Professional Development for Graduate Students: March 2021

Investment and Retirement Planning Session for Graduate Students 

Tuesday, March 2, 1:00–2:30 PM CST (Online) 

Develop a financial strategy to maximize limited resources while pursuing your advanced degree. Learn best practices for retirement planning and prioritizing expenses, loans, savings, and investments during and after graduate school. Presented by Linda Lepe, CFP & Faculty Associate in the Personal Finance Program (SoHE).

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Graduate Group: Virtual Coworking Space (Virtual Coffee Shop)

Thursdays (Next meeting is March 4), 4:005:00 PM CST (Online)

Work alongside other grad students from across campus in this virtual coffee shop experience.

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Unlocking the Power of Public Speaking 
Tuesday, March 16, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online)

Would you like to be more comfortable and effective when speaking in front of an audience? Tyler Poteet, Vice President of the Power of Public Speaking (POPS), will present information to help you improve your skills, and AI software will be described and made available for your use.

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Working Effectively in Teams (2-part series) 

In this series, learn how our identities and social styles impact team dynamics, how to avoid common pitfalls that hinder effective teamwork, understand positive and negative conflict, learn basic techniques to navigate difficult situations, and more. Presented by Shalini Nag, PhD.

Session 1: Fundamentals of Team Dynamics
Monday, March 22, 3:00–5:00 PM CST (Online) 

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Session 2: From Conflict to Collaboration in Teams
Monday, March 29, 3:00–5:00 PM CST (Online) 

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Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP)  

Thursday, March 25, 4:00–5:30 PM CST (Online) 

Creating an IDP encourages you to think about what you need to do next—and over the next few years—so that you achieve your goals. Learn to define achievable goals, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans.

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How Every Graduate Student Can Promote Social Change 

Wednesday, March 31, 2:00–3:30 PM CST (Online) 

Workshop attendees will be introduced to a framework that includes activism, organizing, and community-engaged teaching and research, and will  leave the event with a more complete understanding of community engagement and a plan to promote social change in their communities.

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►National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity:

How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice  

Thursday, March 11, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online)  

This NCFDD workshop presents a 30-minute strategy that will help attendees develop a healthy, consistent, daily writing routine.


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►Beyond the Professoriate:

Nonacademic Career Options for STEM PhDs
Friday, March 12, 11:00 AM CST (Online) 

Join L. Maren Wood, PhD, as she talks to three PhDs about their career paths. Learn about common STEM careers outside of academia (and their routines and challenges) and how to apply networking strategies to assist in your job search.

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Nonacademic Career Options for Humanities & Social Science PhDs 

Friday, March 26, 11:00 AM CST (Online)  

Join L. Maren Wood, PhD, as she talks to three Humanities and Social Science PhDs about their career paths. Learn about growing sectors for H and SS PhDs, networking, and common challenges related to the transition to non-academic careers.
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Please see the Graduate School Events Calendar for a campus-wide list of professional development events for graduate students: