Virtual Coffee Shop: An Online Writing Community for Grad Students & Postdocs
May 31, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021 | Online with OPD!
Do you need accountability and support for your academic writing? OPD is hosting a "Virtual Coffee Shop," an online space to regularly connect with others about their writing. We'll have space to set weekly goals, do pomodoros together, connect in small stage-based groups, and share fun stuff. This community is open to UMass graduate students and post docs working on any part of writing and research. After you preregister for the “Virtual Coffee Shop,” you will be emailed all of the information.
Mental Health and Resiliency During a Crisis
Apr 12, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Online with OPD and BTP!
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down, and racial injustice and political divides have further shaken us. Crises like these exacerbate underlying mental health conditions, instigate new ones and make it hard to focus. We feel lost without our routine schedules, and we feel like failures as we struggle to meet our typical levels of output. But there is hope - we can work individually and together to build resilience and take care of our mental health while pursuing our personal and professional goals. Join Dr. Brittany Uhlorn from PhD Balance to kick off this wellbeing week with a discussion on supporting your mental health during these trying times. Co-sponsored with the Biotechnology Training Program (BTP).
Apr 13, 2021 | 9:30am - 11:00am | Online with OPD!
Preparing for a job or internship search? This session will talk about the differences between a CV and a resume, help you understand how employers screen resumes, and provide tips for making yours stand out.
Attending to Your Wellbeing as a Teacher
Apr 13, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD and CTL!
In this session, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty will discuss the importance of supporting ourselves as teachers so we can offer better educational experiences for our students. Topics will include: course design choices that support our wellbeing; self-knowledge as an instructor; mindful preparation for live and synchronous instruction; and mechanisms that support reflective teaching and learning. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning.
Apr 13, 2021 | 2:45pm - 4:00pm | Online with OPD!
A teaching statement is a critical document for graduate students and postdocs who anticipate a career in teaching, whether at the college level or elsewhere. This workshop will cover the basics, as well as what makes an excellent statement stand out! In addition, we will review examples of teaching statements.
Informational Interviews: "How To" for this Important Career Exploration Tool
Apr 15, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Online with OPD!
Have you heard that you should be doing informational interviews in order to explore your career options or to become a better job applicant? Not sure how to go about this? Come learn how to reach out to a potential contact, what questions to ask, and how to use the information for your job search.
Don't Navigate it Alone: Support and Resources for Graduate Students
Apr 15, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Online with the OPD and DOSO!
Whether it's your first or sixteenth semester, join Katelyn Dreyer, Case Manager for Graduate Students, to discuss and learn about graduate student support resources across campus. We will also review case management as an available tool, and discuss ways in which this resource might be helpful to you. This session will feature a presentation, along with a question and answer session, and time for additional feedback from students. Co-sponsored with the Dean of Students Office (DOSO).
Work-Life Balance in Graduate School
Apr 16, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Online with OPD!
Graduate school is a busy time and academia is well-known for its high expectations, particularly when it comes to how many hours we work. How can we find a balance between our personal lives and the work we do? Finding that balance can lead to increased productivity and happiness. Come learn some tips to start on the right path.
Apr 21, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Online with OPD!
Many people already find interviewing stressful and the “new normal” of navigating virtual job interviews during the coronavirus pandemic only compounds things. This session offers a framework that can help you reduce anxiety and boost confidence. If you are considering jobs outside academia or non-faculty positions inside academia, this session is for you.
Writing Literature Reviews
Apr 21, 2021 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | Online with OPD!
Many dissertations, research proposals, and articles require a literature review, but many writers get stuck on this deceptively simple genre of scholarly writing. This session will demystify the lit review by discussing its purpose and strategies for critical reading and writing to make moving toward effective synthesis easier.
Accepting and Growing from Feedback
Apr 22, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!
Do you enjoy feedback and criticism? Probably not, but a huge part of graduate and postdoctoral training is accepting and learning from feedback. This session will help you shift from a defensive position to a growth mindset and develop strategies to manage the anxiety associated with good, bad, and even just plain wrong feedback.
Apr 27, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
This workshop will explain how to develop a teaching portfolio that demonstrates your effectiveness as an instructor. Topics will include the purpose, content, and format of the teaching portfolio.
Time Management Strategies
Apr 28, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Online with OPD!
Strong time management skills are a requirement for success. If you struggle with time management—or if you don’t— learn how you can do more in less time. We will talk about systems and tips to increase your productivity and leave you more time to enjoy life.
Negotiating a Job Offer
Apr 29, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am | Online with OPD!
Are you hearing that you should negotiate your job offer, but feeling unsure about how to do this? If you are considering jobs outside academia or non-faculty positions inside academia, join this session to learn concrete strategies to negotiate with confidence.
May 5, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am | Online with OPD!
All writers agree: drafting is hard. By “drafting,” we mean that blank-page moment between research and initial draft, when most sentences are being composed for the first time. This “clinic” will be a combination of workshop and writing session. We will learn about and practice three different methods for drafting academic projects. Think of it as a drafting boot camp, a chance to get going on this summer’s writing projects.
Funding International Research
May 6, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD and ONSA!
Are you planning to conduct research outside the U.S. during your graduate education? At this session, the Office of Professional Development and Office National Scholarship Advisement will outline internal and external funding opportunities to support international research, including programs from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, DAAD, and Boren. We will also share application tips and resources to support your application process.
The Summer Strategic Plan
May 14, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Online with OPD!
Getting your summer off to a strong start requires knowing where you want to go and how you plan on getting there. This interactive clinic will provide strategies to plan your research/writing work and give you time to make those plans. Gather your planners, calendars, syllabi, schedules of family members, email—anything you need to make a map of the summer.