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 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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  • January 22: Learn What to ‘Cover’ in your Cover Letters
    • Date and time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12-1pm
    • Location: Great Room, JCSU 403
    • Speakers: Rania Plazas

    Cover letters can be quite the headache. It’s not always clear what you need to “cover”, how to tailor your letter to the role at hand and how a recruiter will evaluate it. In this workshop, you will learn what cover letters should look like and we will provide time for you to practice drafting effective documents. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or other internet enabled devices.

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  • January 23: You don’t know what you don’t know: interviewing and networking etiquette
    • Date and time: Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:30am -12:30pm
    • Location: Great Room, JCSU 403
    • Speakers: Rania Plazas

    Networking is a vital part of building a professional career and staying in the loop with opportunities. A significant part of building your network is exhibiting proper etiquette, there are guidelines to follow to ensure that your experience is positive and beneficial. In this interactive workshop you will learn tips to improve your current capabilities and practice interview techniques with career mentors.

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  • February 5: Manuscript Accepted! Scholarly Publishing Symposium
    • Date and time: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, 9am-6:30pm
    • Location: JCSU 4th floor (various rooms)
    • Speaker: Teresa Schultz

    Manuscript Accepted! is a one-day symposium for University graduate students and faculty to help successfully navigate scholarly publishing and get their work published. The event will feature a keynote speaker, panels and workshops with topics including: Networking with and finding potential collaborators, managing your time on a budget, building your online scholarly profile to help promote your work, and finding a journal to publish in.

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  • February 12: Personal branding
    • Date and time: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5-6:30pm
    • Location: JCSU 301
    • Speaker: Bret Simmons, Professor, The College of Business

    Learn about personal branding and social media presence.

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  • February 13: 13 things every grad student must know about the library
    • Date and time: Thursday, Feb. 13, 12-1pm
    • Location: JCSU Room 320
    • Speaker: Elena Azadbakht & Amy J. Hunsaker

    There are library services and resources that are critical for success in graduate research. In this workshop, you will learn about our favorite tools and techniques, such as how to locate theses and dissertations, explore journals, identify publication venues, use Interlibrary Loan, and keep track of the literature in your field.

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  • February 18: APA Resources
    • Date and time: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Location: JCSU 403 Great Room
    • Speaker: Elena Azadbakht

    This workshop will highlight what’s different about the newest version of APA style – the 7th edition – including how to craft some of the most common types of in-text and reference list citations. You will also learn about several APA style resources.

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    • February 20: Data management
      • Date and time: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
      • Location: MIKC 114
      • Speaker: Elena Azadbakht & Teresa Schultz


      During this workshop, you will be introduced to several key research data management best practices as well as strategies for writing winning data management plans, which are now commonly required on many grant applications. You will also receive some hands-on practice using OpenRefine, a free data cleanup tool.

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    • February 26: Basic web accessibility training
      • Date and time: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 10:30am-11:30am
      • Location: TBA
      • Speakers: Don Massie, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT)


      Are you planning to post your thesis, dissertation, or other work to the web for the world to see? Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) is offering a workshop for Grad Students that addresses how to make documents, such as theses and dissertations, accessible. Why should you attend? In the near future, all content that is posted online will be required to meet accessibility standards. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of accessibility, why you should care about it, and how to make your materials accessible.

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    • February 27: Basic web accessibility training
      • Date and time: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4pm-5:30pm
      • Location: TBA
      • Speakers: Don Massie, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT)


      Are you planning to post your thesis, dissertation, or other work to the web for the world to see? Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) is offering a workshop for Grad Students that addresses how to make documents, such as theses and dissertations, accessible. Why should you attend? In the near future, all content that is posted online will be required to meet accessibility standards. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of accessibility, why you should care about it, and how to make your materials accessible.

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    • March 5: Toastmasters: Presentation Mastery
      • Date and time: Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6pm
      • Location: JCSU Senate Chamber
      • Speakers: John Davis

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    • March 11: Elevator Speech for Three Minute Thesis
      • Date and time: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 4:30-6pm
      • Location: JCSU 320
      • Speakers: Maureen N. McBride

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