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_Enrichment_Series_Fall_2014

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 asterick (*). 


Introduction to the Office of Career Development 
Career Development offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to assist graduate students to further their goals in their chosen career paths.    
Tuesday, September 2 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

Resume and Cover Letter Writing for the Graduate Student     
Review standard American resume writing practices and discuss ways of maximizing your academic and industry experiences for future employment.    
Tuesday, September 9 ALL DAY in Bissinger Room

Professional Presentations    
Learn ways to improve your presentation skills.  Topics include: creating effective PowerPoints, coping with anxiety, improving delivery and eye contact, and developing poise.
Thursday, September 11 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

Resume Reviews    
Bring your printed resume. Meet with a Career Counselor to learn tips on how to improve your resume.    
Tuesday, September 16 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

Researching with Google    
This session will show you how to discover the valuable resources available through Google's lesser-known research tools.    
Wednesday, September 24 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Library Training Room 204

Achieving School Life Balance
Achieving a healthy school life balance and effectively balancing various roles in graduate school can be a challenging process. This presentation will include a combination of: defining balance, learning the signs of imbalance, as well as introducing strategies that students can incorporate into their schedules.
Thursday, September 25 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

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 information about CPT and OPT.    
Tuesday, September 30 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Bissinger Room


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, October 2 from 2:00-3:00 pm Altorfer Room 501

Business Communications    
How you communicate is as important as the content of 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.    
Tuesday, October 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

Citation Management Tools    
This session will cover the citation tools available to you (Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote) and how to make sure that your bibliography accurately reflects the work that went into it. 
Wednesday, October 8 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Library Training Room 204

Dress for Success and Professional Networking    
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. Understand the importance of networking for professional career pursuits. Determine who is in your network and identify appropriate questions to ask.    
Tuesday, October 14 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

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, October 16 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

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, internships and community service opportunities, resources to utilize during the search.    
Tuesday, October 21 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

Issues in 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, October 22 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Library Training Room 204

Procrastination 101
We all procrastinate, especially when we are faced with an unpleasant task.   This presentation will focus on understanding procrastination triggers and introducing strategies for reducing procrastination behaviors.   
Thursday, October 23 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

Calling All Candidates: Intro to Phone and On-Site Interviews    
The purpose of this workshop is to help students communicate their skills and interests to potential employers. Different types of interview, interview settings, and learn how to answer popular interview questions. Learn what to bring and what prospective employers are looking for during an interview.    
Tuesday, October 28 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

Healthy Eating - MyPlate    
This interactive workshop will teach you how to create a balanced meal and why they are important.     
Wednesday, October 29 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

Applying for Fellowships    
Learn to write a successful fellowship application.  Topics covered: the search process, components of personal and research statements, common pitfalls.    
Thursday, October 30 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501


Advanced Interviewing 
Practice how to answer behavioral based interviewing questions that focuses on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that are job related.    
Tuesday, November 4 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

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, November 5 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Library Training Room 204

Creating Poster Presentations    
Learn how to create an effective poster.  Topics include: poster contents; use of images; alignment; organization; and more.    
Thursday, November 6 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

Prepare for the December Career Fair
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. 
Tuesday, November 11 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

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, November 12 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Library Training Room 204

Career Prep    
This workshop is mandatory to gain access to CastlePointCareers, Career Development's online job listing and campus recruiting system. Your step-by-step guide to conducting a successful job/internship search through the Office of Career Development.     
Tuesday, November 18 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Bissinger Room

Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Workshop    
For all students working on a thesis or dissertation, this workshop will provide details about formatting & submission requirements.    
Wednesday, November 19 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Library Training Room 204


Intellectual Property Awareness
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.
Wednesday, December 3 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501

It's Winter Break, Now What!?
You made it through the semester and winter break is around the corner.  What is next for you?  Time off from school can elicit a range of thoughts and feelings for students, regardless of whether you are going “home” or staying on campus.   Come discuss your expectations for winter break and explore how you can work towards maximizing your experience.       
Thursday, December 4 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Altorfer Room 501