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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are temporarily conducting our workshops via Zoom.

Registration for all workshops is required in order to obtain the zoom link to attend. Most workshops will also be recorded and a link made available for later viewing.

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  • 8/27/2020: Writing personal statements for Fellowship and Scholarship Applications
    • Date/Time: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12 – 1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: Maureen McBride, Director, UNR Writing and Speaking Center

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    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.

  • 9/1/2020: Writing teaching statements for an academic job application
    • Date/Time: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12-1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Angela Moore, Teaching Assistant Professor, English and Ann-Marie Vollstedt, Lecturer II, Engineering

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    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.

  • 9/3/2020: Writing diversity statements for an academic job application
    • Date/Time: Thursday, September 3, 2020, 12-1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Melanie Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology; Associate Dean, College of Science; Eleni Oikonomidoy, Associate Dean of Academics and Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Multicultural Education; Daniel Perez, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor, Spanish

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    Increasingly, 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.

  • 9/4/2020: NSF GRFP Workshop
    • Date/Time: Friday, September 4, 2020, 12-1:30 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: David Zeh, Dean, Graduate School and TBD

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    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.

  • 9/9/2020: Developing an Online Scholarly Profile
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12-1:00 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: UNR Librarian, Teresa Schultz

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    Learn how to create and cultivate scholarly profiles in Google Scholar, ORCID, ResearchGate, and other online social media platforms. Topics also include learning about and using scholarly metrics such as the Journal Impact Factor, the H Index and Altmetrics.

  • 9/10/2020: Interview Success Skills: The Science Behind Why What You Say (and How You Say it) Makes a Difference
    • Date and time: Tuesday, September 10, 2020, 12-1:00 pm 
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speakers: Valerie Fridland, Professor of Linguistics 

    Making a great first impression in your interview isn't just about what you wear, or even how charismatic you are - the actual words you use can affect how you're perceived. Join Professor Valerie Fridland as she explores how to use the science of linguistics to your advantage in your next interview. You'll learn: 

    • What impression it makes when you hedge (umm... and uh...) and what to say instead. 
    • Key phrases that can be signals of professionalism and expertise, or hold you back. 
    • How to evaluate your own speech patterns in order to improve them. 

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  • 9/15/2020: APA Style Basics
    • Date/Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12-1:00 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: UNR Librarian, Elena Azadbakht

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    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).

  • 9/16/2020: Personal Financial Management with Nevada Money Mentors
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12-1:00 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: Amy Nelson, Financial Wellness Coordinator, Nevada Money Mentors

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    This workshop will discuss spending plans, debt management, and savings. It will provide information and resources to help you make confident decisions about money. The goal of Nevada Money Mentors is to help you get on track financially so you can worry less about money and focus more on your academics and overall graduate experience.

  • 9/22/2020: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til It’s Gone: Copyright and Your Thesis/Dissertation
    • Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 12-1:00 pm
    • Location: Virtual Workshop via Zoom
    • Speaker: UNR Librarian, Teresa Schultz

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    This workshop will 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.