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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.


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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? 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.


Note: This training is available in two formats: face-to-face (San Marcos) and webinar (online).

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: Academic Job Search Part I: Available Positions and Applications

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

This workshop 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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: What I Wish I Had Been Told as a New Graduate Student

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
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: Graduate House of Representatives

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: Funding for Graduate Students

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

This Shop Talk will provide an overview of funding sources for graduate students. You will learn the difference between internal and external funding, find out what resources are available to you at Texas State, and get tips for finding and applying for scholarships, fellowships, and grants to support your studies and research.

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: Graduate Student’s Library Survival Guide

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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!

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Degree Success: Managing Stress in Graduate School

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

Stretched too thin? Anyone in grad school knows that when it comes to work-life balance the struggle is a little too real. We tend be very achievement oriented, have high expectations of ourselves, and say “yes” to more than we really have time for. The stress, over commitment, and inability to attend to all of the important parts of our life are only exacerbated by our academic demands. Despite it being challenging, it is possible. This Shop Talk will focus on strategies to help you better manage the expectations and requirements of graduate school.

Presented by: Kimberly Litwinowich - Education Outreach Coordinator & Licensed Psychologist, Counseling 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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Degree Success: Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp I

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present 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. If you need help with one of these topics or just want to learn more about research writing, come to the Writing Center and be a part of the Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. 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.

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – The Writing Center

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!

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Degree Success: From the Trenches: Grad School 101

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
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 – Graduate Student Professional Development, The Graduate College

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: Make Refworks Work for You! RRC

Location:
Round Rock Campus
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: Anthony Guardado – Librarian, Round Rock 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: External Funding for Graduate Students RRC

Location:
Round Rock Campus
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
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. The focus of this hands-on workshop will be Pivot™, a funding database to which Texas State subscribes. 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. 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

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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: Funder Focus – Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
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 – External Funding Coordinator, The Graduate College

Guest presenters from Chapter IW, Horseshoe Bay, Texas include:

  • Gail Davalos, Chair, Program for Continuing Education & Vice-Chair, Educational Loan Fund
  • Beryl Ann Owen, Chair, International Peace Scholarship
  • Carolyn Thornton, Chair, Scholar Award
  • Suzanne Toler, Chapter President

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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 – 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: CV Clinic

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

While they may contain discipline-specific elements and vary in how they present their information, 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 – Associate Professor, Modern Languages

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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 & Using Images in Your Classroom, Publications, and Presentations

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

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Career Prep: Networking Basics

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Networking is a critical skill for career success, but finding the time and confidence to make it happen is not always easy. Come explore the essential career development skill of networking and how to make progress towards your career goals. During this workshop, you will learn about networking in a safe environment while developing an understanding of best practices, gain insights and practical tips about what networking is (and is not), and how to tap into the power of networking in a way that everybody can utilize.

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp II

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present 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. If you need help with one of these topics or just want to learn more about research writing, come to the Writing Center and be a part of the Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. 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.

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – The Writing Center

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!

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Degree Success: Entering the Scholarly Conversation and Writing Literature Reviews

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Do you want to learn more about writing at the graduate level? This Shop Talk will provide information about tone and audience, writing literature reviews, and tips for writing in a more scholarly manner. This Shop Talk is one of four parts of the Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp but has useful information about for students who are not on a thesis-track. Come learn more about research writing!

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – 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: Pivot™ Training

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
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.

Note: This training is available in two formats: face-to-face (San Marcos) and webinar (online).

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!

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Research Development: Research Data Management

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: IRB Survival Skills

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

This Shop Talk will cover everything you ever wanted to know, or didn't realize you needed to know, about the process of submitting an IRB application at Texas State:
How,
What,
Where,
When,
and
Why does it take so long? We are here to help all members of the graduate community: students, faculty supervising thesis or dissertations, and faculty or staff researchers. Attend this Shop Talk to understand the process from A-Z so you can submit well-prepared applications that get approved on the first review.

Presented by: Sean Rubino – Director, Office of Research, Integrity, and Compliance

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: Funder Focus – American Association of University Women (A.A.U.W.)

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

*Online & Round Rock 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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Research Development: Where to Publish? Navigating the Journal Jungle and Avoiding Predators

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

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and evolving in many directions. This workshop is designed to help you find and use library and other tools to navigate the complex publishing landscape. Topics covered in the workshop include

  • Tools to identify publishing venues 
  • How to evaluate journals 
  • Tips for avoiding "predatory publishers" 
  • Understanding Open Access journal options

Presented by: Margaret Vaverek – Librarian, University Library 

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: EndNote

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

Come to the Endnote workshop to get started with these steps:

• Create your Endnote library
• Import references from various databases or other sources
• Import downloaded PDF articles
• Organize your references into groups
• Sign up for sync to access your library anywhere - Endnote Online
• Share your Endnote library
• Cite References in Word

This workshop is intended for first-time users of Endnote. Alkek 101 has computers for hands on training but you are also welcome to bring your own device.

