Professional Development Seminar Series

Coordinated by the GSC Professional Development Committee in partnership with other K-State units and external organizations, these seminars, workshops, and forums facilitate the development of competencies for academic success and career readiness.

Direct questions about GSC Professional Development events to the Graduate Student Council at egsc@ksu.edu.

 

Fall 2022 upcoming events

 

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Graduate Student Writing Group

December 2, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Writing Center, 122D English/Counseling Services Bldg

Looking for a community that will provide support and keep you on schedule with writing? Check out the Graduate Student Writing Group! These sessions provide a time and space for you to work on your writing projects. Bring your laptop, pen and paper, or whatever you need to support your work. Come for as much or as little of the session as needed. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, Department of English, Writing Center, and Graduate Student Council.

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Fall 2022 concluded events

 

grad wildcats writeAcclimating to American Graduate Level Writing

A workshop for international graduate students

August 25, 10:30am - noon
Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union

This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. It will focus on transitioning to U.S. graduate-level writing expectations and on writing issues and frustrations frequently encountered by ELL and international students. Participants will discuss the impact culture has on writing norms, faculty writing expectations, and much more. They’ll leave the workshop with a greater understanding of cultural expectations around writing and increased confidence about their positions on and contributions to a U.S. university campus.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, Department of English, Writing Center, and Graduate Student Council.

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pathway to PMFPathway to the Presidential Management Fellowship

September 1, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Zoom

Administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program is a flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. Finalists are matched with the federal agency of their choice for two-year fellowships and possible appointment to that agency once their fellowship has been served.

Kristen Sikorsky, K-State alum (MS in Horticulture and Natural Resources, 2020), was selected as a PMF finalist in 2021 (K-State’s first ever PMF!). Join this session to learn from Kristen about the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF). Kristen will share a brief overview of the PMF program and the benefits the fellowship provides, how to apply, and what happens if you are selected as a finalist. Kristen will also reflect on her own fellowship experience thus far.

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Evaluating and Understanding Job Benefits

September 7, 3:30pm
163 Justin Hall

Amanda McDiffett, budget director for the K-State College of Business, will be helping students understand what to look at when they are evaluating their job benefits. This session will explain some of the different job benefits there are such as health insurance and retirement plans.

This session is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences Career Development Speaker Series.

A recording of this session is not available.

 

NSF info sessionNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Information Session

September 8, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Zoom

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctor degree. This session will take an in-depth look at the requirements for an NSF GFRP submission. A panel of faculty members who have served on review panels for this program will discuss tips and provide advice that you will not find in this program’s Request for Proposals. Students will also have an opportunity to talk about their research ideas with the panel. If you are serious about submitting to this program, this is a session you should not miss.

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Graduate-Level Writing Workshop

September 13, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Looking to take your writing skills to the next level as a graduate student? This writing workshop is for you! Writing Center Assistant Director, Theresa Merrick Cassidy, will lead attendees in a workshop designed to provide new and continuing graduate students with strategies to improve their writing skills and habits. Learn how to set up a writing schedule, navigate common writing errors, and revise your writing to maximize research impact.

This session will be held in-person only. A video recording will be available following the session.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, Department of English, Writing Center, and Graduate Student Council.

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LinkedIn Profiles and Online Reputation

September 14, 3:30pm
163 Justin Hall

Presented by Jana Thomas, K-State School of Media and Communication

This session is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences Career Development Speaker Series.

A recording of this session is not available.

 

CVs and ResumesWriting CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters

September 19, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Experts will share tips on how to effectively highlight your skills, abilities, and experiences. No matter whether you plan to pursue a career in academia, industry, or elsewhere, join us for this session to boost your chance of getting that job!

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fellowshipsIdentifying Graduate Research Fellowship Opportunities

September 28, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Zoom

Learn about graduate fellowship opportunities. Key funding opportunities will be discussed from NSF, DoD, DoE, Hertz Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences will also be addressed — plus learn to search for fellowships on your own.

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Graduate Student Writing Group

September 29, 1:30 - 3:30pm
121 Eisenhower Hall

Looking for a community that will provide support and keep you on schedule with writing? Check out the Graduate Student Writing Group! These sessions provide a time and space for you to work on your writing projects. Bring your laptop, pen and paper, or whatever you need to support your work. Come for as much or as little of the session as needed.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, Department of English, Writing Center, and Graduate Student Council.

 

poster presentation prepPoster Presentation Prep Session

A workshop for international graduate students

October 12, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Wildcate Chamber, K-State Student Union

All grad students welcome to attend—you do not have to be participating in Research and the State to attend this session.

Participating in Research and the State this year? Interested in learning about effective poster presentation tips and tricks? Join this session to learn more about the value of Research and the State, listen to past participants give their poster presentations, and gain valuable knowledge to set you up for success in communicating your research to a non-technical audience.

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Preparing for Job Interviews

interview workshopNovember 2, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Interviewing for jobs can be stressful. The GSC and Career Center want to help graduate students be as prepared as possible! Graduate students are invited to this workshop to learn all about interviewing with Jared Meitler from the K-State Career Center. Register in advance to attend.
A recording of this session is coming soon!

 

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Graduate Student Writing Group

November 4, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Writing Center, 122D English/Counseling Services Bldg

Looking for a community that will provide support and keep you on schedule with writing? Check out the Graduate Student Writing Group! These sessions provide a time and space for you to work on your writing projects. Bring your laptop, pen and paper, or whatever you need to support your work. Come for as much or as little of the session as needed. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, Department of English, Writing Center, and Graduate Student Council.