Thesis and Dissertation Defenses

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"Óbidos Castle Walls" by Felipe | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
A thesis or dissertation defense can be intimidating, but careful preparation will help you successfully pass your defense.
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Preparing for Comprehensive Exams

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"Studying" by That_Bee | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Many graduate programs may require a comprehensive exam (also known as "comps"). Successfully passing your comps requires preparation and hard work.
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Internships in Graduate School

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"Mini magnifying glass" by Ricky Willis | CC BY-NC 2.0
For some graduate students, internships can be a great way of building work experience specific to your field. In some fields, you may be required to complete an internship as part of your graduate program, but internships can be useful for students in other fields, especially if you are interested in non-academic careers.
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Finding Support in Graduate School

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"High Rise Train Tracks" by Brave Heartl | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Strong support networks are essential to being successful in graduate school. Don't hesitate to look for support from your friends and family, your faculty members, your peers, and university staff.
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Office of Graduate Studies Services and Resources

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The Office of Graduate Studies is more than just the place that processes applications and dissertation paperwork. Read more to learn about all the ways that OGS can help you succeed in graduate school and beyond.
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Getting Involved in Campus Groups

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"all together now, scott richard" by torbakhopper | CC BY-ND 2.0
Joining campus groups is not just for undergraduates. Campus groups can help you professionally and help you find those with common interests or who share your cultural background.
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Preparing International Students to Teach

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For international students, becoming a teaching assistant means not only learning how to teach, but also learning about a new classroom environment and overcoming language barriers. Since 1988, UNL has helped international students make this transition.
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Creating Learning-Centered Course Objectives

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"Soccer Field, Kelly Park West" by Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos | CC BY 2.0
Your course objectives indicate the focus on the course and what students will learn. Strong learning-centered objectives can help direct the activities you do in class, the assessments you give, and ultimately what your students get out of the class.
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Enjoying Summer in Lincoln

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"Sunken Gardens" by Overduebook | CC BY-NC 2.0
Summer is a great time to relax and take some time to explore the city you live in. Here are some of our best suggestions for activities around town that you could try or places you should visit this summer.
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Reflective Teaching

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"Three Trees" by Michael Eickelmann | CC BY-NC 2.0
The end of a semester is a great time to look back on your successes and areas for improvement. For TAs, this reflection should also focus on your teaching and any potential changes you want to make the next time you teach.
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