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Shop Talks

Due to the spring break extension and remote course delivery, the remaining spring 2020 Shop Talks will all be held online.

Please contact shoptalks@txstate.edu if you have any questions.


We have added three new Shop Talks to the spring schedule to guide you through the transition from face-to-face courses to remote learning! We would like to know what additional areas of professional development you are interested in learning about. Let us know by completing our quick online poll.


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 2020 Schedule

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Location:
Alkek 442
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Interested in participating in the 3MT®? Join Graduate College Associate Dean Eric Paulson 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 PPT slide. More information can be found on our website.

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

Register today for the San Marcos or Live-stream session!

***This session is available in person and online. Be sure to check the "location" listed on the session you wish to register for.

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
more about event

Location:
Alkek 441
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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 grad students, faculty supervising thesis or dissertations, and faculty or staff researchers understand the process from A-Z so you can submit well-prepared applications that get approved on the first review.

Presented by: Monica Gonzales - Compliance Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Register today for the San Marcos or Live-stream session!

***This session is available in person and online. Be sure to check the "location" listed on the session you wish to register for.

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
more about event
Location:
Alkek 440
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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

***This session is available in person and online. Be sure to check the "location" listed on the session you wish to register for.

Register today for the San Marcos or Live-stream session. 

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
more about event

Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Endnote is a reference management application available to all Texas State University students. Attend the Endnote workshop to learn how to get started with these steps:
• Create your Endnote library
• Import references from various databases or other sources
• Import downloaded PDF articles
• Organize your references into groups
• Sign up for sync to access your library anywhere - Endnote Online
• Share your Endnote library
• Cite References in Word
This workshop is intended for first-time users of Endnote.

Please ensure that you are able to install the Endnote X7 application on your office or personal computer before coming to the workshop. Technical questions about installation should be asked via ITAC.

Presented by: Jessica McClean - Librarian, University Library

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This webinar introduces writers to graduate-level writing expectations. It addresses graduate-level research writing with a focus on the general structure of research-based assignments such as research proposals and research studies for comprehensive exams, theses, or dissertations. Attendees will learn about the parts of these documents, the logic behind how they are written, and how to assess samples of research writing for their strengths and weaknesses in meeting the expectations of the genre. Although writing up methods, results, and conclusions will be discussed, this webinar will specifically emphasize introductions and literature reviews.

Presented by: Jess Reynolds - Assistant Director, The Writing Center

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is part of a series that introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process. This session 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!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz - External Funding Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is designed for doctoral students seeking tenure-track and lecturer positions at four-year colleges and universities. It covers the last part of the interview process, namely job offer negotiations. Specifically, we will discuss which factors to consider when evaluating a job offer, what questions to ask, and how to negotiate the terms you were offered. In addition, we will discuss concerns of dual career couples and international students.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Golato - Dean, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Alkek 442
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Recent studies have shown more than 70% of jobs are filled through networking. However, it can be challenging to know how to expand your personal network, especially if you are trying to enter a field where you don’t know many people. This shop talk will discuss key strategies to making a strong impression while networking and how to leverage your strengths to make an impact.

Presented by: Emily Hawarny - Career Counselor, Career Services

Register today for the San Marcos or Live-stream session. 

***This session is available in person and online. Be sure to check the "location" listed on the session you wish to register for.

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
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
New to setting up a survey in Qualtrics? Come learn how to set up a project: decide what you need to know, and then learn how to design a survey to bring back the information in usable form. Come with a project or use ours to practice.

Presented by: Tricia Boucher - Librarian, University Library

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event

Location:
Alkek 442
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This session is focused on strategies and approaches for effective graduate-level writing. The goal is to remove some of the mystery surrounding academic writing and acclimate early scholars to tackle writing tasks such as literature reviews and research reports.

Presented by: Dr. Carlton Fong - Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Register today for the San Marcos or Live-stream session!

***This session is available in person and online. Be sure to check the "location" listed on the session you wish to register for.

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
more about event
Location:
Alkek 442
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Brown Bag will focus on the foundations of qualitative and quantitative research methods and practice applying these methods to several research questions. In our analysis of common and divergent aspects of these methods, we will emphasize how quantitative and qualitative research methods complement one another and mutually help to advance scientific inquiry.

