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.

The Graduate School often offers a variety of workshops that can be found by visiting the UNCG Workshops page.
When students begin to write their thesis or dissertation, they may find that regularly scheduled blocks of time in the company of other motivated writers may be just what is needed to combat feelings of isolation or the frustration that comes with waiting to feel inspired. Participants check in briefly with one another on their weekly goals and progress and then dedicate at least two hours of each session to writing. The Graduate School partners with Jackson Library to provide a convenient, distraction-free work environment and tools to help students keep track of their writing progress. Peer Writing Support Groups are available each semester and over the summer. Students registered in thesis or dissertation courses are e-mailed and invited to fill out a survey of interest to join a group at the onset of each semester. You may also consider joining the Cornell Graduate School’s Product Writer listserv, which provides advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Whether you see yourself as a future faculty member or a future professional, The Graduate Schools of UNCG and NC A&T have established the Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) program as a strong foundation for graduate student professional development and career preparation. The program is designed to provide valuable, transferable skills and knowledge that will prepare currently enrolled, degree seeking graduate students to be successful and dynamic leaders in their chosen disciplines and careers as they complete their degree.
Read more at: http://grs.uncg.edu/pfl/
The Graduate School and the Office of Research & Economic Development co-sponsor this spring semester event to showcase graduate research and creative work to non-specialized audiences. Participants use posters and oral presentations to communicate the importance and relevance of their work in jargon-free language. There are six categories in which students can present: Creative Arts; Health Sciences; Humanities; Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences; Professional Programs; and Social Sciences. There is a $1,000 prize for the winner of each category.
Read more at: https://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo/
The Research Development Program prepares students to be successful in securing funding through grant making activities. By the end of a one-year commitment, participants will have established a mentor relationship with experienced faculty, developed a specific grant application of their choice, received feedback on the proposal via a quality circle review, and submitted a competitive proposal for extramural funding.
Read more at: https://grs.uncg.edu/rdp/
3MT is a research communication competition in the fall semester that challenges students to present a compelling oration on their dissertation/thesis topic and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes and with only one PowerPoint slide. First place ($1,000), second place ($500), and People’s Choice ($250) winners are selected and announced at the end of the competition.
Read more and see videos at: https://grs.uncg.edu/life-dev/3mt/
The Graduate School periodically sponsors extended opportunities to focus on writing with meals and guidance provided at no charge. Faculty consultants offer expertise on tackling various writing issues and dedicated writing time is balanced with short breaks to learn about time management, wellness and stress management, how to submit the thesis or dissertation electronically, etc.
Read more at: https://grs.uncg.edu/life-dev/writers-retreat-boot-camp/


Other Resources

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.

Graduate Student Support Group (ongoing)
Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Group Room, The Counseling Center
More Information is at www.shs.uncg.edu/cc
The Counseling Center invites you to a group where other graduate students meet, share, and network and discuss issues that are often unique to those pursuing advanced degrees, including family challenges, relationship concerns, work/life balance, the impact of advanced study on mood, and academic concerns (i.e. thesis/ dissertation, navigating academic departments, etc.).
For more information talk with a Counseling Center therapist or contact Vanessa Enoch, Psy.D. at:
336-334-5874 or vaenoch@uncg.edu.

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?

Panel discussion with:
Dora Gicheva – Economics, UNCG
William Harden – Accounting and Finance, UNCG
John Lucas – Financial Aid Office, UNCG
Ken Snowden – Economics, UNCG

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.