Professional Development

Strengthening your CV through Service

two 15-pound dumbbells on a dark background
"5/365: Weight-ing Patiently" by Kaleb Fulgham | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Whether you plan on pursuing an academic or nonacademic career, getting involved with organizations in your department, in your field, and in your community can help you prepare for your future career.
Professional Development

Assessing and Improving your Teaching

"Stairway to heaven" by Julie Missbutterflies | CC BY-SA 2.0
Classes have begun and for many graduate students that means teaching, perhaps for the first time. Learning to teach well takes time and getting feedback on your teaching will help you continue to improve.
Professional Development

Going Up: The Elevator Speech

elevators going up
"Going Up" by Theodore Lee |  CC BY-ND 2.0
Quickly and effectively relay information about an organization, a product, a process, or even your own credentials as a potential employee or contact.
Professional Development

How to Run a Meeting Well

ducks in a row
"crossing color" by lorenzo colloreta | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Follow this simple format to ensure you'll lead effective, efficient, results-oriented meetings.
Professional Development

How to Make the Most of Your Semester

stairs leading upwards
"the colorful way up" by Lars Ploughmann  | CC BY-SA 2.0
Systematically plan your career and professional development for the semester so you aren’t overwhelmed and don't waste your time.
Professional Development
Career Development

Key Players When Applying for Fellowships

"Goooool" by Raul Lieberwirth | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
When you’re working on fellowship applications, it's good to know the key players who will help you develop an outstanding application that's worthy of funding.
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.
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.
Professional Development

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.
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.
Professional Development