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. 

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. For more information on how to request your Co-Curricular Transcript, look at the final page of this document: Graduate_Enrichment_Series_Brochure_Fall_2013

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 asterick (*). 

 

Adjusting to Life in the U.S.*
Wednesday, January 15 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501 

This session will aim to help those students who have moved to United States to attend graduate school.  We will provide information about what to expect when adjusting to a new culture and tips to make the adjustment an easier process.

Introduction to Library Resources at Samuel C. Williams Library

Thursday, January 23 at 2:00 pm in the Library 
An introduction to the tools and resources of Samuel C. Williams Library, digital and in print, and how you can use them in your academic research at Stevens and beyond.

Understanding American Classroom Culture
Monday, January 27 at 3:00 pm in Fielding Room

This presentation helps international students navigate the American classroom and class-related situations.  

Introduction to the Office of Career Development
Tuesday, January 28 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Career Development offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to assist graduate students to further their goals in their chosen career paths.

Rethink Your Next Talk: Presentation and Slide Deck Design*
Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

This dynamic workshop will teach you to transform your slide decks from boring bullet points to beautiful visuals helping you enhance your next presentation. Kevin O'Connell, founder of The Niche Movement, will share resources, tips and advice to not only create powerful slides but how to be a better presenter no matter the setting. 

Brainstorming*
Wednesday, January 30 at 12:30 pm in Altorfer 501 

Are you having trouble getting started writing essays, reports and theses?  Are you suffering from writer’s block?  Do you leave your assignments until the last minute and then not do your best work?  This workshop will help you avoid these problems.  You will be introduced to practical strategies you will use over and over.

Civics - POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW DAY - New Date: Monday, April 21 
Monday, February 3 at 3:00 in Fielding Room 

How does American government operate?  Why is voting and civic engagement so important in the United States? These questions will be answered and discussed as Prof. Wharton leads a seminar on the importance of US citizen participation and American politics.  

Resume and Cover Letter Writing for the Graduate Student
Tuesday, February 4 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Review standard American resume writing practices and discuss ways of maximizing your academic and industry experiences for future employment.  

Discover Your Graduate/Doctoral Swagger...Getting Ph(inshe)D and Beyond!* - POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW DAY - New Date: Wednesday, April 16
Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

This workshop explores key strategies for the timely completion of graduate/doctoral degrees and topics include, the road to graduation, conducting research, breaking down the potential barrier with your Committee, demystifying the dissertation defense and avoiding Writer’s Block. Each participant leaves with a “Doctoral Swag Score,” practical tips for a successful career search, and a e-zip folder filled with a wealth of resources essential for personal/professional development (bring your laptop/flashdrive). 

Academic Integrity at Stevens
Thursday, February 6 at 2:00 pm in the Library 

Stevens students, graduate and undergraduate, are held to a very high standard regarding academic integrity. However, while undergraduate students have the Stevens Honor Board, graduate students are part of a different academic structure. Therefore, it is important for graduate students to know what is expected of them and the repercussions of plagiarizing the work of others. This session will discuss what plagiarism is, why Stevens is so strongly against it, and what can happen should a graduate student be accused of plagiarizing. 

Campus Recreation 
Thursday, February 6 at 2:00 pm in the Schaefer Center Conference Room 
Find out what Campus Recreation has to offer. Learn about our Outdoor Adventure Trips, Club Sports, Intramurals, Special Events, Wellness Programs & the Fitness Center. Also receive a tour of our Athletic Facilities!

FWB: Friends With Benefits
Monday, February 10 at 3:00 in Fielding Room 
No emotions, just sex. College-age people are increasingly choosing to "hook up" or be in a "friends with benefits"(FWB) relationship. Come learn what FWB is all about! This presentation will explore the gender differences in individuals who engage in FWB relationships.

Business Communications
Tuesday, February 11 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

How you communicate your thoughts is as important as the message you are trying to get across. Learn essential skills for effective e-mails, cover letters, online job applications, voice messages, phone conversations and face-to-face meetings. 

Public Speaking/ Giving Oral Reports I*
Wednesday, February 12 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

Speaking in public makes almost everyone nervous.  It seems so easy, and yet many smart people just freeze up.  This workshop will offer specific tips on how to cope with nerves as well as the basics of giving excellent presentations including capturing and keeping your audience, and presenting technical material to lay audiences.

Dress for Success
Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Learn the importance of proper dress code as it relates to interviewing and business situations. Information is shared about the difference between business attire and business casual attire. 

Healthy Relationships*
Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

The purpose of this session will be to explore what makes relationships healthy. Specific areas that will be talked about will be communication, conflict resolution and how to balance time together with being a busy student.

Citation Management Software
Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 pm in the Library 

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.

Prepare for the Career Fair 
Tuesday, February 25 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Learn how to effectively navigate a career fair. We will discuss the steps to take before, during and after the career fair to make it a successful event in your career search. 

Applying for Fellowships
Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

This presentation offers strategies for writing effective fellowship applications.

Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Training
Monday, March 3 at 3:00 in Fielding Room 

Students will learn the 4 basic elements of IP, e.g., patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and how they can be used to protect their inventions/innovations.  The process for pursing patent protections will be discussed and key elements of the Stevens IP policies.

