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Graduate Student Life offers an array of events during the fall, spring, and summer semesters to help graduate students and postdocs build the knowledge, networks, and skills to succeed in their degree programs and future careers.

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Let’s Talk about Grad Finances (Welcome Week)

As part of our fall welcome week, graduate students and postdocs can listen to the OU Bursar explain resources available on the OU campus to help with tuition and fees. In addition, graduate students learn how the timeline for tuition and fees work. 

Making the Most of Graduate School (Welcome Week)

Offered during welcome week each fall, these events serve to equip graduate students with strategies and tips to maximize their time in graduate school. Graduate students learn how to effectively get the best out of graduate school, without losing themselves. Often, we include a panel of faculty members and/or senior graduate students to engage in a Q & A session and provide advice. 

Financial Workshops (Collaboration with OU Midfirst Money Coach Services)

  • Tackling Debt Webinar
  • Money Skills at Work Webinar
  • Mind Over Money Webinar
  • Game of Life workshop
  • Money Madness: What’s your score? workshop
  • Buying a Home/Car

These webinars/workshops are designed to help graduate students and postdocs develop financial literacy skills. The webinars are facilitated by an OU Midfirst money coach, and they include practical steps to help graduate students excel in financial management. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Accelerate to Industry (A2i) Program

A2i is a program where graduate students and postdocs can explore the ample employment opportunities with industry companies in the ​state of Oklahoma, and across the US. They can develop the business, leadership, and communication skills that companies seek. Our Accelerate to Industry program is funded through a National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) grant.

Non-Academic Job Search Workshops

This series of events provides guidance for graduate students and postdocs in the non-academic job search. The workshops are held in collaboration with OU Career Services. Graduate students and postdocs receive guidance on industry-related job searches in these two workshops. Offered in spring semesters.

Job Searching: Maximizing LinkedIn

This workshop provides insights to graduate students and postdocs on strategies for maximizing LinkedIn for job searching, with attention to the changing nature of the job search process occasioned by COVID-19. Offered in fall semesters.

Individual Writing Coaching: Lunchtime Chats in Collaboration with OU Writing Center

These chats bring together graduate students and OU Writing Center consultants, providing graduate students feedback on their academic writing in a relaxed environment. Offered in fall and spring semesters.

Exploring the Academic Writing Process Workshops (Collaboration with the Writing Center)

  • Exploring the Academic Writing Process 1.0
  • Exploring the Academic Writing Process 2.0

This series is designed to help graduate students deepen their understanding of processes and strategies necessary for successful research-based, academic writing. Through these workshops, graduate students will become more confident and purposeful writers. Offered in fall semesters.

Academic Job Search Series

  • Understanding the Job Search Dossier 1: CV and Cover Letter
  • Understanding the Job Search Dossier 2: Research Statement
  • Phone, Skype, and On-Campus Interviews
  • Marginalized Identities and the Job Search

The academic job search series is designed to help graduate students and postdocs understand the academic job search process better. It also shows graduate students and post-docs the best practices, skills and expertise required to get an academic job. Offered in fall semesters.

Paint and Sips

These events are held on a regular basis (virtual or in person).  They provide a social opportunity to engage with other graduate students, engage in creative activity, and relax.

Trivia Nights

Trivia nights are offered on a regular basis (virtual or in person).  During welcome week, trivia is geared towards OU history and campus life. This allows new students to learn more about OU’s culture and what to look forward to as they navigate through their years at OU.  Other instances of this event involve themes such as Halloween including spooky facts/myths that loom around OU’s campus to keep things fun and interesting.

HIIT Your At-Home Gym

This event is led by local athletics trainers, who teach a one-hour virtual HIIT class to participants. This event helps graduate students to get active at home while also learning about the importance of nutrition. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Student Entrepreneur Workshop

In a time where becoming an entrepreneur is increasingly popular, GSL hosts this workshop with serial entrepreneurs who touch on key points surrounding the growing entrepreneur community. This workshop covers personal branding and tips on how to balance being a student and entrepreneur. Offered in fall and spring semesters.

Mental Health in Graduate School

GSL and OU Counseling Services partner up to discuss mental health in graduate school for graduate students and postdocs. This discussion is led by a facilitator, who keeps participants engaged with questions to answer in the chat and a presentation surrounding statistics and tips to managing a healthy mentality in school. Offered in fall and spring semesters.

Virtual Pet Meet & Greet

A new event, our virtual (and hopefully in the future in-person) Pet Meet & Greet encourages graduate students to grab their furry friends and share their favorite moment and facts about their pet. This is an engaging event that allows students to talk about their pets with other pet owners. Offered in fall and spring semesters.

Virtual Graduate Parent Hangout

Graduate Parent Hangout is intended for graduate students and postdocs with children. This event provides an evening of fun and information sharing with other graduate students and postdocs who are parents. This event also gives parents the opportunity to express their unique situation and the kind of support they require. Offered in fall and spring semesters.

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