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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 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.
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.
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.
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
CSUV Ambassadors are graduate students, typically at the PhD candidate level, who express interest in learning more about innovation and commercialization as it relates to university research. Students can apply and learn more about this program at the CSU Ventures website.
The focus of a grant writing class is (mock) panel review – or learning to write by understanding reviewers better. Please check the CSU catalog for detailed course information. Some CSU offerings include:
- 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
Be a hit at parties. Persuade with power in meetings. Knock them out in interviews. Whatever the occasion, you can benefit from improving your communication skills. CSU Toastmasters is a friendly and welcoming group; open to everyone in the community!