Journal Submission Process 
Thursday, March 6 at 2:00 pm in the Library 

While each journal does things somewhat differently, the overall submission process for an academic journal is fairly standard, and it can be useful when thinking about or working on an article for such a journal to know what is expected of you and what you can expect from the journal. This session will discuss the process of being published, including peer reviewing and your rights as an author.

Healthy Eating Habits
Monday, March 17 at 3:00 in Fielding Room 
Jenna Stock, Registered Dietitian from the ShopRite of Hoboken will lead this interactive workshop to teach you how to create a balanced meal and why they are important. 

Work Authorization for International Students
Tuesday, March 18 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

International students who want an internship for Summer 2014 are strongly encouraged to attend! The International Students & Scholars video describing CPT and OPT will be presented.

Surviving the Thesis or Dissertation*
Wednesday, March 19 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

You’re a graduate student.  You have to write a piece of original research.  It’s the longest document you’ve ever had to write.  The work seems to get bigger and bigger, and you are afraid you just can’t face it.  This workshop addresses how to make this task manageable.

Issues in Scholarly Communication 
Thursday, March 20 at 2:00 pm in the Library 

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.

Etiquette
Monday, March 24 at 12:00 in Fielding Room -- Please Note: Time changed from 3:00 pm

What are American manners and mores?  You'll get to know some of the basic table etiquette and social customs at this interactive seminar led by Prof. Wharton.  

Job and Internship Search Strategies
Tuesday, March 25 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

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, internships and community service opportunities, resources to utilize during the search.

Achieving School/Life Balance*
Wednesday, March 26 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

Graduate school can be overwhelming and all consuming. This session will to explore how to keep life balances between work and play.

Some Ethical Challenges of Emerging Technology
Monday, March 31 at 3:00 pm in Fielding Room

Can the leading ethicists of the past offer guidance on how to solve the ethical challenges of 21st century technology?  A discussion of some new ethical challenges.

Professional Networking
Tuesday, April 1 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Understand the importance of networking for professional career pursuits. Determine who is in your career network. Identify appropriate questions to ask. 

Dissertation 101: So you think you want to do a PhD?*
Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

Students contemplating the PhD are often daunted by the dissertation, even if they have written a master’s thesis.  After all, the dissertation is a significant piece of original research.  This workshop presents the basic parts of the dissertation and strategies for getting started.

Using Altmetrics in Citation Tracking 
Thursday, April 3 at 2:00 pm in the Library 

"Altmetrics" is the term given to the new means of tracking citations through technology like Twitter and online communities. This session will go over what altmetrics are, where you can find them, and how you can use them in tracking your impact as an author.

Calling All Candidates: Introduction to Phone & On-Site Interviews
Tuesday, April 8 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

The purpose of this workshop is to help students communicate their skills and interests to potential employers. Learn about the different types of interviews, interview settings, and how to answer common interview questions in addition to what to bring with you and what prospective employers are looking for during an interview. 

Relaxation Techniques/Managing Stress* 
Wednesday, April 9 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501

Come learn some relaxation techniques and how to manage your stress better. We will be practicing some of the relaxation techniques in the session.

Interdisciplinary Study
Monday, April 14 at 3:00 pm in Fielding Room 

Most of the pressing technological problems facing society today are of an interdisciplinary nature and, accordingly, Stevens encourages interdisciplinary education and research. This seminar is intended to review some of the "hot" interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary efforts.

Advanced Interviewing
Tuesday, April 15 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Practice how to answer behavioral based interviewing questions that focus on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that are job-related.

Discover Your Graduate/Doctoral Swagger...Getting Ph(inshe)D and Beyond!* - Rescheduled from February 5
Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 pm in Altorfer 501
This workshop explores key strategies for the timely completion of graduate/doctoral degrees and topics include, the road to graduation, conducting research, breaking down the potential barrier with your Committee, demystifying the dissertation defense and avoiding Writer’s Block. Each participant leaves with a “Doctoral Swag Score,” practical tips for a successful career search, and a e-zip folder filled with a wealth of resources essential for personal/professional development (bring your laptop/flashdrive). 

Business & Company Research 
Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 pm in the Library 

Looking for a job or just for information? Come learn how to find out more about the companies and industries you're interested in so you can approach the application process with confidence.

Civics - Rescheduled from February 3
Monday, April 21 at 3:00 in Fielding Room 
How does American government operate?  Why is voting and civic engagement so important in the United States? These questions will be answered and discussed as Prof. Wharton leads a seminar on the importance of US citizen participation and American politics.  

You got the job!...Now what?
Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 pm in Fielding Room 

Your on-the-job actions are critical for success, and a key indicator of 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. 

How can I request my Co-Curricular Transcript?

  1. Log into your Duck Sync account
  2. Hover over 'My Tools' along the top toolbar and select 'Involvement'
  3. Select the 'Manage Involvement' button. On the resulting page, you are provided a list of all your organization membership and activity entries.
  4. Under the 'Reports' column, you can choose what is displayed by toggling the green radio buttons on or off. 
  5. When you're happy with your visible entries, click 'Request Official Transcript' at the top of the page.
  6. You will then be prompted to enter your email address. 
  7. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email notification with a copy of your Co-Curricular Transcript