Graduate School New Year’s Resolutions

It’s January! The time for new beginnings. So, what are your goals for the year? Maybe you’ve decided to get more sleep, spend more time with your loved ones, eat more healthily or save money. All of these are admirable goals, but we have a few recommendations ourselves.

Improve your presentation skills – Present at Ignite USU

Ignite is Utah State’s premiere student speaking event. Every April to culminate Research Week, students share the stories behind their research in fast-paced, dynamic talks with auto-advancing slides every 15 seconds! Ignite USU presenters are given the same coaching and support to better tell their stories as the speakers who participate in TEDxUSU.

Further, Ignite USU has served as a stepping stone for students to give a TEDxUSU talk. This past year both Amy Moser and Jeannie Woller were selected as TEDxUSU speakers after participating in Ignite.

Ignite USU 2017 will be April 14 at 1 p.m. in Merrill-Cazier Library. Nominate yourself, or a friend, here.

Make new friends – Attend monthly Graduate Student Socials

New this school year are the Graduate Student Socials. Held the second Tuesday of every month at the Logan Country Club, the socials are a fun way to meet students of various disciplines. You can also enjoy free food and entertainment, while attending.

The next Graduate Student Social will be co-hosted by the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on January 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

RSVP here.

Develop a new skill – Participate in Graduate Training Series

Each month, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies hosts Graduate Training Series (GrTS). At GrTS, professionals from various disciplines discuss what they’ve learned about a specific skill, while in their career. Previous topics include how to improve teaching skills, how to make gorgeous posters and slides, and how best to present your data to the general public.

The next GrTS is February 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Merrill-Cazier Library. At this GrTS, students will learn how to utilize PowerPoint more fully in presentations and teaching. RSVP for the event here.

How can we improve?

You’re not the only one creating New Year’s resolutions. At the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, we want to help you reach all of your goals. To do this, we have provided the student supports above. Let us know if what we’ve created is helpful, and how we can further improve our programs and services for graduate students.

If you have any suggestions, concerns, thoughts or comments email them to Katie Feinauer at We’re looking forward to hearing from you, and can’t wait to make 2017 the best year yet!