Events & Programs

Day Description
Every Day

Full Circle Food Pantry Mini Available every day; Graduate Student Lounge (GEAR 206)

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged “to take what you need, and give what you can!” Come by and grab food you need and, if you are in a position to donate food or personal items, please email gradsupport@uark.edu.

Every Day

Room to DefendSubject to availability; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)

Graduate students are now able to request our GSIE conference room (GEAR 211; seats 6-8 people) for thesis and dissertation defenses. For more information, email gradsupport@uark.edu.

Tuesdays

Let's TalkAvailable every Tuesday during the semester; 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate Student Lounge (GEAR 206)

Free, confidential chats with a CAPS mental health counselor. No appointment needed; just walk on in!

Tuesdays

Graduate Student WELLGroup
Available every Tuesday during the semester; 3:30pm - 4:30pm; Pat Walker Health Center

Led by Dr. Ed Mink and Dr. Asher Morgan, this group is designed to engage graduate students in the principles and practices of wellness. The group meets every Tuesday throughout the semester. There is no fee for the program & students may attend whatever sessions they choose. Topics will include creating your own well-life vision, becoming more resilient and assertive, holistic health and wellness.

Fridays

Free Coffee FridaysAvailable every Friday during the semester; 8:00am - 5:00pm; Graduate Student Lounge (GEAR 206)

Come by and grab a cup of coffee on us.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Securing Outside Funding Opportunities
2:00pm - 3:00pm; GEAR 217 (Geosciences Conference Room)

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards works with students to build the strongest application possible to secure research funding, study abroad, and gain professional experience. They will discuss specific awards available to graduate students, resources to search for additional non-University of Arkansas funding, and how to prepare an application for these outside awards, including the all-important personal statement.

Monday, February 3, 2020

3MT College Round: J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

4:00pm - 5:00pm; MAIN 323

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to describe their research to a general audience. Each competitor is limited to 3 minutes and 1 static slide to present their research to an engaged, but not expert, audience. The judges will determine the winner and the crowd will select a fan favorite from each round. First and second place winners from each college will win $300 and $100, respectively.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Graduate Student Speaker Series: Samuel Ownbey to Present on Tee Davis
5:00pm - 6:30pm; Mullins Library Room 130

History master’s student, Samuel Ownbey, will present his talk entitled "The State of Arkansas vs. Tee Davis: Race, Politics, and National Publicity, 1943-1949." "My talk will tell the story of Tee Davis, an African American sharecropper who served 10 years in prison for defending his home from an intruder in the 1940s," Ownbey said. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

3MT College Round: Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

4:00pm - 5:00pm; GEAR 104

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to describe their research to a general audience. Each competitor is limited to 3 minutes and 1 static slide to present their research to an engaged, but not expert, audience. The judges will determine the winner and the crowd will select a fan favorite from each round. First and second place winners from each college will win $300 and $100, respectively.

Monday, February 10, 2020

All-University 3MT Final
4:00pm - 5:00pm; Giffels Auditorium (MAIN 201)

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to describe their research to a general audience. Each competitor is limited to 3 minutes and 1 static slide to present their research to an engaged, but not expert, audience. The judges will determine the winner and the crowd will select a fan favorite from each round. The university-wide People’s Choice winner will win $500. The university-wide final winner will win $750 and a trip to a regional Three Minute Thesis contest in Birmingham, Alabama, March 5-7.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

TIPS for TAs: Blackboard
3:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)
In partnership with TIPS, we’ll be providing sessions every other week for teaching assistants to focus on best teaching practices. There are many tools within Blackboard that can help make your teaching life easier!  Come learn about creating content, quizzes, surveys, video, discussion boards, and more.

Friday, February 14, 2020

How to Love My Job: Exploring Academic and Alt-Academic Career Path Options
Brewer Family Hub (123 W. Mountain St.)
Please join the Office of Graduate Student Support for back to back discussions on developing a career path that you can love. Come hear from experts who have charted a range of paths to alt-ac professional success. Sweet treats will be provided.

 

What’s Love Got to Do with It: Following Your Passion
2:00pm - 3:00pm; registration coming soon!

The first talk by Dr. Cynthia Sides Director of Innovation and Industry Partnerships for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, will cover ways to identify career options that reflect your passions as well as details about the PAAD program and academia as a potential vehicle for industry partnerships.


Whole Lotta Love: Stepping Beyond Academia
3:30pm-  4:30pm; registration coming soon!

Following Dr. Sides, there will be a panel discussion led by the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. We’ll focus on alternative careers, from entrepreneurship to industry to freelance writing and consulting. Crucial to being successful on the alternative-academic (alt-ac) job market is knowing how the skills you developed in your graduate degree transfer to various professional realms.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Navigating Life as a Female Grad Student
12p-1p; location coming soon!

