Graduate Student Affairs

Graduate Enrichment Series


What is the Graduate Enrichment Series?

The Graduate Enrichment Series is a certificate program that offers weekly opportunities for students to grow both personally and professionally. These sessions are available to all graduate students at no additional charge and are led by faculty and staff from numerous departments and offices around campus and cover a wide variety of topics. Click here to see this semester's offerings: Graduate_Spring2015

Why should I participate in the Graduate Enrichment Series?

Participating in the Graduate Enrichment Series provides opportunities for individual growth and development. Additionally, students who attend a minimum of 15 sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the academic year and may request a Co-Curricular Transcript detailing the sessions that they attended. 

What is a Co-Curricular Transcript?

The Co-Curricular Transcript is a verified record of student's involvement used to document experiences gained outside the classroom. The Co-Curricular Transcript can be used to increase a student's marketability to prospective employers and graduate schools, provide speaking points for job interviews, and to showcase leadership experience. The Co-Curricular Transcript is a verifiable university document that bears the Institute's seal. 

To request your Co-Curricular Transcript, log into your Duck Sync account and follow the instructions below:

  1. When logged into your DuckSync account, click on your name at the top right corner of the page.
  2. On the pop-up menu that appears from the right hand side of the screen, click “Involvement”.
  3. On the “Involvement History” page, you can see a record of all activities in which you have been involved.
  4. On the right hand side of the page, click the “Request Official Transcript” button.
  5. Your request will be sent to an administrator for approval.
  6. You will receive a notification once your request has been approved. 

Are Graduate Enrichment Series sessions available online?

A select group of GES sessions will be made available online. Those sessions are indicated below with an asterisk (*). 

JANUARY

Introduction to the Office of Career Development
Career Development offers a variety of services, program, and resources to assist graduate students to further their goals in their chosen career paths.
Tuesday, 1/27/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Google Master: Gain Research Power
This session will show you how to discover the valuable resources available through Google's lesser-known research tools.
Wednesday, 1/28/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 209

Achieving School Life Balance
Achieving a healthy school life balance and effectively juggling various roles in graduate school can be a challenging process. This presentation will focus on: defining balance, learning the signs of imbalance, as well as introducing strategies promoting balance.
Thursday, 1/29/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Toastmasters: Speechcraft
Learn to develop your presentation skills.  Experienced presenters explain the fundamentals of public speaking in a relaxed atmosphere.  Through participation you will be become a more confident speaker.
Thursday, 1/29/2015 at 7:30 PM in Skyline room, Howe Center

 

FEBRUARY

Resume Writing for the Graduate Student
Review standard American resume writing practices and discuss ways of maximizing your academic and industry experience for future employment.
Tuesday, 2/3/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Creating Professional Presentations
Learn ways to create an effective Power Point presentation. Topics include: common mistakes to avoid; use of color, fonts, and graphics; slide organization; and more.
Thursday, 2/5/2015 at 2-3 PM in  in Altorfer 501

Toastmasters: Speechcraft
Learn to develop your presentation skills.  Experienced presenters explain the fundamentals of public speaking in a relaxed atmosphere.  Through participation you will be become a more confident speaker.
Thursday, 2/5/2015 at 7:30 PM in Skyline room, Howe Center

Resume Reviews
Bring your printed resume. Meet with a Career Counselor to learn tips on how to improve your resume. Pre-Registration is required.
Tuesday, 2/10/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Citation Management Tools
Your bibliography begins as soon as you've cited an article, and assembling it is an ongoing part of your writing process. This session will cover the citation tools available to you, and how to make sure that your bibliography accurately reflects the work that went into it.
Wednesday, 2/11/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 204

Delivering Professional Presentations
Learn ways to improve your presentation delivery skills. Topics include: coping with anxiety; improving delivery and eye contact; and developing poise.
Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

What is counseling?
This presentation will focus on dispelling common myths and exploring expectations related to the counseling process.
Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 4-5 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Communicate the Right Message to Employers
How you communicate is as important as the content of the message you are trying to get across.  Learn essential skills for effective emails, cover letter, online job applications, voice messages, phone conversations, and face-to-face meetings.
Tuesday, 2/17/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Grad Student Thesis/Dissertation Workshop
For all students working on a thesis or dissertation, this workshop will provide details about formatting & submission requirements.
Wednesday, 2/18/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 204

Preparing to Publish
Learn how to poise yourself for successful publication. Topics include: Preparing to publish, selecting a journal, dealing with rejection, and revising for resubmission.
Thursday, 2/19/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Toastmasters: Speechcraft
Learn to develop your presentation skills.  Experienced presenters explain the fundamentals of public speaking in a relaxed atmosphere.  Through participation you will be become a more confident speaker.
Thursday, 2/19/2015 at 7:30 PM in Skyline room, Howe Center

