Spring Professional Development Sessions

Jan. 6, 2020

Each semester the Office for Research and Graduate Education (in coordination with other college and university offices) arranges professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. The sessions here are targeted to graduate students, however others may attend as desired. Information about our spring sessions and how to register can be found below.

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Please register if you plan to attend.

A full calendar of events is maintained on our webpage. We encourage you to check back often to see the latest events happening around the college and university. If you have ideas for future workshops, please contact the CFAES Graduate Education Coordinator, Kayla Arnold.

Graduation Services Presentation 
January 15, 10:00-11:00am
Kottman Hall 460 (Columbus) — Research Services 130 (Wooster) via Zoom
Are you planning to graduate this spring? If so, come to this presentation hosted by Timothy Watson to learn about requirements for graduation. He will discuss the graduation and examination processes and provide some helpful tips for navigating this process. Additionally, a staff member from the Copyright Resources Center will spend a little bit of time addressing the major issues associated with the copyright implications of publishing as well as how this impacts a thesis or dissertation. Registration is requested, but not required.

Presenters: Tim Watson

Impostor Phenomenon and the Life of the Graduate Student
January 24, 10:00-11:00am
Kottman Hall 245 (Columbus) — Zoom
Transitioning to and thriving as a graduate student can be challenging. It does not help when self-doubt begins to erode your confidence and momentum. In this session we’ll introduce you to Imposter Phenomenon (IP) and work at unpacking its components. We’ll discuss ways to recognize IP and highlight ways to navigate when it creeps into your work and thinking.

Presenter: Anna Parkman

Life’s Tough - So Are You!
February 12, 12:00-1:00pm
Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus) — Zoom
This interactive session will give students an overview of resilience and stress management, increase their awareness of their ability to handle challenges, and help students identify ways to build their resilience now and in the future.

Presenter: OSU Student Wellness Center

Techniques to Ace the Interview
March 5, 11:30-12:30pm
Agricultural Administration 211 (Columbus) — Research Services 126 (Wooster)
At some point, most everyone will need to interview for an internship, job, fellowship, or other opportunity. Interviews can be stressful, especially if you do not have much experience doing so. In this session, we will discuss valuable interviewing techniques for those applying to jobs both inside and outside of academia. Attend this session to ensure that you are well-prepared for your upcoming interviews.

Presenters: Tracy Kitchel

Resume Writing Workshop
March 16, 4:00-5:00pm, Research Services 126 (Wooster)
March 16, 4:00-5:00pm, Kottman Hall 245 (Columbus)
Join us for a workshop on how to improve your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). The first half of this session will be a an overview of tips and best practices when putting together your documents. The second portion of the workshop will be hands on, giving you time to edit your document and gather feedback from your peers and the career staff present. Note: there will be staff in each location to facilitate the workshop.

Presenters: Denise Rotavera-Krain (Wooster)
Esther DeBusk & Lucia Hadella (Columbus)

Messaging Matters 
April 13, 11:00—12:00 PM
Research Services 126 (Wooster) - TBD (Columbus) via Zoom
Researchers are always looking for new ways to share research findings or demonstrate impact. As of 2019, approximately 60% of the world’s population uses social media, making it a great way to interact with your audiences. However, not all social media messaging is created equal. This session focuses on introducing the LIFE model for storytelling (which stands for Learn, Interpret, Frame, and Engage). Participants will determine how to identify their learners (audience), interpret the needs of their learners, frame content for specific learners, and choose the appropriate engagement channels (social platforms) for each learner segment. After this session, you will be well-prepared to create a targeted and engaging social media message.

Presenters: Danae Wolf


Monthly Write-in Sessions

Are you having trouble staying focused while writing? Perhaps you should come to our write-in sessions! Generally, these will be offered every other Friday morning from 9-12pm with one exception below. There are locations offered on both Columbus and Wooster campuses for you to focus on your writing.

What is a write-in?  A write-in is a quiet space for students to get together to write independently in community and is only effective for writing if you spend the time actually writing. Ideally, notes from the literature should be taken and available and all statistical analyses completed. However, if you are not quite ready to write and want to take advantage of this opportunity to work on stats or literature you are most welcome to attend as long as there is space. Seats are limited and available on a first come basis. If necessary, a waiting list will be used and students will be notified via email or text when a seat becomes available. Snacks and tea will be provided. Feel free to bring your own food. 

If you would like to attend in Wooster, please register here.
If you would like to attend in Columbus, please email Alicia Baca (.31) and include the time you anticipate being present.

View the full flyer for more information about the write-in sessions.


There are also scheduled professional photo sessions for anyone who may need to have a photo taken.
Wooster: Thursday, February 13, 9-3:30pm, register here
Columbus: Thursday, February 27, 10-2:30pm, register here