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. The Spring 2016 GES sessions are listed below!  Check DuckSync for details on this semester’s workshops.

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 (*). 

Spring 2016 Graduate Enrichment Series sessions:


Google Master
This session will show you how to discover the valuable resources available through Google's lesser-known research tools.
Wednesday, 2/3, 2-3 pm, Library 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. 
Monday, 2/8, 2-3 pm, Fielding


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, 2/9, 11 am- 12 pm, Fielding


This workshop will cover the basics of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. We will discuss the structure of PubMed, how to select and combine search terms to develop an effective search strategy, filtering search results and finding full-text and exporting citations into citation management programs. Recommended for anyone researching health sciences, medicine or biomedical engineering.
Wednesday, 2/10, 2-3 pm, Library 204


Professional Presentations
Learn ways to improve your presentation skills. Topics include: creating effective PowerPoints, coping with anxiety, improving delivery, eye contact, and developing poise.
Thursday, 2/11, 2-3 pm, Babbio 541B


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.
Tuesday, 2/16, 11 am-12 pm, Fielding


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, 2/18, 2-3 pm, Babbio 541B


Work Authorization for International Students
International students who want an internships are strongly encouraged to attend!  A representative from ISSS will be discussing CPT and OPT.        
Tuesday, 2/23, 11 am- 12 pm, Bissinger


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, 2/24, 2-3 pm, 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, 2/25, 2-3 pm, Babbio 541B


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.
Tuesday, 3/1, 11 am- 12 pm, Fielding


Creating Poster Presentations
Learn how to create an effective poster.  Topics include: poster contents; use of images; alignment; organization; and more.
Thursday, 3/3, 2-3 pm, Babbio 541B



Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Formatting & Submission Workshop
For graduate and doctoral students working on a thesis or dissertation, this workshop will provide details about formatting & submission requirements.
Wednesday, 3/9, 2-3 pm, 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.
Tuesday, 3/15, 11 am- 12 pm, Fielding


How to be a Good Intern
Learn helpful tips about office etiquette and advice on how to make a good impression with your co-workers.
Tuesday, 3/15, 2-3 pm, Fielding


Open Access Basics
Open access research is available to all without a subscription, and is growing in every discipline. Learn what open access means and where to find material you can use during your time at Stevens and beyond.
Wednesday, 3/16, 2-3 pm, 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.
Tuesday, 3/29, 11 am- 12 pm, Fielding


Dining Etiquette
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, 4/6, 11:30-1:30 pm, Fielding


Advanced Interviewing
Practice how to answer behavioral based interviewing questions that focuses on job-related experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities.
Tuesday, 4/12, 11 am- 12 pm, Fielding


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, 4/19, 11 am-12 pm, Fielding


Graduate Student 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.
Tuesday, 4/26, 11 am-12 pm, Fielding