The Grad Success Series is a lineup of workshops, panel discussions, social events, and resource fairs to help incoming graduate students make a smooth transition to grad school life at UCSB. This year, the Grad Success Series took place throughout the summer months and was facilitated entirely virtually. This page contains information on how to access recordings and information from some of our past Success Series events.

Please note that you must be signed into your UCSB Gmail address in order to access some of the external documents on this page. If you have any questions, you can email Hannah Lawrence, Assistant Director of Professional Development.



Panel Discussions

Diversity Panel Series

Our Diversity Panel Series was designed to connect you with current grad students who share your diverse identities and learn from their experiences. For more information, contact Diversity Peer Advisor Sam del Castillo.

International Graduate Student Panel

Our International Graduate Student Panel featured three international graduate students--Yibei Chen, Yanitsa Buendia De Llaca, and Suyi Leong--along with the International Grad Student Peer Advisor Julia McClenon and OISS's grad student advisor Erik Williams for a panel discussion on the real experience of being an international graduate student at UCSB. 

*Note: Panel discussions were not recorded



Success in Grad School Workshop Series

Our Success in Grad School workshop series featured 5 workshops to help you understand the expectations and opportunities of graduate school, as well as valuable campus resources to help you thrive along the way. Click below to access recordings and resources from these workshops.

Graduate Writing Expectations: An Honest Conversation (held on August 13)
Session not recorded
Please reach out to Robby Nadler to obtain the slide deck

Getting to Know the UCSB Library: Advanced Research Tips (held on August 25)
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Reach out to the facilitators: Kristen LaBonte, Chizu Morihara, Gary Colmenar

Academic Success in Grad School: Policies, Procedures, and Other Information You Should Know (held on August 27)
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Reach out to the facilitator: Ryan Sims

Navigating the Academy for Diverse Student Populations (held on September 10)
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Reach out to the facilitator: Carlos Nash

Planning Your Career Trajectory: Tips, Tricks, and Guides to Help You Succeed in Grad School (held on September 15)
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Reach out to the facilitator: Lana Smith-Hale

Special Discussion on Mental Health in Graduate School

Graduate Mental Health Peer Veronica Franco held a special workshop on Navigating Graduate School, Stress, and Coping Skills. This workshop provided strategies for navigating graduate school and explored strategies for managing stress and COVID-19. Note: this session was not recorded.



Virtual Resource Fairs

We held 4 different resource fairs that highlighted different types of campus resources. Click on the links below for overviews of each organization, introductory videos, and other resources you can access at your convenience.

Academic, Career, and Professional Development
Friday, September 4, 10:30am-12pm

Graduate Student Services
Friday, September 11, 10:30am-12pm

Wellness Organizations
Friday, September 18, 10:30am-12pm

Graduate Student-Led Organizations
Friday, September 25, 10:30am-12pm