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WSU graduate student Mercy Umeri presents her graduate work to legislators at the capitol building in Topeka, Kansas.

  • Be it in industry or academia, we want to help you sharpen your skills to be the best candidate wherever your future takes you by providing a diverse range of professional development opportunities attuned to your interests and needs and organized with partners across campus to provide the best WSU has to offer.
  • Earn an alternative credential (non-credit) badge by attending a designated series of events focused on 21st Century Workforce Skills. Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students section of the Blackboard organization to learn more about this year's badge.  The previous year's badge content will also be available soon--check back for updates!
  • We hope to have online professional development content available via Blackboard. Keep checking back for updates!
 

FALL 2019 EVENTS


AUGUST 14 • NEW GTA WORKSHOP

Mandatory new GTA student workshop. In addition to Graduate School training, the Office of Instructional Design & Access will also provide beneficial training and teaching resources. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. lunch | Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex


AUGUST 15 • NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION

Graduate School welcome and overview of graduate student services for new students.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. snacks | Hubbard Hall 208


AUGUST 15 • FALL WELCOME BACK PARTY

Help us kick off the new academic year with bowling, billiards, darts, and snacks at the Graduate Student Fall Welcome Back Party.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. snacks | Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes in the RSC Basement


AUGUST 19 • CLASSES BEGIN


AUGUST 22 • LEADING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

We don’t shop the way we used to. We don’t read the way we used to. And we definitely don’t work the way we used to.  Our new realities, consequences of technology and culture-based changes in the workplace, require new leadership models. What does leadership look like in the 21st century? To answer this question, we will explore concepts such virtual and distributed teams, communication methods, greater availability of data analytics, and much more. The discussion features two veteran leaders with experience in higher education, startups, and Fortune-500 corporations. They will explore their own experiences adapting to the modern workplace and what you can expect in the future as you continue your own journey in the workplace.

Presenters: Tonya Witherspoon is the Associate Vice President of Industry and Engagement of Workforce Applied Learning at WSU.  She was previously COO of SNT Media, was a founder and the first executive director for Ennovar at WSU.  Prior to those positions, she held key positions at NetApp, LSI, and had her own technology startup, Mindscapes.

John Jones is Director of the Media Resource Center at WSU.  He was Previously the Manager of Engineer Education at NetApp, Director of New Media at ESSDACK, and was the Director of Corporate Communications for LineSight, a local web development startup.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. snacks | RSC 266 Pike Room

***This event is eligible for a digital credential (non-credit badge). Want more information? Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students Blackboard organization***


SEPTEMBER 5 • DATA ANALYSIS FOR BEGINNERS

Does the idea of a data-driven workplace intimidate you? Come to this session to learn some basic concepts about data. What is data and how should you go about collecting it?


Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Speer is a WSU staff member and also teaching quantitative analysis and research methods in the Criminal Justice department. Her approach to teaching is down-to-earth and conversational, and she will work to put students at ease with data.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. snacks | RSC 266 Pike Room

***This event is eligible for a digital credential (non-credit badge). Want more information? Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students Blackboard organization***


SEPTEMBER 11 • SPEAK FOR SUCCESS

In a competitive world, knowing your audience and speaking effectively is key. Learn how to synthesize your research, speak persuasively, and explain the significance of your findings to different audiences. Learn overall presentation skills and how to give an effective elevator speech.

Presenters: Elliott School of Communication - Lisa Parcell, Associate Professor & Sandy Sipes, Senior Lecturer

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. lunch | RSC 142 Harvest Room

*Recommended for anyone interested in a proposal submittal to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition to be held on November 15*

***This event is eligible for a digital credential (non-credit badge). Want more information? Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students Blackboard organization***


SEPTEMBER 18 • PREPARING A COMPETITIVE NSF-GRFP APPLICATION

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) is one of the most prestigious programs to recognize and support outstanding graduate students. The NSF-GRFP is open to 1st-year domestic graduate students and undergraduate seniors in a STEM discipline who are (or will be) pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree. Awardees receive a lucrative annual stipend and education allowance for three years to support their training.

Presenter: Dr. Dennis Livesay, Dean of the College of Engineering

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. snacks | RSC 313 Prairie Room


SEPTEMBER 20 • HEAD SHOCKS

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what does your Linkedin profile picture say about you? The Career Development Center is hosting a photo shoot to help you spruce up your Linkedin profile with a new headshot. So, put on your best professional wear, stop by, and smile! 

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Brennan III


SEPTEMBER 25 • CLEAR, CONCISE, AND SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS

This workshop will provide grant writing tips and resources to utilize. Funders and their reviewers want proposals that are clear, concise, and consistent. Come to this workshop to learn some hands-on approaches to improve your grant-writing skills.

