New Year, New Professional Development Opportunities!

With the new year comes a multitude of resolutions, and our new year’s resolution here at the Graduate School is to provide a semester full of professional development opportunities specifically tailored for graduate students! We’ve teamed up with Addlestone Library and the Center for Student Learning to offer an even bigger variety of workshops for 2015. The workshops will address the unique needs of graduate students and will explore topics that will provide current students with valuable knowledge and strategies to maximize their degree or certificate in the future. Here are just a few of the events that we have lined up for the semester (star denotes that the event is part of Graduate Education Week):

Finding the Motivation to Write                                                      

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Time: Noon-1pm

Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Facilitator: Melissa Thomas, Center for Student Learning

In the workshop, participants will explore and share their current writing practices and be given practical writing and revision strategies. The latter half of the workshop will focus on developing a plan for approaching comprehensive exams or the dissertation (depending on the student’s current needs). Such a plan will help students develop goals, ask questions, and address writing strengths and limitations to successfully complete their degrees. This workshop is better suited for students who are working on their dissertations or preparing for comprehensive exams.


Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching                                                      

Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Date: February 4 and 5

Time: 3-4pm and noon-1

Facilitator: James Williams, Associate Dean

As more and more scholarship and teaching involves digital resources and digital communications, copyright issues have become more important, and more contentious, than ever before.  This forum will examine some of the basic principles of copyright law and discuss how they apply to research and teaching.  We will discuss the parameters of the elusive “fair use” privilege and the lawsuits against higher education institutions that it has spawned.  We will also consider the issue of intellectual property ownership for scholars and how that ownership can best be managed to serve the interests of the scholar and of the academic community in general.


Graduate School Boot Camp *                                                                                        

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015

Location: Stern Center 205

Time: 5-7pm

Facilitators: Cicely McCray and Susan Hallatt

The UCSC Graduate School Boot Camp is designed to provide prospective students (juniors and seniors) with the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in graduate-level academic programs. Boot camp sessions will dig deep into personal statements, rigor of graduate school, GRE/GMAT, social media, letters of recommendation and application processes.


Graduate School: Tips for Graduate School and the Working Professional *                   

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Time: 4:00 pm

Facilitator: Melissa Thomas, Center for Student Learning

You’ve been a newly minted graduate student for few months and wonder where all your time went? If this sounds like your experience, join Melissa Thomas for discussion about time management and stress buster tips for first-year graduate students.


Resume Workshop: Operation Employment *                                              

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Location: Career Center

Time: noon-1pm

Facilitator: Linda Robinson

Description: Coming Soon


Digital Humanities and Careers                                                                                               

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Time: 3-4pm

Facilitator: Brad Blankenmeyer ’14

Description: While the digital humanities (DH) are not a quick fix for humanities scholars looking for careers beyond the tenure track, DH does offer methods to help scholars bridge academic and public interests, ultimately making them more marketable for a wide range of career paths. This workshop will discuss the different areas of DH and showcase methods for using DH to build competencies to broaden career paths. This workshop is designed for graduate students in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and other fields with an interest in DH methods and scholarship, such as Education, Communications, and Computer Science.

Literature Reviews: Unveiling the Mysterious                                                           

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Time: Noon-1pm

Facilitator: Melissa Thomas, Center for Student Learning

Description: Coming Soon


In addition to these targeted workshops, the Center for Student Learning and Addlestone Library will be hosting Study Skills Workshops and a Digital Scholarship Series this semester. All Study Skills Workshops will be held on Mondays at 4:00 pm and the Digital Scholarship events will be on Thursdays at 3:00 pm. All events will be in Addlestone Library Room 120. Click the link below to check out the calendar of events and for more details or visit the Center for Student Learning’s website!

Study Skills Workshops & Digital Scholarship Series Spring 2015 Schedule


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