Attention graduate writers!

NC State now offers a free service to help you review any genre of writing, including: theses, dissertations, writing assignments/reports for classes, articles for publication, and even cover letters and CVs. The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is a one-on-one service where you sit down with a trained graduate consultant to discuss your writing at any stage in the process from brainstorming to drafting to revisions. The GWC is not an editing service, but consultants will work with you to help you become a better reader of your own work. The sessions are conversational and helpful for giving a new perspective on work that you may have been engaging with for extended periods of time. The GWC is an appointment only service, so make sure to sign-up for a session soon as deadlines are quickly approaching!

Location: University Tutorial Center in Park Shops 101
Open: GWC re-opens September 2, 2014
Make an appointment by going to

GLBT Graduate Student and Young Professional Network

The GLBT Graduate Student and Young Professional Network at NC State (GSPYN), a graduate student group intended for support and community building among GLBT-identified and ally graduate students, will hold its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, October 16th from 7:00PM-8:30PM, in Harrelson Hall room 307. Staff from the GLBT Center will be in attendance at the meeting, which will feature a discussion on graduate student needs, as well as on specific issues GLBT-identified graduate students may face. This meeting will also be an opportunity to socialize and meet other like-minded graduate students!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Innovative Women’s Conference

NC State is excited to hold our inaugural Innovative Women’s Conference.

Innovative Women capitalizes on the power created when bright, innovative minds come together to learn from one another. The conference is specifically designed to bring together women in the Triangle area – from students to entrepreneurs to corporate executives – to encourage discussion and hands-on learning in the areas of business innovation, science, technology and entrepreneurship.

The conference, hosted by the NC State Jenkins MBA Student Association in partnership with e51, will kick-off Thursday evening, October 23rd with a networking social at HQ Raleigh and be followed by a full day of engaging workshops, sessions and speakers Friday, October 24th at NC State’s newly-redesigned Talley Student Center.

You will leave this conference inspired and better prepared to effectively lead people and organizations in a technology-rich, global marketplace. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Women for Success.

Visit the Innovative Women website, and check out our exciting speaker lineup. —
Register today and join the conversation!

Preparing Future Leaders

Preparing Future Leaders’ & Thesis and Dissertation Support Services’ remaining fall 2014 workshops are now open for registration.

Some events of interest include:

  • Thesis 101 for Master’s Students
  • Establishing Credibility and Authority in the Classroom
  • Beyond Networking: Navigating LinkedIn
  • and many more!

Register for PFL events at: and TDSS events at:

Note: These are the final events for fall; no new events will be scheduled. Register today!

TA Award Coming Soon!

Are you a great teacher or do you know someone who is? Then please spread the word that they should start preparing their application for the UGSA-TEC TA Awards! This year we will have three main awards plus others. Focus for applications will be on Completed Teaching Portfolios; Student Evaluations through Class Eval, Student Evaluation sheets that will be hosted here on the UGSA website starting in November and recommendation letters.

The deadline for submission will be January 16th, 2015 at 5:00 PM. All graduate students with teaching experience are encouraged to apply!

The TA Awards ceremony will take place on March 24th, 2015 at 12:00 PM in the McKimmon Center.

2014/2015 Teaching Effectiveness Committee

Ask an Undergrad March Winners

Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Answer an Undergrad contest:

Jackie F. asks, “I hear some PhD students make less money than a Masters degree. Why are you crazy enough to want your PhD?

Third Place-

The simple answer is that pursuing a PhD is not about the money you may earn when you are done. A PhD is a considerable investment of time, energy, and, believe it or not, emotions. If you are considering pursuing a PhD because you believe it will make you more money then I would strongly recommend you against it. People choose to pursue a PhD (or at least they should) because they are passionate about the subject that they study. They love their subject enough to spend several years thinking about it most of the day, every day. They get a PhD so they will have the skills and knowledge necessary to significantly advance the field that they work in because they believe it is critically important.

Second Place-

I do it for the glamour!  It’s all about the daily struggle… where can I eat lunch for $5 and not gain the equivalent in pounds, or how bout if that sweater has been washed recently… or better yet, does anyone know where my glasses are or what day it is?  Not sounding like the adventure of a lifetime yet?  How about if I said I spent two years gaining international travel experiences paid for by someone else, made connections with students across the globe, and developed a true multidisciplinary background?  Because that my friend, the latter half, made the unique struggles for personal motivation and living on a 1/3 of the income I used to make, all worth it.  I seek to attain a new level of mastery in my communication skills, pedagogy, andragogy, and overall growth as an educator and mentor of others.  The PhD is about “acting on the want” for expertise to support your endeavors, regardless the paycheck attached.

First Place-

Dear Jackie,

I’m going to assume that you’re trying to say that you’ve heard that some people who hold PhD’s make less money than some people who hold Master’s degrees. Master’s degrees, after all, don’t earn money. Mine hardly even lifts a finger to answer my emails, so I’m pretty sure other people’s Master’s degrees are just as lazy (or don’t have fingers. or brains. or the ability to work because they are just pieces of paper).

But guess what! Some people with GED’s (or even no high school equivalency at all) earn more than some people with Bachelor’s degrees. So what the heck are you doing here wasting your parents’ money and/or getting yourself into debt when you could be in Costco middle management by now or developing iPhone apps? Huh? Are you crazy!?!

But you know what? I have a secret, Jackie: for some of us (maybe even you), it’s not about the money! A shocker in this capitalist paradise/living nightmare of a country we thrive in, I know, but the real answer lies in the field you are talking about and our individual goals.

Some of us need PhDs to pursue the kind of work we want to do (earning full professorship at a university, for instance, or opening your own counseling practice as a psychologist). Some of us want the pleasure of knowing we’ve met our life’s goal. Yes.

And some of us have realized at the ripe old age of 23 (or 33. or 43. or 53.) that it’s about the journey, not the destination. And of all the things other people can take from you in life – your belongings, your jobs, your money, your dignity, even your children – one thing they can never take, no matter what, is your education.

Whatever our reasons, they are probably not any crazier than your being here to earn a Bachelor’s degree that may or may not get you into the job you want, or even if the field you want, and may or may not help negotiate the salary you want.

Good luck in your future endeavors, Jackie. The crazier the better.

Meet the Winners of the UGSA Award for Conferences

In the Spring of 2013, the University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) implemented a pilot of a highly-competitive travel award intended to provide funds to a selective group of outstanding NCSU graduate students who are attending professional conferences in their respective fields. This new award, named the UGSA Award for Conferences, requires students to complete an extensive application which is then reviewed by a Committee of graduate students from different research fields. The UGSA currently offers two deadlines for application submission: one in the Spring and one in the Fall semester. Our overall goals are to help graduate students with the costly expenses of attending a conference (up to $1,500 per awardee), as well as contribute to the dissemination of authentic NCSU research in different research focus groups. Any NCSU graduate student that is currently performing original research is encouraged to apply to this prestigious award. After a strenuous and rigorous review process, the winners of the Spring 2014 UGSA Award for Conferences have been selected. Meet them here!