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.

Forging a path to success requires planning. Use the resources below to elevate your professional success as you pursue your scholarship.

Professional Development Workshops and Events CSU Writes Student Employment and Career Services Individual Development Plan

CSU Writes

CSU Writes supports graduate student  and postdoc 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.

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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

Graduate Center for Diversity and Access Student Program

A formalized program that highlights resources on campus, offers professional development activities and provides access to faculty mentors while also supporting additional socialization activities to encourage professional networks.

Visit the Graduate Center for Diversity and Access 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

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