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_Fall2015

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 (*). 



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.
9/15/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger

Social Networking for Researchers
It is important for new and established scholars to take full advantage of the networking and collaborative opportunities provided by online social networks. We will discuss ResearchGate,, and other platforms and resources to help you curate your online presence.
9/16/2015 from 2 - 3 pm at Library 204

Resume Reviews
Bring your printed resume. Meet with a Career Counselor to learn tips on how to improve your resume. Pre-registration on The Career Center's website is required.
9/22/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger

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.
9/24/2015 from 2-3 pm at TBD

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.
9/30/2015 from 2 - 3 pm at Library 204



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.
10/1/2015 from Noon at Bissinger

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 e-mails, cover letters, online job applications, voice messages, phone conversations and face-to-face meetings.
10/6/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger

Google Master: Gain Research Power
This session will show you how to discover the valuable resources available through Google's lesser-known research tools.
10/7/2015 from 2 - 3 pm at 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.
10/8/2015 from 2-3 pm at A501

Marketing Yourself for Employment
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
10/13/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger

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.
10/15/2015 from 2-3 pm at Fielding

Formatting & Submission Workshop
For graduate and doctoral students working on a thesis or dissertation, this workshop will provide details about formatting & submission requirements.
10/21/2015 from 1 - 2 pm at Library 204

Copyright Workshop
How do you incorporate your previously published articles into your thesis? Who owns the copyright to your paper? These questions and more will be answered at this workshop. Useful for those in the middle of the writing process as well as those just setting out.
10/21/2015 from 2 - 3 pm at Library 204

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.
10/27/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger

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.
10/27/2015 from 1 - 2 pm at Fielding

Applying for Fellowships
Learn to write a successful fellowship application.  Topics covered: the search process, components of personal and research statements, common pitfalls.
10/29/2015 from 2-3 pm at A501



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.
11/4/2015 from 2 - 3 pm at Library 204

Creating Poster Presentations
Learn how to create an effective poster.  Topics include: poster contents; use of images; alignment; organization; and more.
11/5/2015 from 2-3 pm at A501

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.
11/10/2015 from 1 - 2 pm at Fielding

Advanced Interviewing
Practice how to answer behavioral based interviewing questions that focuses on job-related experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities.
11/17/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Fielding

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.
11/18/2015 from 2 - 3 pm at Library 204

Calling All Candidates: Introduction 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.
11/20/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger

Prepare for the December Career Fair
Learn how to effectively navigate a career fair, including: the steps to take before, during, and after the career fair to make it a successful event in your career search.
11/20/2015 from 12 pm or 2 pm at Fielding

Graduate Student CastlePointCareers (CPC) Orientation
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.
11/24/2015 from 11 am-12 pm at Bissinger