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Professional Development Initiative

October 2018

Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive: Developing resiliency in grad school – Spokane campus

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SAC 30 WSU Spokane, 600 N. Riberpoint Blvd.
Spokane, WA 98686
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In this workshop, Caitlin Bletscher, Clinical Assistant Professor, will offer you valuable tools and skills that acknowledge the demands and challenges of graduate school and help you to shift your perspective to address them in a more productive, empowering, and compassionate way. Learning and practicing resiliency skills will support you in becoming the student and professional you want to be while thriving in graduate school. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Submitting your thesis or dissertation

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

You’ve spent years on your dissertation and it’s time to turn it in to the Graduate School. What happens then? Daniel Vickoren and Kelly Caraher from the Graduate School will teach students how to understand and navigate WSU’s thesis and dissertation formatting requirements. Daniel will also debut a new thesis/dissertation template and give additional tips on the title page, abstract, chapter headings, using previously-published work, and much more. The WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Talea Anderson will discuss how your…

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Networking and Building Your LinkedIn Presence (Spokane campus)

October 26 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
TBA Vancouver, WA 98686 + Google Map
Free

Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) will talk about networking strategies of some of the most strategic networkers in the world. It goes into the science of building rapport and why this is important for the job seeking professional. This event is held on the Spokane campus. Find out more and REGISTER

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November 2018

Stress Relief and Mindfulness

November 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Graduate school can be stressful, competitive, and extremely demanding. Graduate students experience high rates of burnout and mental health problems from unrelenting workloads and pressure. It takes time and practice to learn to slow down, do less, and take care of yourself. Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation training and how to realistically incorporate these practices into your daily life as a graduate student. We will be discussing mindfulness in a variety of contexts, with ample time to practice…

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Writing Workshop Series: Critical Reading Strategies

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The Critical Reading Strategies seminar will focus on active reading techniques in order to improve reading comprehension and facilitate practical application of sources into the writing process. This seminar will feature information on annotation strategies, research techniques, and critical thinking exercises. The writing workshop is a year-long series. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive: Developing resiliency in grad school – Tri-Cities campus

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
TBSL 104 Tri Cities Campus, 2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 98686
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Free

With the many demands and challenges of graduate school, most students find themselves trying to survive. What if this chapter could be more than just surviving? In this workshop, we offer you valuable tools and skills that acknowledge the demands and challenges of graduate school and help you to shift your perspective to address them in a more productive, empowering, and compassionate way. Learning and practicing resiliency skills will support you in becoming the student and professional you want to…

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Writing Lock-in

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Work for the entire four hours or come and go as you please. Coffee, tea, and very light refreshments will be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but there will be limited access to computers. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Work and Wellness Discussion Series:

November 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bundy Reading Room, Avery 111
Pullman, WA United States
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Free

The Work and Wellness Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students, faculty and staff to read a book for pleasure, rather than what is assigned for classes. This series contributes to the promotion of a diverse and vibrant intellectual community on campus for those interested in world issues. It is designed to create a space for women and men to gather and talk…

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February 2019

Interviewing and Negotiating for Industry Careers

February 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) discusses the strategy of interviewing beyond just answering questions. There is an entire process of preparation for an interview, beside learning how to answer interview questions. We will detail the entire interview preparation that is required for professionals to demonstrate they are invaluable to a company; from the research to the categories of interview questions, and the best ways to respond. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Hacking the Academic Job Market

February 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

In this three hour talk with Q and A, Dr. Karen Kelsky will walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways you can prepare your record, applications, and interviews. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Human Subject Research and Institutional Review Board Workshop

February 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

This session will address: ethical principles surrounding human subjects research, history on human subjects protection, federal regulations, consent requirements, subject recruitment, and the review process. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2

February 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

In this workshop, Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data. Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us. In this workshop we will start from the basics and talk about types of data and we can say and cannot say about the different types of data. Find out more and REGISTER.

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Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation

February 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The Graduate School’s Daniel Vickoren, Programs and Graduations Supervisor, will teach students how to understand and navigate WSU’s thesis and dissertation formatting requirements. Daniel will also debut a new thesis/dissertation template and give additional tips on the title page, abstract, chapter headings, using previously-published work, and much more. The WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Talea Anderson will discuss how your dissertation is cataloged, submitted to ProQuest/UMI, and made available via the Research Exchange for others to learn about your work.…

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March 2019

Stress Relief and Mindfulness

March 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Time TBA Graduate school can be stressful, competitive, and extremely demanding. Graduate students experience high rates of burnout and mental health problems from unrelenting workloads and pressure. It takes time and practice to learn to slow down, do less, and take care of yourself. Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation training and how to realistically incorporate these practices into your daily life as a graduate student. We will be discussing mindfulness in a variety of contexts, with ample time…

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Writing Workshop Series: Writer’s Block and Writing Strategies

March 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

For this highly hands-on workshop, expect to learn strategies to employ while pre-writing, writing, and revising documents, such as journal articles, your thesis, or even a short email. This workshop is intended for students who know what they need to write and have done the necessary research but may be struggling with getting words on paper or making sure the words on the paper are the ones they really want. Particular focus will be given to practicing the strategies, so…

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Writing Lock In

March 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Work for the entire four hours or come and go as you please. Coffee, tea, and very light refreshments will be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but there will be limited access to computers. Find out more and REGISTER.

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