February 15, 2018: Future Focus: New Professional Development Events and Funding Opportunities

Dear Dietrich School Graduate Students,

Our professional development and diversity programming is designed to enhance your academic training and prepare you for success in your chosen field, whether you are considering working in academia, government, business, or for nonprofit organizations. Employers across sectors are looking for job candidates who have engaged with topics affecting the modern workplace. Students who have developed a global perspective, mastered the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, and engaged thoughtfully with issues of diversity and inclusion will be well prepared to excel in their careers.

This spring, the Dietrich School’s Office of Graduate Studies will be organizing two workshops aimed at countering microaggression and bias as well as holding our annual 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition. For details, please scroll down.

A friendly reminder that proposals for the Graduate Student Professional Development Challenge are due March 1, 2018.

In addition, the A&S GSO and the University’s Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development will be offering programming to help graduate students gain competencies as they explore career options. For more information about these programs, please visit our Future Focus Series webpage.

We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to broaden and strengthen the skills you are already developing with your coursework, research, and teaching.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please drop me a line.

Best wishes,


Holger Hoock
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2018

Professional Development and Diversity & Inclusion Events and Opportunities

A Campus of Difference
Anti-Bias Workshop
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. The anti-bias session will introduce participants to concepts and language that assist us in understanding what bias is and how it affects us. 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.

The Graduate Student Professional Development Challenge: Proposals due March 1, 2018

This pilot program is intended to support student-designed and student-led projects that will contribute to the professional development of graduate students. This is an opportunity for you to take the lead on a project, to implement it and assess its impact, and thus also to develop leadership skills. All current graduate students across disciplines are eligible to apply. Individuals and groups of no more than three students from one or from across several programs can submit a proposal. Each proposal must focus on a specific professional development need related to success in graduate school and beyond. For additional information, please see the Dietrich School’s Office of Graduate Studies Future Focus Series webpage.

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition

April 6, 2018
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning, Room 232

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. For more information, please visit the Dietrich School’s Office of Graduate Studies Future Focus Series webpage.