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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.

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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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Career Prep: Academic Job Search Part I: Available Positions & Applications (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is designed for Ph.D. students seeking tenure-track and lecturer positions at four-year colleges and universities. It will provide an overview of different types of universities, the typical timeline of job searches, and job application materials. In addition, participants will learn where positions are posted, how to read job advertisements, and how to prepare the various documents needed for applications. It is never too early to participate in this workshop: The earlier you know what is expected, the better you can seek out opportunities during your graduate career that will make you marketable later on. (Job interviews and job offer negotiations will be covered in separate Shop Talks.)

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Golato – Dean, 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 and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants to the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP provides three years of financial support for graduate students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), STEM education, and the social sciences. If you are an undergraduate senior or a graduate student in your first or second year of graduate school, this workshop is for you! Learn about the NSF Merit Review Criteria, find out how to craft the required statements, and get tips to share with your faculty advisor and reference writers.

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

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: Graduate House Presents: What I Wish I Had Been Told as a New Graduate Student

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you just beginning your graduate program at Texas State? Come listen to the wisdom and advice of experienced masters and doctoral students as they discuss things they know now that they wish they had known when they began their degrees! Presented in conjunction with the Graduate House of Representatives.

Presented by: The Graduate House of Representatives

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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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: External Funding (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you looking for scholarships, fellowships, and grants to support your graduate study or research? 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. You will also find out more about the services available through The Graduate College for students seeking external funding.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz – External Funding 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 and falls under the Research Development category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Career Prep: What Can Career Services do for Graduate Students? (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
The Office of Career Services provides Texas State students with career counseling, internship guidance, professional image consulting, 20 job fairs, and on-campus interviewing with hundreds of employers. In addition to all these services, graduate students can also seek help with writing or re-writing their CVs, practice interviews, job search assistance, or even seeking their next graduate degree. Attend this session to learn about how Texas State Career Services can support you as a graduate student.

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

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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 Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: From the Trenches: Grad School 101

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: Finding & Using Images in your Classroom, Presentations, and Publications

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how to use the library’s image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips, copyright, and tech tools will be also briefly be covered.

Presented by: Tara Smith – 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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Degree Success: Where does the time go? Techniques for time management in grad school (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Graduate school is time-consuming. Learning to balance life, work, and class assignments is challenging. This session will provide attendees with tips and techniques for evaluating and managing their time. Students will leave the session with a variety of strategies for effective time management.

Presented by: Brittany Davis – Student Development Specialist II, 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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: Graduate Student’s Library Survival Guide (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Learn the secrets of successful graduate students. In just one hour, you will understand effective research, time management, database tricks and library services you never knew existed. This Shop Talk covers advanced usage of library databases, finding the correct sources, utilizing the reference section, identifying important articles through citation analysis, searching other libraries and more.

Presented by: Charles Allan – 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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Degree Success: Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp Part I

Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College and The Writing Center
The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present The Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. Attendees will meet graduate students from various programs, participate in workshops, and have a supportive environment to work on their theses or dissertations. Each installment of this four-week series will cover a different topic, including the parts of a thesis/dissertation, getting started, scholarly writing, formatting, editing/revising, and common grammar concerns. We welcome attendees at all stages of the thesis/dissertation process. You are encouraged to bring in your thesis/dissertation materials, notebooks, and a laptop (if possible) as we will have time dedicated to writing.

This session will focus on getting started: brainstorming, researching, outlining, mind mapping, and creating a timeline.

Presented by: Jess Reynolds - The Writing Center

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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: A Research Playbook: Tools to Manage the Process while Enhancing Coherence and Creativity

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Have you ever made a connection between football and award-winning student research? This workshop introduces The Playbook for Research Methods: Integrating conceptual frameworks and project management. Using extensive metaphors from football, the author-presenter introduces research tools which can transform writing a paper into managing a project while bringing coherence and creativity to the empirical research process (purpose, literature review, conceptual framework, methods, data analysis). These connections are illustrated using examples of student research. Come and see how football and quality student research are connected!

Presented by: Dr. Patricia Shields – Professor, Political Science

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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!

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: Get hired! Employer Advice and Networking Tips

Location:
LBJ Student Center; 4-1.6
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College and Career Services
The Graduate College is teaming up with Career Services to host a multi-faceted event that includes an employer panel, mini-workshop, and networking reception. You'll hear from potential employers representing a variety of industries describing the marketable skills they prefer in potential new hires. Then, Career Services will host an activity to teach you all about networking and you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice at the end of the event during the networking reception!

Presented by: Career Services and The Graduate College

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*Off-campus students: The employer panel session will take place from 4:15 –5 p.m. and will be available via live-stream for off-campus students. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu for 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 and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: Funder Focus – American Association of University Women (A.A.U.W.)

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers several fellowships and grants to support women in graduate school: American Dissertation Fellowships, Career Development Grants, International Fellowships, and Selected Professions Fellowships. Learn more about each award, find out if you are eligible to apply, and get tips for applying.

