselor, Career Services

Register today!

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.


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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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*Off-campus students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information. 

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: From the Trenches: Grad School 101 (Webinar)

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

Think of this Shop Talk as a mini-orientation! You will learn about a variety of resources available to you, including career prep services, library tools, graduate student organizations, conference travel funding, and more. Get the inside scoop from a seasoned grad student who will share tips for making the most of out of your graduate studies and will open the floor for your questions and concerns.

Presented by: Brittany Davis – Student Development Specialist II, 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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.


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Research Development: Internal Funding (Webinar)

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

Find out about the types of funding available from The Graduate College, including scholarships, research support fellowships, and conference travel funds.

Presented by: Rebecca Torres – Graduate Student Funding 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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.

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Research Development: RefWorks

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

Come to the Refworks workshop to learn how to do the following: 

  • Set-up your account 
  • Get information into Refworks 
  • Organize, manage, and share your references 
  • Create in-text citations and bibliographies in various citation styles 
Additional topics may be covered depending on attendee Refworks experience, needs, and time

Presented by: Arlene Salazar – 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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Research Development category for the Shop Talk 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, The Graduate College

Register today!

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.


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Research Development: Graduate Funding Opportunities Database Training (Webinar)

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

Looking for scholarships, fellowships, and grants? This training will introduce you to The Graduate College’s in-house funding database and teach you how to find opportunities that meet your needs.

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

Register today!

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.

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Research Development: Research Data Management (Webinar)

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

Learn the basics of managing research data well for optimized publishing, sharing, and re-use. An introduction to metadata, disciplinary repositories, and data publication is included, as well as an intro to Texas State University's Dataverse data repository.

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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.

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Degree Success: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
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 graduate students successfully format their theses and dissertations.

Presented by: 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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.


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Degree Success: Fulbright U.S. Student Program (Webinar)

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

This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to US citizens. Graduate students may apply for Fulbright Study/Research Awards, which provide grants for individually designed research projects, or English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards, through which grantees are placed in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction. If you weren’t able to attend the spring information session with Fulbright Program Adviser Dr. Valentina Glajar, and are interested in applying this fall, this Shop Talk is for you! Find out about the 2019-2020 competition, the campus deadline, and the application process.  

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

Register today!

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.


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Research Development: Pivot Funding Database Training (Webinar)

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

Looking for funding? This training will provide you with all the information you need to take your search for external funding to the next level using Pivot. Pivot is a powerful tool for finding funding opportunities and creating customized searches. In this interactive 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 – Research Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

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

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students.

more about event

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."