Fall 2017 Workshop Series

Marshall University offers three to five graduate professional development (GPD) events each semester, open to all currently enrolled graduate students.

Tools for Organizing your Research and Academic Life  


Tuesday, November 28, 2:00-3:30p.m.
Drinko Library 349

Starting a graduate program can be a daunting task but establishing good habits and employing the right tools and tricks can help you meet this challenge. In this session, we will discuss some of the hurdles in managing a research project and test out some potential solutions and strategies for tackling the complexities of your academic life as a graduate student.

Facilitator: Dr. Herman Mays (Department of Biology)


Possible topics for Spring 2018:

  • Leveraging your Graduate Degree in Unexpected Ways
  • Business Cocktail Party & Networking Skills
  • Living and Working in a Global Society
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media Etiquette
  • Presenting your Research to a General Audience
  • Contract Work: The Art of Negotiation
  • Coffee Hour with CoRTEX: Community Research and Training with Experts
  • Research Ethics

Past sessions:

Developing Confidence in Your Competence
Wednesday, September 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
Shawkey Room, MSC

Your personal and professional success depend upon your ability to project self-confidence and expertise. The “Imposter Syndrome,” or feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, or intellectual fraudulence, is a common occurrence that can impede a person’s capability to reach one’s full potential. Participants in this session will learn what imposter syndrome is, how to recognize the way it manifests in their lives, and strategies for developing and projecting confidence in their competence. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5, at noon.

Facilitators: Dr. Jill Underhill (Department of Communication Studies) and Dr. Sherri Smith (Academic Affairs)

Becoming Strong Communicators, Collaborators, and Leaders 
Monday, September 25, 2-3:30 p.m.
Shawkey Room, MSC

Employers of all kinds are seeking to hire individuals who have strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills. Participants in this session will learn how to earn a professional development credential during their graduate program that documents successful development of those skills. Additionally, they will develop various communication strategies, applicable now and in the future, during this interactive session. (This session counts as one of the credential requirements.)

Facilitator: Dr. April Fugett (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Financial Wellness: Take the Budgeting Challenge
Tuesday, October 17, 2-3:30 p.m.
Shawkey Room, MSC

Both education and finance experts agree that learning how to create and maintain a budget is one of the most important skills a student can learn.  Attend the Empower U one hour session created and presented by Fifth Third Bank on budget planning, an easy-to-understand but impactful session that graduate students will find valuable and applicable now and in the future. Start the journey to become more financially fit.

Facilitator: Brian Lake (Fifth Third Bank) and Denise Hogsett (MU Career Education)