Graduate School Hosts First Student Success Symposium
On January 18, the Graduate School hosted its first daylong event focusing on graduate student success. Drawing approximately 90 graduate students and postdocs, this event, “Invest in Your Future: A Graduate School Success Symposium,” featured an entire day of workshops on a variety of topics, including career development, funding, writing and research, and time and stress management.
This event was organized as part of the Graduate School’s recent efforts to expand its holistic support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. This support includes a range of career and professional development services for doctoral students, and additional training and resources for students trying to secure external funding, as well as the Graduate School’s graduate writing initiatives.
The entire event was free and open to graduate students and postdocs from all programs and departments. The workshops were designed to be hands-on and interactive, with participants being able to apply new knowledge immediately to their academic work or professional preparation.
While many of these workshops are held periodically during the academic year, this event was designed as an opportunity to allow students to attend multiple workshops in a single day during winter session when graduate students have fewer obligations on their time. In addition, the large single-day event gave students and postdocs the opportunity to network with a large group of their peers across programs.
Feedback from the event has been very positive, with more than half the attendees responding to a follow-up survey evaluating the event. All of the survey respondents indicated that they found attendance at the event worthwhile and that they would consider coming to additional similar events in the future. In addition, participants indicated that they valued the opportunities to meet other graduate students from across campus that were built into the day.
Staff from UMD Libraries, the UMD Counseling Center, and the Division of Research, as well as three Graduate School Writing Fellows, presented workshops along with Graduate school staff. UMD’s Graduate Student Government provided lunch for the participants.