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This year at a glance

The SDSU Graduate School coordinates a variety of events throughout the year for faculty, staff, and students to gain and share information and resources. For more information about any of the events listed below, contact SDSU Graduate School at 605-688-4181 or e-mail.

Graduate School Orientation 

           August 17, 2018 3:00-5:00 pm 
           Agricultural Engineering Hall Room 100

Orientation is open to any new graduate student. The two hour session will cover the basics of graduate school, current policies and procedures that impact students, and professional development opportunities. There will also be time set aside for students to ask questions of the staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Information will be electronically available following the orientation session. Supplemental material, not covered during the orientation session, will be offered as part of the Graduate School Professional Development Program.  

Professional Development Program

For more information about the professional development program or earning the professional development certificate visit the Graduate Student Professional Development page. Recordings and/presentations from events highlighted below will be placed on D2L for distance students and those who are unable to attend presentations in person. If you would like to receive credit for attending a workshop not listed below, please contact the Graduate School for accommodations. Students not completing the professional development certificate are welcome at any of the following events. Events denoted with an asterisk (*) are sponsored by the Graduate School.

Building Success for Non-traditional Students  (Wellness)

  Monday, January 14th at 9:30am

Do you self-define as an international, older and/or working or part-time student? The history of higher education has a lot of influence, even today.  This webinar is for anyone who doesn't feel they quite "fit" on campus.  We'll discuss what happens, why it is the way it is, the variation across academia around the world and finally how you can use this awareness to build your own personal success.

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Problems to Avoid When Writing Academically  (Communication)

  Thursday, January 17th at 10:00am

Academic writing is a complex task, but the more you know it, the better you perform it. In this webinar, you will know what the most common flaws in academic papers are and how to avoid those weaknesses.

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


"Transitioning Academic Research to the Marketplace"  (Research)

  Tuesday, January 22nd  2:00-4:00pm  (Students do not need to attend the entire seminar and may come and go to different sessions.)

Student Union Lewis & Clark Room

This seminar is sponsored by the Division of Research and Economic Development.

Please click here for details and a schedule of presentations.


Mandatory Self-Advocacy Workshop

  Thursday, January 24th 2:00-3:00pm  Avera 280

This required PDP workshop presented by Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School will provide information and advice about navigating your experience as a graduate student and how to advocate for yourself now and in the future.  

Registration Link


“Active Learning: How to Improve Critical Thinking, Motivation & Engagement”  (Teaching)

  Friday, January 25th  noon-1:00pm

Live Webinar: Register by Clicking Here!

The importance of active learning in higher education is well-established; research clearly shows that pedagogical strategies encouraging students to reflect, analyze, process and discuss course concepts lead to increased motivation, learning, critical thinking and engagement. We will examine classroom assessment techniques and assignments that promote individual engagement with course material, questioning techniques that enliven classroom discussions, feedback strategies that encourage active listening, instructional strategies to motivate critical thinking, group and pair activities that prompt interaction, and cooperative learning approaches to promote problem-solving. Throughout our exploration, the emphasis will be on practical, easy-to-implement pedagogical strategies that allow you to transform your classroom into an active learning environment.


BOTH EVENTS CANCELED  -  Interview with Confidence  (Career Development)

  Tuesday, January 29th  3-4pm  Union Pioneer Room 265


  Wednesday, January 30th  3-4pm  Union Lewis Room 262A

Does the thought of an interview make you anxious? We can remedy that! Learn what to do before, during and after the interview and how to answer common questions. Preparation breeds confidence, and confidence breeds success!

Registration Link


3MT Competition  (Communication)

  Tuesday, February 5th 5-7pm  Union Lewis & Clark Room

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD and Master's students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages them to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community. Come to watch your fellow graduate students compete!

Registration Link  (to attend, not to compete)


Developing Networks & Relationship Building for Success  (Career Development)

  Wednesday, February 6th  3-4pm  Avera 027

Presented by Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School & Kristen Kponyoh, Graduate Student Services Coordinator. Attendees will learn the value of networking as it relates to the search for internships, jobs and more. "Who you know" can make a big difference in your future career.

Registration Link


Acclimatizing to Graduate School  (Wellness)

  Monday, February 11th at 9:30am

A discussion unpacking the secrets and mysteries for international students or anyone whose identity is challenged in an academic environment.

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Thesis & Dissertation Workshop  (Communication)

  Tuesday, February 12th  3-4pm  Avera 280

Kristen Kponyoh, Graduate Student Services Coordinator in the Graduate School, will provide a thorough rundown of the process of preparing and submitting your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest.

Registration Link


Wellness Fair - Dr. Roxanne Prichard’s presentation (Wellness)

  Wednesday, February 13th from 12pm-1pm in the VBR (Student Union).

Come and listen to a recorded presentation from Dr. Roxanne Prichard about how sleep impacts work, school & life balance. Dr. Prichard is the Scientific Director at the Center for College Sleep at the University of St. Thomas. Free, no registration required.


Doing a Literature Review: How to Approach It  (Communication)

  Thursday, February 14th at 10:00am

Literature review establishes the foundation of your study or academic paper. Since the input information can be overwhelming, you need to have a plan to do it. In this webinar, how to do that is discussed.

