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.


Clear Thinking Made Visual
February 24, 2015, 5:00-6:30 PM
The PCR Team
Doherty Hall 2315
With every figure, slide, and talk, we are building a scientific case - perhaps for the existence of a particle, for the necessity of a policy, or simply for the validity of a control. Yet many of our common practices in presenting information actually obscure the case we're making. In this workshop (designed for the AAAS 2015 conference), we will discuss fundamental principles for structuring information that apply at all scales, from the lone data figure to the entire talk. Attendees will learn how to apply principles of attention and visual design to turn presentations into what Edward Tufte calls "clear thinking made visible."
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Public Communication for Researchers (PCR)
Register here.

Effective Leaders: Born, Made or Something in Between?
February 26, 2015, 5:30-7:00 PM
Elizabeth Rapoport, Assistant Director of Student Activities
Connan Room, CUC
From the creation of the Great Man Theory to a more recent look at Servant Leadership, scholars have been trying to crack the code of successful leadership for decades.  In this session we will explore the many different leadership theories and engage in a discussion on their merits, drawbacks and how they can be utilized in today's academic and professional environments.
Register here.

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