Professional development workshop series

The Graduate School, the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are pleased to offer a series of seminars and workshops to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop and enhance their professional skills in support of academic and career success.

Workshops are offered in either in-person or virtual formats, depending on the preference and location of the presenter. Please check the description for each workshop to verify the format before registering. Virtual workshops are usually recorded, captioned, and shared via Nevada Box within a few business days.

2021-2022 workshop recordings
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  • 8/31/2022: Writing Personal Statements for Fellowship and Scholarship Applications (In-Person)
    • Date and time: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Location: JCSU 403: Great Room
    • Speakers: Maureen McBride, Director, UNR Writing and Speaking Center

    Register for the Writing Personal Statements Workshop

    Personal statements are not just for graduate school applications! As a graduate student you might need to write personal statements as a part of fellowship, scholarship, or other types of applications. At this workshop, the UNR Writing and Speaking Center will provide tips on writing, organizing, and editing a personal statement.

  • 9/6/2022: Writing Diversity Statements for an Academic Job Application (In-Person)
    • Date and time: Tuesday, September, 25, 2022, 12pm-1:30pm
    • Location: JCSU 356: Rita Laden Senate Chambers
    • Speakers: Daniel Perez, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts

    Register for the Diversity Statements Workshop

    Increasingly, tenure faculty applicants are asked to provide a statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence in their professional lives. Whether the application requests you address diversity in the cover letter, teaching statement, or as a stand-alone diversity statement, this component of the tenure track job application package is an increasingly common part of the tenure-track and academic job hunt. Attend this valuable workshop to understand how to best express your commitment to diversity in your work within higher education and receive helpful tools and advice to take with you.

  • 9/7/2022: Writing Teaching Statements for an Academic Job Application (Virtual)
    • Date and time: Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 12 pm-1:30 pm 
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Elisabeth Miller, Director, Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines Program

    Register for the Writing Teaching Statements Workshop

    In this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to hear panelists give advice based on writing and reviewing teaching statements from academic applicants. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask panelists questions. Overall, the panelists will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. All teaching experience levels are welcome, regardless of stage in the application process.

  • 9/9/2022: NSF GRFP Workshop (In-Person)
    • Date and time: Friday, September 9, 2022, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: JCSU Room 320
    • Speakers: Markus Kemmelmeier, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate School
      Register for the NSF GRFP Workshop

    The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM and STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of graduate support ($34,000 stipend per year + $12,000 for institutional support) for individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements. This workshop will provide an overview of the GRFP application process and a panel discussion by faculty who have served as GRFP panel reviewers and UNR students who have recently received NSF GRFP awards.

  • 9/13/2022: Writing Research Statements for an Academic Job Application (In-Person)
    • Date and time: Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: JCSU Room 320
    • Speakers: Markus Kemmelmeier, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate School & Chris Barile, Associate Professor, Chemistry

    Register for the Writing Research Statements Workshop

    The research statement is your opportunity to sell yourself to an institution and show that you are self-motivated and passionate about your project. Whether you're considering an academic job search, or have already begun drafting a research statement, this workshop will help guide you through the process of narrowing your research statement to become relevant and a significant boost to your application materials. Panelists will consider their own experiences writing and evaluating other research statements as part of hiring committees. Further, attendees will be encouraged to ask panelists questions specific to their own fields of study.

  • 9/20/2022: Poster Design (Virtual)
    • Date and timeTuesday, September 20, 2022, 12pm-1:30pm 
    • LocationVirtual Workshop via Zoom
    • SpeakersAmy Shannon, Life & Environmental Sciences Librarian

    Register for the Poster Design Workshop

    Increase the impact of your conference poster through thoughtful design. This workshop will teach how to use good design to avoid common poster pitfalls to communicate your research clearly and effectively. 

  • 9/21/2022: How to Choose a Journal (In-Person)
    • Date and timeWednesday, September 21, 2022, 12pm-1:30pm 
    • LocationJCSU Room 403: Great Room
    • SpeakersTeresa Schultz, Social Sciences Librarian

    Register for the Choose a Journal Workshop

    Learn about tips and tools that will help you find and identify potential journals to submit your manuscript to, as well as how to evaluate which journal is the best fit for your work. 

  • 9/27/2022: Saving for Retirement (Virtual)
    • Date and timeTuesday, September 27, 2022, 12pm-1 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • SpeakersKimberli Trusty, Wells Fargo Bank Campus Program Manager

    Register for the Retirement Workshop

    Find tools and resources that can help you save for retirement. 

    • What to consider when determining how much you need to save 
    • Savings options to explore 
    • My Retirement Plan® savings calculator  
  • 9/28/2022: Systematic Reviews (In-Person)
    • Date and timeWednesday, September 28, 2022, 12pm-1:30pm 
    • Location JCSU Room 403: Great Room
    • SpeakersElena Azadbakht, Health Sciences Librarian 

    Register for the Systematic Reviews Workshop

    This workshop will cover the basics of a systematic review including study types and methodologies, selecting databases and developing search strategies, and data management and documentation. 

  • 10/05/2022: Setting Financial Goals (Virtual)
    • Date and timeWednesday, October 5, 2022, 12pm-1:30pm 
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • SpeakersKimberli Trusty, Wells Fargo Bank Campus Program Manager 

    Register for Setting Financial Goals Workshop

    Make and prioritize your financial goals. 

    • How to identify your goals 
    • Prioritizing your goals into short, medium, and long term time frames
    • Building an action plan 
  • 10/11/2022: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: JSPS Fellowship Program (Virtual)
    • Date and timeTuesday, October 11, 2022, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • LocationVirtual Workshop via Zoom
    • SpeakersJSPS Staff

    Register for the JSPS Fellowship Program Workshop

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the largest funding agency for academic research in Japan. It provides fellowships for doctorates, post-doctorates, and faculty members in all fields of research, social science, humanities and science. If you are interested in researching in Japan, join us for an information session to find out more information. 

  • 10/18/2022: Giving Students Effective & Efficient Feedback (Virtual)
    • Date and timeTuesday, October 18, 2022, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    • LocationVirtual Workshop via Zoom
    • SpeakersElisabeth Miller, Director, Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines Program

    Register for the Effective & Efficient Feedback Workshop

    Trying to give helpful feedback on your students' written assignments but are overwhelmed by the time it takes? Join staff from the Writing & Speaking in the Disciplines (WSID) program for best practices for giving excellent feedback to your students – while managing your own time! 

  • 10/25/2022: Copyright (Virtual)
    • Date and timeTuesday, October 25, 2022, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    • LocationVirtual Workshop via Zoom
    • SpeakersTeresa Schultz, Social Sciences Librarian

    Register for the Copyright Workshop

    Topics focus on issues related to copyright in education, such as copying materials and displaying videos. They can also focus on issues related to research, including negotiating copyright with a journal, determining your rights as an author, and using the works of others in your research. Includes tools to help users make a fair use decision.