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Learn how to start and finish your dissertation, conduct ethical research, write a literature review, or start your job search! The Survival Skills sessions are one hour workshops designed to assist graduate students as they successfully navigate their academic careers at Mississippi State University. Reservations are strongly encouraged; classes with fewer than five students are subject to cancellation. Additional information about the Survival Skills for Graduate Students workshop series can be found in the online guide:

To see specific dates and register for a session, visit the events calendar.

  • Research and Dissertation Basics
    Learn strategies for completing your dissertation! This session provides tips and strategies for starting and completing your thesis or dissertation.
  • Developing a Lit Review: An Overview for Graduate Students
    These sessions offer some common strategies for managing the literature review process. The focus is on thesis or dissertation research.
  • Job Hunting in Academe: Landing on the Tenure Track
    The job hunting process in academia can be confusing. This session will discuss the application process for a tenure track position. Topics include the application packet and preparation for the on-site visit.
  • Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vitae
    Within higher education, the curriculum vitae is the tool most often used both during the job search and throughout an academic career. This session will discuss strategies for developing a professional curriculum vitae.
  • Publishing 101: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process
    This workshop provides an introduction to the academic publishing process. Topics covered include submission strategies, managing the relationship with editors and reviewers, and publishing etiquette.
  • Research Ethics & the Graduate Student
    This session discusses issues related to ethical research. Topics covered include avoiding plagiarism, the ethical use of data and the MSU Honor Code.
  • Money 101 For Grad Students: Managing Your Money and Your Debt
    Learn successful strategies for managing your budget as a graduate student and your long term debt.