Professional Development Seminar Series-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Seminar Series

This series provides seminars in business, management and communications skills geared to better prepare our graduate students for successful careers in academic, corporate, public and research sectors. The seminars provide graduate students with a practical knowledge of the basic professional skillsets including:

  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching
  • Financial and management roles

Seminars also provide information relevant to developing multiple employment options, adaptable skills, and focused, holistic self-knowledge. Students will be sent a registration link by email.


Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
presented by Dr. Valerie Young

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:30-6:30pm
Location information will be sent to all pre-registrants on April 20 from the email.
Pre-Registration is Required and will be open through April 19, 2015.

Workshop Details: The focus is on helping students put impostor feelings in a larger social context vs. seeing it strictly in individual psychological terms, understand how their definition of competence is holding them back, identify how impostor feelings play out day-to-day for instance, procrastination, flying under the radar, workaholism or the opposite low-effort syndrome," putting on one's game face (more common among men), etc. identifying the personal cost of continuing these behaviors, and the three things they need to do to turn impostor feelings around.  

Valerie Young, is the author of the "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women", and is internationally well known for her work and presentations surrounding the "Imposter Syndrome". She was last at CMU as the keynote speaker for the 2011 Mosaic Conference.

This workshop is being co-sponsored by the Information Networking Institute-WINI, Women in Science, Women@SCS, Society of Women Engineers, Graduate Student Assembly, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education also in collaboration with the CMU College of Engineering and University of Pittsburgh.

Information Session on Fellowships to Participate in the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Japanese Universities and Research Institutes
Presented by: Sachie Yoshimura, International Program Associate and Professor Kenji Shimada, CMU Mechanical Engineering

Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm
Cohon University Center, Dowd Room
Pre-registration is Required and will be open through April 21, 2015

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is a Japanese research funding agency akin to NSF and NIH. JSPS fellowships invite U.S. researchers to foster the international research collaborations in Japan at Japanese universities and research institutes for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 10 months depending on the program. This information session will cover elements of the postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty fellowships, and the summer research programs available to graduate students. JSPS fellowship programs are open to all the fields of research; natural sciences, social sciences as well as humanities.

Further Information

For further information on Professional Development Seminars,  please contact:

Jamie Rossi
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Initiatives
524 Warner Hall
5000 Forbes Avenue
Carnegie Mellon University

Information from Past Seminars