The Graduate Peer Support Network (GPSN) is open to all graduate students and serves to connect students to campus resources and to each other. The program was created to support the well-being of graduate students through the facilitation of access to resources and topical peer support sessions. The GPSN is supported by the Graduate School and staffed by graduate students in the School of Social Work.

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Peer Support Workshops

The Graduate Peer Support Network (GPSN) offers topical workshops virtually each semester to support graduate students as they navigate the myriad questions and challenges that can arise during graduate school. The topics for the Spring 2023 semester are Overcoming Procrastination, Moving from Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion, and Building your Professional Identity.

The sessions will take place over Zoom from noon – 1:00pm on the Thursdays listed below. You should receive an email with more information after filling out this survey.

Register here:

January 26: Overcoming Procrastination

February 23: Moving from Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

March 23: Building your Professional Identity

GPSN Peer Support Workshops Spring 2023 flyer


Book Club for Doctoral Students

The Graduate Peer Support Network (GPSN) also hosts a book club each semester to discuss issues related to the doctoral student journey. For the Spring 2023 semester, participants will read and discuss A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum (2020), by Jessica McCrory Calarco. Topics include deciphering academic jargon, staying on track in your graduate program, promoting your research, and navigating conferences and the job market. Students will meet virtually four times to discuss specific chapters of the book in a peer-learning format to provide a forum for discussion and support. Students who register are expected to read the assigned chapters and participate actively in the discussion.

Registration is limited to 25 participants; due to scope of the book and topics, participation is limited to doctoral students. The UGA Graduate School will provide the first 10 students who register with a copy of the book.

To register by completing this survey:

The sessions will take place over Zoom from 11:00am – 12:15pm on the Fridays listed below.

January 27, Session 1: Building your team; Deciphering academic jargon; Reading and writing about other people’s research

February 17, Session 2: Staying on track in your program; Doing research and finding funding; Writing about your research

March 17, Session 3: Publishing and promoting your work; Talking about your research

April 7, Session 4: Navigating conferences and the job market; Balancing teaching, research, service, and life

GPSN Book Club Spring 2023 flyer

Have a question about the available resources at UGA and how to access them? Please click here.

For more information about the Graduate Peer Support Network, please contact Lisa Sperling, Director, Office of Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives, at


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