Presenter: Fran Cook, CRA, Training Manager for the WSU Office of Research, will present strategies for responding to a variety of funders and funding opportunities.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. lunch | RSC 142 Harvest Room


OCTOBER 3 • WRITING A LITERATURE REVIEW IN THE SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

Learn all the steps to create an effective literature review, from conducting comprehensive searches to synthesizing perspectives to presenting your findings. This workshop will emphasize resources and strategies appropriate to the sciences, but students of all majors are welcome to attend-whether you're drowning in sources, lost in the weeds, or unsure where to begin, this workshop is for you!

Presenter: Meghann Kuhlmann, Assistant Professor and Instruction and Research Services Librarian

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. snacks | RSC 266 Pike Room


OCTOBER 9 • THE ART OF COMMUNICATION: MANNER OF PRESENTATION AND STAGE PRESENCE

We all want to be great communicators when we speak before an audience.  Communicating in a clear and articulate manner is the essence of being a professional!  Naturally, we want to "wow" our audience with our presence and our manner of speaking!  This presentation will provide some pointers on how to communicate in a dynamic way before your next audience.

Presenter: Dr. Ray Hull, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Audiology/Neurosciences

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. lunch | RSC 142 Harvest Room

***This event is eligible for a digital credential (non-credit badge). Want more information? Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students Blackboard organization***


OCTOBER 12 - 15 • FALL BREAK


OCTOBER 17 • PATENT SEARCHING FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Learn how to search for patents alongside scholarly articles to research the advancement of technology.  We will primarily focus on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office databases and Google Patents.  We will use a combination of keyword and classification searching, among other strategies.

Presenter: Sara Butts, University Libraries

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. snacks | RSC 266 Pike Room


OCTOBER 23 • EASY DATA COLLECTION

Collecting data on the university level can often feel overwhelming considering the sheer amount of information that most data represents.  This presentation looks at how to efficiently collect and organize data and what tools work best for reduced-stress collation.

Presenter: Michael Cole, Education Accessibility Technologist with Instructional Data and Access

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. lunch | RSC 142 Harvest Room

***This event is eligible for a digital credential (non-credit badge). Want more information? Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students Blackboard organization***


OCTOBER 30 • USING EXCEL TO ORGANIZE AND UNDERSTAND YOUR DATA

Like most graduate students, you probably have a thesis or research project in your future for which you will need to collect and analyze data. Good data organization can make your research stronger, clarify your analyses, and make patterns or trends easier to distinguish, all while saving you needed time. Excel is an incredibly versatile tool for collecting, organizing, and understanding your data. In this training, we will learn the best ways to organize our data with Excel, what common mistakes to avoid, and some simple functions for better understanding and analyzing our data.

Presenter: Heather Merchant, Instructional Designer with Instructional Design and Access

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. lunch | RSC 142 Harvest Room

***This event is eligible for a digital credential (non-credit badge). Want more information? Visit the Professional Development for Graduate Students Blackboard organization***


NOVEMBER 7 • RESUME WRITING LAB: CRAFT A RESUME THAT WILL GET YOU HIRED

Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews.  Learn about the product you are marketing, YOU!  Learn different resume formats and the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Make the most of your essential skills and highlight them on your resume.  Know what to reveal in a resume, and what to keep to yourself.  Bring your current resume on your laptop or a hard copy.

Presenters: Kim Kufahl and Sara Muzzy, Career Development Center

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. snacks | RSC 266 Pike Room


NOVEMBER 15 • THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT®) SHOW CASE

Oral presentations by students doing original research who were selected to participate through a 3MT® Graduate School Competition.  For more information, self-enroll in the Blackboard Organization.

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | RSC 233 Santa Fe Trail Room


NOVEMBER 20 • INTERNATIONAL CAREER CHATS: EMPLOYER MEET-UP

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. lunch | RSC 233 Santa Fe Trail Room


DECEMBER 5 • LAST DAY OF FALL CLASSES


DECEMBER 6 • GRAD STUDENTS AT THE ULRICH

Celebrate the end of the semester with student friends and faculty! Join us for hors- d’oeuvres and adult and soft beverages at WSU’s nationally recognized modern and contemporary art museum.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Ulrich Museum of Art

Co-Sponsors: Graduate School & Ulrich Museum


DECEMBER 7 - 12 • FINAL EXAMS


DECEMBER 15 • COMMENCEMENT

Congratulations to all our fall graduates!  For details regarding commencement, please see the WSU commencement page.


UPCOMING IN SPRING

FEBRUARY 26  CGRS (Topeka) -- Abstracts due November 4

MAY 1  GRASP


We would like to thank our event partners for their collaboration and support: Career Development Center; the Elliott School of Communication; Instructional Design & Access; International Education; Office of Research & Technology; Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Student Involvement; Student Success; Ulrich Museum of Art; and University Libraries as well as the Graduate Student Council and the Student Government Association