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

WSU graduate student Mercy Umeri presents her graduate work to legislators in the capitol building in Topeka, Kansas at CGRS on March 10, 2017.

Professional Development Series 2016-2017

The Graduate School has organized a series of events throughout this academic year to aid in your professional development and help you make the most of your grad school experience. Please scroll through the list below and add them to your calendar now – we will send more detailed information about the events as each comes closer.
8th: "Paying for Graduate School: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program" in Rhatigan Student Center room 142, 5:00-7:00pm.
27th: "Thinking About Grad School?" in Rhatigan Student Center Ballroom, 3rd floor. For more information, see TAGS. [Note: this event is more for undergraduates considering graduate school, but perhaps you have a friend…]
Series of events with Dr. Anne Krook, a nationally known speaker and consultant who provides practical workplace advice to help graduate students and postdocs transition to non-academic workplaces, and to undergraduate humanities majors to translate their skills into jobs. Anne earned her Ph.D. in the humanities, but later enjoyed a very successful career at Amazon. See http://annekrook.com/ for more information.

10th: "Entering the Job Market with a Humanities or Art Major" in Rhatigan Student Center room 262, 4:00-5:00pm. FREE DOWNLOAD: Dr. Krook's slides and resume-builder Excel app for undergraduates.

11th: “Non-Academic Job-Search Mechanics for Graduate Students and Postdocs” in Rhatigan Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor), 9:00-12:00 noon. FREE DOWNLOAD: Dr. Krook's slides and resume-builder Excel app for graduates/post-docs. View Dr. Krook’s presentation here.

DECEMBER:  Social event at the Ulrich Museum, Friday, December 2nd, 3:00-4:30pm. Graduate students are invited to enjoy food, drink and culture as a respite from the flurry of end-of-term activity. Watch your email for more information.

26th: "Use Your Tools: Job Search, Social Media, and You" in Rhatigan Student Center room 266, 5:00pm. Torie Wynn from Instructional Design and Technology explains new ways you can successfully utilize social media platforms and build an online presence.

17th: "Speak for Success: Talking About Your Research to a Wide Audience" in Rhatigan Student Center room 142, 3:00-4:30pm. In a competitive world, knowing your audience and speaking effectively is key. Learn how to synthesize your research, use jargon effectively, and explain the significance of your findings to different audiences. Now, more than ever, selling yourself and the significance of your research is vital to professional and academic success.  View the powerpoint from this presentation.

10th: "Surviving Graduate School," practical advice plus tips and techniques for reducing stress, in Rhatigan Student Center room 266, 3:00-4:30pm.

10th: Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) at the State Capitol building in Topeka. If you have research relevant to the state, please consider applying. See CGRS for more information.
2nd-7th: Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week. Check out the details of all of the events here.

  • Sunday, April 2, Graduate Students at the Ball Park
  • Monday, April 3, Reception
  • Wednesday April 5, Let graduate students eat cake! 
  • Friday, April 7, Mix and mingle

28th: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) Symposium, in Rhatigan Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor). See GRASP for 2016-2017 deadlines, including the call for proposals.

And don’t forget, we also support your professional development in other ways, including our travel fellowships. Please consider applying if you are presenting your research at a conference. See Student Travel Awards for more information.