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Invest in Your Future: A Graduate School Success Symposium to be Held January 18

December 15, 2016

Ready to jump start your goals for next year? Need some help figuring out your next steps in your academic or professional journey? Join the Graduate School on January 18, 2017 in Stamp Student Union for a day of networking and interactive, hands-on sessions to help you achieve your goals!

All graduate students, especially doctoral students, and postdoctoral research associates are invited. Topics covered include writing, finding funding, job search, work-life balance, and more!

FREE, but space is limited.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

9-9:30 am: Check-in/Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 am: Dean's Welcome

9:50-11 am: Session 1

Select one session from the following:

Postdoc Orientation
Searching for External Funding and SPIN Funding Database
Giving an Effective Presentation

11-11:15 am: BREAK

11:15 am-12:25 pm: Session 2

Select one session from the following options:

What Are You REALLY Going to Do with That PhD?
Making the Most of Your Time: Productivity & Time-Management Strategies
Revising and Editing Your Own Work

12:30-1:15 pm: LUNCH

1:30-2:40 pm: Session 3

Select one session from the following:

Mentoring
Managing Stress: Strategies for Staying Motivated
Being Organized with Your Research: Using a Citation Manager

2:50-4 pm: Session 4

Select one session from the following:

Success in Graduate School
Searching for External Funding and SPIN Opportunities Database
Writing for Popular Audiences--Letting the Broader World Know About Your Research 

4-4:30 pm: Session 5

Networking

Session Descriptions

Session 1:

Postdoc Orientation

This postdoc orientation will help you learn more about the campus and resources available to postdocs at UMD.  Meet the interim Dean of the Graduate School; the coordinator of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Directors of Faculty Initiatives, the Graduate School Writing Center, Professional and Career Development; and the Associate Director for the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion. We will also answer any questions regarding the postdoc manual.

Searching for External Funding & How to Use SPIN

This workshop will highlight available funding opportunities available at the Graduate School, provide tips on the application process, and it will provide students with ways to search for external funding opportunities with particular focus on the SPIN Funding Database.  Tara Burke from the Department of Research will provide hands-on instruction on how to access and use SPIN.

Giving an Effective Presentation
Will Howell, Jessica Lu, Thomas McCloskey, Department of Communications and Graduate School Writing Fellows

Delivering a paper at a conference is more than just having great research.  In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies for effective development and delivery of a presentation.  Please bring some of your work (a couple of pages of a paper, for instance) to practice moving from written to oral delivery.

Session 2:

Revising and Editing Your Own Work
Linda Macri, Graduate School Writing Center

You have a seminar paper that you are thinking about sending off for publication or a chapter that needs revising, but where do you begin to re-see  your own work?  At this workshop, you’ll learn some strategies for global and local revision of your own work.  Participants should bring in a paper (or a few pages) they are working on to make the most of this workshop.  

Making the Most of Your Time: Productivity & Time-Management Strategies
Facilitated by Counseling Center Doctoral Interns: Marisa Franco & Erin Reese

This conversational workshop will include strategies to maximize productivity and time-management and will feature trained doctoral intern psychologists from the UMD Counseling Center who will discuss tips to time-management strategies so you can make the most of your time.  

What are you REALLY going to do with that PhD?
Susan Martin

Come to this hands-on session to learn about and use available  tools for researching career options, creating your individual professional development plan, and finding a job. Bring your laptop to fully engage!

Session 3:

Managing Stress: Strategies for Staying Motivated
Facilitated by licensed psychologist Dr. Erica Merson of the UMD Counseling Center

This conversational workshop will include strategies to maximize stress management and will feature trained psychologist, Dr. Erica Merson, from the UMD Counseling Center who will discuss tips to managing stress and staying motivated. 

Staying organized with your sources
Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Research Commons,  and Linda Macri, Graduate School Writing Center

Keeping track of the articles you read will help you be organized and productive when it’s time to write.  In this session, you’ll learn more about citation managers, their various features, and how to use one to keep track of sources, and about taking notes and writing summaries on reading to build up your library and knowledge of the field.  

Session 4:

Success in Grad School-You’ve got what it takes!
Susan Martin and McNair Fellow to be announced

What does academic, career and personal success look like for you? Graduate students who engage with their peers, utilize campus resources, and seek mentors are more likely to achieve their goals and manage stress. Come and get energized, focused, and connected with fellow graduate students.

Searching for External Funding & How to Use SPIN

This workshop will highlight available funding opportunities available at the Graduate School, provide tips on the application process, and it will provide students with ways to search for external funding opportunities with particular focus on the SPIN Funding Database.  Tara Burke from the Department of Research will provide hands-on instruction on how to access and use SPIN.

Writing for popular audiences: letting the broader world know about your research
Linda Macri, Graduate School Writing Center

Academics are often called on to explain how seemingly esoteric research really matters in the world, and, increasingly, many share their research in public or social media. In this workshop, you’ll discover some things to consider in sharing your research with a broader audience. Participants should bring a few paragraphs of writing to practice with in this session.

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu