Upcoming Workshops For Princeton University Graduate Students and Postdocs

Spring 2022 Workshops

All workshops times are Eastern Time. Please use the calendar above to add this workshop to your calendar and receive a reminder. If you have any difficult registering for a workshop, please write directly to Laura Murray at lcmurray@princeton.edu to express interest. Thank you!


Roam Research: a 3-part in-person workshop series

Location: 329 Frist Campus Center (inside McGraw Center, 3rd floor of Frist Campus Center)

Workshop #1 March 18 at 2PM - RSVP to reserve a seat.
Workshop #2 March 25 at 2PM - RSVP to reserve a seat.
Workshop #3 April 1 at 2 PM - RSVP to reserve a seat.

How often do you make a note about something you're reading, thinking, or writing, never to see it again?

If you struggle to manage a system for effectively making and using notes, or find that the approaches you used as an undergrad just aren’t cutting it when faced with multi-year doctoral research, this three-part workshop series is for you.

Come learn how to use Roam Research to build a personal database for your notes that will allow you to search efficiently, connect ideas effortlessly, and organize organically. In this three-part series, you’ll learn what Roam is and how to use it; the ways in which it addresses some of the most common note-making and data organization challenges we face in grad school; and various simple tools and concepts to build powerful note-making systems that will support your work for years to come.

Facilitator: River Emrys (McGraw Graduate Peer Coach and G4 in Classics)

Discerning Dissertating (6-session virtual learning cohort)

Dates for virtual meetings: Six consecutive Thursdays, April 7 through May 12, 2022  
Time: 3:30-5pm

Join a free 6-part series for Humanities and Social Science Graduate Students  

Have you completed your dissertation prospectus or proposal, and are you ready to launch into your independent thesis research with confidence and a community of support?

The dissertation is known as the capstone of doctoral education. Planning and writing one, however, is too often a confusing, stressful, and solitary endeavor. 

If you are a graduate student in the Social Sciences or Humanities ready to begin your dissertation research this year, you are welcome to join a new learning cohort offered by The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning titled "Launching the Dissertation.”

We’ll meet virtually on six consecutive Thursday afternoons beginning after Spring Recess (4/7/22) and continuing through 5/12/22. Together, we’ll discuss creating a productivity plan tailored for you; strategies to promote balance and well-being; the importance of an accountability and support network; effective reading, note-making, and data organization practices; consistent writing; and plans for managing “day-to-day dissertating.”

 "Launching the Dissertation" is the second learning cohort offered by McGraw's larger new initiative, Discerning Dissertating. Future cohorts in this program will address concepts relevant for later stages of the dissertation process (such as sustaining motivation “for the long haul”; soliciting and interpreting feedback from advisors: re-considering what “done” might mean; preparing for one’s Final Public Oral; and considering next steps once the dissertation is complete).

To learn more and register for this seminar series, please complete this short survey.

And if you have any questions, please write to Dr. Laura Murray: lcmurray@princeton.edu 

Graduate Student Book Club

Making a New Year’s Resolution to read more in 2022? Join McGraw’s new Graduate Student Book Club, facilitated by McGraw Grad Peer Coaches! This Spring, the theme is “Relationships” and we have 3 books lined up:

February ’22: How to Make Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie 1936) - HELD on Thursday, 2/24/22 (To access a free digital copy of this book: https://bit.ly/McGrawGPCbookclub

March ’22: Thanks for the Feedback (Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen, 2015)

April ’22: Relationship Rich Education (Peter Felten & Leo Lambert, 2020)


Book: Thanks for the Feedback (Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen, 2015)
Date & Time for virtual discussion: Tuesday, 3/29/22, 5pm
Zoom Registration link: https://bit.ly/GPC_Bookclub2

Description: Want to explore how to give and receive feedback with grace? In Thanks for the Feedback, authors Stone & Heen explain why feedback can be both crucial for learning and growth, and also incredibly stressful for the parties involved. They offer simple and powerful tools to help navigate unsolicited comments, formal evaluations, and even peer-review with curiosity, tact, and an open mind. Combining insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, concrete advice,  Thanks for the Feedback is a must-read for students and scholars…and anyone interested in the fine art of “constructive critique.”  Facilitator: Tanujay Saha (McGraw Graduate Peer Coach, and G5 in ECE)


Book: Relationship Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Peter Felten & Leo Lambert, 2020)
Date & Time for virtual discussion: Thursday, 4/28/22, 5pm
Zoom Registration linkhttps://bit.ly/GPC_Bookclub3

Description: Ever wonder what single factor is the greatest predictor of self-reported “success” for students in higher ed.? It's pretty simple: human relationships. Drawing on nearly 400 interviews with students, faculty, and staff at 29 higher education institutions across the U.S., Relationship-Rich Education provides readers with practical advice on how to develop and sustain powerful relationship-based learning in all sorts of college and university contexts. Though primarily written with undergrads in mind, the lessons shared are largely generalizable to both our experiences in grad school as students, as well as to our work teaching or mentoring undergrads now or in the future.  Facilitator: TBD

Imposters Anonymous Group: For Women in STEM 

Do you often compare yourself to others? And do you ever feel like your success is not deserved, or that your accomplishments are merely a result of luck? These feelings are common among grad students, but you don’t have to confront them by yourself. You are not alone! 

Come join us for weekly, hour-long virtual small-group discussions led by McGraw Graduate Peer Coach Sara Geraghty. (Exact dates and times TBD based on participants’ preferences.) This Spring, let’s push back against imposter stress together! 

To sign up, and for further information, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/c8BpGyBbLTghqpNBA                               


Conversations with Faculty: A Series to Learn about Life and Work in the Academy

  •  #1: Challenge, ‘Failure,’ and Bouncing Back (held on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 11:00am - 12:00pm)

Upcoming panels this Spring ‘22 (exact dates TBD) will address:

  • #2 - Working and Living as Faculty (aka aspiring to achieve balance in work and life)

  • #3 - The Road to Becoming a Faculty Member

  • #4 – Insights on Mentoring Grad Students

Virtual Writing Accountability & Support Groups 

Participate in small, robust, interdisciplinary writing groups of post-Generals grad students. The goal is to offer supportive environments for grad students to clarify and develop writing projects, increase motivation and create accountability, and also foster connections to combat the loneliness and isolation that can accompany writing – especially during continued “social distancing.”

For general information about the writing groups, or any additional questions, please contact Dr. Laura Murray at lcmurray@princeton.edu.