Workshops and Events

The Graduate School and Hacherl Research and Writing Studio collaborate with campus partners to provide professional development workshops to support graduate student research and scholarship, academic success, wellbeing, and career readiness.

Do you have ideas for future workshops or events, or would you like to partner with us? Please contact gradschool@wwu.edu.

Ongoing Events

Graduate Open Studio

Haggard Hall 210, Mondays, 3-5pm

This casual, weekly meeting welcomes grads to bring developing or ongoing projects to the Hacherl Research and Writing Studio for open work time, connection to our resources, connection to Studio Partners, and connection to other graduates.

Peer Advising

Hours and Contact Information

Graduate Student Peer Advisors serve as informed and knowledgeable on-campus resources throughout the academic year to enhance student access to support services, financial aid, mental wellness, professional development, and connection to the broader campus community and programs.

Winter 2023 Workshops

Job Searches for Graduate Students

Abby Senuty from Western's Career Services will provide information and tools for your job search and other post-graduate school opportunities.

Wednesday, March 1

2:30 to 3:30, HH 222

Graduate Thesis Research Drop-In

Drop in for support with:

  • Research questions and proposals
  • Literature reviews
  • Methods sections
  • Structure and flow
  • Citations and formatting
  • Western CEDAR

Wednesday, March 1

10:00 to 12:00, HH210

Cover Letters and Resumes

Join Carissa Bane from Western's Career Services Center to learn about incorporating your graduate work onto your application materials. 

Wednesday, February 22

2:30 to 3:30, HH 222

Writing for Funding

Join this working session for tips on writing for funding with the Studio's graduate assistants.

Wednesday, February 1

10:00 to 12:00, HH 210

Crafting Your Personal Statement

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is offering two working sessions for support with Graduate School Applications and Major Declarations! Western students, including current grad students applying to PhD programs, are invited to drop in at any point during these two-hour windows to work on their personal statements. If possible, it's best for students to bring guidelines for their specific statements since they can vary from school to school, program to program. 

Wednesday January 11 and Wednesday January 18

10:00 to 12:00, HH 210

Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity Grants

Join faculty members Jane Wong (English) and Jeanine Amacher (Chemistry), Research & Sponsored Programs staff, and graduate student recipients to learn about applying for the Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity Grant to support your own research and projects. The winter grant deadline is February 15.

Wednesday, January 11 at 4:00 pm on Zoom 

Register Here

Fall 2022 Workshops

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is the feeling or belief that you've been given something you didn't earn or don't deserve. It can manifest as self doubt, the belief that everyone else is smarter or more accomplished than you, or the fear that you will be exposed as a fraud.  It affects graduate students of all backgrounds and in different ways. 

Presented by the Counseling and Wellness Center, this workshop will invite graduates to articulate their own relationships with Imposter Syndrome through a presentation, activity, and discussion.

Tuesday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. in HH 210

Basic Needs Overview

Learn about basic needs resources you can access on campus and within the community as a graduate student. Representatives from around campus will address topics such as food security, rental assistance, emotional and academic wellbeing, physical health, and where to go if you need support. Join us to learn more!

Wednesday, October 12th at 3:00 p.m. in HH 210

Or via Zoom

Grad TA Series: You Can Help A Student

Created by the JED Foundation, this training includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of staff and faculty reaching out to students who may be in crisis. Participants will learn techniques for having difficult conversations, how to create a supportive environment for students, and learn what resources are available for students and staff at WWU in a crisis.

Thursday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Register Here

Grad TA Series: Academic Integrity

Facilitated by members of the Western Coalition for Integrity, this workshop will give TA’s resources to promote integrity and recognize and respond to academic dishonesty in their classrooms and labs.

Tuesday, September 20 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

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Past Events

Prior Workshops

Examples of past workshops are listed below. Some of these topics will be offered annually, and others may not be offered every year. If you see something that interests you, let us know!

IRB Workshop Series

Fulbright Workshop and Info Session

Digital Media Skills

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Art and Creativity in Research

Zotero Research Management 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program