Carnegie Mellon University
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.


ALL SEMINARS WILL REQUIRE REGISTRATION                              

Research Data Organization – Ensuring Your Data will be Findable & Usable in the Future
October 17, 2017                   
*Registration is Required*  
Gabrielle Michalek, Program Director, Connected Scholarship, University Libraries
How often have you created a document or spreadsheet or saved a vital pdf only to have to spend precious time trying to find it weeks or months later?  Or been deep into your research but not sure where to go to further your access to topic or discipline-specific information?

This seminar provides an overview of practices used for data organization and analysis that help ensure the data will be accessible and useable by you and others in the future. Participants will have an opportunity to explore options for data management and date organization; have access to techniques and resources you may use to ensure your data will be readable and understandable in the future and know where to look for field-specific analysis methods, services, tools and repositories.

Negotiating within an Academic Context
November 15, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Registration information will be available by November 1, 2017
Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Being a Ph.D. student is different from the academic status or work experience you have had to this point.  You have an advisor but not necessarily a supervisor.  You may be supervising a lab or TAs but you are not necessarily a boss.  You produce work for your advisor or research team, but completely manage your own time.  How do you navigate this new experience?  Join this session as Suzie shares insights into your new role or many roles, navigating the advisor relationship, finding mentorship, and much more.  The topics will be very applicable to students in the first few years of their Ph.D. experience but the content and insights shared will transcend all years of your program.  

Research File Formats – How to Handle File Format Decisions as a Researcher
November 17, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Registration information will be available by November 1, 2017
Gabrielle Michalek, Program Director, Connected Scholarship, University Libraries
This workshop provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities file format selection poses and provides for you as a researcher, particularly regarding your research outputs.  Participants will explore the range of file format options (and that each choice has implications for future use and access), gain exposure to tools for archiving particularly tricky file types (e.g. web pages), and learn how to reduce risk via using export and “save as” functions. 

Gender Stereotypes in the Workplace
November 30, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Registration information will be available by November 1, 2017
Jess Klein, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
Does gender stereotyping still happen? Sadly, it does still exist in the workplace and there is a significant cost to everyone involved.  This discussion will help participants identify common gender stereotypes, provide an opportunity to examine our own thoughts and stereotypes, and offer tips and tools for managing gender stereotypes in your work environment.    

Past Professional Development Seminars


Jamie Rossi
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Initiatives
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