University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Aug 16, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2021-2022

Special Services and Programs

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Profession Development Resources

In collaboration with the Graduate Student Association, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, INBRE, DRI, the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, the College of Business, the College of Science, and the School of Medicine, the Graduate School is pleased to offer a series of seminars and workshops to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop and enhance their professional skills to succeed in their current positions and future careers. All of the workshops are open to any graduate student or postdoc and registration is encouraged.

Assistance in Grants/Proposals

The Office of Sponsored Projects can enroll students in the data base “The Community of Science” which provides funding alerts and information. Through the learning laboratory at the University’s Knowledge Center, the Graduate School makes available “Winning Grants,” a series of 10 audio-visual lectures dealing with all aspects of developing proposals and contracts to potential sponsors.

Mandatory Graduate Teaching Assistant Training (GRAD 701S )

First-time graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are required to satisfy GTA training requirements by enrolling in GRAD 701S (Preparing Future Faculty: College Teaching I) during their first semester as a GTA. GRAD 701S is an orientation and training session that includes instruction in academic standards and student conduct, professionalism, sexual harassment prevention and FERPA compliance, and is held on the Thursday, the week before the start of classes in both fall and spring semesters. For more information on scheduling, check MyNevada or contact the Graduate School. 

The following departments/programs conduct approved GTA orientation programs and students teaching in these programs are exempt from the Grad 701S course requirement: 

  1. Chemistry
  2. Core Humanities
  3. English
  4. Intensive English Language Center
  5. World Languages and Literatures

Unless you are GTA in one of the five exempt graduate programs listed above or have already taken the course, attendance at the Grad 701S training session is mandatory.

Graduate Student Association

Graduate student participation in university affairs is encouraged through the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association (GSA). Students have representation from each academic unit offering advanced degree programming. The GSA has voting representation on the Graduate Council and cooperates with the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN). The GSA president attends Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents meetings. While social activities are provided by the GSA, the organization is structured to help improve academic and service programs for graduate students. The GSA sponsors invited speakers who discuss a wide variety of topics, helps fund graduate students who present papers at professional meetings and promotes graduate student participation in campus and community affairs as well as regional and national scholarly meetings. For more information, please see their website at

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