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Graduate Student Workshops

The Graduate School offers the Graduate Student Workshop Series, which is designed to supplement a student's academic training by providing brief, specific skill-building sessions that focus on professional and personal development. UC faculty, alumni, staff and community partners act as topical experts presenting on such topics as oral presentation, credit and budgeting, and nonacademic career development. UC academic departments and offices also provide workshops of relevance to graduate students. UC workshops provides a collegial forum in which students can sharpen skills now while they prepare for their futures.

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CET&L) offers an array of experiential workshops and learning modules tailored to the needs of graduate teaching assistants, faculty, and others interested in improving their teaching.

University Libraries offer workshops on both East and West Campus that provide tools to support graduate students in their research.

You can download powerpoint presentations, handouts and other materials from previous workshops by going to the Past Workshops page.

Upcoming Workshops: Spring 2014

Selecting and Working with Your Thesis/Dissertation Chair and Committee

This workshop will be useful to masters and doctoral students who are seeking guidance, have questions, or would simply enjoy a faculty perspective on the following topics: 

  • Purpose and uses of a research advisor and committee at different stages of degree completion (i.e. pre-comps vs. dissertation committee).
  • Important considerations in selecting faculty to fulfill these roles.
  • Advice on how to approach potential chair and committee members. 
  • Characteristics of successful graduate students, including how productive relationships with their committees were initiated and maintained.
  • Effective methods of potential conflict management on a committee.

Two sessions:

Thursday, April 3, 1-2:30 p.m., TUC 400A. CANCELLED. Please register for Tuesday, April 8 session.

Tuesday, April 8, 2-3:30 p.m., TUC 400A. Panel includes faculty from arts & humanities/fine arts/social sciences/behavioral sciences/education programs.

  • Dr. Nicasio Urbina, A&S, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Dr. Yan Yu, Business, Department of Business Analytics
  • Dr. bruce mcclung, CCM, Department of Musicology

Register at

Summer 2014

Build a Better Resume and Cover Letter

Date and time TBA.

The most frustrating part of any job search is submitting a ton of applications, only to get no response. So what does it take to get an interview? The key is your resume* and cover letter.

This workshop will show you how to take your resume and cover letter to the next level, so that the documents you submit with your job applications will prompt search committees to invite you for an interview.

In order to register for this workshop, you must:

  • upload your current resume,
  • link to a job posting—either something you plan to apply for or (if you are not currently searching for a job) the type of position you will apply for
  • upload a cover letter written for the job posting

For the majority of this workshop, the instructor and participants will, as a group, review everyone’s documents and discuss how to take these resumes and cover letters to “the next level,” in terms of basic principles and the specific requirements listed in the job posting.

As this workshop will provide individual attention to each person’s resume and cover letter, the workshop is limited to 10 participants per session.  

* This workshop will NOT cover CVs. For students pursuing a job in academia, I highly recommend taking the PFF Academic Job Search class.

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