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, 2021–22

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

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Get them to Listen: How to Get Anyone (from Grant Committees to your Grandma) Excited about Your Research

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
11:00am to 12:30pm    
Tangeman University Center, room 400C.
Presented by: Dr. Jessica Graves-Rack, Dept. of Communications
Register now for "Get them to Listen" Workshop

Have you ever tried to explain your research or academic work to a friend or family member and gotten nothing but blank stares back? If you're a graduate student, you likely know how to talk about your work to colleagues and mentors but might find it harder to get non-experts interested in what you do. In this workshop, participants will learn how to get any group engaged and excited about their academic work or research. Learn how to avoid jargon; distil your work into meaningful, audience-appropriate talking points; utilize metaphor, storytelling, and other engagement techniques; and communicate why your work matters to experts and non-experts alike. Successfully communicating about your research is a vital skill in interviewing, networking, and grant writing—not to mention that it makes you a more interesting dinner guest. 

Principles of Visual Communication

Thursday, November 4, 2021
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Presented by: Dr. Lora Arduser, Dept. of Rhetoric & Professional Writing
Register now for "Principles of Visual Communication" Workshop

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.

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