The Graduate Peer Support Network 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 offers topical workshops each semester to support graduate students as they navigate the myriad questions and challenges that can arise during graduate school. The topics for the fall 2023 semester are Resources for Students who are Parents, Cultivating a Social Life, Building Your Professional Identity, and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome.

The sessions will take place in two formats and on two days, though the topics will be the same.  We will hold in-person workshops on Thursdays from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on the dates listed below.  Additionally, we are offering a Zoom option from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on the Fridays listed below. You should receive an email with more information after completing the registration survey.

Thursdays / In-Person

August 31: Resources for Students who are Parents

September 14: Cultivating a Social Life

October 12: Building your Professional Identity

November 9: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

 

Fridays / Via Zoom

September 1: Resources for Students who are Parents

September 15: Cultivating a Social Life

October 13: Building your Professional Identity

November 10: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

 

To register, please complete this survey: ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9NvqmHgbRpcYdDw

GPSN Peer Support Workshops Fall 2023 flyer

 

Book Club for Doctoral Students

The Graduate Peer Support Network also hosts a book club each semester to discuss issues related to the doctoral student journey. For the fall 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 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.

The sessions will take place in two formats and on two days, though the topics will be the same.  We will hold in-person workshops on Fridays from 12:00pm – 1:15pm on the dates listed below.  Additionally, we are offering a Zoom option on Thursdays from 12:00pm – 1:15pm on the Thursdays listed below. You should receive an email with more information after completing the registration survey.

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

Thursdays / Via Zoom

September 7, Session 1: Building your team; Deciphering academic jargon; Reading and writing about other people’s research

October 5, Session 2: Staying on track in your program; Doing research and finding funding; Writing about your research

November 2, Session 3: Publishing and promoting your work; Talking about your research

November 30, Session 4: Navigating conferences and the job market; Balancing teaching, research, service, and life

 

Fridays / In-Person

September 8, Session 1: Building your team; Deciphering academic jargon; Reading and writing about other people’s research

October 6, Session 2: Staying on track in your program; Doing research and finding funding; Writing about your research

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

December 1, Session 4: Navigating conferences and the job market; Balancing teaching, research, service, and life

 

To register, please complete this survey: ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9AKs542SreKKmiy

GPSN Book Club Fall 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 Student Success & Well-Being, at gradsuccess@uga.edu.

 
 
 

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