Learn about Graduate School workshops, our Preparing Future Leaders Program, Research & Creativity Expo, Research Development Program, the Three-Minute Thesis competition, Writers’ Retreat/Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camps and many other opportunities available to graduate students.
Read more at: http://grs.uncg.edu/pfl/
Read more at: https://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo/
Read more at: https://grs.uncg.edu/rdp/
Read more and see videos at: https://grs.uncg.edu/life-dev/3mt/
Read more at: https://grs.uncg.edu/life-dev/writers-retreat-boot-camp/
Career Services Center
The Career Services Center provides numerous resources and services for graduate students and alumni. These include a career team that can assist in career planning to include the Career I.D. Model, career planning, resume/CV writing, interview skills, networking opportunities, career fairs, specialized programming and much more.
Gradshare is where graduate students help each other succeed.
GradHacker is a blog featured on Inside Higher Ed: the free daily news site for people who work in higher education. Breaking news, lively commentary, and thousands of job postings can be found here.
Phinished is a discussion and support group for people trying to finish their dissertations or theses, and those who have been there.
Practical Strategies for Writing a Thesis or Dissertation: – Audio Recording
The Graduate School organized a panel discussion with three faculty writing experts to discuss writing a thesis or dissertation. Topics included: qualities of effective advisors and how to select helpful, qualified advisors; the role and importance of an effective mentoring relationship; the value of academic peers and social networks; knowing what good writing and scholarly habits are and learning how to develop them; distinguishing a good academic topic of research or inquiry from a less fruitful one; deciding what to include in your writing and what to leave out; how not to get bogged down, etc.
The panelists for this workshop were Dr. Kelly Ritter, formerly of the Department of English; Dr. Paul Silvia, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Carol Mullen, formerly of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.
Survive and Succeed
“All I needed to know to survive (and succeed) in grad school, I learned from…” The editors of this project emphasize that succeeding in graduate school, particularly a doctoral program, requires all kinds of skills. “Some are obvious, and related to ‘book smarts’ and research skills. Others are less obvious, like persistence, grit, and generosity. Some of these essays articulate lessons that apply to particular parts of graduate school, such as ‘working with my adviser,’ ‘writing my dissertation,’ or ‘preparing for qualifying exams.’ Others focus on experiences that remained important throughout the writers’ entire graduate school career.” Read for inspiration, or consider submitting your own response!
To Borrow or Not to Borrow? Student Loans and You: – Recorded Session
(Please note that you will need to download the Oracle program in order to open this recorded session to hear audio and view the presentation. The session will open in Blackboard Collaborate.)
Total student loan debt has grown to more than $1 trillion in the U.S. and is now larger than the nation’s total credit card debt! With tuition rising and family finances strained, the volume of debt is likely to continue growing. This panel discussion covers several basic themes graduate students should consider when using student loans, including:
- How does student loan debt affect future income, employment and marriage prospects? (for an example of this, read NPR’s 2012 story here)
- How should a student assess the “true cost” of a student loan?
- How are student loans different from other types of debt?
- Is it possible to take out “too little” as well as “too much” student loan debt?
The panel is composed of faculty and staff who teach, do research, and lecture on topics related to debt in general and student loan debt in particular. The session is not designed to provide individual counseling, but to inform all students about the questions and issues you need to confront before taking out a student loan with a counselor or on your own.