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

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Career Prep: CV Clinic

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
While CVs may contain discipline-specific elements and vary in presentation, all CVs share certain characteristics. We will cover the basic elements of a CV, highlight key differences between a CV and a résumé, discuss sample CVs, and end with tips for drafting and fine-tuning your own CV.

Presented by: Dr. Peter Golato – Professor, Modern Languages

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 and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: Nuts & Bolts of Graduate-Level Writing

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This session focuses on strategies and approaches for effective graduate-level writing. It also aims to remove some of the mystery surrounding academic writing and acclimate early scholars to tackle writing tasks such as literature reviews and research reports.

Presented by: Dr. Carlton Fong – Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: Pivot™ Funding Database Training (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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 – External Funding 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 and falls under the Research Development category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
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Degree Success: Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp Part II

Location:
100
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College and The Writing Center
The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present The Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. Attendees will meet graduate students from various programs, participate in workshops, and have a supportive environment to work on their theses or dissertations. Each installment of this four-week series will cover a different topic, including the parts of a thesis/dissertation, getting started, scholarly writing, formatting, editing/revising, and common grammar concerns. We welcome attendees at all stages of the thesis/dissertation process. You are encouraged to bring in your thesis/dissertation materials, notebooks, and a laptop (if possible) as we will have time dedicated to writing.

This session will focus on tone, audience, and being a scholarly writer.

Presented by: Jess Reynolds - The Writing Center

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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: Grants Part I: Grant Seeking for Graduate Students (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is part of a series which introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process. This session will cover grant seeking and sponsored research. If you are wondering what a grant is, how to find one, and what role graduate student researchers play in the university’s grant submissions, this session is for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz – External Funding 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 and falls under the Career Prep 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
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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 – External Funding 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 and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
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Degree Success: Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp Part III

Location:
100
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College and The Writing Center
The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present The Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. Attendees will meet graduate students from various programs, participate in workshops, and have a supportive environment to work on their theses or dissertations. Each installment of this four-week series will cover a different topic, including the parts of a thesis/dissertation, getting started, scholarly writing, formatting, editing/revising, and common grammar concerns. We welcome attendees at all stages of the thesis/dissertation process. You are encouraged to bring in your thesis/dissertation materials, notebooks, and a laptop (if possible) as we will have time dedicated to writing.

This session will focus on formatting and citation style.

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!
Click here for more information
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Degree Success: Strategies for a Successful Thesis or Dissertation (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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: Practice Makes Perfect: How to Rehearse for Your Next Job Interview

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
How can you expect to be any good at something if you don’t practice regularly? Quick answer: you can’t be any good at interviewing if you don’t prepare or practice. This workshop will help you figure out what you need to do — and continue doing — now and throughout your job search to be at the top of your game.

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 and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: Funder Focus – Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
The P.E.O. Sisterhood supports several philanthropic educational projects that provide assistance to women pursuing graduate degrees: Educational Loan Fund, International Peace Scholarship, Program for Continuing Education, and Scholar Awards. Learn more about each program, find out if you are eligible to apply, and gain insights into the application process.

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

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
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Degree Success: Funder Focus – Boren & Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants to the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Awards programs, both of which provide opportunities for graduate students to study foreign languages overseas. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), a program of the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive language and cultural immersion program offered during 8-10 week summer sessions and is designed to promote rapid language gains. Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide up to $30,000 for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.) Learn everything you need to know about the application process, including eligibility requirements, program preferences, and benefits.

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

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Career Prep: Take Control of Social Media for your Career

Location:
Alkek Library; 106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Social media has quickly become a necessary part of life. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn are just a few of the tools that we now use to stay in touch with friends and family, complete school assignments, receive news and information and entertain us in our spare time. We have all encountered businesses and professional organizations in our social media usage. How do professional organizations use social media, and how can you - as a professional - leverage social media to your advantage for your career? In this brown bag Shop Talk, you will learn effective ways to use social media for job hunting, developing a professional network and staying updated on trends. We’ll also discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of a social media presence, so you can put your best foot forward with your personal brand.

Presented by: Dr. Cindy Royal – Program Faculty, School or Journalism and Mass Communication

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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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Degree Success: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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: Stephen Hallmark – Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College

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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event

Degree Success: Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp Part IV

Location:
100
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College and The Writing Center
The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present The Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. Attendees will meet graduate students from various programs, participate in workshops, and have a supportive environment to work on their theses or dissertations. Each installment of this four-week series will cover a different topic, including the parts of a thesis/dissertation, getting started, scholarly writing, formatting, editing/revising, and common grammar concerns. We welcome attendees at all stages of the thesis/dissertation process. You are encouraged to bring in your thesis/dissertation materials, notebooks, and a laptop (if possible) as we will have time dedicated to writing.

This session will focus on editing, revising, and grammar.

