Pathways to Success Workshops

Pathways to Success Workshops

Pathways to Success Workshops
Pathways to Success Workshops

Workshops offered through the Pathways to Success program are designed to help build a strong graduate community by providing attendees with professional development training beyond the discipline and classroom. Questions? Email [email protected].

How to Attend

Workshops are held each fall, spring, and summer semester and are either hosted in person at the Graduate Student Center located in Trevor Colbourn Hall, Suite 213 or virtually through Zoom. Academic Integrity workshops will be held in a hybrid format for Summer 2023 and can be attended in person or virtually.

A schedule of upcoming events is always available through the UCF Events Calendar, which can be sorted by day, week, and month view. Don’t forget to add these events to your personal calendar through the “Feeds” on the UCF Events Calendar.

Summer 2023 Workshops

Professional Development

Date & TimeLocationWorkshop Title
May 22: 2-3:30pmTCH 208Thesis and Dissertation Formatting with Word
May 25: 2-3L30pmVirtual (Zoom)Thesis and Dissertation Formatting with Word
May 31: 12-1pmVirtual (Zoom)What is a CV?
June 7: 2-3pmVirtual (Zoom)LinkedIn Made Easy
June 8: 12 -1pmVirtual (Zoom)Finding & Using Academic Sources 
June 14: 12-1pmVirtual (Zoom)Academic Job Search
June 20: 3-4pmTCH 208Optimizing Your Online Presence
June 28: 12-1pmVirtual (Zoom)Networking for Conferences (Virtual vs In-Person)
July 6: 12-1:30pmVirtual (Zoom)Communicating your Research
July 11: 11:30am-12:30pmTCH 208Optimizing Your Online Presence
July 12: 12-1pmVirtual (Zoom)Finding & Using Academic Sources 
July 19: 12-1pmVirtual (Zoom)Professional Portfolios

Academic Integrity (Responsible Conduct in Research)

The Summer 2023 Academic Integrity (Responsible Conduct in Research) workshop schedule is below. Please note that all summer academic integrity workshops will be held in hybrid format, so attendees can come to Trevor Colbourn Hall, room 208 to attend in person or if you would like to attend online, you must fill out the registration at the links below:

Current Workshop Offerings

Academic Integrity (RCR)

Graduate students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and complete research responsibly. These sessions are open to all graduate students and also fulfill the Academic Integrity training requirement for doctoral students. Please see our Academic Integrity Training page for additional information.

Career Development  

Partnering with UCF Career Services and other offices, we offer workshops to prepare you for life after grad school. These workshops include career support, resume/CV assistance, and interviewing/networking advice. See our Career Preparation page for more information. Typical Workshops in this category include:

Create a Professional Portfolio
LinkedIn 2.0
Networking for Conferences Virtual vs In-Person
The Academic Job Search
What is a CV?

Getting Started in Graduate Research

Partnering with UCF CAPS, UCF Libraries, and other campus units, these workshops are designed to help graduate students successfully transition into graduate school while learning how to become a successful researcher. Learn how best manage your time, use tools to organize your research, and how to fund your research. See our Research and Scholarship page for more information. Typical workshops in this category include:

Finding & Using Academic Sources
Citing and Managing Sources (offered in fall and spring semesters)
Identifying and Applying for Graduate Funding Opportunities (offered in fall and spring semesters)
Time Management: Strategies for Personal and Academic Success as a Graduate Student

Communicating Your Research and Scholarship

Partnering with the UCF Libraries and other campus partners, these workshops help prepare you to become a successful researcher, writer, and communicator. Learn about research software resources, communication and presentation skills, thesis and dissertation formatting, and more. Typical workshops in this category include:

Communicating Your Research
Optimizing Your Online Presence
Thesis and Dissertation Formatting with Word
Writing an Abstract for a Conference (offered in fall and spring semesters)
Writing an Introduction that Distinguishes Your Research (offered in fall and spring semester)
Writing with Clarity (offered in fall and spring semesters)
Three Minute Thesis Information Session and Pitch Workshop – (offered in fall semester only)

Grant Development Series Webcourse

The Grant Development Series Webcourse is intended for those seeking possible future careers in academia, research, and other fields demanding knowledge of research grants. This free resource equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully obtain external research funding through five modules. Users who complete all five modules and corresponding quizzes will be able to download a printable completion certificate! Access this resource in Webcourses.

Online Resources

Thesis and Dissertation Webcourse

All resources related to the thesis and dissertation process, including information on how to choose an adviser and committee, how to format your document, how to conduct the defense, and more, are located within the Thesis and Dissertation Webcourse.

This FREE, non-credit webcourse is intended for students planning to complete a thesis or dissertation in the future and students already enrolled in thesis and dissertation hours.

Additional information is also available on our Thesis and Dissertation page.

Graduate Teaching (GTA) Information

Most programs offer assistantships in which students serve as research or teaching associate or assistant. Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) may be appointed as classroom teachers (instructors of record), co-teachers or classroom assistants, graders, lab assistants, or other roles directly related to classroom instruction. Please see our Graduate Teaching (GTA) Information page for additional details.

GTA Training

GTA training information is available on our GTA Training Requirements page. This training mainly involves self-paced online modules and there is no cost to students. While it’s primarily intended to prepare graduate students to teach at UCF, it is beneficial to any graduate student who may teach in various contexts in their future positions.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty Program

The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers a Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty Program every semester. This is a voluntary program on teaching in higher education, primarily intended for graduate teaching assistants but open to all UCF graduate students. The format for this program is mixed-mode. Participants will be expected to complete a series of online modules and attend six, two-hour meetings, which will be held on the Orlando campus. Participation is limited, so please enroll early. There is no cost associated with registration.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Therapy Assisted Online (TAO) Self Help

Provided by UCF Counseling and Psychological Services, Therapy Assisted Online (TAO) Self Help is an interactive, web-based program that provides assistance to help overcome anxiety, depression, and other concerns. TAO is based on well researched and highly effective strategies.

You can choose to view short, but helpful videos, take part in brief exercises, use logs to track moods and progress, and have access to a Mindfulness Library. All UCF students are eligible for TAO Self-Help. You just need a Knights email address.


Provided by UCF Counseling and Psychological Services, Kognito is a set of role-play, avatar modules to educate faculty, staff, and students about mental health and suicide prevention (which we know supports improved academic performance, student retention, and campus safety).

It is an aviator/simulation online tool that allows users to enter a virtual environment and engage in role-play conversations with emotionally-responsive virtual humans. Through practice and receiving personalized feedback, users learn and assess their competency to lead similar conversations in real life.

Avoiding Plagiarism

The UCF library offers free online modules on how to avoid plagiarism using APA Style or MLA Style

Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style (6th ed.)

Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style (7th ed.)

Avoiding Plagiarism Using MLA Style (8th ed.)

Please note you will need your NID and NID password to login to these on-demand modules.

ETDplus Virtual Workshops

The ETD+ Virtual Workshop Series is a set of free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) and affiliated files.

Workshop topics include: Copyright, Data Organization, File Formats, Metadata, Storage. Version Control

Each module is approximately 15-20 minutes each and includes the supplemental material including slides, a guidance brief (booklet), and a printable handout summarizing key takeaways and learning objectives.