Graduate Horizons

The Division of Graduate Studies supports graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with professional development through group events and individual mentoring. During the academic year, we provide panel discussions, workshops, and other events to help you identify potential careers, within and without academia, and prepare for and transition into those careers. We partner with the Graduate Student Commons, its graduate-student governance board, the Graduate Student Association, the Career Center, the Institute for Humanities Research, the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL), the Title IX Office, the Disability Resource Center, and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide programming focused on graduate student and postdoctoral scholar career building.

2017-18 Professional Development Events

Patty Gallagher

Guts and Generosity: How to Present Your Research with Confidence, Skill, and Grace
Patty Gallagher
, professor of theater arts
Friday, January 12, 2018, 3–5 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Max: 40 graduate students
Light refreshments served

The old public-speaking rubric of “tell them what you’re going to tell them (introduction), tell them (body), and tell them what you just told them (summary conclusion)” has been exploded and replaced with the understanding that people retain information better when they hear it as a story. Perhaps no group more than academia needs to learn this newer, better method of communication for effective transference of factual data to the public. Your research is important, and we want you to tell your undergraduate students, your colleagues, the wider campus community, and the world about it in a way that grabs and keeps their attention. Who better to help you with this goal than UCSC’s own theatrical superstar, Patty Gallagher?!

Michelle Waters

 

DATE CHANGE!!!

Designing PowerPoint Presentations Right
Michelle Waters, corporate training consultant, Cabrillo Extension
Friday, January 19, 2018, 35 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Light refreshments provided

Have you ever suffered “death by PowerPoint” or perpetrated it on an audience, perhaps captive undergraduates, yourself? Want to enter UCSC Grad Slam and use the one-to-three-PowerPoint-slide option? Want to enter the UCSC Graduate Research Symposium in the talk format category with a PowerPoint presentation? Want to enter the CIED Business Design Showcase or just learn how to pitch your innovation or entrepreneurial idea to potential funders with an effective PowerPoint presentation? Michelle Waters will steer you right with this workshop, offered both October 13 and January 19, on how to design a great PowerPoint slide presentation. (Here’s how not to design a PowerPoint presentation!)

Sue Carter

 

Applying for Fellowships*
Sue Carter, associate dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, director of CIED, and professor of physics
Friday, October 6, 3–5 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Check out Sue Carter's PowerPoint presentation for this workshop here.

Dr. Carter leads a workshop on how to apply for fellowships, grants, and other research and innovation funding, with an emphasis on NSF and DOE grants. Registration closes October 6 at noon or when maximum enrollment is reached. October First Friday Mixer follows in the Graduate Student Commons.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowshop (SCGF) Program
US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

 Karen Lin

Beyond Academia: Exploring Exciting Career Options
Karen Lin, career coach, Career Center
Wednesday, October 11, 3–4 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Check out Karen’s PowerPoint presentation for this workshop here.

What are you going to do with your Ph.D.? Today, non-faculty jobs are becoming more the norm. A wealth of opportunities awaits in the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors, but successfully landing these jobs requires multiple strategies. In this workshop, the Career Center’s experienced career coach Karen Lin introduces key online and offline job-search techniques, strengths you have as a Ph.D. candidate and how to leverage them, and how to prepare and conduct an actionable job-search plan.

Laura Young Hinck

Title IX Training for Graduate Students
Laura Young Hinck, response team coordinator, Title IX Office
Friday, October 20, 3–4:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Check out Laura’s PowerPoint presentation for this workshop here.

Because of the serious obstacles many graduate students face reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence, the UCSC Title IX Office offers this in-person training workshop as an alternative to the online training course, Think About It: Graduate. The workshop will include opportunities to ask Laura Young Hinck questions and meets the yearly requirement to complete Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Christina Hall

Next Level Networking: LinkedIn and Versatile PhD
Christina Hall, career coach, Career Center
Wednesday, October 25, 3–4 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Check out Christina Hall’s PowerPoint presentation for this workshop here.

