Graduate Student Success

Graduate Student Success Events

As a graduate student at UTSA you have the opportunity to take lifelong learning beyond the classroom, enhancing your UTSA 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.  In addition, there are a variety of social and networking events specifically for graduate students during the Fall semester. 

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 below and use the REGISTER NOW links to register for each event.  Themes and stages are not currently being utilized.  

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



Jan 30            Graduate Writing Seminar

Graduate Writing Game Plan
10:00 am – 11:30 am, Main Campus, 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.
Cite Right: Avoid Plagiarism Traps
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Main Campus, JPL 4.04.22
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 Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Feb 13           Graduate Student Skill Development Seminar

The Grad's Speech:  Managing and Mastering Presentations
10:00 am – 11:30 am, Main Campus, 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.  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.
Time Management in Graduate School
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Main Campus, 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 facilitated by The Graduate School office and is definitely worth your time!

Feb 20         Leadership Development Seminar

Empowerment through Leadership

10:00 am – 11:30 am, Downtown Campus, DB 2.302
Description:  “Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.” – Jim Rohn.  The idea that leaders are born and not made is a misconception, however successful leadership starts with the ability to lead ourselves.  Each of us has the ability to learn leadership skills and has the potential to be an effective leader through empowerment of others.   Topics include a discussion on various facets of leadership, leadership through empowerment, and tips to sharpen your leadership skills.  Presented by The Graduate School.

Leadership and Communication

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Downtown Campus, DB 2.302
Description: “Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership.  The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others.  If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” – Gilbert Amelio.  This workshop will discuss leading through communication, to include:

  1. Key principles of communication
  2. Effective communication skills of leaders
  3. Communicating your vision
  4. Communication through social and relational means
  5. Listening:  The most important communication skill for leaders

  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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