Professional and career development workshop series

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 is available approximately two weeks before each workshop. This year workshops will be a mix of virtual and in-person, so please check the description for each workshop. 

Registration is required to obtain the link to attend the live presentations. Most workshops will also be recorded and made available for later viewing. The recordings can be accessed  through NevadaBox and are usually added within 24 hours of the workshop.

Past Workshop Recordings 

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  • 10/19/2021: Academics to Industry: Creating an Effective Resume
    • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 12 to 1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: Aqueelah Thompson, Coordinator, Student Engagement & Experiential Learning

    Register for resume workshop now

    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 a resume, as well as tools for identifying what the employer is looking for, and things to avoid.

  • 10/26/2021: Preparing for Life After Graduate School: IDPs and Career Planning
    • Date and timeTuesday, October 26, 2021 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    • LocationJCSU 403, The Great Room
    • SpeakersMatt Aguirre and Veronica Zepeda, UNR Graduate School

    Register for the IDP's and Career Planning Workshop

    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.

  • 9/2/2021: Writing teaching statements for an academic job application
    • Date/Time: Thursday, September 2, 2021, 12-1:30 pm 
    • Location: JCSU 356, Rita Laden Senate Chambers
    • Speakers: Pamela Sandstrom, Teaching Associate Professor, Biology and Lia Schraeder, Senior Instructional Designer, Office of Digital Learning

    Register for writing teaching statements for an academic job application

    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.

  • 9/3/2021: NSF GRFP Workshop
    • Date/Time: Friday, September 3, 2021, 12-1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: David Zeh, Dean, Graduate School and TBD

    Register for NSF GRP Workshop 

    The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are 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, as well as a panel discussion by faculty who have served as GRFP panel reviewers and UNR students who have recently received NSF GRFP awards.

  • 9/8/2021: Graduate Research Toolbox
    • Date/Time: Wednesday September 8, 2021, 12pm – 1:30pm
    • Location: JCSU 403: Great Room 
    • Speaker(s): Elena Azadabhkt and Teresa Schultz, University Librarians

    Register for Graduate Research Toolbox Workshop

    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 loans, research current awareness services, and research organization tools.

  • 9/10/2021: Networking

    Register for Networking Workshop

    Everyone says networking is critical but when it comes down to it, most people don't know what to actually do. Learn specific techniques and tools to build relationships and grow your network.

  • 9/10/2021: Career Planning

    Register for Career Planning Workshop

    Everyone has a dream job, but how do you get there? Starting with inputs and key questions learn how to define your goals and chart a path to get you where you want to go. The process can help you at any stage of your career.

  • 9/15/2021: Conducting Literature Reviews
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12pm – 1pm
    • Location: JCSU 403: Great Room
    • Speaker: Elena Azadbakht and Teresa Schultz, UNR Librarians

    Register for Conducting Literature Reviews

    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.

  • 9/16/2021: APA Style Basics
    • Date and time: Thursday, September 16, 2021, 12-1 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: University of Nevada, Reno Librarian, Elena Azadbakht

    Register for APA Style Basics Workshop

    This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the seventh edition of APA style, including how to properly format in-text and reference list citations and how to handle any missing information (e.g., a source without an author, date, or DOI).