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  


Sept. 2, 9, 16: 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.

Sept. 4: The Doctoral Program Survival Guide
(Session also offered during Webinar Week)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
JPL 2.01.08E

Description: By committing to a doctoral program of study, you have essentially thrown life as you know it to the wind. How you handle the commitment and sacrifice associated with a doctoral program is key to your success. This workshop will provide a guide and realistic approach to assist doctoral students with navigating through their program. Topics include how student satisfaction equals academic success, cultivating family and peer/cohort support and understanding, creating a balanced life, engaging faculty professors and mentors, and tackling your dissertation. Current doctoral students will also be in attendance to share personal views on surviving a doctoral program. At the end of the day, the commitment and sacrifice associated with a doctoral program is worth it… and so is this workshop! This session is presented by The Graduate School.  

Sept. 6: First Things First, Seminar I

  • Graduate Writing Game Plan
    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    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
    3:00 pm – 4:30 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.

Sept. 11: Conflict Resolution
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
BSE 2.102

Description: Coming Soon

Sept. 13: First Things First. Seminar II

  • Time Management in Graduate School
    (Session also offered during Webinar Week)
    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    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 and is definitely worth your time!
  • The Grad's Speech: Managing and Mastering Presentations
    3:00 pm – 4:30 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
    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.

Sept. 18: Navigating Group Projects and Group Dynamics
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
BSE 2.102

Description: Coming Soon

Sept. 22 – 27: Graduate Student Career Week

Description: The Graduate School and the University Career Center bring you Career Week. Career week is an annual event that features workshops and special events to enhance professional development and assist with your job search. For more information and to register for events, visit the Graduate Student Career Week page.

Sept. 29 – Oct 2: Webinar Week

Description: The Graduate School provides a series of webinars each semester to meet the needs of those students who are not able to attend on-campus / in-person workshops. We call this webinar week! To view the complete list of webinar topics, descriptions, and how to register please visit the Webinar Week page.

Oct. 7: Proposal Development and Navigating Federal Granting Agencies
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
JPL 4.04.22

Description: This workshop will cover in-depth principles of successful grant writing, starting with the planning phase of a proposal to the actual construction of the proposal itself. Special attention will be paid to the perspectives of grant reviewers and how to write in ways that will meet their expectations. This workshop is presented by the Office of Research Support.

Oct. 9: Personal Problem Solving Strategies
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
BSE 2.102

Description: This session will focus on how to maximize your success in graduate school and beyond. Presented is a problem solving tool and self-regulated assessment for engagement. This session provides hands-on practice, practical application instruction, and the opportunity to tailor your support at UTSA.

Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshops (dates vary)

More information coming soon.

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Front Desk

Lauren Beaver
Thesis/Dissertation Officer

Ana Reynolds
Administrative Associate II

John Shaffer III
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Success

Veronica Ramirez
Assistant Dean