Future Focus Series

The Graduate Studies Office hosts regular events that support the professional and career development of graduate students. Recent sessions have addressed, e.g.,

  • Building Your Own Individual Development Plan
  • Writing Effective Fellowship Applications
  • Academic Job Interviews
  • Author Rights & the Publication Process
  • Resources for Graduate Students as Parents

Spring 2018 Events

Introduction to Professional Development: Seminars for Doctoral Students (Sponsored by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development)

Seminars for 1st and 2nd Year Doctoral Students
February 15 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
S100 Starzl BST

February 20 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
First Floor of the O'Hara Student Center

Seminar for Advanced Doctoral Students
February 28 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
First Floor of the O'Hara Student Center

These seminars are designed to be a call to action for doctoral students to take ownership of their career planning and professional development in the same way they are responsible for their scholarly development. The seminars highlight the importance of early career planning and professional development to all career options, including careers in academia. Engaging in career planning and professional development early in one’s doctoral studies will provide Pitt graduates a competitive advantage when they are ready to enter the workforce, regardless of their career path.

A Campus of Difference

Anti-Bias Workshop

Wednesday, February 28
1:30–3:00 p.m., Martin Colloquium Center, Seminar Room 4127, Sennott Square
To register, use the following link: Anti-bias Workshop

Microaggression Workshop
March 12
3:00–4:30 p.m., Martin Colloquium Center, Seminar Room 4127, Sennott Square
To register, use the following link: Microaggression Workshop

The Dietrich School’s Office of Graduate Studies is partnering with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to offer two educational sessions for graduate students. “A Campus of Difference” is a curriculum developed by the Anti-Defamation League, whose mission it is to fight hate, build hope, and safeguard liberty. A microaggression workshop will enable participants to identify microaggressions, their impact on the recipient, and response strategies. The workshop will also explore ways to be an ally of marginalized groups. The anti-bias session will introduce participants to concepts and language that assist us in understanding what bias is and how it affects us. 

Diversity and Inclusion Resource Fair (Sponsored by the Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization Committee for Diversity & Inclusion)

February 28, 2018
12:00–4:00 p.m., William Pitt Union Ballroom

Graduate Student Professional Development Challenge

Proposal due March 1
Complementing programming developed by the University, School, and Departments, the Graduate Student Professional Development Challenge is a pilot program intended to support student-designed and student-led projects that will contribute to the professional development of graduate students. This is an opportunity for graduate students to take the lead on a project, to implement it and assess its impact, and thus also to develop leadership skills. Details can be found on the Graduate Student Professional Development Challenge Call for Proposals.


3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Information Session

March 13, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m., Martin Colloquium Room, Fourth Floor Sennott Square

Hear from previous participants and judges and bout they approached the 3MT competition. Bring your questions!

UCIS International Studies Fund (Sponsored by the University Center for International Studies)

Applications due March 15, 2018
The International Studies Fund (ISF) is intended to help students at the University of Pittsburgh conduct research on international issues or in international settings and/or with international collaborators. Full-time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh from all schools and campuses are eligible to submit a proposal, including international degree-seeking students. Visiting, non-degree, and post-doctoral students are not eligible to apply. For further information, please visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/isf.

Grad Expo

Friday, March 23
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fifth Floor of the William Pitt Union.
All-day event where Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences graduate students from a variety of disciplines present papers and posters to their fellow students, faculty, and other members of the Pitt community. Outstanding papers and posters will receive a $100 award towards expenses for attending a conference or for the purchase of research material. For more information, visit the 2018 Grad Expo webpage.

Three Minute Thesis

Friday, April 6
5:30-7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Learning, Room 232
The 3MT or Three Minute Thesis activity cultivates presentation and research communication skills in an engaging and entertaining way and prepares students for career success in any setting. The goal is for students to articulate the significance of their research to a non-specialist audience without using jargon and language unfamiliar to those outside their fields of study. To be elibable, students need to be admitted to candidacy. Preliminary competitions will be held by Dietrich School departments. Interested participants should contact their departments to find out when their departmental competition is taking place. For general information and examples of the 3MT presentations from around the world, please visit threeminutethesis.org.

3MT Resources

Strategies and Resources for International Travel

April 18, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 310 William Pitt Union
Many of you travel as part of your time in graduate programs at Pitt –– to international conferences, for study abroad periods, and for long-term research in the field or in archives overseas. In response to student requests, and partnering with Pitt Study Abroad/UCIS, the Dietrich School is pleased to offer this workshop. The university has many resources to help you prepare and plan for travel, as well as support services to ensure all goes well during your time abroad. This session will cover pre-travel preparation (including medical, legal, documentation, and technology), strategies for remaining healthy and safe while abroad, and who to contact within the university for advice and assistance should something go wrong. Whether you are traveling for the first time since arriving at Pitt, or are a seasoned research traveler, this session will offer valuable advice about using university and other free resources for a safer, healthier, and more successful time abroad.

Vanessa Sterling, Associate Director of Pitt Study Abroad: Vanessa has worked in Study Abroad for more than 10 years as a Program Manager, Assistant and Associate Director. Her portfolio includes risk management and preparation for students who decide to travel abroad while at Pitt. 

Tiffany Martin, Assistant Director of Pitt Study Abroad: Tiffany has spent the entirety of her career at Pitt Study Abroad, working from the Resource Area to her current post. She is primarily responsible for program development and the preparation of students who have not traveled abroad in the past.

The session is free. We request that you indicate your intention to attend so we can estimate numbers. Click here to RSVP.

Please check back here soon for further spring 2018 events.

Fall 2017 Events

Writing Effective Fellowship Applications: Friday, September 29th 2017

Writing Effective Fellowship Applications PowerPoint

Archive of Past Workshops

Dietrich School Professional Socialization Workshops 2013-14

Dietrich School Professional Socialization Workshops 2014-15

Dietrich School Professional Socialization Workshops 2015-16

Dietrich School Professional Socialization Workshops 2016-17