Professionals in Preparation

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Graduate students, are you interested in developing skills that will make you more marketable and effective in the workplace? During the 2018-19 academic year, the Graduate School will sponsor “Professionals in Preparation”, a professional development program to help you improve those “transferable skills” that will set you apart from others in the increasingly competitive job market. Transferable skills include those abilities that cross disciplines, such as leadership, effective communication, ability to problem solve and manage projects, professionalism, and others.

Professionals in Preparation is a two-semester professional development program consisting of:

1.Seminars and workshops which will be held approximately twice monthly from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays during August – November 2018 (7 sessions) and January – April 2019 (7 sessions). Participants are expected to attend. Sessions will include: 

  • interviewing tips
  • effective communication
  • publishing and peer review
  • etiquette and presence
  • interpersonal skills
  • ethics and integrity in scholarship
  • leadership

2. Mentorship training

  • Mentorship workshops including case study discussions with faculty experts will provide training on managing real life situations that may occur between faculty and their graduate students. 

3. Participation in Graduate School communication competitions (required):

  • Three Minute Thesis: To be held November 7-9, 2018. Participants will compete in the annual 3MT competition which requires them to present the importance of their research to a general audience in less than three minutes. Participants will compete for the title Grand Champion and significant prize money.
  • Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium: To be held during the spring 2019 semester. Participants will submit an abstract and present their research in either oral or poster format during the annual symposium. PIP students will compete with other graduate students for prizes for best presentations in specific categories. 



Contact Dean Karen Coats by email at


Please complete and submit the application form at The application will require you to upload a brief CV (limit 3 pages) and a letter of support from your graduate committee chair. 


The deadline to apply is 5pm Friday, May 4, 2018. Students selected to participate will be notified by early May.