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Professional Development Workshop: Critical Transferable Skills for the 21st Century STEM Professional

February 2, 2017

The Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and PROMISE Program are sponsoring a Professional Development Workshop: Critical Transferable Skills for the 21st Century STEM Professional on February 14, 2017 that is open to UMD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Technical competencies alone are no longer sufficient for career success beyond the graduate degree. Unfortunately, many STEM graduate training programs have been slow to adapt and redesign curricula that equips students with the tools and ‘soft skills’ required to transition into the 21st century workforce.  These are essential skills that will enable new graduates to thrive in real life environments outside of the graduate school setting. This is especially critical given the shortage of full time faculty roles available, and feedback from employers citing difficulty finding applicants with the 'right' skills to fill open positions. As the workplace becomes more global and diverse, incorporating soft skills training into the graduate curricula and training will expose students to those skills and enable them to be both relevant and competitive.

Space is limited to 30 graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows.  The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Marquita Qualls. Dr. Qualls is a chemist by training with over 20 years of leadership experience in consulting, coaching, and motivating people in a range of leadership and professional development areas.

Register Here.  Registrants are expected to attend the entire workshop.

Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.  Please notify Terry Brimer if your scheduled changes and you cannot attend the day long workshop.




The workshop is structured to maximize group engagement and incorporates uses a mix of PowerPoint, group discussions, and interactive exercises. Handouts or other material may also be used to illustrate or reinforce key concepts.

9:00am- 9:30 am Introductions

Workshop Overview


9:30am -12:00pm Morning Session: A Style by Any Other Name: Intrapersonal Awareness

Identifying ways that highlight who we really are in terms of our learning styles and

communication preferences; Introduce the concept of personal branding and its role in

effective professional networking; Challenging the traditional paradigm of

marketing ourselves through resumes and CVs.


12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH (provided)


1:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Session: It's a Different World: Professional Adaptability

Appreciating differences in work style and delegating; being flexible with various

management approaches; becoming comfortable with ambiguity; recognizing and

managing conflict


3:30pm- 4:00pm WRAP UP and REVIEW


February 14, 2017
Gladhill Board Room
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742