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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.


Upcoming Shop Talks

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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.

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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 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

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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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

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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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

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 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

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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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

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 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

Register today!*

*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!
Click here for more information
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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

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: 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: Distinguished Research Panel

Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
gradcollege.txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
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. Duane V. Knudson
Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, Texas State University

Ms. Ana Carrillo Baer
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Texas State University

Dr. Christopher P. Rhodes
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Texas State University


Dr. John M Blair
University Distinguished Professor, Department of English
Texas State University

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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! Click here for more information
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Career Prep: How to Request Letters of Recommendation (Webinar)

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.
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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.
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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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LEARN
 

  "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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