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  

 


***If you would like to register for any of the in-person workshops, please email John Shaffer. Include the session name, your name, your student ID, email address, and your master's/doctoral program.***


Graduate Writing Seminar
Saturday, June 27
JPL 4.04.22

Graduate Writing Game Plan, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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.

Cite Right: Avoiding Plagiarism Traps, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Description:  Students will join a conduct officer and academic coach for a collaborative look at plagiarism issues specific to graduate students and how to avoid the traps of plagiarism by building a paper the right way. The workshop will be interactive with samples to analyze and case studies to discuss. Upon completion of the workshop, students will be able to identify different types of plagiarism and the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting.  Facilitated by the Tomas Rivera Center and the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.


Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, July 8
JPL (room TBD)

Library Research Skills and Services for Graduate Students, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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. Facilitated by UTSA Libraries.


Presentation Skills Seminar
Saturday, July 11
JPL 4.04.22

Managing and Mastering Presentation Skills, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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.

Presenting Research at Professional Academic Conferences, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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.


Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, July 14
JPL 4.04.08E (Library Dean's Suite)

Time Management in Graduate School, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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 facilitated by The Graduate School office and is definitely worth your time!


Job Search Preparedness Seminar
Saturday, July 25
JPL (room TBD)

Interactive Resume Development, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Description: Join with the University Career Center in an interactive workshop that will assist you in developing a marketable resume. This document will be your “first impression” on employers or program representatives! Let’s make them sharp!! We recommend that you bring items that will help you get a head start as you work on these documents, such as electronic versions of your resume, lists of presentations, articles, research, references, and a working cover letter. Our hope is that you will walk away with a finished product!

Link Up with LinkedIn, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Description: Want to know how to network with over 90 million professionals all at the click of your mouse?  Join us for a workshop devoted to the world’s number one professional networking website, LinkedIn.  Learn the tips and tricks to exchange information, ideas and opportunities as well as use LinkedIn for the following:

  • Stay informed about your contacts and industry
  • Find the people & knowledge you need to achieve your goals
  • Manage your professional identity online
  • Ask questions and seek the advice of professionals in various career fields

Facilitated by the University Career Center.


Webinars

Time Management in Graduate School
Monday, July 13
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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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 facilitated by The Graduate School office and is definitely worth your time!

Selecting a Thesis or Dissertation Chair
Thursday, July 23
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Description:  Selecting a thesis or dissertation chair can be one of the most important decisions a graduate student makes during their program.  This one single decision can either propel your academic career forward or stifle and slow down your road to graduation.  This workshop will discuss:

  1. The role of the thesis or dissertation chair
  2. Questions to consider in your selection
  3. Choosing your chair wisely
  4. Personality traits to avoid

Presented by The Graduate School office.


Unable to attend a session? Visit our Online Workshops & Resources page to view a selection of our workshops online.


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