Gradstravaganza: Online Sessions

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August 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! This year, Graduate Student Life is bringing back Gradstravaganza as a two-day event, including a fully virtual lineup of mini-workshops & educational sessions on Friday, August 20 from 9am-4pm and our Gradstravaganza picnic in-person on Saturday, August 21 from 12-3pm! Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Office of the ProvostMason RecreationStudent Involvement, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

Friday’s lineup includes mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, special sessions for Graduate Assistants (GRAs, GTAs, and GPAs), opportunities to meet and connect with fellow Mason graduate students, and more!

Agenda for Friday, August 20

Please note: Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom links for each session. Click on individual session links below, or visit our Gradstravaganza page on Mason360.


Opening Session and Welcome (plenary session)

Welcome to Gradstravaganza! Join us for opening remarks to welcome you to the start of the new school year. Registration and more information will be posted shortly.


Mini-Workshops for Graduate Student Success (concurrent sessions)

Please register for each session of interest in order to receive the Zoom links.


Pathway through the PhD


Strategies for Success in Your Master’s Degree Program


Making the Commitment to Writing



Title IX Overview and Sexual Harassment Prevention (Replaces Required Online Training)


How to Get On-Campus Employment as a Graduate Student



Building an Effective Relationship with Your Mentor/Advisor



Managing Limited Time and Multiple Demands



Title IX Overview and Sexual Harassment Prevention (Replaces Required Online Training)


Resilience in Graduate School: Strategies to Support Your Thriving

Understanding Financial Aid Options and the Impact of COVID-19

Building Your Network Now for Your Job Search Later


Title IX Overview and Sexual Harassment Prevention (Replaces Required Online Training)


Lunch Break


Speed Networking

What better way to meet your fellow graduate students than through speed networking? This 30-minute speed networking session will allow you to introduce yourself and get to know several Mason graduate students across disciplines & programs. We will provide guiding questions to help steer the conversation, but feel free to bring questions of your own! You may join this session at any time and will be able to hop into the next round of speed networking.




Finding Your Community of Support: Student Panel (plenary session)

Cultivating a community of support is an essential task for all graduate students; connections with fellow students, faculty, and the broader campus community, as well as support from a personal network of family and friends, contribute to graduate student success and well-being. However, finding this community of support can be a challenge, made even more daunting amid a global pandemic. Join us for a panel discussion to hear how 5 current Mason graduate students from a range of backgrounds and identities have navigated finding their communities and support systems here at Mason before, during, and (hopefully) after the virtual world of the COVID-19 pandemic.




Sessions for Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), and Graduate Professional Assistants (GPAs) (concurrent sessions)

These sessions are intended for Mason graduate students who currently hold Graduate Research, Teaching, or Professional Assistant positions. These sessions will not address how to apply for or get a GRA, GTA, or GPA position.

Graduate Research Assistants as Researchers, Mentors, and Professionals Building Professionalism through Your Graduate Professional Assistantship Starting Strong: Planning for the First Two Weeks as a GTA


August 20, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Graduate Student Life
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