Success and Socialization Handout

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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

Mastering Impostor Syndrome
January 27, 1 – 2:30 pm | 1220 Graduate Center, Walker Hall (Gibeling Room) | Register

    Postdoctoral Scholars Orientation
    Monthly on Wednesdays from 1 – 3 pm. More specific dates coming soon.

    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 Specialists

    GradPathways Director Teresa Dillinger, Assistant Director David Blancha, and Administrative Analyst Olga Garzón-López all develop and coordinate professional workshops, classes, and activities to help ensure the success of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. They are 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, and are committed to diversity 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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