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Professional Development Workshops Spring 2022

Clayton State University
School of Graduate Studies

Georgia State University
The Graduate School



GS icon Balancing Graduate School and Life Obligation

Wednesday, February 2 | 1pm – 2pm

Graduate school has no shortage of sources of stress, tight deadlines and multiple competing priorities. This workshop will provide tips and resources for balancing graduate school and having a life outside of your scholarship.

Facilitator: GSU Counseling & Testing Center


GS icon Nationally Competitive Fellowships for Graduate Students Information Session

February TBD | Time: TBD 

Graduate students are invited to learn about nationally competitive and prestigious fellowships. GSU fellowships adviser, Katrina Helz, will provide tips and insight into finding and applying for external funding in the form of fellowships including, but not limited to: Fulbright, Boren, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Ford and Southern Regional Education Board Fellowships. Please note that many national fellowships require United States citizenship for eligibility. Questions? Contact Katrina Helz at


GS icon Public Scholarship: Designing Presentations for Maximum Impact

Wednesday, February 9 | 11:30 – 1:00

Whether you’re presenting a research paper at a conference or defending your research at your thesis/dissertation defense, drawing on basic visual communication principles will improve the delivery of your next research presentation. This workshop will help you plot your escape from the PowerPoint wasteland and develop engaging presentations with functional design, good flow, and meaningful graphics.

Facilitator: Pending Confirmation


GS icon Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competitor Workshop: Preparing Your 3MT Presentation

Monday, February 7 | 2pm     and     Wednesday, February 9 | 12 pm

Ph.D. and Master's competitors are encouraged to attend this workshop to gain tips for preparing and practicing your presentation. A review of the rules, requirements, judging criteria and apply them to your presentation.

Facilitator: Dori Neptune, Project Coordinator, The Graduate School


GS icon Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Virtual Competition - Individual Coaching for Competitors

February 14 – 25 | by appointment  

Ph.D. and Master's competitors are encouraged to schedule a one-on-one coaching session to ask questions, talk through, practice and get feedback on your three-minute talk.

Coaches: Various Graduate School staff and previous 3MT winners


GS icon Making the Most of your National Center for Faculty Development  & Diversity (NCFDD) Membership

Tuesday, February 16 | 2pm

Do you have an individual or institutional National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) membership? Are you interested in maximizing your membership to take your professional development to a new level? Don’t have a membership and want to learn how to get started? Whether you are new to the NCFDD and want to learn about its great resources and services or if you are interested in finding new and innovative ways to utilize the NCFDD to support your professional development.

Facilitator: Dori Neptune, Project Coordinator, The Graduate School


GS icon Media Interviews and Relationship Building (NCFDD Featured Webinar)

Tuesday, February 22 | 2pm

This webinar is perfect for scholars who are looking to do more media work and want advice on how to prepare for interviews and build relationships with members of the media. Participants will learn how to respond when a journalist calls, communicate their research in a clear and effective manner, identify what reporters are looking for in interviews with scholars, maintain media relationships, and build on previous media work.



CS icon Graduate Student Write-In

Monday – Thursday, March 14 – 17 | 9 am – 4 pm | Library & Writer’s Studio | Location: TBD

Writing can be tough. Setting aside blocks of time for writing can be a challenge. If you need some accountability and would like to accomplish your writing goals the Graduate Student Write-In may be just what you need!

Design your own schedule. Choose your day(s) and block(s) of time for each day AM (9am-1pm), PM (12pm-4pm) or Full-day (9am-4pm).

  • Record daily goals
  • Daily check-ins for accountability and to celebrate accomplished goals
  • Daily lunchtime presentations offering discussions about writing strategies and resources

RSVP for Graduate Student Write-In

CS icon Graduate Student Writing Workshop: “Round Table Talk”

Thursday, March 17 | 5pm – 6pm | The School of Graduate Studies & Writer’s Studio | Location: TBD

Are you curious about what your professors are considering writing issues with graduate students? Through a multidisciplinary graduate faculty panel, you will find out more about the ins and outs of the graduate school writing experience—from general writing issues graduate school, specific writing issues when formatting, and everything in between. Following the panel discussion, students will have an opportunity to get their questions answered by current graduate faculty and staff!

