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GradMAP: Activities & Resources

Here are some examples of activities and resources available on campus grouped by focus area. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a good place to start.

Communication | Leadership & Innovation | Research & Specialization | Teaching & Mentoring | Professionalism | Job Search | Health, Wellness & Balance

 

Communication

Enhance the range of your communication skills including writing, presentation and interpersonal abilities.

Possible activities:

  • Visit the Writers Workshop to get feedback on a paper draft
  • Attend special presentations like the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series to observe skilled speakers and note best practices
  • Read about effective presentations and incorporate tips into your next talk
  • Present your work at department seminars and professional conferences and be sure to get feedback from your colleagues
  • Attend a grant writing workshop offered by the Office of External Fellowships
  • Attend a Savvy Researcher Workshop on the topic of “Sharing Your Work” or “Visual Literacy” Plan to network at your next conference or professional meeting
  • Meet people outside your department during Graduate Student Appreciation Week events

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Leadership & Innovation

Develop approaches to lead, manage and innovate as you work with people, develop new projects or start new initiatives.

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Possible innovation activities:

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Research & Specialization

Gain specialized knowledge and tools relevant to your field and career of interest.

Possible activities:

  • Ask your adviser if you can help out with a grant or look through an accepted grant application
  • Research funding resources through the Graduate College Fellowships Opportunities database
  • Take advantage of all the courses, programs, and workshops offered by your program, department or other campus units that train on specific skills and tools
  • Attend a Savvy Researcher Workshop on the topic of “Work Smarter” or “Find & Use Information
  • Find and attend a conference in your field
  • Use Lynda.com to learn a new software tool to assist with your research such as scripting in Unix
  • Talk with your adviser about how to become a journal reviewer
  • Use the Research Data Service offered by the Scholarly Commons

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Teaching & Mentoring

Cultivate the skills to be an effective teacher and mentor that can be used in a variety of settings.

Possible activities:

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Professionalism

Understand expectations of your profession and field, including communication norms, authorship guidelines and ethical considerations.

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Job Search

Research possible fields and organizations, learn about the job search process and develop your application materials.

Possible activities:

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Health, Wellnes, & Balance

Paying attention to your well-being and learning how to balance professional demands with personal needs can result in a more sustainable, satisfying life and help you perform your best.

Possible activities:

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