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Professional Development Initiative

October 2018

Resources available for International Students at WSU

October 19 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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The Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association and the Professional Development Initiative Present:   RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT WSU   The purpose of this seminar is to inform international students about the resources available for them at WSU. We will make particular emphasis on resources for English as second language (ESL), visa related information, and tax management. This workshop will provide participants key tools for having a successful experience as graduate and professional students. Some of the…

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November 2018

Learning to thrive, not just survive: Developing resiliency in grad school- Tricities Campus

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
TBSL 104, 2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: LEARNING TO THRIVE, NOT JUST SURVIVE: DEVELOPING RESILIENCY IN GRAD SCHOOL  Tri-Cities Campus Anna Whitehall, Clinical Assistant Professor 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…

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Writing Lock In

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

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING LOCK IN   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. Important notes: If you work best while listening to…

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February 2019

Hacking the Academic Job Market with Dr. Karen Kelsky

February 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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The Professional Development Initiative Presents: Hacking the Academic Job Market with Dr. Karen Kelsky   In this three hour talk with Q and A, I 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. We’ll cover: The big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market How to think like a search committee The four core qualities of a successful tenure…

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2

February 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: DATA LITERACY: BUSTING MYTHS OF BIG DATA PART 2 Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics In this workshop we 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…

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March 2019

Stress Relief and Mindfulness

March 6, 2019
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: STRESS RELIEF AND MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP   Presentation by: Dr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering 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…

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How a University Works

March 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: HOW A UNIVERSITY WORKS Dan Bernardo, Provost and Executive Vice President At times, graduate students and post-docs can find themselves somewhat insulated from the greater university in which they work and study.   As a result, they can experience challenges navigating the university bureaucracy when they encounter a problem or if they move on to permanent employment at another higher education institution.  This presentation and discussion will provide participants an inside look at how a university functions,…

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Writing Lock In

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

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING LOCK IN   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. Important notes: If you work best while listening to…

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