Timely Topics Series

Information you need, presented right when you need it.

About Timely Topics

Timely Topics is a series of opportunities to engage with subject matter experts on topics relevant to those who support and advise graduate students and programs.

Every session is available to all UConn faculty and staff.

If you have any questions or topic suggestions for the Timely Topics Series, please contact Megan Petsa (megan.petsa@uconn.edu).

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, November 16 at 11am - Fellowships Process and Updates - Register here 

For the full Fall 2021 schedule and more upcoming sessions, please see our Timely Topics flyer.

Spring 2022 schedule coming soon!

Resources from Previous Sessions

Advising and Mentoring

  • Using Annual Reviews to Help Graduate Students Succeed Slides, Video, Additional Resources (Fall 2021)
  • From Expectations to Evaluations: The Importance of Timely Feedback with Provost Lejeuz Slides, Video (Fall 2021)
  • Supporting Graduate Students with Disabilities Slides, Video (Fall 2021)
  • Writing Effective Reference Letters for NSF GRFP Applicants Slides, Video (Fall 2021)
  • Career Outcomes for PhDs and Implications for PhD Training Slides, Video, Additional Resources (Fall 2021)
  • When the Plan Isn't Solely to Pursue An Academic Job: Nurturing Career Conversations with Your Advisee Slides (Spring 2021)
  • Provost Lejuez on Graduate Student Mental Health and the Role of the Advisor Video and Slides (Spring 2021)
  • Advising International Students Slides (Fall 2020)
  • Using IDPs (Individual Development Plans) & Career Exploration Tools with Doctoral Students Slides (Fall 2020)
  • "How Are You Doing?"...and Other Scary Questions Slides (Fall 2020)

Graduate Assistants (GAs, TAs, RAs)

  • GA Leave, Academic Leave, or Time Off? Video and Slides (Fall 2021)
  • Graduate Assistant Payroll Processes Slides (Spring 2021)
  • International Teaching Assistants Slides (Spring 2021)
  • Grads on Special Payroll Slides (Spring 2021)
  • Supervising Graduate Assistants Resource List (Spring 2021) 

Admissions and Recruitment

  • Fellowships Processes and Updates Slides and Video (Fall 2021)
  • Graduate Admissions 2021-2022 Cycle Kickoff Video and Slides (Fall 2021)
  • Graduate Admissions 2020-2021 Cycle Debrief Slides (Spring 2021)
  • The Graduate School's New Student Orientation: An In-Depth Look (Spring 2021)

Managing Your Graduate Program

  • Updating Your Catalog Copy and Using the GPAR System Slides, Video (Fall 2021)
  • Preparing for Fall 2021 Slides (Spring 2021)
  • Fellowships and Awards with the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (Spring 2021)
  • All About Grad Enrollment Slides (Fall 2020)