Work Authorization for International Students
International students who want an internship for Summer 2015 are strongly encouraged to attend!  A representative from ISSS will be discussing CPT and OPT.
Tuesday, 2/24/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Dining Etiquette and Table Manners: The Art of the Business Meal
Negotiating the minefield of place settings, table manners, and difficult foods while trying to hold a conversation can be stressful and challenging, but in our competitive, global business environment, polished dining skills are a must! This two-hour class will prepare you to dine with anyone, anywhere in the world.
Wednesday, 2/25/2015 at 12:00 PM in Bissinger, Howe Center

Technical Writing
Learn the do’s and don’ts of technical writing. Topics include: the three C’s of technical writing, and seamless integration of tables, charts and figures.
Thursday, 2/26/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Toastmasters: Speechcraft
Learn to develop your presentation skills.  Experienced presenters explain the fundamentals of public speaking in a relaxed atmosphere.  Through participation you will be become a more confident speaker.
Thursday, 2/26/2015 at 7:30 PM in Skyline room, Howe Center

 

MARCH

Healthy Eating
This interactive workshop will teach you how to create a balanced meal and why they are important.
Thursday, 3/5/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Toastmasters: Speechcraft
Learn to develop your presentation skills.  Experienced presenters explain the fundamentals of public speaking in a relaxed atmosphere.  Through participation you will be become a more confident speaker.
Thursday, 3/5/2015 at 7:30 PM in Skyline room, Howe Center

Marketing Yourself for Employment
Learn the importance of a proper dress code as it relates to interviewing and business situations. Information is shared about the difference between business attire and business casual.  Understand the importance of networking for professional career pursuits.  Determine who is in your network and identify appropriate questions to ask.
Tuesday, 3/10/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Open Access and Scholarly Communication
Scholarly communication refers to the many ways scholars communicate with each other, which include articles, conferences, blogs, Twitter, and much more. We'll discuss the latest news in scholarly publishing, open access, and other current events in the area of scholarly communication.
Wednesday, 3/11/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 204

Applying for Fellowships
Learn to write a successful fellowship application.  Topics covered: the search process, components of personal and research statements, common pitfalls.
Thursday, 3/12/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Toastmasters: Speechcraft
Learn to develop your presentation skills.  Experienced presenters explain the fundamentals of public speaking in a relaxed atmosphere.  Through participation you will be become a more confident speaker.
Thursday, 3/12/2015 at 7:30 PM in Skyline room, Howe Center

Job and Internship Search Strategies
It takes time and effort to find a job, so it is essential to strategize and learn about available resources.  Learn how to search for jobs, and internship opportunities and resources to utilize during the search.
Tuesday, 3/24/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Image Searching and Citation
A research paper, presentation or poster looks extra special with nice graphics and photos. Luckily, the Internet has a plethora of images to save and use. But beware, visual media like words, carry copyright protections, sometimes specific instructions on use, and need to be cited. This workshop will introduce you to tools to find images on the Internet that are safe to use and how to cite them in your research.
Wednesday, 3/25/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 204

Academic Integrity at Stevens
Learn about what academic integrity, honesty and responsibility mean at and how they play integral roles in academic pursuits and scholarship.
Thursday, 3/26/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Calling All Candidates: Intro to Phone & On-Site Interviews
The purpose of this workshop is to help students communicate their skills and interests to potential employers.  Different types of interviews and how to answer popular interview questions will be presented.  Learn what to bring and what prospective employers are looking for during an interview.
Tuesday, 3/31/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding

 

 

 

APRIL

Creating Poster Presentations
Learn how to create an effective poster.  Topics include: poster contents; use of images; alignment; organization; and more.
Thursday, 4/2/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Advanced Interviewing
Practice how to answer behavorial based interviewing questions that focuses on job-related experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities.
Tuesday, 4/7/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Literature Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies
This session will discuss how to assemble a comprehensive collection of pertinent references and how to turn those references into a clear narrative showing why your work is unique and important.
Wednesday, 4/8/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 204

You got the job!...Now what?
Your on-the-job actions are critical for success, and a key indicator for your promotion potential.  Graduate students who had summer internships will teach you what to expect-and what is expected of you-as a new hire and how to be a standout performer in the workplace.
Tuesday, 4/14/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

What’s Your Impact: Citation Tracking
Your impact as a scholar is partly reflected in the effect your work has on others, as observed through citations. This session will discuss the traditional methods to track how others are citing you through databases as well as "altmetrics," which measure impact in social media.
Wednesday, 4/15/2015 at 3-4 PM in Library 204

Graduate Career Development Orientation
This workshop is mandatory to gain access to CastlePointCareers, Career Development's online job lisintg and campus recruiting system.  Your step-by-step guide to conducting a successful job/internship search through the Office of Career Development.
Tuesday, 4/21/2015 at 2:30 PM in Fielding room, Howe Center

Leading from any position
This workshop will discuss proven strategies for creating change on campus or in your organization from every position.  Learn how to lead on campus or in your new job if you're not in charge.  Also learn what to do if you are in charge, but there are mountains of red tape in your way.
Thursday, 4/23/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501

Assertiveness 101
This presentation will focus on identifying characteristics of assertive communication, as well as introducing strategies for assertive expression.
Thursday, 4/30/2015 at 2-3 PM in Altorfer 501