Professional Development

Professional Topics, Advice & Tools

Regardless of what your career plans may be, your experience in graduate school should incorporate more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides resources and programs designed to enhance your graduate education experience. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in your future endeavors. Professional development is not just attending workshops; it happens while you pursue your degree. Begin today by exploring our resources below or visit the Continuing Education website.

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Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a method to enhance graduate students’ professional and career improvement in partnership with your advisors. An IDP will assistance you with:

  • Assessing your existing strengths, passions, and weakness.
  • Creating a plan for evolving and improving skills to help you achieve your academic and professionals goals.
  • Improving your goals and related skills with help of your advisors and other mentors.

The IDP provides a systematic identification for graduate students' needs, setting goals and helping their professionals and academic development year-by-year during their Ph.D. journey. Hence, graduate students can stay focused on their research and papers. The IDP will help you to prepare for your future while you are in grad school.

IDP: Initial form

IDP: Annual Form

IDP: meeting reporting form

On-Campus Resources

Personality Test

Self Assessments

Science & Technology

Social Sciences and Humanities

Preparing Future Faculty Program

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a national movement to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers. PFF programs provide doctoral students, as well as some master’s and postdoctoral students, with opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty.

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Three Minute Thesis is a competition that challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes. Learn more about the 3MT® by clicking the button below. 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)