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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 2021 Schedule

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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
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 master's students as they discuss things they know now that they wish they had known when they began their degrees! 

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
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.

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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:
Alkek 442
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
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 Talks session 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 at University Libraries

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Please note: By registering using the link above, you are registering for the on-campus session. Registration for the on-campus session is limited. This Shop Talk will also be available online through Zoom. If you are interested in attending this session online, please see the online event registration.

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
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 Talks session 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 at University Libraries

Register today!

Please note: By registering using the link above, you are registering for the online session. This Shop Talk will also take place on the San Marcos campus. If you are interested in attending this session on campus, please see the on-campus event registration. Registration for the on-campus event is limited. 

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

In this session, Career Services introduces the power of professional networking through LinkedIn. The session will guide you through the creation of a professional profile and provide strategies to use LinkedIn for job research, informational interviews, networking, job and internship searching, and following 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: Emily Hawarny – 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.
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Interested in participating in the 2021 3MT® competition? Join Graduate College Assistant Dean, Dr. Patti Giuffre, for a 3MT® orientation and tips session, which will cover everything you need to know about preparing for and participating in the 3MT®. The 3MT® is a research communication competition in which PhD/EdD and master's students on a Thesis track present their thesis or dissertation research in three minutes or less and with one PowerPoint slide.

Presented by: Dr. Patti Giuffre – Assistant Dean at The Graduate College

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More information can be found on our 3MT® page.

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Location:
UAC 275
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
It is well documented that graduate students are far more successful in their graduate studies and future careers if they engage in productive mentorship relationships. By attending this session, you will learn how to seek out mentors, what to expect from a mentor, and what your role in a mentorship relationship involves. For those of you that plan to become university and community college professors, this session will also be valuable because you are the mentors of the future.

Presented by: Terence Parker – Associate Director, Retention Management & Planning at the Dean of Students

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Please note: By registering using the link above, you are registering for the on-campus session. Registration for the on-campus session is limited. This Shop Talk will also be available online through Zoom. If you are interested in attending this session online, please see the online event registration.

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
more about event
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 – Research 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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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This webinar covers academic-style writing and entering the academic conversation of your field. This includes building awareness of disciplinary writing conventions, tone, and audience. Additionally, preparing and producing literature reviews will be discussed. Participants will also be informed on common areas of improvement within academic writing, and they will be provided with advice on how to avoid and/or correct these types of errors. Finally, tips on writer’s block and goal setting will also be discussed.

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Collins – Assistant Director at the University Writing Center

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Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This session is for prospective applicants for 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. Brian Smith – Research Coordinator 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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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.
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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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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 addresses qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and how to write up a methods section. Attendees 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, attendees will get the opportunity to analyze writing samples, applying what they’ve learned about methodology and writing, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of how the methodology is designed and written up.

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Collins – Assistant Director at the University Writing Center

Register today!

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: Christopher Solis – 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
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: Aubrey Trujillo – 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.
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Location:
Online Only
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
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 authors find and use the library's 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: Margarate Vaverek & Stephanie Towery – Librarians at University Libraries

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
Publication abstracts, conference proposals, and funding applications often require concise language. However, while the task of concision may be common to academic proposal writing, the challenges it imposes are nonetheless significant. How do you reduce a full research proposal to 250 words, or an entire dissertation project to a single page? This Shop Talk contends with the challenge of concision in proposal writing and teaches attendees to address the root causes of too much information (TMI) through the following strategies:
  • recognizing and removing unnecessary information
  • distilling ideas without losing specificity
  • combining sentences into simple sequences
  • editing for brevity
Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith – Research 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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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

  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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