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Each semester several graduate student professional development sessions are held. These sessions typically are from 12:00-1:00 (day varies). Graduate students are offered the opportunity to provide their preferences for the sessions to be offered. Please be on the lookout for an email early each semester about these opportunities.

In this session, students discuss perspectives and strategies to apply to graduate studies. Clarity of goals and envisioning future career options are covered, as are steps to making the most of opportunities during one’s graduate program. Connecting with supportive colleagues and mentors is emphasized.

Grantsmanship is a core skill that most CHS graduate students will need in their future careers. This introductory session covers the key elements of grantsmanship. A one-hour presentation is provided by Tony Ventimiglia in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Opportunities for follow up discussion/consultation are available.

Graduate Student Proposal Writing Session 2015

From teaching to research to outreach/extension, taking a team approach often enhances the activities being undertaken and often is essential to achieving desired goals. This session addresses the value of collaboration, selecting good partners and ensuring good communication across team members.

E-Portfolios permit online presentation of accomplishments, interests, and expertise. E-Portfolios contain artifacts that document accomplishments and experiences, and incorporate thoughtful reflection about the content presented. E-Portfolio introduction sessions, workshops, and courses are available.

ePortfolios Presentation

Purpose: To understand what to emphasize in the curriculum vitae (CV) and letter of intent.

Importance: Your CV and cover letter provide documentation of your competencies and accomplishments. Often these materials are the first introduction people have to who you are as a professional – before meeting you or hearing you present your work. It is important to ensure that these documents reflect your strengths and your fit with the position.

Next Steps: After this one hour session, you will want to take time to look at models of CVs and cover letters. Most faculty members have their CVs posted on their faculty web pages. Invite your major professor and other faculty members to look at your materials and provide feedback and suggestions.

Additional links:

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Make Your Resume FAT

Curriculum Vitae

CV Example #1

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Cover Letter

Tip Sheet on Cover Letter Writing

Coverletter Tips

This session addresses preparation for the interview, preparing and practicing job talks, and other tips for a successful interview experience. For nonacademic positions the Auburn University Career Center has partnered with the Graduate School to offer sessions addressing resume preparation, interviewing, and job negotiation.

This session offers tips for and examples of well written teaching and research statements. Strong teaching statements effectively address: Why do I teach?; What do I teach?; How do I teach?; and How do I measure my effectiveness? A research statement is a summary of your research accomplishments, current work, and future direction and potential of your work.

Teaching and Research Statements

Example Research Statments

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Example Teaching Statements

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Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis competition

November 19,2015

Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Auditorium

Come see what the 3-minute thesis competition is all about.
If you are not participating this year, consider participating in 2016.

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