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!

Fall 2015 On-Demand Workshops

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

Fall 2015 In-Person Workshops

Register for all workshops at go.ncsu.edu/pflevents.

International Job Search- Finding Opportunities and Funding
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Wednesday, 8/26, 1:00 – 3:00

The mobility of researchers constitutes a crucial element in the realization of the European Research Area (ERA). Several models for mobility schemes are used in Europe (at national and European levels), covering a large scale and scope, from the early-stage researcher to the recognized/established researcher and beyond. They are open to researchers from all over the world regardless of their nationality.

Stress Management
Leaders: Dr. Beth Overman & Dr. Beverly Savinsky
Location: Talley 3222

Date & Time: Monday, 9/14 10:00-12:00

The world of graduate school can be overwhelming and stressful.  Come join us as we explore the physiologic reasons for stress, compare different responses to stress, set goals to handle stress in a healthy way, and practice some stress-reducing techniques.

Communicating your Value- Writing CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters
Leaders: Dr. Woody Catoe
Location: Talley 3210

Date & Time: Wednesday, 9/23 10:00-12:00

Description: CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters are extremely difficult to write – how do you capitalize on the opportunity to communicate your value to a future employer? By attending this interactive workshop, you will learn how to write effective application documents to get you to an interview.

Literature Searching and Citation Management using Refworks
Leaders: Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy
Location: ITTC Labs 1A-B

Date & Time: Tuesday, 9/29 10:00-12:00

In this workshop you will learn how to conduct and manage your research effectively using several online tools and the Libraries’ website. Topics of discussion include:

* How to optimize your topic keywords and maximize your use of the specific databases tailored to your field of research.
* Tips and tricks, such as customizing Google Scholar settings, using interlibrary loan, managing your research with RefWorks, and making use of library services.
* Connecting you to the reference librarians and collection managers in your subject area for more in-depth research help later.

* How to use the citation management tool, RefWorks, which helps to keep your information saved and organized, as well as help you share references with colleagues and generate bibliographies automatically.

Why Engage the Public in Your Science?
Leader: Dr. Holly Menninger
Location: Witherspoon 201
Date & Time: Tuesday, 9/29 12:00-1:30

Would you like to share your research with public audiences, but don’t know how or where to begin? Are you interested in gaining experience in the practice of science communication? Then come to this interactive workshop to learn some science communication fundamentals and gain access to resources and opportunities that will set you on the path toward successfully communicating your science.

In this workshop, participants will:

  •       Explore science communication in its many forms
  •       Identify science communication activities that best resonate with their strengths and interests
  •       Prepare and practice an ‘elevator pitch’ describing their science to a lay person

Later in the semester, we’ll offer two follow-up workshops that build on the content of Science Communication Fundamentals: Navigating Your Science through the News and Social Media and Science on Stage

Beyond Networking: Navigating LinkedIn
Leader: Ms. Jenna Hartwell
Location: Witherspoon 201
Date & Time: Thursday, 10/1 1:00-3:00

Are you interested in creating and maintaining a professional online presence?  Leveraging LinkedIn to grow your network?  Then come join us for this hands-on workshop where you will create a LinkedIn account, grow your network, and learn to leverage it for your career goals.

Care and Maintenance of Your Mentor Relationship
Leaders: Dr. Beth Overman & Dr. Beverly Savinsky
Witherspoon 201
Date & Time: Tuesday, 10/6 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.

Publishing Smartly: Choosing Journals and Managing Your Intellectual Property
Leaders: Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy & Will Cross
Location: Talley 4280

Date & Time: Tuesday, 10/6 12:00 – 2:30

This workshop will discuss how to identify journals to publish in and how to deal with the author-publisher agreement as it affects one’s intellectual property rights. Participants will become familiar with the Journal Citation Reports database and its journal ranking system. Then, participants will explore the copyright issues in the publishing process and the options to protect one’s intellectual property.

There is no pre-req needed to attend the workshop.