Professional Development

Professional development complements academic training by providing skill development opportunities tailored to graduate student needs to help ensure academic and professional success within and beyond academia.

Explore New Skills

Workshops, Trainings, and Programs

Certificates and Academies
Written and Oral Communication
Leadership and Management
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Career Exploration and Preparation
Teaching Engagement
Community Engagement
Careers Beyond the Academy

Professional Development Opportunities

Find Your Career

The Graduate Schools offers Imagine PhD and Versatile PhD to help you explore career options and plan your career in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields for both academic and non-academic and non-faculty career.

Career Discovery Resources

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Graduate Research Forum

The Graduate School, in conjunction with multiple campus partners, sponsors the annual Graduate Research Forum to provide graduate students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their professional skills while sharing their research work with a broad audience of faculty members, fellow students, and the public at large.

A truly interdisciplinary event, this forum thrives with the participation of 150+ students who come from programs across campus to highlight their scholarship, engage in critical dialogues, and get feedback from faculty members, community members, and peers.

Explore the Grad Research Forum

Organizations for Graduate Students

The Graduate School directly sponsors several organizations that offer valuable opportunities to develop your professional skills, service, and networks. We are also here to help connect you with all recognized campus groups for graduate students.

Graduate School Programming Support Request

The Graduate School is pleased to consider requests to support programming and events that benefit graduate students.

Requests are due by week 4 of each term.

Submit Programming Support Request

Graduate Student Orientations

Graduate Student Orientation

The first step to a successful career in graduate school—and beyond—is attending new student orientation. It’s our way of saying, “Welcome.” You will meet fellow students from across campus, gain valuable information and advice, and get your questions answered.

New Grad Student Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation has been developed specifically to address the needs of new international students in coordination with the Divion of Global Engagement´s International Student Orientation Week.

International Grad Student Orientation

Graduate Employee Orientation

Attending new graduate employee (GE) training is mandatory for graduate students in their first term of employment as a graduate employee. This training is four hours following new graduate student orientation and GEs are paid for their time in attendance.

GE Mandatory Training

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Day of Teaching

Our annual Day of Teaching event is open to all graduate students, new or continuing, who wish to improve their pedagogical skills.

Whether you’re grading for a large lecture, leading a lab or discussion section, or serving as an instructor of record and designing your own course, the Day of Teaching will offer useful trainings, tips, and strategies.

Register for Day of Teaching