RSVP for Graduate Student Writing Workshop: “Round Table Talk”

GS icon Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition - Preliminary Round

Wednesday, March 23 | 1pm – 4:30pm | Location: University Library CURVE – Library South

Six doctoral and Six master’s students selected from the preliminary round will advance to the final competition. Developed by the University of Queensland, the three-minute thesis competition celebrates the research conducted by master’s and PhD students. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

CS icon Graduate Student Career Workshop: “Is The System Flawed?” – A Guide for Educated Inexperience Workers

Wednesday, March 23rd | Time: 5pm – 6:30pm| Speaker: Antisha Walley, President of Make the Change, LLC

As individuals who graduate from universities or apply for their first job in recent years can attest to, something new – and alarming – has happened to entry-level jobs: they’ve disappeared! Most entry-level job listings require three or more years of experience, which most graduate students do not possess. So, how can postgraduate students gain employment with little to no experience after graduation? In this workshop graduate, students will learn strategies and tips to gain successful employment despite their lack of experience.

Antisha Walley is a CVE certified service-disabled veteran owned small business and human resources consultancy located in Austin, Texas. She has contributed more than 10 years consulting with leadership teams to identify, address and resolve workplace issues. An experienced workforce trainer, she has successfully trained military, public, and private sector employees on a variety of topics to include Workplace Diversity, Preventing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, Interview Etiquette, Conducting Employment Investigations, and Unconscious Bias. She is an inspirational empowerment speaker who shares her experiences and life lessons to encourage others.

RSVP for Graduate Student Career Workshop: “Is The System Flawed?”

GS icon How to Give Scholarly Feedback to a Mentors, Advisor and Colleagues

Thursday, March 24 | 2pm – 3pm

Learning to give scholarly feedback can help you to develop healthy professional relationships based on honesty and respect. When communication is open and transparent, it is easier for everyone to work together as a team to complete goals and overcome obstacles 

Facilitator: Marie T (MariTere) Molinet, PhD Student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology


GS icon Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Virtual Competition - Final Round

Wednesday, March 30th | 5pm | Centennial Hall Auditorium, 100 Auburn Ave.

The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Top finalists (6 Masters, 6 Ph.D.) compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and the People’s choice awards.



CS icon Graduate Student Career Workshop: “Know Your Worth!” – Negotiating Job Offers, Salaries, and Raises

Tuesday, April 12th | Time: 5pm – 6:30pm| Speaker: Professor Sonia Toson, Director of Diversity Relations, Kennesaw State University

You have landed a job! But what do you do once you receive the offer? How do you negotiate a salary and non-monetary benefits that reflect your value without making yourself too expensive as a candidate? Or if you already have a job where you have proven your value, how do you negotiate for a raise? This workshop graduate students will learn strategies and tips to be an informed and effective advocate for themselves to get the compensation they feel they are worth. This workshop will be for ALL graduate students!

RSVP for  Graduate Student Career Workshop: “Know Your Worth!”

CS icon Resume Review for Graduate Students

April TBD | Time: TBD| Career Services

RSVP for Resume Review

GS iconHow to Translate Your Research for a General Audience (NCFDD Featured Webinar)

Tuesday, April 19 | 2pm

This session will be focused on translating your research for a general audience online. I will discuss how to best utilize digital media strategies to bring your research to a wider audience. The webinar will include practical tips and insights from working in educational digital media. Topics covered will include: 1) Using online platforms and social media to spread the word about your work, 2) Creating videos, op-eds, articles, podcasts, etc. that entertain while educating, and 3) How to effectively write for a wide range of non-specialist viewers outside your area of expertise.

Register for how to translate your research

GS iconNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

April TBD | Time: TBD

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  Application deadlines fall at the end of October.  Applicants must be a US citizen, national or permanent resident.   


GS iconFulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

April TBD| Time: TBD

Graduate students are invited to learn about nationally competitive and prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. GSU Fellowships Adviser, Katrina Helz, will provide tips and insight into applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program, which provides funding for those wishing to travel overseas to conduct research, engage in academic study or teach English for up to one year.

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Resources and Webinars on Demand

Georgia State University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Visit to learn more and activate your free membership.