The GSPD Center
One of the key principles of the newly refined mission and vision of The Graduate School focuses on professional development and student success for graduate students and graduate school alumni. In the fall of 2016, The Graduate School opened the first Graduate Student Professional Development (GSPD) Center in the entire University of Texas System; one of only 8 in the United States and Canada.
The GSPD Center allows graduate students the opportunity to become life-long learners and prepare to be future leaders in industry and academia. The Center also encourages student engagement and fosters a sense of community as a holistic venue for interdisciplinary networking. Download our GSPD Center Brochure
- Topical workshop sessions focusing on academic, research, and professional development
- Research grant proposal writing sessions
- Teaching and learning program
- International graduate student development
- Dissertation writing camps
- Thesis and dissertation formatting support and submission counseling
- Social and networking opportunities
Center Location & Hours
Location: Graduate School and Research (GSR) Building, Main Campus, Suite 1.204
Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm and 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday
Summer 2017 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (May 15 - August 18, 2017)
Center Front Desk: (210) 458-6879
The 4,000 sq. ft. GSPD Center provides the following facilities:
Graduate Student Lounge
The lounge has 589 sq. ft. of space and is perfect for individual study, group study, or "Rowdy-relaxing". The space includes 4 separate sitting ares and can accommodate 12 people in this fire-side-inspired communal space. Our front desk is part of this space where students can reserve study rooms and have all of their center questions answered. The lounge also includes a 60" HDTV where you can get caught up on news, food, or the latest housing trends.
The multipurpose room provides a 605 sq. ft. space for a multitude of uses including self-study, group study, workshops, lectures, and other special sessions. The room has a 60" and 75" HDTV for lecture purposes, along with front and rear cameras to accommodate on-line sessions. In its classroom set-up, the multipurpose space has 18 tables, each with built-in electric sockets and USB ports and can seat 36. In a lecture set-up, the room can seat 75 people.
The large and small conference rooms in the Center are tailor made for group study and are available by reservation. Both rooms are technology enabled. The small conference room (120 sq. ft.) seats 5 and includes two glass dry-erase boards along with a 32" HD monitor that students can use in tandem with their own laptop (HDMI cable provided). The large conference room (421 sq. ft.) seats 16 and includes a 60" HDTV, computer, and wireless keyboard and mouse, along with three glass dry-erase boards.
The computer lab (GSR 1.218) has 401 sq. ft. of space and can be used for self-study, group work, or special technology-focused sessions. The room can seat 18 and includes an academic classroom-enabled podium, overhead projector, and automatic drop-down screen. The 18 computers in the lab are each 28" HD and touchscreen capable. Each computer is outfitted with software including EndNote, Mendeley, SPSS, SAS, ArcGIS, JMP, GraphPad, and Microsoft Office applications.