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Shop Talks


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. 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!   



Summer 2022 Schedule

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
When you write a thesis, dissertation, or academic journal article, you are addressing a small audience of academics in your field. However, academic writers sometimes need to speak to wider audiences with limited or no specialized knowledge, such as when writing proposals for funding, when creating outreach materials for the public, or when communicating with the media. During this session, you will gain practice with the following:
  • analyzing your audience
  • recognizing and avoiding jargon
  • editing for simplicity and conciseness
  • using examples and anecdotes
  • writing with directness
Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith – External Funding Coordinators at The Graduate College

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Graduate school is time-consuming, and balancing academic, work, and personal life is challenging. This session will provide attendees with tips and techniques for evaluating and managing their time. Students will learn various strategies for effective time management including different print and online calendars and phone apps that can help you manage your time better!

Presented by: Lindsey Wilson – Student Development Specialist II at The Graduate College

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Goal setting and motivation are two major factors needed for career success. In this session, we will discuss how to set sustainable and attainable goals and how to maintain motivation through the career planning and management process. Skills gained in this Shop Talks session can be applied to other academic and personal aspects of your life.

Presented by: Sherry Yang – Career Counselor at Career Services

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Wondering how to attend to your mental well-being in graduate school? This Shop Talks session will address factors that impact mental well-being in graduate school (e.g., work-life balance), as well as briefly cover skills for coping with common mental health concerns faced by graduate students (e.g., anxiety).

Presented by: Dr. Alyssa Fernandez – Postdoctoral Resident at the Counseling Center

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Attend this Shop Talks session to learn how to use various resources to help you identify highly cited research. Resources covered in this workshop will include Sage Navigator, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. These tools can set you on the path to finding research referred to as seminal, pivotal or landmark studies. Seminal research is publications that initially presented an idea of great importance or influence within a particular discipline or field of study. Seminal articles are highly cited in research, so you are likely to see these sources frequently cited in other journal articles, books, dissertations, etc. If you will be writing a literature review, this Shop Talks session is ideal for beginning your search!

Presented by: Arlene Salazar – Research, Intstruction & Outreach Librarian at University Libraries

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
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 Talks session focuses on important elements and strategies for successfully submitting the thesis/dissertation. We will discuss helpful resources and information, required formatting, common mistakes, and what The Graduate College is checking for when we review your document. Bring your questions!

Presented by: Meagan Hernandez – Graduate Degree Audit Specialist at The Graduate College

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talks session is part of a series that introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process and covers 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!

This session is part one of a four-part Grant Writing series. All four parts will be held throughout the month of July 2022. If you attend all four parts, you will qualify to earn the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Participation in the Grant Writing Series. Earning this certificate of participation is a great way to highlight your knowledge in grant writing and you can add this achievement to your resume, CV, and professional profiles. If you attend all four sessions throughout July 2022, The Graduate College will reach out to you and mail your certificate. This certificate is separate from the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Completion but attending the Grant Writing series sessions does count towards earning the Certificate of Completion. For questions, please contact shoptalks@txstate.edu.

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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Learn how you can use materials for research, teaching, and publication without violating copyright, as well as how to preserve your own copyrights. In this Shop Talks session, you will learn how to request permissions to use copyrighted materials and the exceptions to the Copyright Act that can help you.

Presented by: Stephanie Towery – Copyright Officer at University Libraries

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This session is part of a series that introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process and 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!

This session is part two of a four-part Grant Writing series. All four parts will be held throughout the month of July 2022. If you attend all four parts, you will qualify to earn the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Participation in the Grant Writing Series. Earning this certificate of participation is a great way to highlight your knowledge in grant writing and you can add this achievement to your resume, CV, and professional profiles. If you attend all four sessions throughout July 2022, The Graduate College will reach out to you and mail your certificate. This certificate is separate from the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Completion but attending the Grant Writing series sessions does count towards earning the Certificate of Completion. For questions, please contact shoptalks@txstate.edu.

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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Preparing for a job interview is a necessary step to ensure success during the interview itself. Knowing what to research, how to prepare for tough questions, and making a great first impression are all integral parts of the preparation. This Shop Talks session will cover tips for best practices in job interviews and strategies to stay calm and confident during the process.

Presented by: Sherry Yang – Career Counselor at Career Services

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talks session is part of a series that introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process and will focus on how to write applications for funding. Attendees will gain an understanding of the genre, purpose, and audience of grants, as well as the stages of the writing process. If you are applying for funding – through a grant, scholarship, or fellowship – and wondering what funders are looking for and how to sell your idea, this session is for you!

This session is part three of a four-part Grant Writing series. All four parts will be held throughout the month of July 2022. If you attend all four parts, you will qualify to earn the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Participation in the Grant Writing Series. Earning this certificate of participation is a great way to highlight your knowledge in grant writing and you can add this achievement to your resume, CV, and professional profiles. If you attend all four sessions throughout July 2022, The Graduate College will reach out to you and mail your certificate. This certificate is separate from the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Completion but attending the Grant Writing series sessions does count towards earning the Certificate of Completion. For questions, please contact shoptalks@txstate.edu.

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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talks session is part of a series that introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process and will focus on how to write applications for funding. Attendees will gain an understanding of the genre, purpose, and audience of grants, as well as the stages of the writing process. If you are applying for funding – through a grant, scholarship, or fellowship – and wondering what funders are looking for and how to sell your idea, this session is for you!

This session is part four of a four-part Grant Writing series. All four parts will be held throughout the month of July 2022. If you attend all four parts, you will qualify to earn the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Participation in the Grant Writing Series. Earning this certificate of participation is a great way to highlight your knowledge in grant writing and you can add this achievement to your resume, CV, and professional profiles. If you attend all four sessions throughout July 2022, The Graduate College will reach out to you and mail your certificate. This certificate is separate from the Grad College Shop Talks Certificate of Completion but attending the Grant Writing series sessions does count towards earning the Certificate of Completion. For questions, please contact shoptalks@txstate.edu.

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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event

What students are saying...

"The Shop Talks have helped improve my communication with colleagues at school, work, and even with family. The talks are well structured and organized to align with students’ time requirements and to meet the needs of the average graduate student. Most people had to pay huge sums of money to participate in workshops of this kind that offer a wealth of both academic and real-life lessons. The Shop Talk program offers all that free of charge to the graduate student, and I would encourage every graduate student not to hesitate in making the most out of the opportunity."

–Wilson Y. Pemboh, master's student in political science


Wilson Y. Pemboh
Kaelyn Dobson

"Each of the talks I attended had a positive impact on my current location in my graduate and professional career. I was able to revisit previous knowledge, establish new foundations for this degree, and plan for my future as a graduate student and as a professor. Even beyond the educational impacts, I greatly appreciated how these talks brought students from across the campus and throughout departments together for a common learning goal."

–Kaelyn Dobson, doctoral student in anthropology


"Coming from a different educational background and learning styles the Shop Talks that I have attended have helped me know more about the education system here and how things work. Shop Talks are a place where you get to meet new people and learn from their experiences. I believe the real-life experiences make learning easy and contribute towards your overall development."

–Rushali Pandya, master's student in exercise science

Rushali Pandya

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