Upcoming Professional Development Events

Communicating your research to a non-specialist audience is an essential career skill, whether you’re preparing for job interviews, networking at a conference, or just trying to explain to family and friends what you do with your time. This workshop, sponsored by the Writing Center and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development, will help graduate students from all disciplines to prepare an accessible, intriguing three-minute talk about their research. If you’re interested in learning how to craft a concise, general explanation of your research, or if you plan to participate in the 3MT® Three-Minute Thesis competition, this workshop is for you.


You’ve spent the last several years succeeding in academia, but now you’re ready to do something else! But how do you explain your academic career and its connection to your job beyond the professoriate? In this webinar, L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) will help you craft a compelling career transition story that you can use on your LinkedIn profile, when networking, in cover letters, and in job interviews.
Give and receive feedback with other fellowship applicants and Writing Center staff on the personal statement portion of the fellowship application using Google Docs.
Dr. Shalini Nag headshot
Do you have trouble starting difficult conversations? Does disagreement make you uncomfortable? Whether in a personal, professional, or academic context, navigating interpersonal differences is an essential skill for all graduate students. In this workshop, Dr. Shalini Nag will guide your exploration of the differences between disagreement and conflict, positive vs. negative conflict, and communication styles. In addition, Dr. Nag will share approaches and conversational tools so you can navigate interpersonal differences with confidence. In addition, registered participants will have the opportunity to anonymously submit their own experiences and examples of conflict or difficult conversations to practice on during the workshop