The Graduate School has awarded six Professional Development Grants for 2019. The grants, established in 2014, provide up to $2,000 to help graduate students and their departments create discipline-specific professional development programming and resources for exploring both academic and broad career options. Such programming complements the offerings from The Graduate School, which focus on topics that are applicable across disciplines.
The 2019 grant recipients and their proposed programming:
Bioethics and Science Policy: Adding two coaching dinners to Science & Society’s existing M.A. Career Series. The dinners will help students practice essential job-seeking skills, give alumni an opportunity to reflect on their practicum experiences and share advice, and allow past and potential practicum hosts to share needs within their organizations that students might address with a capstone project or as an employee.
Biology: Holding a series of workshops that bring practical tools for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to implement positive changes in teaching and communication strategies to increase equity in the classroom.
English: Supporting a Graduate English Association professionalization panel that will focus on effectively leveraging the skills and experiences gained over the course of an English Ph.D. while navigating the nonacademic job market. This panel will be the second in a series of professionalization events hosted by the English department, following last year’s ”Fresh Off the Market” panel.
Neurobiology: Helping graduate students in the program engage successful neuroscience/neurobiology professionals in a variety of career paths by hosting individuals representative of nonacademic sectors and by providing a forum for students to discuss navigating the academic job market with neurobiology faculty at various stages in their careers.
Public Policy: Developing a series of informational and networking events to help prepare graduate students in the Sanford School of Public Policy to succeed on the job market and in their initial placements, with a focus on leveraging an interdisciplinary degree on both the academic and nonacademic job market.
University Program in Environmental Policy: Continuing ONE-STEP, a series of career development activities to explore a diversity of career paths for students in interdisciplinary programs. The activities center on facilitating knowledge-sharing among peers, recently graduated alumni, and faculty members.