Winter Welcome Back – January 2024

The Graduate School invites graduate students to attend Winter Welcome Back events, happening January 16 through 22, 2024. Registration in advance is required; click on the title of each event to register.

Cocoa & BuJo (Bullet Journaling)

Tuesday, Jan 16 | 2 – 3:30 pm
Memorial Union (TITU)

Have a project you are working on? Wondering how to keep track of your personal goals and tasks for the new year? Bullet journaling is an effective and creative way to organize numerous aspects of your life. Come sip hot cocoa, pick up a free notebook, and tap into your creative side as you decorate and begin building your bullet journal with our crafting supplies, including stickers, markers, gel pens, and more at this special community-building event for all master’s and PhD students. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like. If you’re new to bullet journaling, don’t worry – we’ll provide instructions. Journals and other supplies provided while supplies last.

What Can I Do With My PhD?

Wednesday, Jan 17 | 11 am

PhDs find fulfilling work in a wide range of careers, both in and beyond the academy. But how do you figure out which career path is right for you? Join Beyond the Professoriate in this upcoming webinar to learn how to construct your Optimal Career Pathway, a metric that will let you determine what kinds of jobs will provide you with meaningful, intellectually challenging work. This webinar is uniquely designed for doctoral students, PhDs, and postdocs from all academic disciplines who are wondering:

  • Which career path is right for me (academic or nonacademic)?
  • Are there nonacademic careers that will give me the same intellectual challenge and flexibility as academia?
  • How do I search for nonacademic jobs if I’ve been in academia for a while?
  • How can Beyond the Professoriate’s training platform help me explore new career paths?

Networking: The Art of Informational Interviews

Wednesday, Jan 17 | 1 – 2:15 pm

An informational interview is a meeting that you arrange to learn about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you. In this interactive workshop, graduate students will learn about the power of informational interviews as a networking tool. You will practice conducting informational interviews with peers and leave with resources for future interviews, such as email templates and lists of questions to ask. By the end of the workshop, you will also have identified 1-3 people with whom to conduct further informational interviews.

Project Management for Graduate Students

Thursday, Jan 18 | 10 am – 3:30 pm
DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

Project management is a set of skills that can be applied in academic, non-profit, laboratory, business, and many other settings. Learn principles of project management and apply them to your own project in this collaborative, day-long program. You will think creatively, define a problem, establish project goals, create a plan, and prepare for implementation. Since no project runs perfectly, the program will also address how project leaders manage change and other common challenges. You will leave better prepared to lead a team and deliver results. Students will also hear from a panel of successful faculty and industry project managers. Lunch will be provided.

Advocating for Students and Yourself: A Panel for TAs

Friday, Jan 19 | 11 am – 12:15 pm

Students often share concerns unrelated to coursework with their TAs. Knowing how to respond and when to advocate for yourself and your students in your role as a TA is something many graduate students struggle with. Join us to hear from a panel of new and experienced TAs as they share the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching as a graduate student. Hear their responses to common issues and the thought processes they go through to address them. Attendees will learn strategies for leveraging institutional resources and relationships that will aid in balancing your needs as an instructor with the needs of your students. Registrants will have an opportunity to submit questions for a guided Q&A during registration.

Examining the Role of Power in Fostering Inclusive Communities

Friday, Jan 19 | 1:30 – 3 pm
Union South (TITU)

What does it mean to have an inclusive community? How do you acknowledge power differentials within the classroom and ensure that you are creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments for your students, especially those who have different backgrounds and experiences as your own? This workshop, presented by the Office of Inclusion Education, will aid you in examining your identities and their relation to power and privilege in order to both check and leverage them in efforts to foster inclusive environments.

Coffee, Bagels, and Confidence: Building a Network of Mentors!

Monday, Jan 22 | 10 – 11:30 am
Union South (TITU)

This interactive workshop for graduate students offers tools to develop a strong network of academic mentors. Enjoy coffee and bagels and learn about mentorship:

  • What are mentors and why are they important?
  • How do I know what I need from mentorship relationships?
  • How do I approach a potential new mentor?
  • How do I establish a solid network of mentors?