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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!   



Spring 2021 Schedule

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Think of this Shop Talks session as a mini-orientation or orientation refresher! We will go over several resources available to you through The Graduate College and the university, including career prep services, library tools, graduate student organizations, funding opportunities, and more. There will also be time to go over questions or concerns and hear tips from a previous graduate student on making the most out of your graduate studies experience!

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

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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 for applicants to the Celebrity Classic Scholarship and/or Graduate College Scholarship. This interactive webinar will feature tips for tailoring your CV, crafting your essay, and providing guidance to your letter writers based on the scholarship selection criteria. Find out how to make your application stand out!

Presented by: Dr. Brian Smith – External Funding Coordinator at The Graduate College

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
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 graduate students, faculty supervising thesis or dissertations, and faculty or staff researchers understand the process from A to Z so you can submit well-prepared applications that get approved on the first review.

Presented by: Monica Gonzales – Compliance Specialist at the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

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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: Emily Hawarny – Career Counselor at Career Services

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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 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 fellowshipand wondering what funders are looking for and how to sell your idea, this session is for you!

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

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Negotiating one’s salary is an important skill that will come in handy throughout your professional career when it comes to ensuring that you are getting paid what you are worth! However, these conversations can be an unfamiliar and uncomfortable topic for professionals at any level. Negotiation is a skill, and like any skill, it takes practice. According to the American Association for University Women (AAUW), women working full time in the United States are paid 80 percent of what white, non-Hispanic men are paid—a gap of 20 percent. If we are going to lessen the salary gap, we have to take actionable steps.

Join us at this session where Project Know Your WORTH (Women Offering Resources, Truth, and Heart) will cover the basics of salary negotiations, including taking an evidence-based approach to maximizing your value, marketing your graduate degree to potential employers, and leaving emotion out of the interaction. The content reviewed is geared towards women but open to all.

Presented by: Valerie Gomez – Lecturer at the School of Social Work

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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 specifically geared towards graduate students interested in presenting in The Graduate College’s 2021 International Research Conference. In order to adhere to pandemic-related university health and safety measures, the conference will be taking place virtually this year. Because the conference will focus on electronic poster (e-poster) presentations and will be hosted in a new format, Associate Dean Dr. Eric Paulson will provide guidance on how to prepare submissions. This includes preparing your e-poster presentation, short, pre-recorded video introduction, and strong abstract.

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

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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 – Librarian at University Libraries

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Sometimes, it is hard to see the forest because the trees are in the way. This quick seminar on budgeting and financial planning will help you balance your loans, income, and financial forecast using free financial management tools available at Texas State.

Presented by: Dr. Byron Kerr – Assistant Director at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

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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. Erica Mathis – Program Staff at the Counseling Center

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
In our virtual learning environment, online presentations are the new normal. Whether you are preparing for a professional or academic presentation, we have the strategies and tips for creating a successful and engaging presentation that will knock the socks off your viewers! In this session, we will cover:
  • applying basic presentation and public speaking skills to a virtual environment
  • using technology to engage your audience
  • creating interactivity and engagement using free tools (e.g., Zoom, Mentimeter, Kahoot)
Presented by: Dani Artaza – Recruiting Coordinator at The Graduate College & Lindsey Wilson – Student Development Specialist II at The Graduate College

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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. This session will focus on the funding request at the heart of a grant proposalbudgets and budget justifications. Attendees will learn about the categories of allowable expenses, direct and indirect costs, and common formats for budgets. If you want to learn how to craft well-researched, persuasive requests for funding, this session is for you!

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

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
The transition from student to professional can be difficult to navigate. Join us for a presentation and discussion on what to expect in the workplace, how to adopt the identity of a professional, and how to become a masterful networker in order to have a smooth transition from graduate student to professional.

Presented by: Emily Hawarny – Career Counselor at Career Services

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Many applicants to external fellowships, scholarships, and grants fail to provide the level of specificity needed to make their academic background, research experience, personal history, and career plans relevant to a funder's mission and goals. This Shop Talks session will teach participants how to recognize and address this problem through interactive exercises on the following topics:
  • avoiding generic language
  • detailing vague language
  • using examples strategically
  • making space for specificity
The knowledge and skills participants gain during this Shop Talks session will be broadly applicable to many pursuits.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith – External Funding Coordinators at The Graduate College

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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: Christopher Solis – Graduate Degree Audit Specialist at The Graduate College

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Meet the Graduate Dean, Dr. Andrea Golato, virtually and listen to her tips for success in graduate studies, research, and career success. Bring your questions! 

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Golato – Dean at The Graduate College

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Comparison and perfectionism are difficult to avoid in graduate school. This webinar will not only provide information about these issues, but it will also include activities and a discussion about how to cope with perfectionistic tendencies, as well as comparing oneself to peers. 

Presented by: Dr. Shana Varnell – Program Staff at the Counseling Center

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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This workshop addresses the final stages of the writing process. Editing and revision strategies will be covered, and participants will leave with useful tools to apply to their own writing. Participants are invited to bring any graduate-level writing they are currently working on. Time will be allocated to peer reviewing and workshopping papers with other participants. Additionally, a Writing Center Graduate Tutor will be present to offer feedback and answer questions about graduate-level writing.

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Collins – Senior Lecturer in the Department of English & Jacklynne Horne – Graduate Tutor at the Writing Center

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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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