Planning for Grad Student Success: A pre-semester strategic intro session for first-year grads

Grad Student Success:
It Takes More Than Coffee

This session is limited to first-year grad students.*

It takes planning! This session introduces two important skills grad students must acquire for academic and career success: grant writing and teaching. We will look strategically at developing both of these skills as you move through your grad student career.

Friday, January 18, 2013
9:30-11:30 am
Location: Campus Center Room 101
Pre-registration is required

Pre-register by emailing Lily at Include your name, department, and degree program (PhD, MA, EdD, etc.) in the email.

Part 1: Planning Your Grant Writing Development
Understanding the importance of grant writing, and developing the necessary tools to accomplish it, can lead to funding for your research and dissertation writing. Receiving grants and fellowships not only adds weight to your CV, it prepares you for professional life both inside and outside of the academy. This half of the workshop will include:

  • Why good grant writing skills matter and how you can develop them
  • What to know before you sit down to write an external funding application
  • Tips on how to get started
  • Resources available to grad students for the grant writing process

A panel of students who have competed successfully for grants, as well as faculty who have reviewed grant applications, will be on hand to provide their perspectives and answer questions.

Part 2: Planning Your Teaching Development

  • Finding teaching opportunities (and time!) during your years in graduate school
  • Documenting teaching experiences
  • Reflecting on teaching and developing as a teacher
  • The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development’s resources for pedagogical development

A panel of Teaching Awards recipients will talk about integrating teaching into the graduate school experience. They will also discuss how graduate students can become strong teachers.

Yes — there will be coffee! Be sure to pre-register so that we have enough!

This session is co-sponsored by GrantSearch and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development.

*Fear not: more sessions are on the way for all grad students this semester!

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