Professional Development

How to be a Good Graduate Student

a rock climber
"Climbing" by Cristian Bortes | CC BY 2.0
Graduate school comes with a new set of rules. Learn how to navigate the terrain, meet expectations, and excel as a graduate student.
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Mentoring
Navigating Graduate School
Professional Development

Five Keys to a Compelling Research Poster

stacked pencils
"Arrows" by Wunkai | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The challenge of creating a good research poster: including what your readers need to know - without overwhelming them with unnecessary information.
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Professional Development
Research

Applying to Present Your Research Poster

Graduate students present at the Spring Research Fair
photo of 2014 Graduate Research Fair by UNL University Communications
When you’re looking for conferences where you can present, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start and what pitfalls to avoid. Here's how to get started.
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Professional Development

Setting Writing Goals

a marathon runner checks her watch
"Female Time Checker 1" by Anthony Catalano | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Making progress on your big writing projects is like running a marathon—finishing well takes strategy and stamina. Set writing goals help you pace yourself and finish well.
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Writing
Professional Development

Writing during Graduate School

Recommended edits on an article draft
"2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 18" by Nic McPhee | CC BY-SA 2.0
You’re guaranteed a large amount of writing during grad school, including class project reports, conference papers, journal articles, and funding proposals. Here's an introduction to getting started.
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Writing
Professional Development

A Step-by-step Approach for Attending Conferences

Podium at a conference
"Speaking to an Empty Room" by Brian Herzog | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Conferences are the best way for Grad Ambassador Debalin Sarangi to showcase his research. They’re also a great tool for him to keep research on the front burner.
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Professional Development
Time Management

Learn to Think Like an Entrepreneur

A young entrepreneur selling lemonade on a hot day
A young entrepreneur" by rachaelvoorhees
An entrepreneurial mindset will help you as you embark on your career—whether you want to work in a non-profit, in industry, or in academia. If you take charge of your career while in graduate school, you'll dictate your course, not the other way around.
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Leadership
Professional Development
Transferable Skills

Making the Most of Your Teaching Evaluations

It’s the end of the semester, and you’re wrapping up the class you’re TAing. Just a few more classes, and your students will hand in their final assignments and take their final exam.

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Professional Development
Teaching

Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language

William Strunk and E.B. White promote the use of specific, definite, and concrete language over the general, vague, and abstract. Academic prose doesn’t need to be general, vague, or abstract. With a little practice and a good editorial eye, you can engage your reader with added detail.
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Professional Development
Writing

Developing Mentoring Relationships That Last

An effective mentoring relationship passes through phases of development. Early on, your mentor will recognize your unique qualities and your need for special coaching.

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Navigating Graduate School
Mentoring
Professional Development

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