Professional Development

Professional Development Recordings

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Academic & Research Development

Citation Management Tools

Presented by Maryellen Nash, Interim Director of Research & Instruction and Matt Torrence, Associate Librarian, USF Libraries

This session will provide you with an overview of the tools available for gathering and managing your citations. Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote Web help save time at every stage of your research process by collecting and organizing citations and generating bibliographies.

Tips on Copyright & Permissions for your Thesis or Dissertation

Presented by LeEtta Schmidt, Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, USF Libraries

While you are researching or working on your thesis or dissertation you are making use of a wealth of different resources: published articles, books, images, software, datasets, etc. All, or almost all, of these things are protected by intellectual property laws like copyright. This session will introduce common copyright issues encountered during the research, publication, and the writing of theses and dissertations.

Scholarly Profiles – Enhancing your Research Visibility

Presented by Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, USF Libraries

Finding an effective way to promote research can help graduate students showcase their work as they near graduation and prepare for the job market. Creating a scholarly research profile offers one means to do this, with several different scholarly profiles to choose from. This workshop will discuss some of these, as well as how you can best present a strong research identity early in your career.

Scholarly Publishing Lifecycle: From where to publish to your rights as an author

Presented by Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, USF Tampa Library

Scholarly publishing requires many steps. For instance, knowing where to publish your work as well as how to include your research in an open access repository. This workshop will look at the scholarly publishing lifecycle and many of the steps to move your research from a manuscript to a published piece.

Finding and Applying for Graduate Research Fellowships: Tips for Success

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, PhD, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

For graduate students seeking external fellowships for research, travel, or professional development, getting started is often the hardest step. In this session, Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick will give an overview of the fellowship application process, share tools to aid in your search for fellowships, and provide tips for preparing a strong application.

Literature Reviews

Presented by Maryellen Nash, Interim Director for Research & Instruction, USF Libraries

In this workshop, participants will review strategies and pertinent library resources that will be useful when preparing to conduct a literature review. After attending this workshop, you will be able to identify the purpose and features of a literature review, assess your research question, develop an initial search statement, and identify appropriate resources.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

Presented by Lauren Chambers, Associate Director, Office of National Scholarships

Do you know what USF students have in common with Pulitzer and Nobel Prize recipients, as well as heads of state or government? The Fulbright Program!

The largest educational exchange program in history, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals (alumni) and artists to research, study, or teach English abroad for one academic year. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Successful applicants have a strong academic background, a compelling project proposal or statement of purpose, demonstrated leadership potential, and flexibility and adaptability to interact successfully with the host community. Fulbright grantees’ fields of study span the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences and professional and applied sciences.

Students spend six to nine months working on their Fulbright application materials, and do so with the assistance of the campus Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA). USF’s student FPA is Ms. Lauren Chambers, Associate Director of the Office of National Scholarships.

Data Management: Best Practices for Organized Research

Presented by Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, USF Libraries

Academic research often involves managing large amounts of accumulated research data. From social science research to engineering to the natural sciences, research data is common across all of academia. We’ll talk about what research data is and is not as well as some of the main challenges. This session will also discuss some best practices when organizing your research data.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Information Session

Presented by Dr. Sayandeb Basu, Office of National Scholarships and Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick, Office of Graduate Studies

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to fund future STEM leaders who are motivated to tackle society’s toughest challenges through research and innovation. Awardees receive a generous stipend, tuition for graduate school, professional development, and more! This session will provide a high-level overview of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), including eligibility and review criteria, as well as discuss strategies for crafting a competitive application. Read more about the NSF GRFP at https://www.nsfgrfp.org/.


Career Planning & Exploration

You can do THAT with a Doctoral Degree?!? Exploring Doctoral Career Paths

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, PhD, Associate Director, Postdoctoral Affairs & Graduate Student Development, Office of Graduate Studies

What can you do with a Doctorate? In this session, we will explore a range of non-academic careers that graduate students enter and discuss ways to research different careers, including how to conduct informational interviews.

Career Exploration and Job Search Strategies

Presented by Chad Wallace, Career Consultant, Office of Career Planning

The Office of Career Planning in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies invites you to our first of many workshops offered each semester. This particular workshop will focus on helping graduate students with their career exploration and effective job search strategies, especially during a COVID-19 impacted job market. We would also cover resume and cover letter formatting and structure to help students update their resume.

Converting Your CV to a Resume

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

For a broad array of careers, a resume is a critical marketing tool in your job search. However, in academia, we use a CV to communicate our academic and professional history and accomplishments. In this session, we will discuss the differences between these documents, how to convert your CV to a resume, and strategies for writing an effective resume for a nonacademic job search.

Effective Cover Letters for Non-Academic Jobs

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

A cover letter is an opportunity to demonstrate how your skills, experiences, and professional goals uniquely qualify you for a position. In this session, we will explore techniques to translate your graduate experiences for nonacademic positions and strategically tailor your cover letter to increase your chances of getting an interview.

