(above) Grassy Twin Lakes near McCall, Idaho.
Here's what we've done in the past. There are more events like these to come!
Social and Networking Events
Academic and Professional Development Events
Even Stevens Sandwich night
Friday, October 20, 2017
5 pm - 8 pm
Even Stevens, 815 W Bannock St., Boise
Join your peers for an evening of conversation, networking, and giving back to the community! Even Stevens, the sandwich shop with a cause, is hosting our October get-together. They're an awesome business, dedicated to giving back to our community through hunger relief efforts. October is hunger awareness month, so let's go Boise State, and stamp out hunger!
Located next to the infamous Freak Alley, and a short ride from campus on the Boise State shuttle, makes our October social is a not-to-be-missed event!
Drop in, the GSA is buying your dinner! Live music, new friends, and community support!
Payette Brewing Happy Hour
Saturday, August 26, 2017
6 pm - 9 pm
Payette Brewing, 733 S Pioneer St., Boise
To kick off the fall 2017 semester, we're meeting at Payette Brewing for happy hour. Come meet other graduate students, socialize, network, relax, and experience one of Boise’s great breweries. Significant others and friends are welcome, too!
TurtLe Island Research Coop Potluck
Fri. Dec. 15, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
825 W Victory Rd, Boise, ID
Let's celebrate the end-of-semester (YES please!), and the holiday season, with an "Ugly Sweater" dinner hosted by our friends at the Turtle Island Research Cooperative. Many students and professors are already familiar with Turtle Island, but for those of you who aren't, here's a link to their FB page.
Their motto: "Exploring and developing integral solutions for multifaceted ecological and social problems. Our goal is balanced lives and sustained growth of both the intellect and body for the sake of a resilient future."
Our motto? Let's eat! ;) (But we like intellectual growth and resilient futures, too)
Bring your favorite dish and BYOB and put on your favorite "Ugly Sweater". We hope to see you there!
Flying Pie Pizza social
Friday, January 19, 2018
5 - 8 pm
Flying Pie Pizzaria on Broadway Ave near campus (map)
Join Boise State graduate students and the Graduate Student Association for our annual Spring Social. We'll provide the free pizza, all you need to do is come say hi!
Not sure what the GSA does for you? This is a great chance to find out! The GSA leadership team and department representatives will be there to answer your questions about the ways the GSA advocates for grad students on campus.
We hope to see you there! Significant others, friends, and kids welcome!
Mid-Valley Cup of Joe for grads
February 2018 GSA Assembly
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Student Union Building, Farnsworth Room
How could we change graduate education so that students can be more successful after graduate school? What innovations do we need to make so that graduate students are prepared to be leaders in their field?
For example, if many jobs require team work, is there enough team work in graduate school? As another example, how do we need to rethink curriculum so that all of our STEM students are capable communicators and all of our humanities and social science students know how to wrangle big data? Is the structure of our assistantships working, or are you TAing for a course unrelated to your graduate school goals?
Join us for a discussion as we brainstorm ways to reinvent the graduate education paradigm. The Vice-President for Economic Research and Development, Dr. Mark Rudin, and the Graduate College Dean, Dr. Tammi Vacha-Hasse, will be there to hear your ideas.
This is a unique opportunity to speak directly to campus policy makers about your ideas for your education. You deserve to have your voice heard!
March 2018 GSA Assembly
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Student Union Building, Alexander Room
There are many resources on campus that grad students don't know about, don't know how to access, or don't realize are not just for undergraduates.
How can the GSA effectively communicate with graduate students to make people aware of these resources (such as the Writing Center, the Career Center, etc.)? How can we build department community AND university community? Does your department have an email listserv that you can use to reach the other graduate students in your department, or do you only see your cohort when you're in class with them?
Come let us know ways in which communication in lacking in your department and across the university, and we'll work together to come up with ideas for how to fix our communication issues.
All grad students welcome! Representatives from the Graduate College and Office of Research and Economic Development will be there to hear your ideas.
April 2018 GSA Assembly
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Riverfront Hall, room 211
How do we manage to do it all? Sometimes it feels like we can't get it all done, and sometimes it feels like we shouldn't have to juggle all of this.
In this meeting we'll talk strategy--personal strategies to get us through the tough times and strategies that the GSA should take to advocate for graduate students to make sure we aren't overburdened.
Come share your insight. All grad students welcome! Representatives from the Graduate College and Office of Research and Economic Development will be there to hear your ideas.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5 pm - 6 pm
Brink Room, Student Union Building
What are the warning signs of burnout? How can it be prevented or healed? Graduate students often have heavy workloads, and put their mental health second behind their work. This training will help you get ready for the end of the semester! Join the GSA and the Gender Equity Center to discuss self-care practices to prevent burnout in both your work and personal life.
Conversation with the VPR
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
12 pm - 1 pm
Bergquist Lounge, Student Union Building
Who is Boise State's Vice President for Research and Economic Development and what does his work have to do with me?
Whether you are a graduate student engaged in research, or you benefit from one of Boise State’s many public and private partnerships, Dr. Rudin’s work impacts you. Dr. Rudin will give a brief talk about how graduate students fit into the University’s plan for growth, and how you can become a more successful researcher. Following the talk, there will be a chance for you to ask questions.
Expanding your network workshop
Thursday, October 12, 2017
1 pm - 2 pm
Career Center, Academic and Career Services building room 111
You might have heard of the "hidden job market" - this phrase refers to the fact that many employers prefer to hire based on recommendation and referral. Getting referred is much easier when you have built a strong professional network. This workshop will help you better understand how to use specific tools to build and maintain a professional network. Topics will include LinkedIn, informational interviewing, strategic networking, and more.
Active learning workshop
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12 pm - 1:15 pm
Center for Teaching and Learning, Interactive Learning Center room 315
Beyond lecture: This workshop will introduce participants to active learning strategies that are quick and easy to implement. Graduate student instructors will learn tools designed to engage students in higher-level thinking about course material, while also acting as a feedback mechanism to gauge student learning.
Coffee and donuts for researchers
Thursday, September 14, 2017
9:30 am - 10:30 am (networking)
10:30 am - 11:30 am (presentation of research support services)
Albertsons Library room 201C
The Coffee and Donuts Graduate Researchers forum will focus on research support services for graduate students. Come learn about resources to support literature reviews, research computing, publications, data management, scholarly profiles, and more.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their research with library liaisons and research computing staff, as well as network with their fellow scholars.
SHUT UP AND WRITE
Tues. Dec. 5, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Riverfront Hall, room 211
Weds. Dec. 6, 2017, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Riverfront Hall, room 211
Do you tend to think of writing as a solitary activity? Does the idea of writing — serious writing — with other people in the room sound unnatural?
We think there's another way to see it. Based on the concept of "time-boxing", a Shut-Up-and-Write session may help you curb procrastination, keep perfectionism in check, and get into your writer's flow.
Here's how it works: First, we spend about 10 minutes sharing our writing projects. Then, we shut up. And write. It's amazing what can get done when everyone's focused on the same goal — writing. The group facilitator will time the writing...all you have to do is write until the timer sounds! Then, stay to get and give feedback if you'd like. We think feedback from writers outside your discipline can help polish your message.
We’ll structure the sessions so the first hour is devoted to writing quietly (with a brief break halfway through the session) and the second hour is devoted to peer review and discussion. You can drop in for the whole session or whatever part your schedule allows. Bring your thesis chapters, journal articles, grant proposals, or portfolio projects and...Shut-Up-and-Write!