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Graduate Student Workshops

The Graduate School offers the Graduate Student Workshop Series, which supplements a student's academic training by providing brief, specific skill-building sessions on professional and personal development. UC faculty, alumni, staff and community partners act as topical experts and present on such topics as oral presentation, credit, budgeting and nonacademic career development. UC academic departments and offices also provide workshops of relevance to graduate students. UC workshops are 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.

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

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

Upcoming Workshops

Academic Writing Center Graduate Student Workshops

The Academic Writing Center is offering a series of free writing workshops for graduate students. All workshops will take place in Langsam Library 475 and will cover topics that are specific to the graduate student experience. Refreshments will be provided. You can RSVP for a workshop below or via the AWC’s graduate student website.

Date, Time and Location

Workshop Topic


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. in Langsam Library 475 

Writing a Dissertation Proposal


Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. in Langsam Library 475 

Comprehensive Exam Strategies


Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. in Langsam Library 475 

The Style of Graduate Writing


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. in Langsam Library 475

Composing a Literature Review


These workshops will serve as a helpful guide as you navigate pivotal graduate school writing challenges. If you have questions, please email

Professional Poster Preparation Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2–3:30 p.m.
Tangeman University Center (TUC) 400A

Associate Dean James Mack will go over the characteristics of a well-designed and presented poster. Students will then engage in an exercise where they will review example posters using the judging rubric from the upcoming Graduate Student Expo. Ideas for improvement will be discussed.

This workshop is highly recommended for students who plan to participate in the poster forum at the Graduate Student Expo or any upcoming conference poster session.

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Three-Minute Thesis Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Tangeman University Center (TUC) 400A

As part of the annual Expo & Poster Forum on Feb. 10, 2017, the Graduate School will host a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Participants will hone their main dissertation idea into a compelling three-minute presentation without visual aids and will present a TED-style talk at the Expo. In preparation for this event, we will be hosting a workshop for all interested graduate students. Topics will include the purpose of 3MT, strategies for distilling research ideas into short talks, how to reach a non-specialist audience, plus tips on public speaking. Students need not be registered for the 3MT competition to participate in this workshop. 

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