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Success in graduate school or a postdoctoral experience requires taking a proactive role in your professional development. Along with the assistance of your mentors, you will enhance and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to both master your field of study and learn its norms (socialization).

Workshops and Events

Pursuing a PhD: How? When? Why?

May 24, 2023 (5pm - 7pm) - 1220 Walker Hall (Gibeling Room) Register here!

This workshop will cover information about applying to PhD programs, tips and strategies for the application process, and a panel of guest speakers sharing their experiences. Dinner will be provided to those who register. Open to all undergraduate and masters' students. Contact Eva Meza for more information:

Individual Development Planning Tools 

The following online planning tools are available free of charge.  Each has some disciplinary focus, all may be useful either for the planning tools or career exploration assessments:
ImaginePhD - Career Exploration and Planning Tool for the Humanities and Social Sciences
myIDP - biomedical and most STEM disciplines
ChemIDP - chemical sciences

Professional Development Specialist

GradPathways Director Teresa Dillinger and Assistant Director Millie Copara develop and coordinate professional workshops, classes, and activities to help ensure the success of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She is also available to consult with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars seeking information about professional development opportunities and provide assistance in creating Individual Development Plans.  

Graduate Diversity Officers

Diversity Officers Devin Horton (STEM) and Josephine Moreno (Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences) offer workshops, provide academic support, are committed to diverse graduate student success, and overall contribute to a welcoming and supportive campus culture for a diverse graduate student population.

Success Coaches

Staff and graduate student success coaches offer 30-minute appointments in South Hall, supporting the design, pursuit, and achievement of academic, personal, and professional goals. Your coach will listen and ask questions to help you reflect on your goals, plan out your actions, and monitor your progress. Sessions with your coach can be ongoing—bi-weekly or monthly.

Additional Handouts:
Success and Socialization | Writing and Publishing | Presentation Skills | Teaching and Mentoring
Leadership and Management | Professionalism and Ethics | Career Management | Wellness and Life Balance

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