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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




10-10:45 a.m. Thursdays
ISUB 329 and via Zoom
Meeting ID: 819 2308 9223

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.

  • February 22 — Getting the Most Out of a Conference
  • February 29 — Writing Teaching Philosophies and Diversity Statements
  • March 21 — Writing Cover Letters, CVs and Resumes
  • April 4 — Demystifying Careers in Academia

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.

  • Feb. 27 Introduction to Fellowship Applications
  • March 5The Application Process and Components

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays
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.

  • January 31Unleashing Your Potential: Defeating Imposter Syndrome
  • February 14Advice for Navigating the World of Dating and Relationships
  • March 27 The Art of Balancing: Nurturing Personal Wellness in a Busy World
  • April 24 — Practical Tips for Managing 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 develop a strong sense of genre specific writing critical to success in academia. In the first workshop, we will discuss and practice strategies for writing clear, concise, and engaging abstracts for articles, conferences proposals, and more. Many of the writing forms in this first workshop will be applicable to other forms of scholarly writing. Guided by department specifications and feedback from faculty in a range of disciplines, this workshop will focus on strategies for crafting strong, well-articulated proposals for theses, dissertations, and more. Writers from all academic disciplines are welcome.

  • March 5 — Crafting a Strong Abstract  
  • March 19Writing Research-Related Proposals (including Thesis and Dissertation Proposals)

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: Steps to Your Graduate Degree
January 29

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!

HOW TO: Apply for GPSA Travel and Publication Awards
February 5

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
February 12

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: Create a Study Plan and Check your Degree Audit
February 19

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: Steps to Your Graduate Degree
February 26

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)

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

Learning Through Diversity Series
6-7 p.m. Thursdays
Via Zoom:
Meeting ID:
864 072 1104

  • January 25 (Session 4): Universal Design for Learning: Participants in this session will learn evidence-based practices for adapting, adopting, and integrating techniques that support multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression of knowledge.
  • February 15 (Session 5): Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Participants will develop insight into the role that culture plays in framing student presence, participation, and success, and strategies for identifying and navigating both multiple barriers to, and opportunities for, inclusive learning mindful of the impact cultural differences play in engaged learning.
  • March 7 (Session 6): Inclusion by Design: Participants will apply a simple but effective methodology for embedding inclusive teaching and learning principles and practices in all aspects of a class, from the syllabus to the first day to final grades and everything in-between.
  • April 18 (Session 7)Sharing: This conversational session is reserved for participants to share what they have learned, to answer any remaining questions, to seek input, and to share inspiration and tactics for making a difference in the learning and lives of their students.

Teaching as Research Series
3:30-4:45 p.m. Thursdays
Via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 864 072 1104

  • February 15 (Session 3): Developing a Teaching-as-Research Question/Idea: This session focuses on developing a good question, formulating a reasonable hypothesis, or simply exploring an idea about how an aspect of our teaching can have an impact on as aspect of student learning. The focus is on your ideas, your classes, and your fields of study. The goal is to set everyone on a course for engaging in a TAR project and, hopefully, to participate in the CIRTL Network’s Online TAR Summer Program. Assistance may be available for participants to present TAR projects at a conference.

First Thursday of Each Month
International Programs Office Conference Room
4-5 p.m.

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.

  • February 8
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2

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.

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

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

5-6 p.m. Tuesdays
IRIC 321

  • Feb. 20
  • March 19
  • April 16

1-2 p.m. Thursdays
IRIC Atrium

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.

  • February 1 & 22
  • March 7 & 21
  • April 4 & 18


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