Interviewing 101: How to Prepare for that Upcoming Interview

Presented by Chad Wallace, Career Consultant and Adelia Douglas, Career Consultant, Office of Career Planning

Interviews are always an overwhelming, stressful component of the hiring process. Come to our online workshop session where Career Consultants in the Career Services office will provide you with tips and advice for phone, video, and in-person interviews. In this session, we will also go over some resources to assist with your interview preparations, do’s and don’ts in the interview, how to approach salary negotiations, and Q+As.

Individual Development Plans for Humanities/Social Sciences/Business/Education Scholars

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

Crafting an Individual Development Plan (IDP) will help you align your academic and professional development with your career goals. This process is critical to your progress and success during your graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowship. In this session, we will walk you through the entire IDP process, including exploring Imagine PhD (an online tool), assessing your interests and skills, developing SMART goals, and preparing for an IDP meeting with your faculty advisor. This session is aimed towards scholars in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and Education (non-STEM disciplines).

Individual Development Plans for STEM Scholars

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

Crafting an Individual Development Plan (IDP) will help you align your academic and professional development with your career goals. This process is critical to your progress and success during your graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowship. In this session, we will walk you through the entire IDP process, including exploring online tools to assess your interests and skills, developing SMART goals, and preparing for an IDP meeting with your faculty advisor. This session is aimed towards STEM scholars.

USF GPSC Panel: Networking in a Pandemic

Hosted by: Willo Craine, Gigi Machado, Maddison Russell, and Bianca Siegenthaler (GPSC Officers)

In our now virtual and unprecedented times, navigating how to successfully network has become a new experience for many. Join us for a “Networking in a Pandemic” panel led by your fellow graduate students where we will provide tips and tricks on what we have learned thus far in how to connect with others and network in a pandemic. We will touch on how to utilize technology in networking, the advantages of collaborating with fellow colleagues, and the best practices in putting yourself out there. Feel free to bring questions for our panelists. We hope to see you all there!

Salary Negotiations

Presented by Chad Wallace and Doug Meyn, Career Consultants at the Office of Career Planning

The Office of Career Planning in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies invites you to their Salary Negotiations webinar on April 21, 2021. This particular webinar will focus on helping graduate students with the salary negotiation process. Salary negotiations can be very difficult to conduct, and most times can potentially be risky. Join us as we delve more into this topic, share resources and tips to prepare you for the process, and go over some do's and don'ts of salary negotiation.


Transferable Skills

Designing and Presenting Poster Presentations

Presented by Ruth Bahr, Associate Dean and Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

Presenting at the virtual Graduate Student Research Symposium? Then, this session is for you! Research posters are a communication tool commonly used in the academic community to visually share your research projects and creative ideas. In this session, we will discuss pertinent information about the virtual Graduate Student Research Symposium, key aspects of designing effective posters and tips for your poster presentation.

Managing your Personal Finances

Presented by Gessie Lipscomb, CFP®, APMA®, Financial Advisor, Centennial Financial Services – Tampa Bay

Please be our guest for the presentation of Managing Your Personal Finances, presented by guest speaker, Gessie Lipscomb, CFP®, APMA® and Financial Advisor with Centennial Financial Services – Tampa Bay. During this presentation Gessie will cover many topics related to personal finances, savings, and debt. She will provide useful information as well as actionable tips to get you going in the right direction.

How to Manage Stress in Graduate School

Presented by: Kathleen Koviak, Health Promotion Specialist, Center for Student Well-Being

With everything going on in the world today, it is normal to feel stressed or anxious. Changing routines, keeping up with coursework, and making sure you and your loved ones are safe are probably just a few of the many things on your plate. Tune in for this interactive webinar with your fellow graduate students to discuss tips and strategies for taking care of yourself and your mental health to help you better weather life’s uncertainties.


Preparing for Academic Careers

The Academic Job Search: An Overview

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, PhD, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

Interested in landing a faculty position? This workshop will provide an overview of the academic job search process. We will discuss the general application timeline, types of faculty positions and institutions, and tips for strengthening your candidacy during a challenging faculty job market due to COVID.

Designing an Effective Academic CV

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

In academia, we use a CV to communicate our academic and professional history and accomplishments. In this session, we will discuss how to build a well-organized CV and tips for tailoring your CV for different kinds of positions.

To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc? Seminar

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies

Are you interested in becoming an independent researcher in academia, industry, or the government? Postdoctoral training may be the key to boosting you career prospects. In this session, we will discuss what is postdoctoral training, key factors to consider when deciding to pursue postdoctoral training, and how to find postdoctoral opportunities.


Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Workshops

Electronic Thesis & Dissertations (ETD) Workshop

Presented by Dr. Ruth Bahr, Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies
Recordings of the online workshops will be available on the ETD YouTube page.
To help you navigate the ETD process, we have scheduled a Teams Live workshop to provide critical information, including:
  • an overview of the process;
  • a review of submission deadlines and requirements;
  • student and faculty responsibilities;
  • use of Microsoft Word;
  • formatting requirements for the manuscript;
  • time management tips; and
  • resources to assist you in the preparation and completion of the ETD.