Graduate students sit at a round table and talk at a workshop.

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. 

Upcoming Workshops, 2020–21

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

Questions? Email

Info Sessions for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Monday, November 16, 12-1pm
Tuesday, November 24, 11:30am-12:30pm

Register for the November 24th info session. (Zoom meeting information will be emailed following registration)

Learn more about Three Minute Thesis and get answers to all your questions about this year's competition.

Making Your Research Resonate with any Audience

Thursday, November 12th, 2020, 12:30pm to 2pm 
Online Workshop: video conference meeting invite will be sent to registrants

Have you ever tried to explain your research to someone who "just doesn't get it"? What do you do if you need to make sure that the person you're communicating with "gets it"?

Sometimes in grad school, we become accustomed to conversing and presenting research with colleagues in same field of study. This allows us to forget how to approach an interdisciplinary audience that isn’t familiar with the field’s foundational concepts or terms.

This workshop will aid students in formulating an oral or written presentation that is accessible and interesting to a well-educated, broad audience; but at the same time, prevent the students’ research from being trivialized or oversimplified. It will address creating a narrative, choosing audience-appropriate language, persuasion techniques, and more. These skills will be useful for networking, seeking research/scholarship collaborators, grant writing, proposals for academic/research journal publication, conference presentation, and more.

Principles of Visual Communication

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whether you’re presenting a research paper during class or defending your research at your thesis/dissertation defense, drawing on basic visual communication principles will improve the delivery of your next research presentation. When visual aids are effectively used in a research presentation, they become a powerful tool for capturing an audience’s attention. They can communicate complex information with a single glance, emphasize the role of key data in your research results, or accommodate different styles of learning. As such, visual aids should not be an afterthought, but should receive the same level of consideration as crafting an oral or written message. 

This workshop will cover principles of visual communication, including visual flow, use of white space and color, visual balance, identifying intuitive symbols for your audience, accessibility guidelines, accurately representing data, and more.

UC Workshops

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 Academic Writing Center offers free workshops to graduate students on important writing concepts. Workshops are typically one hour, and cover topics such as Creating an Outstanding CV, Composing a Literature Review, Starting Your Dissertation, and Overcoming Writer's Block. Visit AWC's Graduate Tutoring page for their workshop schedule and for graduate writing resources. 

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.

Suggest a Workshop!

What would you like to learn? Write to us and we'll find experts to offer a workshop.