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Your graduate program gives you the content expertise for your career – but where will you learn how to become a strong leader, memorable communicator, creative innovator, and well-rounded person who succeeds?  In the Personal and Professional Development workshops you will explore what it means to be a leader in your profession, develop your personal brand, build your professional network, manage stress and time, and communicate effectively.

Graduate Students – Come join us for these engaging, interactive workshops that will equip you with the tools you need to be a success!

Spring 2015 On-Demand Workshops

PFL On Demand workshops and seminars are available 24/7 to fit the schedules of busy graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. No registration required!

How to Handle a Phone Interview Part 1
The PFL Team

The Informational Interview
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Preparing for the Job Interview
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Writing an Effective Cover Letter
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Writing an Effective Research Statement
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Writing Federal Research Proposals
Ms. Jaine Place, Director, Proposal Development Unit

Spring 2015 In-Person Workshops

PDS: The Graduate Student’s Guide to Personal Finance
Leader: Dr. Emily Roberts
Location: Talley 4280

Date & Time: Wednesday, 1/14, 1:00 – 2:30

Would you like to develop positive financial habits, set and reach goals, and increase your net worth?  Are you interested in learning next steps improve your finances, such as setting goals, tracking spending, opening an investment account, use your stipend to increase your net worth, and preparing for taxes?  Come join us for an interactive workshop co-hosted by PFL and UGSA on Wednesday, January 14th from 1:00-2:30 in Talley 4280!  Space is limited, so mark your calendars!  Lunch will be provided by UGSA.

PDS: Care and Maintenance of Your Mentor Relationship
Leaders: Dr. Beth Overman & Dr. Beverly Savinsky
Location: 
Witherspoon 201
Date & Time: Wednesday, 1/21 10:00 – 12:00

The student-mentor relationship in graduate school is incredibly powerful, and having a strong relationship with your mentor can dramatically improve your success in graduate school.  In this workshop, we’ll use case studies to analyze the best practices in communication and partnership with your mentor, discuss the pitfalls of mentoring relationships, and develop a plan of action for establishing and maintaining a healthy mentor relationship.

PDS: Leveraging your Postdoc: A Getaway to Your Career
Leaders: Dr. Nisha Cavanaugh
Location: 
Witherspoon 201
Date & Time: Tuesday, 2/03 9:00-11:00

Often postdoc positions are viewed as a “last resort,” but the benefits and unique opportunities a postdoc position offers will prepare you for your career. Join us as we explore the various types of postdoc positions and postdoc fellowship options available, while identifying your own professional and personal goals. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with current postdocs in academia, industry, and government sectors. The new knowledge gained in this workshop will help you formulate a plan to get the most out of your postdoc.

PDS: Surviving the Academic Job Interview
Leaders: Dr. Beth Overman
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Wednesday, 3/04 10:00-12:00

Are you interested in applying for an academic position in your field?   Are you interested in being remembered after the interview, and avoiding pitfalls?  Join us as we explore how to not only survive the academic interview process, but thrive as you promote yourself and your scholarship to a potential job opportunity.

PDS: Personal Branding
Leaders: John Hutchings
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Wednesday, 3/04 2:00-4:00

Identifying a private employer’s hiring needs and connecting your value is an integrate key to success.  An effective personal brand will differentiate you from from other candidates in the job market, connect with recruiters, get job offers sooner, and command higher salaries.   Personal branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique, relevant, and differentiated to a target audience.  In a job search a powerful personal brand can:

  • Control what interviewers remember about you
  • Transform your candidacy from one of thousands, to one-of-a-kind
  • Enhance an employer’s desire to hire you

In this session you will define your personal brand and create messaging for your verbal pitch, résumé, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile.

PDS: Publication: Making Your Research Shine
Leader: Paul Klenk, PhD
Location: Talley 4280
Date & Time: Thursday, 3/5 10:00-12:00

With the ever-increasing number of papers submitted for publication, the road to acceptance in high-impact journals is becoming more difficult. Ultimately, the power of a manuscript lies in its science, but high-quality presentation can help good science stand out among the sea of submissions. In this workshop, we will discuss helpful ways to write each manuscript section so that your data can make its best impact. In addition to discussing writing, we will spend about half of the workshop specifically discussing practical tips for figure formatting. Most researchers are experts in their areas of study, not in graphic design. Still, figures are often the first thing that readers look at in a paper, and they can make a strong impact on reviewers. If you are currently writing or revising a manuscript, even if it is at a very early stage, please bring it and there will be time to discuss specific sections and ask questions. Finally, we will briefly discuss communicating with the reviewers and editors.

PDS: Unleash Your Potential
Leader: Ms. Marcy Bullock
Location: Talley 4280
Date & Time: Monday, 3/23 9:00-11:00

Are you interested in learning more about your own personality style and values to leverage your strengths to become a better leader?  Curious about determining your passion and purpose?  Then come to this interactive workshop to explore how to tap into your best strengths and achieve your goals.
In this workshop, students will:

  • Identify personal values
  • Describe how those values influence decisions
  • Determine how to use those values to achieve goals
  • Prepare to use values and passion to lead others

PDS: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words- Communicating your Research Through Photography
Leaders: Dr. Jennifer Dixon
Location: Talley 4280

Date & Time: Wednesday, 3/25 1:00-3:00

Communication is one of the most important aspects of science. How you communicate depends on whether you are publishing research results in a peer-reviewed journal, talking to a reporter, interacting with students, or discussing your research with the public.  This workshop is designed to introduce you utilizing art, specifically photography as a means to communicate your research.  This will be a challenging workshop that we hope will help you develop both your intellectual as well as photographic skills. In this workshop you will blend different photography techniques, enhanced communication skills and your passion for your research in order to photograph your “craft”.