Graduate College staff are available to come to your department, research group or student organization meeting. We deliver workshops on topics ranging from general orientation to graduate studies, developing skills to succeed in graduate school, and exploring/preparing for future careers.
Please fill out a form below to request a workshop for your group. These programs are also offered as campus-wide workshops. For a list of events, see our Events Calendar. Many of these topics are covered in the Graduate College’s Grad School 101 video series.
Orientation to Graduate School
The Graduate College is happy to visit departments, research groups, or student organization meetings to welcome students and introduce them to important resources for graduate students. Sessions are 15 minutes and can be incorporated into departmental orientation sessions either at the beginning of the year or at some point in the first semester of the program. These presentations will be given either in-person or online through Zoom or another online platform. Due to the high volume of requests, presentations are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
Programs in this area help students make the most of their graduate studies as Illinois. From GradMAP: Planning for Success, an interactive workshop for students to set goals and make plans for achieving them, to workshops to develop skills around communication and networking, these programs are ideal for early and mid-stage students.
Programs in this area help students prepare external funding applications. Workshops teach students how to prepare effective fellowship proposals in their field, as well as how to compose personal statements for fellowship applications.
Career Planning and Job Search
Graduate College Career Development staff offer a variety of programs to assist students with the full range of career planning, from exploring careers and identifying transferrable skills to conveying their graduate-level experience in application materials. Career planning programs are available to support any kind of job search in or beyond academia.
Whether students are just beginning their thesis research or putting the finishing touches on their final draft, the Thesis Office is happy to provide support. Our workshop offerings can give students an overview of campus resources and the stages of the thesis process, give tips and strategies as they start writing and researching, and review the Graduate College formatting requirements.