Grad Student Hints

Whether you are a new graduate student or you have been around for a while, you may need some help finding all the services that are available to you. This page is to provide some helpful hints of available resources to incoming and returning ECE graduate students. Feel free to add your own tips below!


Helpful library info links for grad students can be found on this library page.


Go to the Research page for more research tips.

Sanchez Building Maps

Find how to get to that classroom you are looking for here.

Stay current on C&I info via the C&I Gradlist email

Keep current on all the latest info from the C&I department through the CANDIGRAD Listserv.

CV Info — How to improve your CV for a job search

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a helpful article about CV’s and résumés and when to use each. This article includes before/after examples (with input from the “CV Doctor”) and might be helpful as you try to improve your own CV and/or résumé.

First & Second Year Reviews

(More info here later…) In addition, a grad student from a neighboring department shared a portfolio table of contents that might be helpful if you desire to make your own portfolio for review. A portfolio is a great way to keep all your doctoral work in one place for sharing at reviews and later at job interviews. Click on the link below to download.

Learning Technology Center — 5th floor SZB

This is the place to go to check out equipment. You can reserve equipment online, in person, by phone or via email. You can also go for a variety of other services including laptop help and media resources. There is some really cool stuff in the LTC that might help you with your research and/or TA work!

Degree Plan forms

Keep track of your progress and degree requirements by periodically checking the degree plan page. Also, keep track of your work via the doctoral program forms and documents page.

TA, AI, and Graduate Research Assistant

Learn more about TA jobs. Remember that there are TA jobs in other departments besides C&I, and there are jobs around campus as well. UT part time jobs can be searched here, and Hire A Longhorn jobs can be searched here.
Furthermore, DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovation) has some helpful programs and even an annual Colloquium to help graduate student instructors (TAs & AIs) improve/develop their pedagogical and professional skills.

Blackboard Info

If you work as a TA or AI and need info about how to set up your gradebook or other questions involving the use of Blackboard, there is a UTwiki with Blackboard Tutorials that is very useful!

Stress Management

After all that work you may need some stress relief or some stress management techniques, or check out the mind-body lab. Or maybe you just need a hike in the mountains or paddle in a river. All the sites linked here are options available to you as a student at UT.


In addition to buying your textbooks from the University Coop, there are also some options for renting textbooks, and for using Amazon (which will allow a free service to students with a .edu email).