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The Graduate School Professional Development Program provides a full range of training opportunities and resources to graduate students. Through our programming, we prepare students for career success as innovative future leaders. It is our mission to ensure students have the skills they need to succeed professionally as well as academically.

Our program provides the key skills that all graduate students need before completing their degree with foundational skills in: communication, academic development (scholarship, teaching & mentorship), leadership & professionalism, and career development.

Opportunities offered will include a focus on teaching skills, leadership, financial literacy, finding funding, communication, and skills for the job market. Consider attending the Etiquette Luncheon, one of our Dissertation Boot Camps, and workshops facilitated by nationally known speakers in professional development.

See the Events link for calendar and registrations.

The goal of the Leadership Development Scholars Program is to provide graduate and professional students with authentic experiences that will help build their leadership skills. The main focus of this opportunity is to have students develop a specific project that will contribute to the professional development of their peers.  Funded proposals for 2014-2015 will be announced soon.

Feedback from past LDSP Scholars:

“This program gives you the support necessary to take an idea you have for improving graduate students’ skills and implementing that idea…provides you with transferable skills”

“It is a valuable experience to highlight when interviewing for jobs and networking with potential employers, as it showcases a variety of skills as well as demonstrates leadership capabilities”
Past scholars selected and project descriptions 2013-2014

Contact Us

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development, at (919) 962-2505 or