Presented by: Dr. Emily Summers and Dr. Taylor Acee - Associate Professors, Curriculum and Instruction 

***This session is available in person and online. Be sure to check the "location" listed on the session you wish to register for.

Register today for the San Marcos or Live-stream session!

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
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This webinar covers academic-style writing and entering the academic conversation of your field. This includes building an 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: Jess Reynolds - Assistant Director, The Writing Center

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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 library 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: Stephanie Towery and Margaret Vaverek - Librarians, University Library

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is designed to help graduate students make a mid-semester transition from face-to-face classes to a remote/online learning environment. Mr. Willett from the Office of Distance and Extended Learning will cover the topics below in the first half of the session and leave the last half for questions, so bring your questions!

Prepare:
-create the proper space for your home classroom
-familiarize yourself with the learning management system
-review syllabi thoroughly and update calendar/planner with syllabus changes

Communicate + Engage:
-understand best practices for communicating in an online learning environment
-build an online community and support system

Ask for Help:
-know where to get help when you need it
-identify the typical tools you will want to have handy - including the free ones!

Presented by: Mr. Dana Willett - Assistant VP, Office of Distance and Extended Learning

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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Graduate school has always put your time management skills to the test, and now that courses have been moved online, you may be wondering how to balance life, work, and class assignments in this new environment. The Graduate College is here to help! This session will provide techniques for managing your time during this sudden shift to remote learning. Students will leave the session with a variety of strategies for effective time management (including mobile app suggestions) to set you up for success in the virtual classroom.

Presented by: Brittany Davis - Student Development Specialist II - 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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This quick webinar will provide graduate students with some ways to cope with social isolation and online/distance learning, as well as manage complex responsibilities from home. Mental health professionals from the Counseling Center will be available for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Presented by: Dr. Erica Mathis - Postdoctoral Resident, The Counseling Center and Colleen Conklin, Katie Rainer, and Uriel Navarette, The Counseling Center

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!
Click here for more information
more about event

Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Whether you are considering working in academia or industry positions after graduate school, coming up with a strategic career plan is essential. This shop talk will discuss short term and long term goal setting and developing a career management strategy that can be reevaluated over time.

Presented by: Emily Hawarny - Career Counselor, Career Services

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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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 for this Shop Talk as Project Know Your WORTH (Women Offering Resources, Truth, and Heart) covers the basics of salary negotiations including taking an evidence-based approach to maximize 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: Brittany Davis, Student Development Specialist II and Dani Artaza, Recruiting 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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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: Gwen Balboa - Senior Degree Audit Specialist, The Graduate College

Register today!

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

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
From setting up your home office to creating a boundary between your work time and free time, there is a lot to consider when beginning to work remotely. This Shop Talk will provide recommendations on how to be successful and stay on track while working from home. Fifteen minutes will be saved at the end of the presentation for a Q&A session.

Presented by: Colleen Dunlap and Emily Hawarny, Career Services

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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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 - Counseling Center

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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants for the 2021 National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), for which applications will be due in fall 2020. The GRFP provides three years of financial support for graduate students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), STEM education, and the social sciences. If you are an undergraduate junior or senior or a graduate student in your first year of graduate school, this workshop is for you. Find out if you are eligible and what you should do now to begin working on your application during the summer.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz - External Funding Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event

Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is for prospective applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to US citizens. Graduate students may apply for Fulbright Study/Research Awards, which provide grants for individually designed research projects, or English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards, through which grantees are placed in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction. Find out about this year’s competition, including eligibility requirements, the campus deadline, and the application process.

Presented by: Dr. Brian Smith and Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz - External Funding Coordinators, 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!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
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 with common mental health concerns faced by graduate students (e.g., anxiety).

Presented by: Dr. Erica Mathis - Counseling Center

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
shoptalks@txstate.edu
gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/shoptalks
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk 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 proposal – budgets 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, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending eight Shop Talks? Read more about how you can earn our Certificate of Completion!
Click here for more information
more about event

What students are saying...

  "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 information provided through Shop Talks has contributed to my professional development and will assist me in my graduate studies and professional pursuits."


  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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