The Graduate School has awarded nine Professional Development Grants to support discipline-specific programming for graduate students.
The grants, established in 2014, award up to $2,000 to help graduate students and their departments create discipline-specific professional development programming and resources for exploring both academic and nonacademic career options. Such programming complements the offerings from The Graduate School, which focus on topics that are applicable across disciplines.
The recipients and their proposed programming:
Biology: Hosting a workshop series in April 2017 focused on identifying and mitigating implicit bias in the workplace.
Biomedical Engineering: Supporting the BME Ph.D. Peer Mentoring Program to promote proactive career-based mentoring relationships and introduce mindfulness as a healthy, effective work habit.
Chemistry: Continuing the Duke Graduate Chemistry Council’s successful programming of non-academic career development, which explores non-academic career paths and provides networking opportunities.
Classical Studies: Hosting a pedagogy-focused professional development colloquium in spring 2017, which will allow graduate students in Classical Studies and related fields to critically and communally discuss, with faculty at Duke and from other kinds of institutions, best practices in teaching Classical Studies within the contemporary university and college.
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Creating a program that allows underrepresented minority and female students an opportunity to interact with a support network of peers and faculty on a regular basis.
Pathology: Developing a mentoring and professional development program with events that focus on building and strengthening the community of pathology students, staff, and faculty and providing networking and development opportunities for Ph.D. students with pathology graduate alumni while teaching transferable skills.
Philosophy: Hosting a day of panel discussions, talks, and workshops where graduate students from philosophy and the humanities can engage with guests who have Ph.D.s in philosophy and successful careers outside academia.
Political Science: Hosting mentorship workshops to connect student with female scholars and alumnae outside academia in order to facilitate the transfer of strategies to negotiate career issues that disproportionately affect women.
Romance Studies: Holding a series of writing workshops to help humanities and social-science graduate students who are non-native speaker of English strengthen their academic writing skills and raise the quality of their application materials for jobs inside and outside academia.