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 peer-led by graduate students across a variety of disciplines and campus partners.

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For more information about the Graduate Peer Support Network, please contact Lisa Sperling, Director, Office of Student Success & Well-Being, at gradsuccess@uga.edu.

Peer Support Workshops
In collaboration with the UGA School of Social Work

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 spring 2024 semester are Setting Boundaries, Cultivating a Social Life, Working Through Procrastination, and Overcoming Burnout.

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

Thursdays / Via Zoom

January 18:  Setting Boundaries

February 15:  Cultivating a Social Life

March 21:  Working Through Procrastination

April 18:  Overcoming Burnout

 

Fridays / In-Person

January 19:  Setting Boundaries

February 16:  Cultivating a Social Life

March 22:  Working Through Procrastination

April 19:  Overcoming Burnout

 

To register, please complete this survey: tinyurl.com/mwr3xmpr

GPSN Peer Support Workshops Spring 2024 flyer

Book Club for Doctoral Students
In collaboration with the UGA School of Social Work

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 are offering a Zoom option from 12:00pm – 1:15pm on the Thursdays listed below.  Additionally, we will hold in-person workshops from 12:00pm – 1:15pm on Fridays on the dates 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

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

February 29, Session 2: Staying on track in your program; Doing research and finding funding; Writing about your research

March 28, Session 3: Publishing and promoting your work; Talking about your research

April 11, Session 4: Navigating conferences and the job market; Balancing teaching, research, service, and life

 

Fridays / In-Person

February 9, Session 1: Building your team; Deciphering academic jargon; Reading and writing about other people’s research

March 1, Session 2: Staying on track in your program; Doing research and finding funding; Writing about your research

March 29, Session 3: Publishing and promoting your work; Talking about your research

April 12, Session 4: Navigating conferences and the job market; Balancing teaching, research, service, and life

 

To register, please complete this survey: tinyurl.com/58fxxufj

GPSN Book Club Spring 2024 flyer

Financial Wellness Series
In collaboration with the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid

The Financial Wellness series is designed to provide graduate students with a greater understanding of core financial concepts.  Taught by a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Financial Aid, the workshops provided will promote general financial wellness and help participants build strong financial habits.

All sessions will be held from 3:30pm – 4:30pm via Zoom.

SPRING 2024: 

Wednesday, January 31:  Budgeting
Watch the video recording here

Wednesday, February 21:  All About Credit: Reports, Scores, & Cards
Watch the video recording here

Wednesday, March 13:  Leasing Smart
Watch the video recording here

Wednesday, April 17:  Financial Literacy
Register here

Download the Spring 2024 flyer

Beyond the Blank Page: Conquering Writer's Block and Writing Anxiety
In collaboration with The Jill and Marvin Willis Center for Writing

The Writing Series is designed to provide graduate students with practical advice and useful tips for help in the writing process. Co-led by two doctoral students (one from the School of Social Work and one who works for The Jill and Marvin Willis Center for Writing, this 90-minute workshop explores the common anxieties and frustrations that graduate students commonly encounter.

To accommodate a high number of graduate students, this session is repeated on three different dates.  All sessions will be held from 12:00pm – 1:30pm in room 370 Miller Learning Center.

SPRING 2024: 

Friday, February 2

Friday, March 15

Friday, April 5

To register, please complete this survey:  http://tinyurl.com/hxdezbry

Download the Spring 2024 flyer

 
 
 

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