Future Focus Workshop Series

The Future Focus series offers workshops on topics supporting students' professional and academic development.

Future Focus Events 2018-19

Writing Effective Fellowship Applications
October 1, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Humanities Center, 6th floor of the Cathedral of Learning
A panel of faculty from previous Mellow Fellowship selections committees will discuss:

  • fellowships that are available to Pitt students
  • qualification criteria, including discipline, stage in career, etc. 
  • deadlines and application components 
  • the selection process
  • tips on preparing a great application

How to Write a Diversity Statement
December 4, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Humanities Center, 6th floor of the Cathedral of Learning

Mary Zaborskis and Alaina Roberts, inaugural Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows, will guide graduate students through the elements of creating a strong diversity statement when applying for jobs.

A Campus of Difference: Anti-bias Workshop-CANCELED
February 20, 2019
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Martin Colloquium Center, Sennott Square 4127

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. The anti-bias session will introduce participants to concepts and language that assist us in understanding what bias is and how it affects us. 

Please RSVP at the following link: A Campus of Difference: Anti-bias Workshop

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Information Session
February 25, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Humanities Center, 6th floor of the Cathedral of Learning

Dean Tara Meyer will answer any questions students have about the upcoming Dietrich School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

A Campus of Difference: Microaggression Workshop
March 6, 2019
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Martin Colloquium Center, Sennott Square 4127 

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. The 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.

Please RSVP at the following link: A Campus of Difference: Microaggression Workshop

Dietrich School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
March 22, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Posvar Hall WWPH1500

The 3MT gives students valuable practice in explaining their research to a nonspecialist audience. Dietrich School PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation and its significance. Departments will hold preliminary competitions. Competitors will be judged on comprehension, content, engagement, and communication. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each division. The overall winner of the competition will receive an additional $1,000. Participants must be admitted to candidacy to be eligible.

Strategies and Resources for Intenational Travel
April 17, 2019
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Martin Colloquium Center, Sennott Square 4127 

Many of you travel as part of your time at Pitt — to international conferences, for study abroad, 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 the Strategies and Resources for International Travel workshop. The University of Pittsburgh 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 traveler, this session will offer valuable advice about resources for a safer, healthier, and more successful time abroad.

Past Events

Dietrich School Future Focus Series 2017-18

Dietrich School Professional Development Workshops 2016-17

Dietrich School Professional Development Workshops 2015-16

Dietrich School Professional Development Workshops 2014-15

Dietrich School Professional Development Workshops 2013-14