Professional Development

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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.

Graduate Professional Development (GPD) Offerings

Each fall and spring semester, the Graduate School develops a series of free professional development events.  Each GPD Series features brief sessions (typically 90 minutes or less) designed to better accommodate busy schedules.

GPD Spring 2017 – Elevate Your Career Path & Search

The offerings in the Elevate Your Career Path & Search series help students stand out in their career search; navigate the non-technical side of a professional career; explore industry career paths; and provide techniques for sharing research and or scholarship with wider audiences. RSVP appreciated but not required.

GPD Fall 2016

Sponsored Events

International & Domestic Female PhD Scholars Seminar Series

  • March 7, LSC 324, Noon – 2 p.m.
  • March 28,  LSC 324, Noon – 2 p.m.

CSU Writes

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:

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.

Visit the GradShow Website

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.

Visit the CAP Page

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.

Visit the TILT Website

Individual Development Plan

An IDP is a tool to identify professional goals through a self-assessment and provides a communication tool between scholars and their mentors. An IDP is a living document to be revised and updated to provide focus and clarity in your scholarly and professional pursuits. Use an IDP to:

  • Identify long-term career options and the necessary tools to meet these
  • Identify short-term needs for improving current performance
  • Reflect on past accomplishments
  • Assess skills relative to career goals, and plan actions for academic progress to achieve goals
  • Facilitate communication with mentors

While there are many IDP templates, the Graduate School suggests the following:

    • myIDP:
      • The most interactive tool with a variety of additional resources
      • Some sections are applicable regardless of discipline while others may not be as applicable to all scholars


CSU Resources

Additional Professional Development Resources