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.
Peer Support Workshops
The Graduate Peer Support Network 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 fall semester are Cultivating a Social Life, Normalizing Failure and Redefining Success, and Imposter Syndrome.
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.
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September 8: Cultivating a Social Life
October 20: Normalizing Failure and Redefining Success
November 10: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
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 fall 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 with a copy of the book.
Register by Tue, Aug 30, 5pm by completing this survey: tinyurl.com/2p89vp5u
The sessions will take place over Zoom from noon – 1:00pm on the Thursdays listed below.
September 1, Session 1: Building your team; Deciphering academic jargon; Reading and writing about other people’s research
September 22, Session 2: Staying on track in your program; Doing research and finding funding; Writing about your research
October 13, Session 3: Publishing and promoting your work; Talking about your research
November 3, Session 4: Navigating conferences and at job market; Balancing teaching, research, service, and life
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For more information about the Graduate Peer Support Network, please contact Lisa Sperling, Director, Office of Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.