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.

In collaboration with the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Graduate Student Association 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. Registration for all workshops is strongly encouraged, as some have seating limitatations and priority will be given to those that register. Registration is available approximately two weeks before each workshop.

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  • September 6: NSF GRFP Workshop
    • Date and time: Friday, Sept. 6, 12- 1:30 pm
    • Location: Wells Fargo Auditorium (MIKC 124)
    • Speaker: Current NSF GRFP awardees, faculty mentors and GRFP reviewers

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  • September 12: Three steps to a wealthy life
    • Date and time: Thursday, Sept. 12, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    • Location: JCSU 323
    • Speaker: Amy Nelson, Nevada Money Mentors


    Take control of your money and get on a pathway to a wealthy life. From budgeting tricks to managing your debt to savings tips you will leave this workshop with new ideas to boost your personal finances.

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  • September 13: Get your LinkedIn Profile Noticed! Tips from Tesla Senior Recruiters
    • Date and time: Friday, Sept. 13, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Location: JCSU 402
    • Speaker: Tesla University and Staff Recruiters


    Tesla recruiters will provide tips on tailoring your resume and LinkedIn profile to your job search, as well as how to use LinkedIn to build your network. Learn some inside tricks recruiters use to identify candidates using keywords and skills sets! Whether you’re looking for an internship or full-time job, this workshop will help you prepare a competitive resume and LinkedIn profile.

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  • September 18: Postdoc Panel: Optimizing your post-PhD career options
    • Date and time: Wednesday, September 18, 12pm-1:00pm
    • Location: Graduate Lounge, JCSU 301
    • Speakers: Current University Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Scholars


    Do you want to pursue an academic career? Postdocs are a temporary academic/industry appointment typically in preparation for an academic faculty/industry position. Postdocs continue and advance their research studies to further increase expertise in a subject, including acquiring novel skills and research methods. 

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  • September 19: Data Wranglers: Hands on with R for Data Novices
    • Date and time: Thursday, September 19, 12pm-1:30pm
    • Location: Dataworks Lab, MIKC 121
    • Speakers: Mitchell Winterman

    This is an informal, example-oriented, and hands-on workshop. Instead of examining niche features, we will work through examples, and learn some things about R along the way. The goal is to make everyone comfortable with R/R studio, so that it seems less terrifying. This workshop is for the beginners, and afterward you will be ready to load, manipulate, and examine data using R.

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  • September 24: Mentoring Masterclass I: Identifying Compatible Mentor/Mentee Styles
    • Date and time: Tuesday, September 24, 11am-12:30pm
    • Location: Great Room, JCSU 403
    • Speakers: Veronica Zepeda, Director, Graduate Student Services


    In this workshop, students will identify and understand different styles of mentorship which will not only help in finding compatible mentors but also in developing a positive and trusting relationship throughout their research career.

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  • October 2: Graduate research toolbox
    • Date and time: Wednesday, October 2, 11:30am-1:00pm
    • Location: JCSU 323
    • Speakers: Amy Hunsaker and Elena Azadbakht


    There are library resources and services that are critical for success in graduate research. In this workshop, you will explore advanced searching techniques, learn how to locate dissertations and theses, use interlibrary loan, and discover research organization tools.

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  • October 9: Mentoring Masterclass II: Aligning expectations when working with undergraduate mentees
    • Date and time: Wednesday, October 9, 11:00am-12:30pm
    • Location: Great Room, JCSU 403
    • Speakers: Veronica Zepeda, Director, Graduate Student Services and Matt Aguirre, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs

    In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss how to create an effective mentor-mentee relationship through a clear and shared understanding of expectations. Several examples of how to communicate these expectations wil be reviewed.

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  • October 17: Interviewing and networking successfully
    • Date and time: Thursday, October 17, 11:30am-1:00pm
    • Location: JCSU 323
    • Speakers: Brad Scribner


    Whether you're interviewing for a job or building connections in your industry, confidence and preparedness go a long way in making a strong impression. In this workshop you will learn how to best position yourself in any professional and social environment. We will be reviewing body language, goal-setting, anecdote preparation, and follow-up procedure, among other valuable social skills.

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  • October 30: Citation Manager workshop: Hands-on introduction to Zotero or Endnote
    • Date and time: Wednesday, October 30, 11:30am-1:00pm
    • Location: JCSU 320 (Zotero) and JCSU 323 (Endnote)
    • Speakers: Amy Hunsaker and Elena Azadbakht


    In this workshop, learn how to use a reference management tool that allows you to save, organize, and share your own citation library. This workshop covers everything from setting up an account to creating a bibliography in the format of your choice to using an MS Word plug-in to format citations as you write.

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  • November 6: Grant and Proposal Writing
    • Date and time: Wednesday, November 6, 12:00pm-1:00pm
    • Location: JCSU 320 
    • Speakers: Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, Professor of Chemistry and Hector Arciniega, Graduate Assistant Integrative Neuroscience and recent NIH F99-K00 recipient


    Dr. de Bettencourt-Dias will discuss the basic principles of good grantsmanship, such as how to read a request for proposal, how to write a compelling first page, and how to set up proposals so they are easy to review and how to improve writing productivity. Hector Arciniega will speak to applying for, and receiving, the competitive NIH F99 award to fund his graduate and future postdoctoral research.

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  • December 3: Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
    • Date and time: Tuesday, December 3, 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Location: JCSU 320
    • Speakers: AAUW Representative


    In this workshop sponsored by the GSA and AAUW, you will be able to learn what the wage gap means to you, develop a budget to calculate your minimum acceptable salary, determine what your salary and benefits should be, and practice salary negotiation skills.

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