The Fall 2017 Professional Development Series is listed below. If you have questions or suggestions for future professional development events, please email grads@vt.edu.

Navigating Graduate School: Setting Achievable Educational Goals
Wednesday, October 11, 4:00-5:15pm, GLC Room B  (Please note the date/location has changed for this session)
Professor Jennifer Sano-Franchini will guide a small group of students in developing achievable educational goals. Students will learn to express why they have chosen their current profession, how they plan to be successful in graduate school, and ultimately plan for a successful future beyond. Participants will be learn how to express their strengths and weaknesses through writing, and finish the session knowing a bit more about themselves. Register here.

Dining Etiquette
Wednesday, October 18, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful tips, and a pizza meal during which you can network with graduate students.   Sign-up here.

Working in International Contexts: What Do I Need to Know?
Monday, October 23, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning what you need to know to work abroad or in international/diverse contexts, with international colleagues and populations?  The panel presenters will discuss intercultural communication, their experiences of conducting research and working abroad, and how students can learn to be open to different ways of working in the world. Register here.  

Using Body Language to Communicate Your Research
Tuesday, October 24, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Room F
The way you communicate your research and work is just as important as the information itself. This session will cover basic tips and strategies for learning open and clear body language that supports, not distracts from, communicating your research. Register here.

Professionalize Your Writing
Thursday, October 26, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
You need to promote your groundbreaking research and innovative ideas, so come to this session to learn topnotch writing. Students will be guided through specific practices you can immediately apply to your current and future projects. Whether you are aiming for publication or preparing your thesis/dissertation, this workshop will provide strategies and resources to help you elevate your writing and meet your goals. You can expect to take away information to improve your manuscript's language, sentence-level structure, and clarity.  Registration is now closed for this event.

Mentoring: What Do I Need to Know?
Tuesday, November 7, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
Are you a student looking for a mentor? Or do you already have one, but you have trouble communicating what you need?  Or are you a faculty member who wants to learn about being more approachable to advising and mentoring students?  Our panel of faculty and staff members will discuss their experiences with mentoring, and tips for making the mentorship process better. Sign-up here.

Writing An Abstract
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Academic abstracts are not only a vital part of getting involved in conferences and journals, but also offer you an opportunity to describe and explain your work to broader audiences. At this writing workshop, we will explore the purpose, components, and organizational structure of academic abstracts. This workshop is best suited for students who are interested in composing an abstract about a current research project. If you would like detailed feedback on your writing, please bring a short draft of your research statement and your abstract to the workshop. Register here.

Mingle Like You Mean It
Tuesday, November 14, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your mingling skills at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. Sign-up here.