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Professional Development for Graduate Students
Discover resources and participate in our professional development events to polish your skills and enhance your career goals.
Forging a path to success requires planning. Use the resources below to elevate your professional success as you pursue your scholarship.
CSU Writes supports graduate student writers through writing groups, workshops, drop-in writing sessions, intensive writing retreats, and consultations each semester.
Research shows that academic writers who develop a regular writing practice and who have a writing group to help them meet their writing goals produce up to ten times the pages of those writers who binge to meet deadlines or who “wait for inspiration.” Increased writing productivity correlates with healthy writing habits, which can speed your time-to-degree and can keep the writing process from feeling isolating or troublesome. Helping you write more productively, comfortably, and confidently is what CSU Writes is about.
For more information about CSU Writes go to: csuwrites.colostate.edu
The Graduate Student Showcase
This is a showcase of research and creativity – a one-day conference for you to present your work and talents, to connect with other graduate students and faculty at CSU, to learn about other disciplines, and to gain conference experience. Interdisciplinary collaboration is the new frontier of career success. All graduate students involved in research or creativity are encouraged to participate. The Graduate Student Council provides professional development training in the afternoon.
Comprehensive Academic-Related Program (CAP) for Graduate Students of Color
A formalized program that highlights resources on campus, CAP offers professional development activities and provides access to faculty mentors while also supporting additional socialization activities to encourage professional networks.
Graduate School and The Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) Events
Co-sponsored events include professional development conferences, Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training, additional graduate student resources and training programs.
CSU Ventures Ambassadors
- STEM Communication
- Grant Proposal Writing and Reviewing
- Grant Writing
- Grant Writing-Human Services and Research
- Grant Writing for Microbiology/Pathology
- Writing, Submitting and Reviewing Grants
- Preparation of Grant Proposals
Additional Professional Development Resources
The Adapa Project
CGS's Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement
This report explores how the graduate education community might deepen its knowledge of the career pathways of PhD holders. The report summarizes the current state of the study and practice of collecting
and using information about career pathways at the doctoral level in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), humanities, and social science fields. It includes the results of a CGS-administered survey of graduate deans at doctoral-granting institutions in the US and Canada. The information collected here served as background for discussion at a workshop hosted by CGS annually. This report, the survey of deans, and the workshop represent the three main components of a study determining the feasibility of a larger project to develop standards, definitions, procedures, and practices in collecting information on career pathways of PhD holders and for using this information to inform improvements of graduate programs.
CWDC's Colorado Talent Pipeline Report
NIH Biomedical Research Workforce
Promoting Student Success: 7 Key Principles That Work
“Student success in college depends on both student effort and institutional effort; it’s a reciprocal relationship between what the college does for its students and what students do for themselves.”
– Joe Cuseo
Enhancing student success in college is a national concern because growing numbers of students are entering higher education academically underprepared and disengaged. Research suggests that there are timeless and universal educational principles that promote student motivation, retention (persistence to graduation), and academic achievement. These pervasive principles are associated with positive outcomes for all students, regardless of their college-entry characteristics, but they have particularly powerful effects on at-risk students.