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

Description: 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

Description: 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.

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

Description: 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

Description: 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 a follow-up workshop that builds on the content of Science Communication Fundamentals: Navigating Your Science through the News.

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

Description: 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
Location: Talley 3222

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

Description: 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: TBA

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

Description: 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.

Creating and Sustaining Effective Mentoring Relationships 
Leaders: Dean Maureen Grasso
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Tuesday, 10/13 12:00-1:30

Description: All graduate students and their faculty mentors/advisers are invited to join this interactive workshop and discussion. Following an introduction by Dr. Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School, you will hear from a panel of faculty and graduate student pairs who have developed successful mentoring relationships. Then faculty and graduate students will engage in discussion to identify key strategies and areas for improvement.  Whether you want to craft a strong mentor/mentee relationship now or develop into a great mentor one day, this workshop will provide you with the tools you need to do so!

Navigating Your Science through the News Media
Leaders: Dr. Holly Menninger and Matt Shipman
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Tuesday, 10/29 12:00-1:30

Description: Ever wonder why some stories about research findings go viral and others drop with a silent thud? Are you skeptical about the benefits of sharing your science via media outreach? Does the thought of explaining your research to a reporter make your break out in a nervous sweat? Come to this interactive workshop and we’ll provide you with the background, tips and tools you’ll need to successfully navigate your science through the news media.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the media landscape and the science news cycle
  • Learn how to proactively engage in news media outreach and utilize resources available at NC State
  • Prepare to effectively communicate their research through news media

Communicating your Value- Writing CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters
Leaders: Dr. Woody Catoe
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Tuesday, 11/03 1:00-3:00

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.

Networking: Why you need to do it early, and how to get started. Sponsored by the University Graduate Student Association!
Leaders: Mr. Wesley Wade
Location: Witherspoon 126

Date & Time: Thursday, 11/11 3:30-5:30

Description: Eighty percent of jobs today are found through networking. Growing your network takes time and patience, and the relationships you build are the most important assets of our careers. Learn about some techniques and resources to help you get started on this important professional development skill.


Getting the Best Mentoring Relationship with Your Advisors
Leaders: Dr. Lucy Johnston
Location: Talley Student Union, Coastal Ballroom

Date & Time: Wednesday, 11/18 9:30-11:30

Dr. Lucy Johnston is currently the Dean of Postgraduate Research at the University of Canterbury (UC), and Professor of Psychology.  She completed a BA (Hons.) in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Bristol in 1991. She also has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Lucy’s research expertise is in social psychology, especially social perception and the impact of nonverbal communication within social interactions, and has also published in the area of learning and teaching. She has over 80 international peer-reviewed publications. She received a University Teaching Award in 2008,

Lucy was appointed Dean of Postgraduate Research in June 2010. In August 2012 she was appointed as Convenor of the Universities New Zealand Scholarships Committee for a 3-year term, which has been renewed for a further 3 year term. In 2013 she was appointed as convenor of the Universities New Zealand Scholarships Committee; again recently renewed for a further 3 year term. 

Science on Stage
Leaders: Holly Menninger (Director of Public Science, College of Sciences); Brian Malow (Science Comedian and Curator of the Daily Planet, NC Museum of Natural Sciences)
Location: Witherspoon 201

Date & Time: Thursday, 11/19 12:00-1:30

Description: The rising popularity of science cafés and TED-style talks is requiring researchers to become adept at stepping out from behind the lab bench and onto a public stage. Do you know what it takes to get audiences hooked on your science? Come to this interactive workshop and we’ll provide you with the tips and tools you need to effectively share the story of your science with a public audience.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to incorporate storytelling and narrative techniques into public presentations
  • Identify ways to make their research more relatable and understandable to a non-scientific audience
  • Prepare to use an on-stage presentation as an opportunity for public engagement and dialogue