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!
Click here for more information
more about event

Career Prep: Academic Job Search Part II: Job Interviews

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is designed for Ph.D. students seeking tenure-track and lecturer positions at four-year colleges and universities. It covers the entire interview process. Specifically, we will discuss what questions to expect during preliminary and on-campus interviews, how to interact with the interviewers before and after the interview, what to wear, how to avoid common mistakes in phone and Skype Interviews, and how to prepare for different elements of an on-campus visit. (The negotiation of job offers will be covered in a separate Shop Talk).

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Golato - 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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Career Prep: Preparing for Research Conference Participation

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is designed to help you better prepare for conference participation by discussing how to write a good research abstract in to maximize chances of acceptance, how to present your research paper and how to network with other students, faculty and professionals attending the conference. Conference participation enables you to build not only your vita, but also your future career!

Presented by: Dr. Sandy Rao – Assistant 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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: IRB Survival Skills

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you conducting human subject research, whether for a class project or a thesis/dissertation? If so, you’ll need to submit an application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews research that is conducted by Texas State University students, faculty, and staff to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected. This Shop Talk will introduce students to university policies and federal regulations about research involving human subjects, as well as provide information about the application and review processes.

NEW for fall 2018: The presenter will walk you through the new application system, Kuali Protocols, which was implemented in summer 2018. Even if you have attended this session in the past, we recommend you come again to learn about important changes to the application process!

Presented by: Monica Gonzales – Compliance Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

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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!

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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Degree Success: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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: Teresa Donnell – 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 and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Career Prep: Grants Part II: The Grant Writing Process from Start to Finish (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is part of a series which introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process. This session will provide a step-by-step guide to the grant writing process, from planning to submission. If you are thinking about applying for grant funding and wondering how to get started, how long it will take, and what steps are involved, this session 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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: RefWorks (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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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Research Development: Introduction to the 3MT®

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This workshop is an introduction to the 3MT® competition that Texas State holds in the spring semester (the 3MT® or three-minute thesis is a research communication competition for master's thesis students and all PhD / EdD students) more information is below. The workshop includes an overview of the 3MT®, how the competition works, and how to prepare for it. This is an introductory workshop, with no preparation needed—if you think you might be interested in the 3MT®, or are just curious about how the competition works, you are encouraged to attend!

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!

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: Link Up with Linked In (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Career Services introduces the power of professional networking through LinkedIn. This session will guide you through the creation of a professional profile, provide strategies to use LinkedIn for job research, informational interviews, networking, job and internship searching, and demonstrate how to follow companies. Please join us for this interactive workshop, where you will be able to create, edit, and manage your profile throughout the presentation.

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

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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 Career Prep category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: Graduate College Funding

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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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*Off-campus students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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.

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 Q&A (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This interactive lunchtime webinar is designed for students who are in the process of finalizing their theses or dissertations. The facilitator will begin with a brief overview of common mistakes found when formatting, and then participants will have time to ask any questions they may have about formatting. So, come with questions, and we’ll provide the answers!

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!

The content for this Shop Talk is tailored for master’s/doctoral students and falls under the Degree Success category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: Developing a Researcher Profile and Managing your Research Environment

Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Various online tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science and ORCID allow users to register for a unique number so that all of the publications of a given author can be linked together.

This has several advantages: claim all of your publications, no matter what name was used at the time of publication or how the authors were listed. Identifiers can appear in citations and be shared so that your publications are just a click away from any researcher interested in following your work.

Academic social media sites such as ResearchGate, Mendeley, and combine the social networking features of popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter with practical research functions such as organizing papers, generating bibliographies, and annotating PDFs . Different types of sites will be presented along with their potential usefulness for managing research workflows and building networks among other scholars.

Presented by: Lisa Ancelet – Administrative Librarian, University Library and Laura Waugh, 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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Research Development: Graduate Funding Opportunities Database Training (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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 – External Funding 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 and falls under the Research Development category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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Research Development: Pivot™ Funding Database Training (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
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 – 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!


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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Research Development: Tips for Graduate College Scholarship Applications (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants for the Celebrity Classic Scholarship and/or the Graduate College Scholarship. This interactive webinar will provide tips for tailoring your CV, crafting your essay, and requesting letters of recommendation. Find out how to make your application stand out!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz – External Funding 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 and falls under the Research Development category for the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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  "The educational and experiential opportunities that I have received through the Shop Talks have added value to my life in many ways that are too numerous to count."

 "As a first-year graduate student, I found the Shop Talks extremely beneficial towards my success in my degree program. The wide variety of topics covered are a great resource to graduate students."

 "The coverage of research and development, degree success, and career prepping has allowed me to access needed and valuable information without exhausting large amounts of time that is needed to focus on my studies."

 "The information provided through Shop Talks has contributed to my professional development and will assist me in my graduate studies and professional pursuits."

  "Thanks to Shop Talks, I was made aware of resources I didn’t know were offered, received invaluable help on my thesis and research papers, and learned tips that would help in job interviews. Despite my full-time course load, part-time job, and involvement in organizations, I was almost always able to fit Shop Talks into my schedule."

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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