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Graduate Studies Workshops & Events

Event/Workshop Calendar | Event/Workshop Descriptions

About Our Workshops & Events


Each semester, the Office of Graduate Studies offers workshops and events for a variety of graduate students. We have multiple series with topics and discussions for both prospective students & current graduate students!

Office of Graduate Studies Events

The Office of Graduate Studies hosts special events throughout the semester, including our Week of Welcome, Research Symposiums, and Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

Prospective Student Series

Co-sponsored by Career Services, Graduate Admissions, and Graduate Studies - the Prospective Student Series focuses on what graduate school is, appying, choosing a program, and how to survive once you begin your studies.

Professional Development Series

Our Professional Development Series, co-sponsored by the Graduate & Professional Student Council and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, provides opportunities for grad students to learn and fine tune skills and knowledge that will be essential for professional development after graduating.

Postdoctoral Development Series

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is committed to providing opportunities for postdoctoral scholars to enhance their research and academic skills as a way to ensure future success as researchers, faculty, and administrators.

Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Workshops & Help Sessions

Our ETD Resource Center has it's own set of workshops and help sessions scheduled throughout the semester. Visit the ETD Workshops & Help Sessions for calendars and information.

Calendar of Events


Date Event Time Location
March 2 Writing Workshop 2 3:00pm - 4:00pm SOC 149  
  Topic: The Struggle is Real! Key Elements to Establish an Authentic Research Agenda
March 8 GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School 12:00pm & 5:00pm ALN 296 Two Sessions
March 20 9th Annual USF Graduate Student Research Symposium 12:00pm - 4:00pm MSC Ballrooms  
March 29 Preparing for Your First Year as an Assistant Professor 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 296 RSVP
April 3-9 Graduate Student Appreciation Week Multiple Events TBA    
April 6 Writing Workshop 3 3:00pm - 4:00pm SOC 149  
  Topic: Opinion or Informed Position? The Elements of a Sound Academic Argument
April 12 GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School 12:00pm & 5:00pm ALN 296 Two Sessions
April 21 Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium 12:00pm - 5:00pm IDR Galleria

Event/Workshop Descriptions (by Series)

Office of Graduate Studies Events


Week of Welcome - Graduate Student Fresh Start

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 9:00am - 11:00am | ALN 209

Visit the Graduate Student Lounge to get a "FRESH" start to the semester with free coffee, juice and morning pastries.

Week of Welcome - Graduate Student Mixer

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council
Friday, January 13, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | MSC 3707

Join members of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) for an afternoon of networking with other graduate students and find out about how you can become actively involved with GPSC.

9th Annual USF Graduate Student Research Symposium

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
Monday, March 20, 2017 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | MSC Ballrooms

More Information Coming Soon

Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDR) Galleria

More Information Coming Soon

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
April 3-9, 2017 | Schedule of Activities, Times, and Locations TBA

This week is all about you - our Graduate Students!

Prospective Student Series


Graduate School Information Session

Sponsored by the African Student Association and the Office of Graduate Studies
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | TBA

Thinking about going to graduate school for a master's or doctoral degree in the near future? This presentation will give you comprehensive information about graduate school and how you can make the appropriate decision about attending graduate school based on your career aspirations.

GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School

Facilitated by Gary Oliver
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 12:00pm & 5:00pm (Two sessions) | ALN 296
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 12:00pm & 5:00pm (Two sessions) | ALN 296
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 12:00pm & 5:00pm (Two sessions) | ALN 296

Interested in attending graduate school but not sure where to start? GRAD 411 will provide participants with practical, straightforward information about graduate school. Additional information will also be shared on the benefits of obtaining a master's or doctoral degree, the general application process, and sources of financial support.

