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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!   



Fall 2020 Schedule

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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College and International Student and Scholar Services
In collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services, The Graduate College is pleased to announce a Shop Talk geared specifically towards international graduate students. The workshop will feature a panel composed of current international graduate students who will share their experience and give advice about adjusting to graduate school in the U.S. Bring your questions!

Register today and a link to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you prior to the panel!

Part I of this Shop Talk is a self-paced course on Canvas. Learn more.
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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you just beginning your doctoral program at Texas State? Come listen to the wisdom and advice of experienced doctoral students as they discuss things they know now that they wish they had known when they began their degrees!

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you just beginning your master's program at Texas State? Come listen to the wisdom and advice of experienced doctoral students as they discuss things they know now that they wish they had known when they began their degrees!

Register today!

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

Presented by: Charles Allan - Librarian, University 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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more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Attend this one-hour session to learn several mindfulness exercises (e.g., grounding, meditation) that will help ease your anxiety and stress. Attendees will have time to practice the exercises during the session and ask questions about mindfulness.

Presented by: Dr. Erica Mathis - Program Staff, Counseling Center

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is part of a series which introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process. This session will cover grant seeking and sponsored research. If you are wondering what a grant is, how to find one, and what role graduate student researchers play in the university’s grant submissions, this session is for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz - Research Coordinator, 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
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Designed for doctoral or master’s students writing a thesis or dissertation (or planning to!), this Shop Talk focuses on important elements of that process and strategies for successfully completing thesis/dissertation requirements. We will discuss resources, processes and procedures, committees, the defense (including many of the questions committee members ask), and the thesis/dissertation document. Bring your questions!

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

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Personal statements are required elements of many applications, but writing them can pose numerous challenges. This session will focus on personal statements in the context of external funding applications, but the advice and tips shared will be widely applicable to other personal statements. During this session, you'll learn how to:

  • curate your personal history
  • create a compelling application story
  • connect with the organization's goals

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

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
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!

  • Resumes will be discussed from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
  • Cover Letters will be discussed from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

Come for both or just one!

Presented by: Emily Hawarny - Career Counselor, Career Services

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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
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Wondering how to attend to your mental well-being in graduate school? This Shop Talk will address factors that impact mental well-being in graduate school (e.g., work-life balance), as well as briefly cover skills for coping for common mental health concerns faced by graduate students (e.g., anxiety).

Register today!

Presented by: Dr. Erica Mathis - Program Staff, Counseling Center

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Think of this Shop Talk as Formatting 101! We will cover the document structure of a thesis or dissertation, discuss specific requirements, and end with “how-tos” to help graduate students successfully format their theses and dissertations.

Presented by: Gwendolyn Balboa - Senior Graduate Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
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 - Research Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
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 a wider audience 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

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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Depending on the type of job you are applying to, you may find a section of the job application that asks you to answer essay prompts. Knowing how to effectively reply to these prompts is just as important as having a polished resume and cover letter. In this Shop Talk, we will discuss how to prepare, write, and revise tailored responses to demonstrate your best skills and accomplishments.

Presented by: Emily Hawarny - Career Counselor, Career Services

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you publishing or presenting research in your discipline? Do you want to make the most of the impact of your research? Develop an online researcher profile and make your research more discoverable by researchers globally.

Online tools such as ORCID, ResearchGate, Web of Science, and Google Scholar Citations can be useful for establishing a successful online academic profile. They can increase the impact of your research, ensure credit for your work, and streamline the publishing and grant-funding process.

In this webinar, we will show some examples of successful online researcher profiles and the impact you can make by managing your online academic environment.

Presented by: Lisa Ancelet & Laura Waugh - Librarians, 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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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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