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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 2021 Schedule

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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!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz – External Funding 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
Think of this Shop Talks session as a mini-orientation or orientation refresher! We will go over several resources available 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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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
This Shop Talks 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!

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
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!

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
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 – 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.
more about event
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 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 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
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Nervous about or unsure how to take your job search to the next level? Don’t give up! You just need a plan. Find out how to organize your search and target the high-impact activities that will accelerate success. Come learn to use these “tricks of the trade” to uncover exciting job leads and professional contacts. The content for this Shop Talks session is tailored for graduate students.

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
This Shop Talks session will explore the body's response to feelings of acute anxiety, fear, panic, and dread. It will also include working to engage coping skills that help to bring the body back to homeostasis.  

Presented by: Jordan Seidel – Doctoral Intern 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
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
As a graduate student, you are developing and strengthening several marketable skills that will make you a competitive candidate in the job market. The key is knowing how to express how you gained those skills and how you used them well. In this Shop Talks session, you will learn how to showcase your marketable skills to employers in resumes and interviews and through networking.

Presented by: Emily Hawarny – 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
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, Scopus, 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 – Librarian 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
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Wilson
shoptalks@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Many applications require personal statements, but writing them can present numerous content selection challenges. What should you choose to say about your personal history — and how do you make it relevant? This Shop Talks session will focus on personal statements in the context of external funding, but the advice and recommendations 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. Brian Smith – External Funding 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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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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