Professional development workshop series

In collaboration with the Graduate Student Association, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, 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.

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  • 1/27/2021: Extension of APA Skills (Intermediate level)
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12pm – 1pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: Elena Azadbakht, University Librarian


    Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the finer points of APA style such as how to cite multiple sources at once and how many in-text citations to include when referring the same source multiple times within a single paragraph. We will also discuss how to cite non-standard sources including data visualizations, press releases, Tweets, and various types of government documents.

  • 2/3/2021: Conducting literature reviews
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12pm – 1pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Elena Azadbakht, University Librarian


    Learn about different review types and styles and how to best conduct a comprehensive search across various databases and other online resources. We will also discuss strategies for effectively organizing and synthesizing your sources.

  • February: Graduate Writing Group
    • Date/Time: February 5, 2021, time TBA
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom

    Join the GSA’s Virtual Graduate Writing Group on Fridays in February! The group will gather each week from 11 am – 1 pm to briefly state their writing goals, have 1-1.5 hours of writing time, and then check-in with professional development staff and provide support to your fellow graduate students. Space is limited to 20 participants and students are only asked to register if they can attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions. Registration will open in mid-January and priority will be given to those actively working on a thesis or dissertation. Check back soon to register.

  • 2/9/2021: Preparing an Elevator Speech
    • Date/Time: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 12pm – 1pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Maureen McBride, Director, University Writing and Speaking Center


    Talking clearly and concisely about your research seems simple but takes a lot of advanced preparation. Deciding how you can quickly and engagingly highlight key points in your research, such as significance or contribution, can make the difference in your defense, in getting funding, in getting your ideas incorporated into your discipline’s discussions. In this interactive workshop, you will develop an “elevator speech” to accompany your 3-Minute Thesis and learn tips for talking about your research.

  • 2/17/2021: Graduate Research Toolbox
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12pm – 1pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker(s): Elena Azadabhkt and Teresa Schultz, University Librarians


    Learn about library resources and services that are critical for success in graduate research. Topics to be covered include advanced searching techniques, locating dissertations and theses, interlibrary loan, research current awareness services, and research organization tools.

  • 2/18/2021: From Academia to Industry: Creating an Effective Resume
    • Date/Time: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 12-1:00 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: Aqueelah Thompson and Katia Albright, Coordinator and Assistant Director, Nevada Career Studio


    As a graduate student understanding how to translate your academic skills and knowledge into a resume fit for industry can be challenging. Join this resume workshop and we will provide you with the tools and information to help you make a smooth transition. We will focus on the proper way to format a resume and the important sections to include, a real time critique of an resume, as well as tools for identifying what the employer is looking for, and things to avoid.

  • 2/23/2021: Inclusive Communication: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the University Experience and Beyond
    • Date and time: Tuesday, Febuary 23rd 2021, 12 - 1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Jovonnie Esquierdo-Leal, Program Development Specialist, Diversity & Inclusion


    Engage in activities for developing effective verbal and non-verbal communicative practices in the University setting and beyond. The workshop includes reflection exercises, recommendations for creating inclusive discussions and environments, and information on microaggressions—how to recognize them, their impact, and strategies to address them.

  • March and April 2021: GSA Virtual Book Club

    Together, the GSA and Graduate School Professional Development team will be hosting a virtual book club in March and April 2021. In March, the book club will be reading and discussing Start with Why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action by Simon Sinek.

    The book club will be limited to 20 participants and each person will receive a free digital or hard copy version of the book. Registration is available until February 19 or capacity is reached. Book club members will be expected to read up to 30 pages a week and participate in virtual discussions on Fridays in March from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

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  • 3/4/2021: Mentor-Mentee Relationships: Developing Effective Communication Skills
    • Date/Time: Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12pm – 1:30pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker(s): Veronica Zepeda and Matt Aguirre, Graduate School


    Using case studies and various scenarios, participants will discuss how different backgrounds can play a role in how difficult situations are perceived and handled. We will work in groups to discuss strategies to deal with difficult situations that may arise during the course of their research and graduate student experience.

  • 3/10/2021: Preparing for Life After Graduate School: IDPs and Career Planning
    • Date and time: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12pm – 1:30pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Veronica Zepeda and Matt Aguirre, Graduate School


    In this interactive workshop, participants will identify factors that are important when considering the next steps in their professional development and develop an individual development plan (IDP) to guide future career and professional development goals. 

  • 3/30/2021: The Career Development Process: Verify What You Want to Achieve
    • Date and time: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 12:00 p.m.  to 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: Katia Albright, Assistant Director 


    During this workshop, there will be an overview of the career development process, and the steps within it. There will be resources and suggestions for career exploration, planning, and acting upon what you want to achieve.