Professional Development Seminar Series

The Graduate Student Council strives to provide seminars, workshops, and forums that support graduate student professional development by enriching graduate students' education beyond their own disciplines. Events are coordinated by the GSC Professional Development Committee and in partnership with other K-State units and external organizations.

 

2020-2021 Events

All events for the 2020-2021 academic year have concluded. Video recordings are available for most events, which are accessible above or from a link with each event description below.

career decision making

Participants of this session will:

  • Identify and discuss professional strengths, interests, and weaknesses
  • Explore how your personal values and life experiences shape your goals and contribute to career satisfaction
  • Design and evaluate an action plan to better position you for successful career decisions

Target audience: While the content of this session will be especially relevant to those considering career options in the biosciences, graduate students and postdocs from any discipline are welcome to participate and are expected to benefit.

A recording of this session is not available.

 

non-academic job panels

A variety of job opportunities outside of academia exist for master's and doctoral degree holders. If you are interested in a non-academic career path, join the GSC for a panel discussion with professionals from government, industry, and non-profit sectors, many of whom hold advanced degrees. Panelists will discuss their career experiences and will share guidance on how to seek out non-academic job opportunities, talk about the skills and experience that make an applicant competitive for these types of jobs, and answer questions from attendees.

The GSC had two offerings of this event with different panelists in each session.

September 21
2:30 - 4:00 pm

View each panelist's CV/bio sketch to learn more about them

  • Vista Fletcher, Regional Director of Special Nutrition Programs, USDA-Food and Nutrition Service
  • Mary Gregoire, Education and Accreditation Consultant
  • Carlos Messina, Senior Scientist, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
  • Jeanette Thurston, Director of Food Science Institute at K-State, but has also has worked for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington DC

Note: While the panelists' educational and career backgrounds might not align with your own interests, we expect the panelists will share information and tips that could be applied to a variety of disciplines and career paths.

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September 24

2:00 - 3:30 pm

View each panelist's CV/bio sketch to learn more about them

Note: While the panelists' educational and career backgrounds might not align with your own interests, we expect the panelists will share information and tips that could be applied to a variety of disciplines and career paths.

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productivity time management

Graduate students and post-docs looking to develop general time management skills or time management for complex projects are invited to join this session to:

  • Understand the importance of time management skills from an employer perspective and for career satisfaction and well-being
  • Explore productivity best practices
  • Learn strategies to plan and implement a large project

To make the most use of this session, participants should do the following prior to the webinar:

  • Define a project (ideally a multi-month project like writing a manuscript; an entire dissertation is generally too big for the scope of the activity in the workshop but it could be a component of a dissertation)
  • Identify a terminal deadline for the project - is the deadline arbitrary and are there are additional stakeholders or factors that influence the deadline?
  • Identify major components of the project (ex: milestones, goals)

Target audience: Students in all disciplines are welcome to participate and are expected to benefit from this session. Presenters will use examples that are more relevant to the biosciences, but the topic is broadly applicable to diverse disciplines.

A recording of this session is not available.

 

self care

Surveys indicate that up to 86% of graduate students struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Many K-State faculty and staff felt and still feel these same pressures and want graduate students to know that this is normal and is nothing to be ashamed of. Our goal is to normalize mental health concerns by sharing real stories on social media. The registration form below includes a short survey to give graduate students the opportunity to share their stories. You will have the option to indicate which part of the story you would like to share and may remain anonymous or add your name to your story.

In this session, Dr. James Guest will share self-care strategies to help manage graduate school stress and answer questions from attendees. Questions can be submitted live via private or public chat or prior to the event via the registration form. Receive messages about this event on twitter via @SelfCareAtKSU.

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inclusive environment

Graduate students and postdocs wanting to create or contribute to inclusive and equitable work environments are invited to join this interactive workshop to:

  • Familiarize yourself with relevant data and discuss obstacles to diversifying academia
  • Understand diversity in workplaces and how to contribute to inclusive and equitable work environments
  • Identify strategies to be an effective contributor toward change
  • Discover resources to learn more and get engaged with equity and inclusion efforts

Target audience: Students in all disciplines are welcome to participate and are expected to benefit from this session. Presenters will use examples that are more relevant to the biosciences, but the topic is broadly applicable to diverse disciplines.

A recording of this session is not available.

 

leadership in uncertainty

This interactive virtual session is designed to help graduate students gain insight and tools for navigating tough challenges in their academic, work, or community contexts. Through a guided reflection and peer coaching process, we will explore how to see patterns, seek to understand, and act with courage in the midst of complexity and uncertainty.