Please ensure that you are able to install the Endnote X7 application on your office or personal computer before coming to the workshop. Direct technical questions about installation to ITAC.

Presented by: Jessica McClean – 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: 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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: 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

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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 graduate students successfully format their theses and dissertations.

Presented by: Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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!

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Degree Success: Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp III

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present 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. If you need help with one of these topics or just want to learn more about research writing, come to the Writing Center and be a part of the Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. 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.

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – The Writing Center

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!

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Research Development: Graduate College Scholarships and Fellowships

Location:
Alkek Library (ALK)
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 travel funds. 

Presented by: Rebecca Witherington – Graduate Student Funding Specialist, The Graduate College

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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 graduate students successfully format their theses and dissertations.

Presented by: Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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!

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Degree Success: Graduate-level Research Writing

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

This Shop Talk helps acclimate you 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. You 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 — giving you a hands-on experience with research writing at the graduate level and allow for direct application of the topics covered.

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – 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: Resumes & Cover Letters

Location:
LBJ Student Center (LBJ)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Let’s face it, a generic/template cover letter and resume 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 tips to customize and target your cover letter and resume to showcase the best you!

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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: Preparing for Research Conference Participation

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

Graduate students are expected to conduct research, write research papers and present at conferences. This Shop Talk is designed to help you better prepare for conference participation by discussing how to write a good research abstract in order 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! Coffee and bagels will be served.

Presented by: Dr. Sandy Rao – Assistant Dean, The Graduate College

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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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 – RRC

Location:
Round Rock Campus
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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Career Prep: Academic Job Search Part II – Job Interviews

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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Degree Success: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation – RRC

Location:
Round Rock Campus
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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Degree Success: Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp IV

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

The Writing Center and The Graduate College have collaborated to present 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. If you need help with one of these topics or just want to learn more about research writing, come to the Writing Center and be a part of the Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. 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.

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – The Writing Center

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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? 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.

Note: This training is available in two formats: face-to-face (San Marcos) and webinar (online).

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

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Degree Success: Boren Fellowship

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

This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants to the Boren Awards program. 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 for countries, languages, and fields of study; the selection process; and the government service commitment.

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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Degree Success: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation Q&A (Webinar)

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
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: Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College

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Research Development: Distinguished Research Panel

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJ)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

Conducting research is a big part of graduate studies. A panel of distinguished professors will share their expertise and advice with graduate students on topics such as the importance of conducting research, benefits and challenges of conducting research, using appropriate methodology, balancing time between research and teaching, and getting research published. This panel is part of the Ninth International Research Conference for Graduate Students. A Graduate House Representative will moderate this Panel which will be in a Q&A format. Come with your own questions and learn from these award-winning panelists.

Panelists:

Dr. Dennis Dunn, Regents' and University Distinguished Professor of History
Director, Center for International Studies

Dr. Paige Haber-Curran, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program

Dr. Todd W. Hudnall, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Nico Schüler, University Distinguished Professor of Music Theory and Musicology

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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Degree Success: Writing and Research Methodologies

Location:
Academic Services Building North (ASBN)
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
The Graduate College , 512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

This Shop Talk addresses qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and how to write up a methods section. You will learn about the different parts of a methods section, how methodology informs research writing, and how to find holes or shortcomings in methodological write-ups. In this interactive workshop, you will get the opportunity to analyze writing samples, applying what you’ve learned about methodology and writing and identify the strengths and weaknesses of how the methodology is designed and written up.

Presented by: Ren VanderLind – The Writing Center

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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 graduate students 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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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Research Development: Intro to the 3MT®

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

This workshop is an introduction to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition that Texas State holds in the spring semester. (The 3MT® is a research communication competition for master's thesis students and all doctoral 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!

The 3MT® is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research and its significance. The 3MT® Competition helps doctoral students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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

*Online & Round Rock Students: This Shop Talk will be live-streamed. Please email shoptalks@txstate.edu to request access information.

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Degree Success: Tips for Graduate College Scholarship Applications (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 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

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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? 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.

Note: This training is available in two formats: face-to-face (San Marcos) and webinar (online).

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!

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