Professional Development

Workshops & Events

Date Event Time Location RSVP
Tuesday, April 6 Interviewing 101: How to Prepare for that Upcoming Interview

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Online Join Here
Tuesday, April 6 USF GPSC Panel: Networking in a Pandemic 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT Online Join Here
Wednesday, April 7 How to Manage Stress in Graduate School 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT Online Join Here
Wednesday, April 7 Citation Management Tools 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Online Join Here
Thursday, April 8 Finding and Applying for Graduate Research Fellowships: Tips for Success

 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

Online Join Here
Friday, April 9 Virtual Graduate Student Research Symposium 1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Online Register Here*
Tuesday, April 13 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT Online Register Here*
Tuesday, April 20 Data Management: Best Practices for Organized Research 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT Online Register Here*
Wednesday, April 21 Salary Negotiations 3:30 – 4:30 pm EDT Online Register Here*
Thursday, April 22 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Information Session 12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT Online Register Here*

*We hope you can join us at this time, but in case you can't make it, register and you will still receive the recording of the webinar.


Upcoming Events & Workshops

Interviewing 101: How to Prepare for that Upcoming Interview

Presented by Chad Wallace, Career Consultant and Adelia Douglas, Career Consultant, Office of Career Planning
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
No Registration required. Join the live webinar here.

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.

Can’t make the live webinar? Request access to a recorded version at https://bit.ly/USFInterviewing101.


USF GPSC Panel: Networking in a Pandemic

Hosted by: Willo Craine, Gigi Machado, Maddison Russell, and Bianca Siegenthaler (GPSC Officers) 
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 2:30 - 3:30 pm EDT
No Registration required. Join the live webinar here.

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! 


How to Manage Stress in Graduate School

Presented by: Kathleen Koviak, Health Promotion Specialist, Center for Student Well-Being
When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
No Registration required. Join the live webinar here.

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.


Citation Management Tools

Presented by Maryellen Nash, Interim Director of Research & Instruction and Matt Torrence, Associate Librarian, USF Libraries
When: Wednesday, April 7, 2020, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
No Registration required. Join the live webinar here.

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.

Can’t make the live webinar? Request access to a recorded version at http://bit.ly/USFCitations.


Finding and Applying for Graduate Research Fellowships: Tips for Success

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, PhD, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
When: Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
No Registration required. Join the live webinar here.

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.


Virtual Graduate Student Research Symposium

Presented by The Office of Graduate Studies
Friday, April 9, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
Register to participate using this link: Application Submission

On Friday, April 9, 2021, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) will host its Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium virtually. This virtual event will provide an excellent, multidisciplinary venue for graduate students in all disciplines to present their current research as poster presentations in front of audiences ranging from students, faculty, and administrators from across the university.

Furthermore, ten (10) $500 travel awards will be given for outstanding presentations, as selected by a team of faculty judges.

The deadline to submit an abstract and register to participate in the research symposium is Monday, March 1, 2021. You can register using this link: Application Submission link. Students selected to participate will be notified no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

Presented by Lauren Chambers, Associate Director, Office of National Scholarships
Live Webinar: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
Register for the live webinar or request access to the recorded webinar at: http://bit.ly/USFGradFulbrightInfo.

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.

Join the USF Office Graduate Studies and Lauren Chambers on Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm for an information session regarding the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Attendees will learn about the Program, opportunities available and how to apply.


Data Management: Best Practices for Organized Research

Presented by Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, USF Libraries
When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
Register for the Live Webinar: http://bit.ly/USFDataManagement

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. *Register for the live webinar and receive a recording of the webinar after the event.


Salary Negotiations

Presented by Chad Wallace and Doug Meyn, Career Consultants at the Office of Career Planning
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm EDT
Register for the Live Webinar: http://bit.ly/USFSalaryNegotiations

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. *Register for the live webinar and receive a recording of the webinar after the event.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Information Session

Presented by Dr. Sayandeb Basu, Office of National Scholarships and Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick, Office of Graduate Studies
When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT
Register for the Live Webinar: http://bit.ly/USFNSFGRFInfo

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/. *Register for the live webinar and receive a recording of the webinar after the event.