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Institutional Memberships

PDI offers graduate and professional students access to some of the top industry and academic career memberships in the country. Memberships range in length and time offered. Updated information about these institutional memberships will be posted here.

Versatile Ph.D. University Subscription
Did you know that WSU graduate students have access to the Versatile Ph.D. program, designed to prepare graduate students to excel in non-academic careers? All you need is your WSU log-in to access information, including:

  • Discovering interesting career paths
  • Job listings appropriate for Ph.D.s
  • Networking with successful Ph.D.s nationwide

Sign in with your WSU network ID and Password HERE!

Cheeky Scientist Career Training Membership 

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI), a joint initiative of Graduate School and GPSA, has formed a partnership with Cheeky Scientist to provide the STEM PhD’s and post-docs with the opportunity to build the necessary skills to pursue a career in Industry.

As part of the partnership, a limited number of spaces is being offered to the Cheeky Scientist Association online training platform.

***Student memberships are full for the Fall 2018 semester. If you are interested in a membership for the Spring 2019 semester please fill out the form HERE! If you have any questions about these memberships, please contact the Professional Development Graduate Assistant at 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 87,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. They are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. They offer on-campus workshopsprofessional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.

WSU already has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. To access your institutional sub-account membership please click here to fill in your information.

Grammarly @EDU Student Membership

At WSU, we are committed to helping you develop the professional skills necessary to pursue your dream career. As such, we are delighted to announce a partnership with Grammarly @EDU to provide students and postdocs online writing assistance and plagiarism tools to encourage polished grammar, better overall wordsmithing, and a professional writing style. The PDI is offering 100 FREE memberships to the Grammarly @EDU online platform.

The Professor is In

Karen Kelsky is the Founder and President of The Professor Is In, which provides advice and consulting services on the academic job search and all elements of the academic and post-academic career. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to Ph.D. professionalization, and is a weekly columnist at Chronicle Vitae.