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Professional Development

GSC strives to provide informational meetings, workshops and forums that enhance the professional development of graduate students. The council promotes interdisciplinary activities to enrich graduate students' education beyond their own disciplines. The council also sends out information on various seminars held across campus every week to the council members to be shared with their graduate student groups. Many events are also archived and available online.

Professional Development Certificate

K-State graduate students who attend at least five professional development events hosted by GSC during the 2015-2016 academic year will be eligible to receive a GSC Professional Development Certificate. All must register their attendance for professional development events on OrgSync no later than Friday, April 1, 2016. 

If you have any questions, contact the GSC officers at egsc@k-state.edu.

Spring 2016 Events

Publishing Your Research and Scholarly Work

publishing your research

Thursday, March 24th
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
K-State Student Union, Cottonwood Room

In this seminar, graduate students will learn about the publication process and how to be successful in getting their work published. Learn how to increase your chances of success with each submission, how to deal with the rejections, and how to effectively respond to feedback from editors and reviewers. The event will feature a brief panel discussion followed by roundtable discussions where students can interact one-on-one with professionals from various fields of study. This event is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of the publication process.

Publishing, copyright and open access: Fundamentals for graduate students

Tuesday, March 29
11:30 a.m.
Hale Library, Hemisphere Room

Hosted by K-State Libraries and sponsored by The Provost Lecture Series and the Graduate School, this seminar will count as 1 point and can be used towards a GSC Professional Development Certificate. An access code will be provided at the event. 

In "Publishing, copyright and open access: Fundamentals for graduate students," Molly Kleinman provides graduate students with an introduction to copyright with an introduction to copyright and open access, offers ways that can improve access to their work and increase its impact, and delivers a primer on understanding publishing agreements. Kleinman's talk will be followed by a brief overview of resources and services specific to K-State. 

Kleinman, a former copyright librarian and current doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher Education is publisher and open education resources manager at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Communicating Your Research to the Public

communicating your research to the public

Wednesday, March 9th
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
K-State Student Union, room 227

How do you explain your research or scholarly work to your family, friends, and the general public who are not experts in your field of study? Explaining your work and why it is important in a way that the general public and even academics from other disciplines can understand can be very challenging. Attend this session to receive guidance from a panel of professionals on how to present technical information in an easy to understand manner, learn why it is important to communicate your research to the general public, and have your questions answered.

Accepting the Job Offer: $tart $mart $alary Negotiation Workshop

Thursday, February 11th
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Engineering Complex, room DUE 1109

Accepting the Job Offer

This workshop will prepare you to negotiate your starting salary when offered your first post-graduate school position, improve your lifelong earning potential, articulate your value, build confidence in your negotiation style, and sharpen your budgeting skills. The workshop will be led by Ms. Camila Haselwood, Powercat Financial Counseling Peer Counselor II and MS student in Personal Financial Planning, and Mr. Derek Lawson, Certified Financial Planner and PhD student in Personal Financial Counseling. Come and learn how to successfully negotiate salary and benefits to get the best deal for yourself.

Grant Writing Workshop

February 24, 12-3 p.m.
February 25, 2-5 p.m.
Hemisphere Room, 5th floor of Hale Library

Grant Writing Workshop

This is a two day workshop aimed at informing graduate students and post-docs about various aspects of the grant writing process. Whether you are new to the grant writing, or have some experience, information presented will be very relevant and valuable to you. Refreshments will be provided! Registration is required for the Grant Writing Workshop and will be open through the day of the event! 

Attend one day or attend them both! By attending one day, you will receive one point for the certificate program, attending both days will earn you two points.

Session 1- Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

• Welcome
• Terminology and Acronyms
• Process of Grant Writing at Universities
• Rules of Grant Writing

Session 2- Wednesday, February 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

• Budget and Budget Justification
• Data and Publication Accessibility, including Data Management Plans

Session 3- Thursday, February 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

• Review Criteria and Evaluation

Session 4- Thursday, February 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

• Developing your Objectives and Goals; Writing the Narrative and Project Summary

If you weren't able to make it to the sessions, download the different slides below. 

This event is co-sponsored by the K-State Postdoc Association, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Writing Center, College of Agriculture/K-State Research & Extension and K-State Libraries.

Fall 2015 Events

Building Your Professional Network, September 23, 2015

Professional Development Series 1
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015,  3:30-5 pm,  Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union

The GSC "Building Your Professional Network" event will feature guest speaker Rebecca Robinson, Director of Economic Development for the K-State Institute of Commercialization. This event will focus on building and maintaining your professional network in various contexts.

Topics covered during the session will include:

  • creating an online professional profile
  • utilizing social media to build your professional network
  • networking in person at conferences and other professional events
  • how to use business cards for networking

Order K-State business cards from University Printing by completing the Business Card Order form.  Consult with your department head or graduate program director to find out whether this cost may be billed to the department or if you will need to purchase the cards with your personal funds.

Graduate students who plan to attend the Networking and Etiquette Dinner on October 7 are encouraged to attend this seminar to gain networking skills that can be practiced at the Networking and Etiquette Dinner.

Networking and Etiquette Dinner, October 7, 2015

Etiquette Dinner
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:30-7 pm, Alumni Center

The second annual GSC "Networking and Etiquette Dinner" will feature guest speaker Keira Mann. This interactive event will begin with a networking session at which graduate students will utilize the networking skills they learned at the Building Your Professional Network seminar. Then, throughout a three-course meal, attendees will learn about and practice proper dining etiquette and will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding networking and dining etiquette.

The cost for students is $20.00 and is NON-REFUNDABLE. This event is for Graduate Students only.

RSVP's are due no later than Thursday, October 1st.

To RSVP and submit payment 


Finding and Applying for Your First Job, October 15, 2015

Finding and Applying For Your First Job

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:30-5:30 pm, Flinthills Room, K-State Student Union

Graduate students will interact with faculty and other professionals from various departments on campus and professionals from the Manhattan community. The session will begin with a panel discussion where faculty, staff, and professionals will provide helpful information regarding the job search and application process. Following the panel discussion students will breakout in roundtable sessions to interact one-on-one with professionals from fields similar to their own.

The panel members include: Dr. Perla Reyes- Assistant Professor of Statistics, Dr. Eleanor Sayre - Assistant Professor of Physics, Kevin Mokhtarian, Associate Director, Career and Employment Services, Dr. Curtis Matthews- Assistant Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications, Marc Shaffer - Principal, Searcy Financial Planning and Dr. Brenda Oppert, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service.  

Mastering the Interview and Job Talk, November 10, 2015


Mastering the Interview

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 12:00-1 pm, Rooms 206 and 207, K-State Student Union 

The final Fall GSC professional development event, "Mastering the Interview and Job Talk," will include two breakout sessions: one focused on industry jobs and the other focused on academic jobs. Guest speakers will discuss how to plan for and execute an effective interview and/or job talk. These breakout sessions will also be a great opportunity for students to ask questions of professionals in fields similar to their own.

Bring your lunch and learn how to talk the job talk! Light refreshments will be served.