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Professional Development Week

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Graduate Student Professional Development Week

Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26, 2021
Make time for your professional development!

Join us for a series of events dedicated to helping you succeed in grad school and beyond. 

Every day at noon.

These workshops start at noon, do not require registration, and will be available through Zoom at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace and do not require registration.

Data Analysis with Excel (Monday, 2/22)

Learn how to use Excel to perform basic data analysis, including wrangling, cleaning, and visualization. In this hands-on workshop, participants will follow along in Excel using a provided dataset on their own devices. All are welcome, but those comfortable with data analytics tools and methods in general or Excel, in particular, may benefit from a more advanced workshop.

Inclusive and Accessible Communication (Tuesday, 2/23)

Learn tools, tips, and strategies to make your presentations/communication more inclusive and accessible to individuals with disabilities. Participants will gain a greater awareness of visible/non-visible disabilities (i.e., autism, ADHD, learning disabilities), typical accommodations, and a better understanding of using accessible technology during events (i.e., blind, low-vision, deaf, hard of hearing).

Talking About Your Research (Wednesday, 2/24)

Whether it's for a job interview, a grant proposal, or a chat with family, you need to be able to communicate your research to different people in different contexts. In this workshop, you'll learn strategies for talking about your work effectively with various audiences and watch examples of skilled presenters at work.

Writing Your First CV (Thursday, 2/25)

We will cover the basics of preparing an effective CV, such as what sections to include and how to format the document to highlight your experience. Whether this is your first time creating an academic CV in grad school or you're looking to refresh your current CV, this workshop is right for you!

Data Analysis with Python (Friday, 2/26)

Use Python to perform basic data analysis, including wrangling, cleaning, and visualization. In this hands-on workshop, participants will follow along in Python using a provided dataset on their own devices. We'll use Google Colab as our Python environment; Colab comes as part of Drive, so there’s no need to download special software. You are welcome to use whatever environment you’d like. All are welcome, but those comfortable with data analytics tools and methods in general or Python, in particular, may benefit from a more advanced workshop.

Graduate Student Leaders Gathering

Friday, February 26, 1-5 pm

Are you a student leader? Join discussions with peers and alumni who have taken on leadership roles and learn how to put the grit-growth mindset into action at this special event. Registration is now open. Sign up here!

Event Schedule 

  • Welcome and peer-to-peer problem-solving (1-2 p.m.)
  • Panel discussion with current/alumni graduate student leaders (2-3 p.m.)
  • Grit and Growth Mindset session (3-4:30 p.m.)
  • Personal reflection and goal setting (4:30-5 p.m.)

See details including session descriptions and speaker bios.

Attend the entire virtual event or drop in when you can.

 

If you require any disability related accommodations to participate in this workshop more fully, please email gradsuccess@Illinois.edu