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Peer Discussion During Assessment Opportunities Enhances Learning  (Teaching)

  Thursday, February 14  11am-12pm – SBL 125

Presenter: Dr. Cody Wright, Animal Science

Registration Link:


Literature Review Workshop  (Research)

  Thursday, February 21st  4:00-7:00 p.m.  H. M. Briggs Library

SDSU librarians are offering in-person workshops to help with literature reviews. We are offering seven different sessions, with each session repeated three times. Attend one, two, or three sessions depending on your interests. Meet Subject Librarians and fellow grad students and enjoy food and beverages in the workshop lounge.

For more information and to register click here!


Applications of Leadership  (Leadership)

  Thursday, February 28th  3-4pm  Avera 027

Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School will discuss different leadership scenarios and how they apply to Graduate Students now and in their future career.

Registration Link


End Note Training  (Research)

  Thursday, February 28th 4-6pm Briggs Library

Due to the nature of this workshop it will not be recorded and must be attended in person. EndNote X9 is available for download. Get the product code on InsideState at: This two-hour session is an introduction to the software which is available to SDSU students, staff, and faculty. The session is designed for graduate students and faculty, but all are welcome. If you wish to follow along on your own computer, please bring a laptop with the software already installed.

Please register for the training session you would like to attend at


Time Management Tools  (Wellness)

  Monday, March 4th at 10:45am

This group discussion will allow everyone to share how they manage their time and keep themselves moving forward.  Do we celebrate our milestones?  What works for tracking and supporting our own progress?

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Career Transference 101: CV vs. Resume, What is the Difference?  (Career Development)

  Monday, March 11th at 10:30am

Looking at the 10 transferrable skills from the World Economic Forum, how can you get them to show up in your CV and Resume?  What is the difference in these two documents and do you need both?

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Write a Resume and Cover Letter that Get Noticed  (Career Development)

  Tuesday, March 12th  3-4pm  Union Pioneer Room 265


  Wednesday, March 13th  3-4pm  Union Lewis Room 262A

The job of a cover letter is to get the reader to read your resume. The job of a resume is to get you an interview. Do your resume and cover letter get you noticed? This workshop will help resume and cover letter rookies create documents that take them to the next level. Learn what makes a resume and cover letter stand out to recruiters, while avoiding common pitfalls.

Registration Link


Career Transference 201:  10 Skills Needed in Work and How to Have Them  (Career Development)

  Monday, March 18th at 10:30am

Digging deeper into the 10 transferrable skills from the WEF, what types of activities in graduate school ensure you have the requisites you need for employment during the 4th industrial revolution?

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Wellness Works II  (Wellness)

  Thursday, March 21st  3-4pm  Avera 027

Mariah Weber, Wellness Coordinator at the SDSU Student Wellness Center, will present on wellness topics that are important to Graduate Students. Come and learn about how wellness plays an important role in your success in Graduate School.

Registration Link


Get LinkedIn: Leverage Your Personal Brand to Find Jobs & Internships  (Career Development)

  Tuesday, March 26th 3-4pm  Union Pioneer Room 265


  Wednesday, March 27th 3-4pm  Union Lewis Room 262A

Are you linked in? If not, you may be missing out on a key tool for your career success. Eighty percent of available jobs are not advertised! Learn how to access the “hidden job market” through strategic communication with professionals on LinkedIn.

Registration Link


How to Go From Personal Writing to Academic Writing  (Communication)

  Thursday, March 28th at 11:00am

Being a graduate student, you certainly know how to write. However, are you sure that you know and apply the peculiarities of academic writing? This webinar enlightens your understanding of the differences between personal writing and academic one.

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Scientific Research Principles For All Types of Masters Capstone Projects  (Research)

  Monday, April 1st at 9:30am

This session is good not matter what type of capstone you are doing. Even non-thesis Masters work is built on scientific design principles.  Come discuss your field and how to incorporate advanced scientific thinking no matter your capstone process.

This is a webinar that can be viewed by clicking here.


Leadership for Graduate Students  (Leadership)

  Friday, April 5th  10-11am  Avera 027

Presented by Ms. Kimberly Gustafson, an Instructor in the SDSU Consumer Sciences Department. She will discuss leadership and management topics as they relate to Graduate Students and the value of these skills and experiences to your future.

Registration Link


 Additional workshops will be added as schedules become available.

If there are workshops or events you have attended that are not listed here but you feel would be relevant to the Professional Development Program, please contact the Graduate School about the possibility of getting credit for attending.


Professional Development Series: Graduate Recognition Event

          April 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm Student Union - Hobo Day Gallery 

Recognition event for those students who successfully met the requirements of the Professional Development Program and for graduate student award winners for the 2018-19 academic year. Recipients will be recognized and presented a certificate. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. Event is open to all graduate students! 

Faculty Workshops/Meetings 

Fall Graduate Coordinator Meeting 
        September 5, 2018 at 3:00pm 
        Avera 280

Graduate Faculty Training Workshops

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:00 am - Noon
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:00 am - Noon

Morrill Hall 104
Explanation of Graduate School policies, procedures, and expectations of graduate faculty. Please RSVP to the workshop you plan to attend. All sessions will cover the same information.

Spring Graduate Coordinator Meeting 
        January 16, 2019 at 10:00am 
        Morrill Hall 104