According to the 2014 U.S. Census less than 12% of Americans have a master’s degree and less than 2% have a Ph.D. Graduate students already stand out because of what they know, but after years in an academic environment, who they know can become narrowed. Networking is key to getting noticed, especially when considering a career transition to industry. Learn about the largest online professional network, LinkedIn, and the most specialized network for graduate students, Versatile PhD.

Bri McWhorter

Activate to Captivate
Bri McWhorter, founder and sole proprietor, Activate to Captivate
Thursday, November 9, 12–2 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge

Bri McWhorter teaches drama techniques for effective communication, including public presentations. If you’re planning to enter UCSC’s Grad Slam or Graduate Research Symposium or CIED’s Business Design Showcase, or if you just want to give more engaging lectures to your undergraduate students, take Bri McWhorter’s Activate to Captivate workshop!

Rick Gubash

Designing Inclusively: Universal Design for Learning
Rick Gubash, director, Disability Resource Center
Wednesday, November 15, 12–1:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons

Fireside Lounge
Check out the PowerPoint presentation for this workshop here.

Rick Gubash’s workshop will provide you with tips and techniques for creating a flexible and inclusive learning environment to meet the challenge of the diversity of learners, including but not limited to students with disabilities. You will learn how to design activities and assignments to meet the needs of the greatest number of users upfront, making costly, time-consuming, and after-the-fact changes to curriculum and materials unnecessary. The focus will be on tangible ways to improve equal access to learning.

Karen Lin

CV to Resume: Translating Academic Experience to New Audiences
Karen Lin, career coach, Career Center
Friday, November 17, 3–4 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge
Check out the PowerPoint presentation for this workshop here.

Considering a career outside of academia? Converting your curriculum vitae into a resume is your first step. In this workshop, the Career Center’s experienced career coach Karen Lin explains the difference between the two and how to transform the former into the latter. As part of this process, Karen will show participants how to identify transferable academic skills to non-academic careers and erase concerns some employers may have for Ph.D. candidates.

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Voice and Body: Tools for Effective Public Speaking*
Ellen Newberry, public speaking lecturer, Writing Program
Friday, December 1, 3–5 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge

Planning to enter UCSC Grad Slam or Graduate Research Symposium? Planning to enter CIED’s Business Design Showcase? Want to give riveting lectures to your undergraduate students? If any of the above, you’ll want to hone your public speaking chops, and Ellen Newberry of UCSC’s Writing Program hosts this workshop to help you do just that. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll practice speaking comfortably, moving effectively, and maintaining your own style for your purpose. December First Friday Mixer follows in the Graduate Student Commons.

Christina Hall

Practice Your Pitch! Elevator Pitching for Networking
Christina Hall, career coach, Career Center
Tuesday, December 5, 3–4 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons
Fireside Lounge

Professional conferences, panels, and networking events can provide great opportunities for master’s and Ph.D. students to expand their connections; however, without a clear and concise way to introduce yourself and explain your value as a professional, these opportunities could be missed. Before dealing with the pressure of a live event, get some tips on communicating your worth and some in-person practice with your peers.

UCSC Grad Slam
Preliminary competition to select UC Santa Cruz representative for UC Grad Slam in late April or early May of 2018
Open to all graduate students
Research area distilled into 3-minute thesis for the lay audience
Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Music Center Recital Hall
Registration and video-submission period: November 13, 2017, to January 14, 2018
Learn how to participate by clicking here.

Graduate Career Panel with Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni
Alumni Weekend
Friday, April 27, 2018, 10–11:15 a.m.
Location to be determined

Graduate Research Symposium
Alumni Weekend
Friday, April 27, 2018, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
McHenry Library, Information Commons South of 2nd (main) floor and adjoining classrooms
Public forum for graduate students to present a poster, audio/video media presentation, or 8-minute talk presentation of research area/masters thesis/doctoral dissertation. Open to all graduate students.
Registration opens at the start of spring quarter 2018.

First Friday Mixer follows in the Graduate Student Commons. Please stay for the food, beverages, and social networking with your fellow graduate students!