Graduate students who identify as female often experience social and academic interactions differently than their male counterparts as they navigate academia. Join us for a talk about about setting boundaries, the art of saying no, perceptions of femininity, and managing expectations as a female graduate student. Lunch will be provided. Register on our microsoft form by Friday, February 14, to reserve a space at the table.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Grad Life Lunch Series
3:00pm - 4:30pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)
Spring 2020 Grad Life Lunch Registration Form


Looking for a place to gather with fellow grad students to navigate grad school life? We are hosting a series of late afternoon lunches to discuss topics like exploring careers outside of academia, imposter syndrome, navigating relationships with faculty and advisors, and sharing campus and community resources for success. (Lunch will be provided)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Grad Student Research Days
12:00pm - 4:30pm; location & registration coming soon

We’ll have two opportunities for grad students to attend research days. Both days will focus on the research support available through the University Libraries, how to start your research, where and how you should publish your research, staying current within your field, and identifying and applying for grants. Breakfast will be provided. Space in each session will be limited and registration will open soon.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Grad Student Research Days
8:00am - 12:30pm; location & registration coming soon

We’ll have two opportunities for grad students to attend research days. Both days will focus on the research support available through the University Libraries, how to start your research, where and how you should publish your research, staying current within your field, and identifying and applying for grants. Breakfast will be provided. Space in each session will be limited and registration will open soon.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

TIPS for TAs: Flipped Classroom/Video
3:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)

In partnership with TIPS, we’ll be providing sessions every other week for teaching assistants to focus on best teaching practices. Video is a useful teaching aid.  You can curate existing content to supplement instruction, create videos of course content to reinforce ideas, have students create and submit videos for assignments, and assign different video materials ahead of class to utilize classroom time more effectively for practical application. Come learn about various resources available to you.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Grad Life Lunch Series
3:00pm - 4:30pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)
Spring 2020 Grad Life Lunch Registration Form

Looking for a place to gather with fellow grad students to navigate grad school life? We are hosting a series of late afternoon lunches to discuss topics like exploring careers outside of academia, imposter syndrome, navigating relationships with faculty and advisors, and sharing campus and community resources for success. (Lunch will be provided)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Graduate Student Speaker Series: Samuel Binns to Present "To Labor for Justice: Arkansas and Socialism"
5:00pm - 6:30pm; Mullins Library Room 130

This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Grad Life Lunch Series
3:00pm - 4:30pm; Brewer Family Hub (123 W. Mountain St.)
Spring 2020 Grad Life Lunch Registration Form

Looking for a place to gather with fellow grad students to navigate grad school life? We are hosting a series of late afternoon lunches to discuss topics like exploring careers outside of academia, imposter syndrome, navigating relationships with faculty and advisors, and sharing campus and community resources for success. (Lunch will be provided)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

TIPS for TAs: Student Engagement/Interaction
3:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)

In partnership with TIPS, we’ll be providing sessions every other week for teaching assistants to focus on best teaching practices. Getting students excited about class discussion and assignments often feels daunting.  There are a variety of teaching methods and tools available to help coax participation out of students and get them to take ownership of their learning. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grad Life Lunch Series
3:00pm - 4:30pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)
Spring 2020 Grad Life Lunch Registration Form

Looking for a place to gather with fellow grad students to navigate grad school life? We are hosting a series of late afternoon lunches to discuss topics like exploring careers outside of academia, imposter syndrome, navigating relationships with faculty and advisors, and sharing campus and community resources for success. (Lunch will be provided)

Friday, March 20, 2020

Grad Life Lunch Series
3:00pm - 4:30pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)
Spring 2020 Grad Life Lunch Registration Form

Looking for a place to gather with fellow grad students to navigate grad school life? We are hosting a series of late afternoon lunches to discuss topics like exploring careers outside of academia, imposter syndrome, navigating relationships with faculty and advisors, and sharing campus and community resources for success. (Lunch will be provided)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Crafting Your Personal Pitch
3:00pm - 4:30pm; Brewer Family Hub (123 W. Mountain St.)
Registration coming soon

This session is designed for graduate students to learn how to identify a target audience and tailor your message to create a compelling pitch or “elevator speech.” We’ll also break into small groups to develop and practice your personal pitch. Offered in collaboration with the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Graduate Student Speaker Series: Acadia Kandora to Present “Shifting Landscape: an Ecological Blend of the Virtual and Physical”
5:00pm - 6:30pm; Mullins Library Room 130

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

TIPS for TAs: Classroom Management
3:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)

In partnership with TIPS, we’ll be providing sessions every other week for teaching assistants to focus on best teaching practices. Managing classroom discussions and activities can often present a challenge to new instructors. We will discuss strategies for creating safe and brave spaces in the classroom as well as diffusing difficult situations that may arise in the classroom.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

TIPS for TAs: Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives
3:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)

In partnership with TIPS, we’ll be providing sessions every other week for teaching assistants to focus on best teaching practices. Writing learning objectives and assessing student learning is often not something that is taught and yet we are expected to include them in our syllabus and assignments.  Come get some tips about creating effective and accurate learning objectives and gauging student  learning outcomes.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

TIPS for TAs: Assignment and Assessment Ideas
3:00pm - 4:00pm; Graduate School Conference Room (GEAR 211)

In partnership with TIPS, we’ll be providing sessions every other week for teaching assistants to focus on best teaching practices. The faculty at the U of A have some really creating ideas for assignments that go beyond the normal papers and exams.  Come discuss some fun and creative assignment and assessment ideas that help gauge student learning.