Students

Workshops & Events

Date Event Time Location RSVP
January 17 Searching for a Postdoc Position: A perspective from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MSC 3705  
February 5 STEM Individual Development Plans 3:30 - 4:30 pm ISA 3048  
February 8 Academic Job Market Workshop - Marketing yourself Successfully and Preparing your Professional Dossier 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MSC 3705  
February 13 Humanities & Social Science Individual Development Plans 3:30 - 4:30 pm BSN 2300  
February 21, 2019 Writing Workshop I 3:00pm - 4:00pm SOC 149  
February 22, 2019 Dissertation Forum 8:00am - 4:00pm Grace Allen Room RSVP
March 1, 2019 Provost's Postdoc Symposium - Planet of Weeds: Natural Histories of the Homogeocene 10 am - 4:30 pm MSC 3708 RSVP
March 7, 2019 Coverting your CV to a Resume Workshop 3:30 - 4:30 pm BSN 2305 RSVP
March 19, 2019 Effective Cover Letters for Nonacademic Jobs 3:30 - 4:30 pm BSN 2305 RSVP
March 21, 2019 Writing Workshop II 3:00pm - 4:00pm SOC 149  
April 11, 2019 Writing Workshop III 3:00pm - 4:00pm SOC 149  

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

Effective Cover Letters for Nonacademic Jobs

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Business Administration Building (BSN), room 2305
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. RSVP here. Questions? Email Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick.

 

Writing Workshop II: Get It Approved: The Necessary Components of a Thesis/Dissertation Proposal

Thursday, March 21 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Master's and doctoral students need to complete a project proposal or prospectus to be granted the opportunity to conduct research and/or write a thesis or dissertation. This workshop provides an overview of the proposal, its purpose and components with the goal of providing participants with vital information for writing a proposal or prospectus that gets approved the first time.

Facilitated by Vernetta Williams, Ph.D.
RSVP Not Required

Writing Workshop III: State it Succinctly: Strategies to Ensure Concise Writing

Thursday, April 11 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Writing is a craft that can be learned, improved upon and perfected. One distinguishing characteristic of a strong writer is the ability to express a point clearly and succinctly. However, writing concisely does not negate the responsibility to be thorough. Many academic writers do not understand how to write concisely, wich means to be "brief in form but comprehensive in scope." This workshop provides ways to eliminate redundancy and wordiness, providing examples of how to prevent and correct verbose writing.

Facilitated by Vernetta Williams, Ph.D.
RSVP Not Required

 

Past Workshops

What to look for when searching for a postdoc position: A perspective from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Linda Harris, PhD, Director of Postdoctoral Talent Acquisition
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Marshall Student Center, room 3705
Lunch will be served.
The presentation by Dr. Linda Harris, Director of Postdoctoral Talent Acquisition, will give general information regarding what to look for when searching for a postdoc position, in addition to providing information specific to St. Jude. Whether you are a current postdoc looking for additional training or close to graduating with your PhD, it is never too soon to think about your next career step. You may check out stjude.org/postdoc for more information.

Dr. Harris will have a sign-up sheet at her presentation (1:30 - 4:50 pm) so that you may request a one-on-one meeting with her following her seminar. She encourages you to take advantage of this informal interview. Should you decide to apply for a postdoc position at St. Jude, Dr. Harris will be able to provide her impression of you to the faculty. Please, RSVP for the event. Questions? Contact Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick.

 

STEM Individual Development Plan Workshop

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Interdisciplinary Sciences (ISA), room 3048
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. RSVP here. Questions? Contact Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick.

 

Academic Job Market Workshop - Marketing yourself Successfully and Preparing your Professional Dossier

Facilitated by Vernetta Williams, Ph.D. and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Guest Speaker: Devona Pierre, Ph.D., USF Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity
Friday, February 8, 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marshall Student Center (MSC), 3705
Registration Fee: $10
On Friday, February 8, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a one-day workshop with Dr. Vernetta Williams to help postdocs and graduate students launch their search for faculty positions and learn how to prepare application materials that truly reflect themselves. Sessions include information on branding yourself, creating a CV, writing an authentic cover letter, tips for teaching and research statements, job search strategies, and insider advice from Dr. Devona Pierre, on what hiring committees are looking for in a strong candidate. Participants should bring their CV to receive feedback! The event is located in the Marshall Student Center, room 3705 and the cost is $10.00. The registration fee includes lunch, refreshments, and snacks. For additional information, contact Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick at kiri@usf.edu.

 

Humanities and Social Science Individual Development Plan Workshop

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Business Administration Building (BSN), room 2300
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, assessing your interests and skills, developing SMART goals, and preparing for an IDP meeting with your faculty advisor. This session is aimed towards Humanities and Social Science scholars. RSVP here. Questions? Email Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick.

 

Writing Workshop I: Collaborative Writing: What You Need to Avoid an Epic Fail

Thursday, February 21 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Collaborative writing, whether in the form of a group-based class assignment or co-authored publication, is essential to scholarly success in most academic disciplines. Finishing a cohesive writing project with others while maintaining healthy relationships can be challenging. This workshop provides key tools to facilitate open communication, writing progress and idea cohesion in a group-based writing project.

Facilitated by Vernetta K. Williams, Ph.D.
RSVP Not Required

 

Converting your CV to a Resume

Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Business Administration Building (BSN), room 2305
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. Open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. RSVP here. Questions? Email Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick.