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
When and where are Graduate Enrichment Series sessions held?
Session times and locations depend on the day of the week.
Mondays - S.C. Williams Library
Tuesdays - Bissinger Room (Howe Center - 4th Floor) or Fielding Room (Howe Center - 3rd Floor)
Wednesdays - Babbio Center room 304
Career Masters: Introduction to the Office of Career Development
September 3 @ 3:30 in Bissinger
Career Development offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to assist graduate students to further their goals in their chosen career paths
Career Masters: Dress for Success
September 10 @ 3:30 in Bissinger
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.
Career Masters: Business Communications
September 17 @ 3:30 in Bissinger
How you communicate your thoughts is as important as the message you are trying to get across.
Adjusting to Graduate School & Life in the U.S.A.
September 18 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
This session will aim to help those students who have moved to the 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 process easier.
Starting Your Research at Samuel C. Williams Library
September 23 @ 12:00 in the Library
An introduction to the tools and resources of Samuel C. Williams Library and how you can use them in your academic research at Stevens and beyond.
September 25 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
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.
Academic Integrity at Stevens
September 30 @ 12:00 in the Library
A discussion of plagiarism: what it is, why Stevens is so strongly against it, and how to avoid it.
Career Masters: Work Authorization for International Students
October 1 @ 3:30 in Bissinger
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.
Stress, Stress & More Stress: How to relax during a crazy semester
October 2 @ 1:00 Babbio 304
Come learn about how to manage your stress and anxiety when feeling overwhelmed with academic stress during a busy semester
Writing an Academic Paper #1: The Academic Publication Process
October 7 @ 12:00 in the Library
The first in Writing an Academic Paper, a series devoted to the various aspects of writing papers meant for professional journals and conferences as well as your graduate classes. Here we'll cover the academic publication process, and how you can approach a paper with an eye toward packaging it for the publications you're aiming for.
Career Masters: Resume and Cover Letter Writing for the Graduate Students
October 8 @ 3:30 in Fielding
Review standard American resume writing practices and discuss ways of maximizing your academic and industry experiences for future employment.
Public Speaking/Giving Oral Reports I
October 9 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
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.
Afternoon Tea: Civic Engagement
October 11 @ 1:00 in Hayden Lounge
Enjoy a spot of tea and refreshments while Michael Berthel speaks about civic engagement.This workshop is designed to help students become knowledgeable and engaged citizens. Students will be empowered to examine the value of community service and the role that it plays in engaging social problems. The workshop will challenge students to have a dialogue about service and civic engagement and how both contribute to your educational experience.
Career Masters: Job and Internship Search Strategies
October 15 @ 3:30 in Bissinger
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.
American Ways: Customs, Culture, & Social Behaviors
October 16 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
We will discuss social gatherings, proxemics, communication, values, and culture to help you understand what Americans typically expect in interpersonal interactions.
Writing an Academic Paper #2: Brainstorming the Research Question
October 21 @ 12:00 in the Library
Whether you're writing for your professor or a professional journal, we'll discuss how to find and refine a research question using concept mapping, keyword searching, and other tricks.
Career Masters: Building Relationships That Count Through Networking
October 22 @ 3:30 in Fielding
Understand the importance of networking for professional career pursuits. Determine who is in your career network. Identify appropriate questions to ask.
Public Speaking II: Successful Professional Slide Shows
October 23 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
You've mastered your nerves. You've considered your audience's needs. You've written up your talk. But how will you use your slides to make the biggest impact on your audience? This workshop explores professional slide shows including the use of images, text, charts and graphs.
Career Masters: Resume and Cover Letter Writing for the Graduate Students
October 29 Oct 3:30 in Fielding
This workshop will address slide design, slide content, capturing and keeping your audience, presenting technical material to lay audiences.
Surviving the Thesis or Dissertation
October 30 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
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.
Writing an Academic Paper #3: The Literature Review
November 4 @ 12:00 in the Library
Once you have your idea, what's the next step? Literature reviews are an important part of both the research process and the writing process. We'll cover why they're important as well as how to do them - how to assemble a collection of pertinent references and formulate those references into a narrative showing why your work is unique and important.
Career Masters: Calling All Candidates: Introduction to Phone & On-Site Interviewing
November 5 @ 3:30 in Fielding
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.
Dissertation 101: So you think you want to do a PhD? Then you'll need to write a dissertation
November 6 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
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.
Writing an Academic Paper #4: Creating a Bibliography
November 11 @ 12:00 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.
Career Masters: Advanced Interviewing
November 12 @ 3:30 in Fielding
Practice how to answer behavioral based interviewing questions that focuses on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that are job related.
November 18 @ 12:00 in the Library
Our last session of the semester will be an in-depth demonstration of one of the most popular databases here at Stevens by a representative of the company who will be able to answer your questions and reveal new insights.
Career Masters: You got the job!....Now What?
November 19 @ 3:30 in Fielding
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.
Depression & the Blues: How to know which is which by Dr. Michelle Shepherd Combs
November 20 @ 1:00 in Babbio 304
We all experience sad days and happy days. It is a part of being human. But what happens if you have more sad days then happy days? Does this mean you are depressed? Come this workshop and learn about the difference between depression and everyday blues.