Professional Development

"Goooool" by Raul Lieberwirth | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tues., Sept. 8, 2015

When you’re working on fellowship applications, it's good to know the key players who will help you develop an outstanding application that's worthy of funding.
a rock climber
"Climbing" by Cristian Bortes | CC BY 2.0

Tues., April 14, 2015; by Grace Troupe

Graduate school comes with a new set of rules. Learn how to navigate the terrain, meet expectations, and excel as a graduate student.
stacked pencils
"Arrows" by Wunkai | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., March 31, 2015

The challenge of creating a good research poster: including what your readers need to know - without overwhelming them with unnecessary information.
Graduate students present at the Spring Research Fair
photo of 2014 Graduate Research Fair by UNL University Communications

Tues., March 17, 2015; by Elisha Hall

When you’re looking for conferences where you can present, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start and what pitfalls to avoid. Here's how to get started.
a marathon runner checks her watch
"Female Time Checker 1" by Anthony Catalano | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., March 10, 2015

Making progress on your big writing projects is like running a marathon—finishing well takes strategy and stamina. Set writing goals help you pace yourself and finish well.
Recommended edits on an article draft
"2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 18" by Nic McPhee | CC BY-SA 2.0

Tues., Feb. 17, 2015; by Adrian Lara

You’re guaranteed a large amount of writing during grad school, including class project reports, conference papers, journal articles, and funding proposals. Here's an introduction to getting started.
Podium at a conference
"Speaking to an Empty Room" by Brian Herzog | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., Nov. 18, 2014 by Debalin Sarangi

Conferences are the best way for Grad Ambassador Debalin Sarangi to showcase his research. They’re also a great tool for him to keep research on the front burner.
A young entrepreneur selling lemonade on a hot day
A young entrepreneur" by rachaelvoorhees

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

An entrepreneurial mindset will help you as you embark on your career—whether you want to work in a non-profit, in industry, or in academia. If you take charge of your career while in graduate school, you'll dictate your course, not the other way around.

It’s the end of the semester, and you’re wrapping up the class you’re TAing. Just a few more classes, and your students will hand in their final assignments and take their final exam.

William Strunk and E.B. White promote the use of specific, definite, and concrete language over the general, vague, and abstract. Academic prose doesn’t need to be general, vague, or abstract. With a little practice and a good editorial eye, you can engage your reader with added detail.