Professional Development

Events & Workshops


Previous professional development webinars and workshops:

Recorded Workshops

CUrrent Events

Winter Food Donations 🥫


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The USF student pantry needs donations!
We have set up a box in the ALN 226 lobby for food pantry donations from OGS. 🍎🍞🍚🥨 Consider donating canned vegetables.

Please drop off any food donations in the month of November so we may deliver them to Student Services before the Winter holiday! 

Mastering Time Management - Webinar


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5PM | 11/27 | Webinar

Join us as we disuss how to effectively manage time, with final exams and papers approaching.


Hosted by Dr. Tracy Costello, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Student Development.

Join 11/27 at 5PM

Preparing Conference Abstracts - Webinar

🤘(Crucial Communications Series)

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10AM - 11AM | 11/29 | Webinar

In today’s competitive academic environment, being able to write a clear, precise abstract is increasingly critical to your success as a graduate student or postdoc and beyond.

Abstracts enable you to attend conferences, which in turn give you the ability to present your work, improve your presentation skills, and opportunities to both network with and learn from peers and faculty.
It can be challenging to concisely convey your complex research project in a short abstract – some as little as 200-250 words. It must grab the reader’s attention – first the abstract selection committee or conference organizers, then the attendees – all who are looking for evidence that you can deliver an informative and entertaining presentation!

This presentation will break down writing the abstract into simple steps that will enable you to create an engaging abstract highlighting your amazing research.


Crafting Your Elevator Pitch - Webinar

🤘(Crucial Communications Series)

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10AM - 11AM | 12/01 | Webinar

In today's fast-paced world, being able to communicate your ideas effectively and efficiently is key to success. Whether you're pitching a project to your mentor or grad committee, networking at a conference, or interviewing for a job, your ability to craft a compelling elevator pitch is crucial.

In this lecture, we will explore the art of crafting an effective elevator pitch, including how to identify your important points, tailor your message to your audience, and deliver it with confidence and impact.

You will leave this lecture with a clear understanding of what makes a great elevator pitch and practical tips for creating your own.

Join us and take the first step toward mastering this essential communication skill!


National Postdoc Association (NPA) SmartSkills - Industry


NPA Smartskills have recurring sessions every 4th Tuesday of the month at 3PM.

Next session: 3:00 PM | 11/28/2023 

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Many postdocs wonder about the pathway into industry without ways to learn the truth about the journey.

Join two leaders from industry as they share their thoughts on the current industry postdoc landscape, discuss misconceptions about postdocs and careers in industry, clarify differences between industry and academic postdocs and positions, offer recommendations to postdocs seeking to enter industry positions, and provide insights on future trends that may affect postdocs in industry.

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This is intended as a collaborative discussion so bring your questions!


Writing Wednesdays 📝 


Start your year right with our "Writing Wednesdays" scheduled 3 PM - 5 PM each Wednesday, in The John and Grace Allen Building (ALN), Room 296. 

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Being intentional and consistent about writing will help you progress and meet your goals. Whether it's a journal article or a fellowship/grant, your dissertation, your proposal, or a scholarship/award application, please come join your peers in a time of dedicated writing. Light refreshments (coffee, water, snacks (pretzels, popcorn, cookies, etc.) will be provided to participants. 

3:00 - 5:00 PM | ALN 296  

Writing Wednesday Questions? Contact Dr. Tracy Costello


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USF Libraries Workshops for Researchers

USF Libraries offer a variety of virtual and in-person workshops that are aimed to assist graduate students with developing research skills:

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