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College of Graduate Studies

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall Room 104

Mailing Address:
College of Graduate Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3017
Moscow, ID 83844-3017

Phone: 208-885-2647




12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Library 120 and via Zoom

Registration required (through Library):

This workshop series covers topics including essential library skills and resources for graduate students; using the citation manager Zotero; accessing open educational resources; organizing, managing, and storing your data; important aspects of the article publication process; and using ArcGIS Online.

  • Sept. 6Essential Library Resources, Services, and Skills for Grad Students
  • Sept. 13Getting Started with Zotero
  • Sept. 20The Textbooks are Too Expensive! Open Educational Resources
  • Sept. 27 — 6 Questions to Ask before Publishing Your Journal Article
  • Oct. 4 Make Data Management Easier
  • Oct. 11 — Web Mapping for Every Discipline: How to Use ArcGIS Online

10-10:45 a.m. Thursdays
ISUB 329 and via Zoom

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) includes events, workshops, and classes intended to provide opportunities to promote the academic and professional success of graduate students, postdocs and other early career trainees. This series of events is facilitated by the Career Services office.

  • Sept. 7Getting the Most Out of a Conference — Register
  • Sept.14 — Writing Teaching Philosophies and Diversity Statements Register
  • Sept.21 — Writing Cover Letters  Register
  • Sept.28 — Writing CVs and Resumes Register 
  • Oct.12 — Demystifying Careers in Academia Register

3-4 p.m. Tuesdays
Via Zoom:
Meeting ID:
834 5086 5632

The Prestigious Fellowship Workshop series, led by Dean Jerry McMurtry, prepares students to submit federal fellowship applications in the upcoming funding cycle, 2023 - 2024. Students in the final stages of writing an application for the GRFP, Ford Foundation, National Defense, or F31- NIH fellowships are encouraged to attend these sessions. Attendees may bring in-progress application documents and any questions they have about the application process. Additionally, students will learn the differences between the major prestigious fellowships, how to determine which fellowship is the best fit, and how to effectively plan for the 2024 - 2025 application cycle. Any students in need of faculty reviewers for fellowship application components may contact Michael Decker ( for assistance.

  • Sept. 12 Introduction to Fellowship Applications
  • Sept. 19The Application Process and Components

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays
IRIC 321 and via Zoom:
Meeting ID:
865 9818 0151

Led by Faculty from the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), these monthly presentations center around mental health topics especially relevant to graduate and professional students.

  • Sept. 13Building Positive Academic Relationships
  • Oct. 11Finding Connections in a Lonely World: Strategies for Building Relationships 
  • Nov. 8 Academic Performance Anxiety

1-2 p.m. Tuesdays
IRIC 321 and via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 876 3089 5130

This series of workshops is designed to help graduate students across disciplines cultivate strong and effective voices in their academic writing. In the first workshop, we will focus on techniques for finding and shaping a compelling narrative in research. In the second workshop, we will practice ways to improve the clarity, precision, and readability of scholarly prose at the sentence and paragraph levels—while still finding ways to emphasize each writer’s individual voice.

  • Oct. 24 — Finding Your Voice as a Scholarly Writer Part 1: The Big Picture—Narrative & Organization 
  • Nov. 7 — Finding Your Voice as a Scholarly Writer Part 2: Focusing In—Paragraphs & Sentences

10 a.m. Mondays
Via Zoom:
Meeting ID:
822 6856 2320

Workshops in the “Grad Student How To” series are focused on important skills to learn as a graduate student, including formatting a thesis or dissertation, building and editing a study plan, the process for earning a graduate degree, funding a graduate education, and applying for GPSA awards.

HOW TO: Fund Your Graduate Education
Oct. 16

Join members of the College of Graduate Studies team along with other prospective students to learn the process of grad school funding. This session takes a close look at opportunities and resources for funding your graduate education. (ideally for prospective students)

HOW TO: Create a Study Plan and Check your Degree Audit
Oct. 23

In this program, College of Graduate Studies staff will show students where they can access study plan resources, in addition to demonstrating some strategies for the study plan development process. Students will also learn how to interpret their Degree Audit and use this function as a tool to inform their study plan.

