Graduate Student Association

Professional Skills Development

There are quite a few upcoming opportunities for professional skills development! Read about a few of them below:

  • Professional Development Lunch & Learn
    These events will be held at noon on the third Thursday of each month during the fall and spring semesters. This series will focus on identifying potential career paths and developing the professional skills necessary for success across a broad spectrum of careers – academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, nonprofits, and more! The first event will be held on September 15 and will address the topic of designing figures that effectively communicate your research findings. Watch your email for additional details!
  • Lab Management Series
    This series focuses on lab management skills as viewed by individuals with varied perspectives (new investigators, established investigators, women, etc.). These events are open to graduate students and postdocs and are scheduled for noon on November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 23rd. Watch your email for details about each event!
  • Dissertation Boot Camp
    The inaugural Dissertation Boot Camp was a huge success! The next Boot Camp will be held January 3-6, 2017! Visit the Dissertation Boot Camp website for more details and to register!
  • Manuscript Writing Courses
    Scientific Writing (CIP 814/PHAR 814): This one credit course is offered in the fall and spring semesters and has recently been revamped! This lecture-based course focuses on the writing skills needed to prepare each section of a manuscript, including figure design, reference software, and responding to reviewer comments. Open to all students in their 2nd year or later.
    Applied Scientific Writing (CIP 817/PHAR 817): This new one credit course is offered in the fall and spring semesters. It is a practicum course offered as an optional companion to CIP 814/PHAR 814 and includes weekly writing assignments of sections of a manuscript based on the student’s own research project. These will be critiqued in detail during weekly discussions with peers and the instructor.
    There is still time to register for these courses for this semester! Register by August 28!

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