Graduate Student Success

Graduate Student Success Events

As a graduate student at UTSA you have the opportunity to take learning beyond the classroom, enhancing your academic experience in all stages of your graduate career.  By attending these free events, you will sharpen your skills in the areas of academic and professional/career development and you will take an active role in your success as a student and career professional.  Visit the Online Resources page for a list of available online workshops.

NEW: Graduate Students now have the opportunity to receive a Graduate Student Success Certificate of Completion for attending 5 or more Graduate School sponsored workshops/events in any given semester.

Please review our complete list of current semester offerings. Use the key below to select the themes and stages that best describe your current status as a graduate student and your area of interest.

Themes Stages
  Academic   Early in Program
  Professional Development   Middle of Program
  Social / Networking   Late in Program
  Doctoral Students  


January 20, 27, and February 3: International Graduate Student Success Series


Description: This workshop series is specifically designed to assist in the success of our International and second language speaking graduate students. The series is divided into three sessions:
  1. Basic Writing Skills
  2. Thriving in the American Classroom
  3. Academic Research and Reading

For more information and to register, visit the International Graduate Student Success Series page.

January 24: First Things First Seminar I

Graduate Writing Game Plan
10:00 am – 11:30 am
JPL 4.04.22

Description: The topics discussed in this writing session include:

  • The differences in expectation from undergraduate writing to graduate level work
  • The difference between revision and editing
  • Creating a vision of writing as a process instead of a product 
  • Reading critically
  • Proper quotation and citation methods
  • Tips and tricks to avoid the most common errors in writing

At the conclusion of the presentation, any participant should leave with an understanding of the standards to which he or she will be held when writing for a graduate level course and empowered to seek the necessary aid during their graduate studies. This session is presented by the Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence.

Library Research Skills and Services for Graduate Students
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
JPL 4.04.22

Description: Wondering how you can put the library to work for you as a grad student? Attend this session to learn about services and resources especially for you. You'll learn how to search our catalog efficiently, where to find the best resources for your discipline, how to find full-text dissertations in your area (yes, most of them are online!), and the process for requesting materials not owned by UTSA. Presented by UTSA Libraries.

February 5: Graduate School Financial Awards Webinar
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Description: The Graduate School offers a number of fellowships, scholarships, and awards throughout the academic year for both Master's and Doctoral students. This session will discuss each award, including eligibility, awards amounts, application submission, and the selection process.

February 7: First Things First Seminar II

Time Management in Graduate School
10:00 am – 11:30 am
JPL 4.04.22

Description: Time Management in graduate school is imperative and an integral skill utilized by students to be successful throughout a graduate program. This workshop will provide useful tips and information on how to effectively manage time associated with a graduate student’s busy lifestyle. Topics covered include setting goals and priorities, developing a personalized schedule/calendar, setting expectations of time availability with family and friends, time effective study tips, and creating a life balance incorporating career responsibilities, academic coursework, and social/personal time. This workshop is presented by The Graduate School office and is definitely worth your time!

The Grad's Speech: Managing and Mastering Presentations
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
JPL 4.04.22

Description: A significant portion of a student's time in graduate school is dedicated to developing and delivering in-class presentations. During this session students will 1) Receive tips on effective communication to improve presentation delivery 2) Learn to develop a presentation concept and content 3) Learn how to appropriately utilize PowerPoint software and 4) Take part in a presentation exercise. If you would like to improve your presentation skills or simply revisit some tools and tips on effective presentation techniques, this is the workshop for you! Presented by The Graduate School office.

February 17: Educational Leadership Academic Career Path - College of Education and Human Development         

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Main Campus, TBD

Description: This Academic Career Path session is for College of Education and Human Development Doctoral Students and will include an emphasis on Educational Leadership. In this workshop, the following topics will be discussed:

  1. Resume development (expectations prior to being hired, how to become more marketable)
  2. Job search (interviewing, presenting your research)
  3. Job selection (types of institutions, willingness to be mobile)
  4. Faculty expectations (teaching, research, and service)
  5. Job benefits (flexibility, broader collegial network, merge teaching and research, professional involvement, student development

This session is facilitated by Bruce Barnett, Ph.D. and Mariela Rodriguez, Ph.D.

February 18: Negotiating Your Ideal Faculty Position – College of Engineering

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Main Campus, TBD

Description: This Academic Career Path session is for College of Engineering Doctoral Students. The workshop will contain information on how to find the right institutional fit, what a search committee is looking for, the on-campus interview, negotiating a start-up package, transitioning to an assistant professor, and balancing your life. The goal of this workshop is to leave understanding the process of acquiring an academic position and what being an assistant professor entails. The workshop will be facilitated by Heather Shipley, Ph.D.

February 19: Developing Professional Mentor Relationships Webinar

Online Webinar
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Description: Students with good mentors are more likely to have productive, distinguished, and ethical careers that reflect credit on the mentors and enrich the discipline. Effective mentoring helps to ensure the quality of research, scholarship and teaching well into the future. This workshop will discuss:

  • What is a mentor and how to find one
  • Steps to mentorship
  • Faculty challenges
  • Establishing the mentor/mentee relationship
  • Mentee responsibilities

 Presented by The Graduate School.

February 26: Presenting Research at Professional Academic Conferences Webinar

Online Webinar
10:00 am – 11:30 am
REGISTER NOW               

Description: Presenting at academic conferences is an integral experience for graduate students across a wide range of disciplines. Unfortunately, this aspect of academia is often ignored during the course of graduate education. While all graduate programs place emphasis on learning essential skills such as academic writing and research, few provide students with instruction on how to effectively communicate one's research in the truncated format common to academic conferences. This workshop will attempt to fill the void for graduate students by providing a thorough overview of the types of elements critical to a successful presentation. In particular, this workshop will cover 1) the various components of a conference presentation, 2) keys to public speaking, 3) stylistic issues for visual tools such as power point, and 4) what to expect from, and how to react to, the audience. Presented by The Graduate School office.

March 5: Conflict Resolution Webinar

Online Webinar
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Description: Conflict between colleagues or classmates is a fact of life due to differing goals, needs, and perceptions. The fact that conflict exists is not necessarily a bad thing as long as it is resolved successfully. Understanding the causes of conflict and utilizing effective conflict resolution practices can ultimately lead to personal and professional growth. In this session we will discuss:

  • How to define conflict
  • Different conflict styles
  • Perceptions that perpetuate conflict
  • Conflict resolution strategies and skills

This session is presented by The Graduate School.

Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshops & Webinars


Visit the Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshops & Webinars webpage for specific dates/times and to register.

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Lauren Beaver
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