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Graduate School Debuts New Student Success Initiatives

November 8, 2016

The Graduate School has dramatically extended its programming for graduate students this semester, adding new professional and career development initiatives and providing training for students to secure external funding. This new programming is designed to equip them with additional tools to be successful throughout the course of their studies and be better prepared for their future careers.

With increasing numbers of doctoral students entering professions other than academia, providing broad career and professional development for doctoral students is a critical need. In response, the Graduate School, in a partnership with the University Career Center and the President’s Promise, hired its first full-time Director of Career and Professional Development, Dr. Susan Martin. Martin has developed a full slate of professional development programming targeted at doctoral student covering topics such as exploring career options for doctoral graduates, resume & CV writing, and networking. In addition, Martin keeps office hours to meet with doctoral students, and collaborates with Graduate School staff to help make graduate students aware of career resources available to them. The goal of all of these initiatives is to help doctoral students be well prepared, in both academic record and soft skills, for whatever career path they choose—whether academia, industry, or non-profits and government. To learn more about the resources provided to doctoral students, please visit: gradschool.umd.edu/professionaldevelopment

Additionally, the Graduate School has changed the name of the Office of Fellowship and Awards to the Office of Funding Opportunities, to reflect an expanded mission to help ensure full funding of all of our doctoral students. To this end, the office is now offering workshops for students to help find grants and fellowships, and how to write successful proposals, in collaboration with the Division of Research, the Graduate School’s Writing Center, and other campus partners. These efforts not only benefit the student directly, but recipients of prestigious external fellowships increase the prominence of the university as a whole.

These new initiatives supplement the Graduate School’s long standing student success initiatives, including the PhD Completion Workshop series and Graduate Writing Initiatives, as well as the new diversity programming—the Diversity Spring Speaker Series and Conversations on Diversity—that debuted last spring.

For more information about the upcoming schedule of workshops and other activities for students, please see our calendar.