Pathways to Success Workshops
Workshops offered through the Office of Graduate Student Life 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 virtually.
See the UCF Events Calendar for a schedule of upcoming workshops and workshop descriptions 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.
Fall 2023 Workshops
|Date & Time||Location||Workshop Title|
|Tu. Aug. 22, 12-1 PM||Register for Zoom||Success Tips for New Graduate Students|
|W. Aug. 23, 4-5 PM||Register for Zoom||Time Management: Strategies for Personal and Academic Success as a Graduate Student|
|Th. Aug. 24, 12-1 PM||Register for Zoom||Identifying and Applying for Graduate Funding Opportunities|
|W. Sept. 20, 3-5 PM||TCH 208||Thesis and Dissertation 101: Your Final Semester|
|Th. Sept. 21, 12-1 PM||Register for Zoom||Thesis and Dissertation 101: Your Final Semester|
|Tu. Sept. 26, 12-1||Register for Zoom||Optimizing Your Online Presence|
|W. Sept 27, 12-1 PM||TCH 208||3 Minute Thesis Information Session|
|Th. Sept. 28, 12-1 PM||Register for Zoom||Finding & Using Academic Sources|
|W. Oct. 4, 5-6 PM||Virtual (Zoom)||3 Minute Thesis Information Session|
|Mon. Oct. 16, 1-12 PM||Register for Zoom||Optimizing Your Online Presence|
|W. Oct. 18, 12-1 PM||Register for Zoom||Finding & Using Academic Sources|
|Tu. Nov. 7, 3-4 PM||Register for Zoom||Thesis and Dissertation 101: Getting Started|
Academic Integrity (Responsible Conduct in Research) Workshop Schedule
The Fall 2023 Academic Integrity (Responsible Conduct in Research) workshop schedule and registration information is available at https://graduate.ucf.edu/academic-integrity-training
|Wednesday, September 13, 2023||1 – 3 p.m.||Intellectual Property Rights – ELECTIVE||Register on Zoom|
|Friday, September 15, 2023||10 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Ethics: Personal Integrity as a Graduate Student – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Thursday, September 21, 2023||3 – 5 p.m.||Authorship Credit Collaborative Scholarship and Research – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Wednesday, September 27, 2023||4 – 6 p.m.||Intellectual and Other Conflicts of Interest: Your Rights and Responsibilities – ELECTIVE||Register on Zoom|
|Thursday, October 5, 2023||1 – 3 p.m.||Intellectual Property Rights – ELECTIVE||Register on Zoom|
|Tuesday, October 10, 2023||3 – 5 p.m.||Doing the Right Thing: What Every Graduate Student Should Know About Research Misconduct – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Friday, October 13, 2023||10 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Can I Use that Image?: How to Legally Use Images, Graphics, and Other Copyrighted Materials – ELECTIVE||Register on Zoom|
|Tuesday, October 17, 2023||1 – 3 p.m.||Data Management: Perils of Fabrication, Falsification, and Confidentiality – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Thursday, October 19, 2023||4 – 6 p.m.||A Practical Guide to Preventing Plagiarism – ELECTIVE||Register on Zoom|
|Wednesday, October 25, 2023||1 – 3 p.m.||Authorship Credit Collaborative Scholarship and Research – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Friday, October 27, 2023||10 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Ethics: Personal Integrity as a Graduate Student – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Thursday, November 16, 2023||1 – 3 p.m.||Authorship Credit Collaborative Scholarship and Research – CORE||Register on Zoom|
|Tuesday, November 28, 2023||3 -5 p.m.||Doing the Right Thing: What Every Graduate Student Should Know About Research Misconduct – CORE||Register on Zoom|
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.
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
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:
Citing and Managing Sources
Identifying and Applying for Graduate Funding Opportunities
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 101: Your Final Semester
Thesis and Dissertation 101: Getting Started
Writing an Abstract for a Conference
Writing an Introduction that Distinguishes Your Research
Writing with Clarity
Three Minute Thesis Information Session
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.
Please see our Thesis and Dissertation page for a link to the Webcourse and other information.
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.
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 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.
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.)
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.