Professional Development Series


Professional Development Day for Social Science PhD Students & Postdocs - a Three Workshop Series

A Collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies and the Colleges of Education, Behavioral & Community Sciences, Arts & Sciences, and the Muma College of Business
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 10:00am - 3:15pm | CPR 120
Cost: $25.00 (Breakfast and Lunch will be provided)
RSVP Here
Space is limited so please register early
  Agenda
  10:00am - 11:30am Developing a Sustainable Research Agenda
    How do you create a research program that will see you through your Ph.D. and beyond? Our faculty panel will give you some tips on strengthening your research agenda.
  11:30am - 12:00pm Lunch
  12:00pm - 1:30pm Spreaking to a Professional Audience: Presentation Skills Needed for Academic and Non-Academic Audiences
  1:45pm - 3:15pm Ethical Considerations in Social Science Research
    What are some of the ethical dilemmas when using data and conducting human subject research? How do you avoid breaches of confidentiality? Does your data really "prove" what you are claiming?

Writing Workshop 1

Topic: Getting It Approved: The Necessary Components of a Thesis/Dissertation Proposal
Facilitator: Vernetta K. Williams, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | SOC (Social Sciences Building) 149
NO REGISTRATION NEEDED - SEATING LIMITED

Master's and doctoral students need to complete a project proposal or prospectus to be granted the opportunity to conduct research and/or write their thesis or dissertation. This workshop provides an overview of the proposal, its purpose and components with the goal of providing participants with vital information for writing a proposal or prospectus that gets approved the first time.

Writing Workshop 2

Topic: The Struggle is Real! Key Elements to Establish an Authentic Research Agenda
Facilitator: Dr. Vernetta K. Williams
Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | SOC (Social Sciences Building) 149
NO REGISTRATION NEEDED - SEATING LIMITED

Many graduate students struggle to assert something that already has not been said in essays, journal articles, books and studies within their discipline. Finding unique research interests, topics and expertise while reading past and current scholarship is needed for success in graduate school; this workshop provides participants with information needed to develop a meaningful research agenda.

Writing Workshop 3

Topic: Opinion or Informed Position? The Elements of a Sound Academic Argument
Facilitator: Dr. Vernetta K. Williams
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | SOC (Social Sciences Building) 149
NO REGISTRATION NEEDED - SEATING LIMITED

Much of the writing at the graduate level is persuasive in nature. Understanding what comprises a strong argument is essential for developing as a scholar who can publish, present and write in reputable academic venues. This workshop delineates that various parts of an effective argument.

Postdoctoral Development Series


How to Market Yourself to Science Industry

Presenter:Randall Ribauldo, Ph.D.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | MSC 2709
RSVP by Email

Learn how to tailor your cover letter and CV when applying to positions in biotech, pharma and other kinds of science companies. Learn how to demonstrate the skills to secure these positions.

Professional Development Day for Social Science PhD Students & Postdocs - a Three Workshop Series

A Collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies and the Colleges of Education, Behavioral & Community Sciences, Arts & Sciences, and the Muma College of Business
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 10:00am - 3:15pm | CPR 120
Cost: $25.00 (Breakfast and Lunch will be provided)
RSVP Here
Space is limited so please register early
  Agenda
  10:00am - 11:30am Developing a Sustainable Research Agenda
    How do you create a research program that will see you through your Ph.D. and beyond? Our faculty panel will give you some tips on strengthening your research agenda.
  11:30am - 12:00pm Lunch
  12:00pm - 1:30pm Spreaking to a Professional Audience: Presentation Skills Needed for Academic and Non-Academic Audiences
  1:45pm - 3:15pm Ethical Considerations in Social Science Research
    What are some of the ethical dilemmas when using data and conducting human subject research? How do you avoid breaches of confidentiality? Does your data really "prove" what you are claiming?


Preparing for Your First Year as an Assistant Professor

Presenters: Faculty Panel
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | ALN 296
RSVP by Email

You got the job! Now what? How to use the summer before your first job to set yourself up for success. What should you expect your first year? How much research can you really expect to get done? What should be your priorities? How do you make your department chair your ally?