Facilitators:
Onyedikachi Ekwerike, MS, Graduate Assistant, Leadership Communication Doctoral Program
Kerry Priest, PhD, Associate Professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies, and Leadership Communication Doctoral Program

A recording of this session is not available.



science comm on social media

Sarah Winnicki is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Program for Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. They are an evolutionary ecologist investigating how birds grow and develop. Winnicki has an extensive track record in science communication, bring their research to the general public through outreach at schools, libraries, and zoo, as well as through social media campaigns. They were recognized for their work in public outreach with a Science Communication Award by the Kansas Science Communication Initiative in 2019.

In their presentation, Winnicki will provided an overview of how to use social media to communicate science and engage members of the broader public. They discussed how effective science communication depends on communicators' understanding of their audience's level of interest, preferred communication style, and previous knowledge. Winnicki used examples from their years of research communication to offer perspective on the most effective ways to communicate science on social media platforms.

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virtual presentations

Theresa Merrick, assistant director of the K-State Writing Center, will share information on how to effectively present your research with a special focus on how to navigate the challenges of virtual presentation formats. Attendees will learn how to present written, graphic and oral content that can be easily understood and has an impact on diverse audiences. This session may be especially useful for graduate students who plan to give their first presentation this academic year, but more experienced graduate students may also learn new strategies for improving their presentation skills.

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Grant Writing 101

February 18
1:00 - 5:00 pm

grant writing workshop

This training is aimed at informing graduate students and post-docs about various aspects of the grant writing process. Whether you are new to grant writing, or have some experience, information presented will be very relevant and valuable for you. This workshop will include: Grant writing orientation, writing the narrative and project summary, budget justification, reviewing criteria and evaluation, and developing your objectives and goals.

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Leading with Your Strengths

February 24
7:00 - 8:30 pm

leading with your strengths

This session is being offered as part of the Graduate Student Leadership Development Workshop Series and will count as credit toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate. Participants of this session will learn a strengths-based approach that supports personal well-being, building positive relationships, improving engagement and fostering a positive workplace culture.

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Online Interviewing Tips

March 2
2:00 - 3:00 pm

online interviewing tips

The COVID-19 pandemic changed many aspects of our lives and impacted many processes; both professionally and personally. Focusing on the professional changes, this session will explore how the job search process has changed in the last year and will introduce students to new tips and tricks for navigating virtual interviews! We’ll also review available resources that the Career Center has to offer graduate students!

Presented by:

Andrew Khols, Assistant Director, K-State Career Center

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Developing Adaptive Leadership

March 11
6:00 - 7:00 pm

adaptive leadership

This session is being offered as part of the Graduate Student Leadership Development Workshop Series and will count as credit toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate. In our work and lives, we face many conflicts, challenges, and opportunities. To make progress requires us to think and act differently. In this session, participants will strengthen their leadership skills to manage self and mobilize others. Come prepared to engage!

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Creating a Research Poster

March 17
2:30 - 4:00 pm

research poster

In this workshop presented by BioKansas, participants will:

  • Learn how to structure the different parts of a research poster.
  • Create an aesthetically pleasing poster that stands out.
  • Discover best practices for creating graphs and figures.
  • Receive feedback on and work to make improvements to a research poster.

Participants are recommended to have an existing poster or elements of a poster that they could use to work on during the session. Those who do not have an existing poster available are encouraged to identify a key takeaway from their research that might be used to create a poster to facilitiate their experience in this session.

Target audience: Students in all disciplines are welcome to participate and are expected to benefit from this session. Presenters may use examples that are more relevant to the biosciences, but the topic is broadly applicable to diverse disciplines.

A recording of this session is not available.


Using LinkedIn for Industry Jobs

March 25
2:00 - 3:00 pm

LinkedIn Profiles

Join Andrew Kohls, K-State Career Center, to learn how to best use LinkedIn when looking for industry jobs, and how to make your profile stand out! We’ll also be reviewing how to use the LinkedIn Alumni Search Tool, as well as other personalization options available to users.

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Promoting Your Research on the Web

April 7
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Promoting Research on Web

In this seminar, participants will learn how to effectively promote research on the web using social media platforms such as Researchgate and Twitter. Speaker, Dr. Stephanie Shames, assistant professor in the Division of Biology, will share the benefits of these platforms and how they have helped her as a scientist.

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Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths

April 15
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Professional Skills for Diverse Careers

Professional skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership are just as important for career preparation and success as technical skills. Learn how to position yourself as a well-rounded professional by joining the interactive session Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths.

Join the session to:

  • Familiarize yourself with relevant data on the value of professional skills for bioscience careers and career satisfaction
  • Discuss ways to strengthen professional skills
  • Learn strategies to demonstrate professional skills in resumes, cover letters and interviews

A recording of this session is not available.

 

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