HOW TO: Apply for GPSA Travel and Publication Awards
Oct. 30

Led by students from the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), this workshop will guide graduate students through the process of applying for Travel or Publication Awards through GPSA. Covered topics will include eligibility, deadlines, application requirements, and helpful tips to make the process go smoothly.

HOW TO: Format Your Thesis or Dissertation
Nov. 6

This workshop helps graduate students understand how to start formatting a thesis or dissertation, provides helpful tips and guidelines, and describes all required components of a finished product. The workshop includes troubleshooting any problems students encounter during the formatting process.

HOW TO: Steps to Your Graduate Degree
Nov. 27

The College of Graduate Studies presents this workshop to guide currently enrolled graduate students through every step of the master's and PhD processes, including dates, deadlines, planning documents, and explanations of COGS forms and procedures. Students should bring their questions!

Times Vary
Locations Vary
(see below for details)

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and the College of Graduate Studies present a series of workshops relevant to graduate students and postdocs seeking future faculty positions. These workshops will explore Teaching as Research (TAR) and Learning Through Diversity (LTD) pedagogical frameworks. Workshops will be led by Brian Smentkowski from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). This is a valuable opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to become involved in CIRTL levels, opportunities, and credentials. For more information about the benefits of becoming involved in the CIRTL network, contact Michael Decker at

Town Hall Informational Meeting
4-6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 14
Location: ED 141

Learning Through Diversity Series
6-7:15 p.m. Thursdays
Location: EDU 441

  • Sept. 28 (Session 1): What is Learning Through Diversity (LTD) and Why It Matters; The Value of DEIA in Higher Education
  • Oct. 26 (Session 2): Integrating the CIRTL Framework; Diversity and Higher Education, Teaching, and Learning
  • Nov. 30 (Session 3): Inclusive and Equitable Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching as Research Series
3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays
Via Zoom: (link coming soon)
Meeting ID: (coming soon)

  • Oct. 4 (Session 1): What is Teaching as Research (TAR) and Why It Matters, Principles of Reflective/Scholarly Teaching, Thinking About Causality and "If-Then" Teaching and Learning 
  • Nov. 1 (Session 2): Developing a TAR Question, Expected Results, Strategies of Inquiry, Exposure to the Literature

1-2 p.m. Tuesdays 
Via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 861 5755 4140

Graduate students and postdocs who are in any stage of the job application process are encouraged to attend this monthly online support meeting, led by Career Services. Attendees can bring questions or current application materials and receive feedback and guidance.

  • Aug. 29
  • Sept. 26
  • Oct. 24
  • Nov. 28

Time/Dates: TBA
International Programs Office Conference Room

The goal of this group is to create an informal space for international graduate students to support one another, make connections, and learn more about campus resources. Group meetings will be led by an international student facilitator and pizza will be provided. Monthly meeting dates will be finalized soon.

9-10 a.m. Tuesdays
One World Cafe (533 S Main St.)

Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to join the TA Community Group, led by the College of Graduate Studies and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Students will discuss with their peers the joys and challenges of teaching while building a community of support. Any graduate student or postdoc who is currently teaching in a higher education setting is encouraged to join.

  • Sept. 12 & 26
  • Oct. 10 & 24
  • Nov. 7 & 28 

1-2 p.m. Thursdays
One World Café (533 S Main St.)

Graduate Research Assistants can find support, share resources, and build community at the RA Community Group, led by the College of Graduate Studies and graduate faculty members. This group is ideal for graduate students who wish to discuss their struggles and successes during the research process. Any graduate student or postdoc who is currently planning or conducting research is encouraged to join.

  • Sept. 7 & 21
  • Oct. 5 & 19
  • Nov. 2, 16, & 30 


College of Graduate Studies

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall Room 104

Mailing Address:
College of Graduate Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3017
Moscow, ID 83844-3017

Phone: 208-885-2647