Resources

The Graduate Center serves as a hub for resources important to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

The University of Arizona offers a variety of resources to help students and postdoctoral fellows succeed in their endeavors. The Graduate Center has collected many of the campus-wide resources into one place to help maximize the time of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.These resources, in addition to the events found on the Graduate Center Calendar and the Graduate Center Videos, cover a variety of topics often sought out by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Click the links below to see the resources in each area. Postdoctoral scholars should also visit the UA's Postdoctoral Affairs website in addition to using the resources below.

Resource Areas:

 

General Resources

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The links below will take you to pages that cover some of what is located on this website, but will also have links to resources that fall outside the scope of the Graduate Center or do not fall into the major resource areas listed above.

Graduate College Resources page for New and Current Students

Graduate College Resources page for International Students

Graduate & Professional Student Council Resources page

GradSense.org - An online resource produced by the Council of Graduate Schools that provides financial literacy information and strategies for students pursuing graduate education.

UA Postdoctoral Affairs - A unit of the UA Research, Discovery, and Innovation, Postdoctoral Affairs supports postdoctoral scholars by providing career and professional development resources, fostering a sense of community and inclusion, and promoting excellence in research, discovery, and innovation across campus.

Professional Development

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MyGradSkills.ca – The UA Graduate College is partnering with McMaster University and the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Development to offer UA students and postdoctoral scholars access to the robust online professional development and career preparation resources of MyGradSkills.ca. Sign up for a free account using your UA email address to have access to online modules and downloadable resources on topics ranging from career development, communication, and entrepreneurship to research, mentoring, teaching, and learning.

Moving Through Your Career: From Graduate School to Postdoctoral Training to Employment (link to video of March 8, 2016 Presentation) - In this video lecture, Drs. Michael J. Zigmond and Beth Fischer, internationally acclaimed authorship and ethics gurus, present on strategies to help you select your advisor and your project, seeking the next position, preparing resumes and curriculum vitae, and negotiating. Download the corresponding presenation slides by clicking the following link: Fischer & Zigmond Moving Through Your Career presentation slides.

Communication

Video: Panel on Engaging Academic and Non-academic Audiences featuring Director of Communications Stephanie Balzer of the UA Foundation, Assistant Dean Bob Logan of the College of Science, and Vice Provost Tom Miller

Handouts from Sept. 26th Panel on Engaging Academic and Non-academic Audiences featuring Director of Communications Stephanie Balzer of the UA Foundation, Assistant Dean Bob Logan of the College of Science, and Vice Provost Tom Miller.

Effective Communication with Visual Design - Advice from experts in the Association of American University Data Exchange

Professionalism and Integrity

Integrity and Professionalism handout from Professor Jenny Hoit's workshop. Integrity & Professionalism: A Handout

Essay on 5 Professional Skills by Professor Karla Zepeda of Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne - This short essay posted on Inside Higher Ed covers several skills that all graduate students can cultivate.

Networking

UA Student Engagement and Career Development Networking Events and Workshops- Check out the SECD Events page for links to their webinars, workshops, and networking events. In collaboration with on campus partners, employers, and the Alumni Association, Career Services offers a variety of opportunities for you to not only learn how to network, but also to start building your network during your time at the UA and after you graduate.

The UA Dean of Students Office has several specialized cultural and resource centers on campus in which you can meet other students and faculty from across the UA and get involved

Online Training

UA Computer Based Training - Need to learn how to use a program for your work or studies? UA Computer Based Training website is a great place to start. Sign in using your NetId and password to access online training modules for software ranging from Windows products, Adobe, and more. For every course that you complete, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Virtual Training Company, a reputable online training service.

Job Search and Preparation

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MyGradSkills.ca – The UA Graduate College is partnering with McMaster University and the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Development to offer UA students and postdoctoral scholars access to the robust online professional development and career preparation resources of MyGradSkills.ca. Sign up for a free account using your UA email address to have access to online modules and downloadable resources on topics ranging from career development, communication, and entrepreneurship to research, mentoring, teaching, and learning.

PhD Career Presentations and handouts by Dr. Andrew Green of UC Berkeley - The Graduate College, Graduate and Professional Student Council, and Career Services (now part of Student Engagement and Career Development) hosted Dr. Green to speak to doctoral students about ways to be effective in preparing for the academic and nonacademic job market, interviewing and doing job talks, and more. Use your NetID and password to access the content. Videos of the seminars are available at https://arizona.box.com/v/GreenPhdCareerVideos and the related handouts are available at https://arizona.box.com/v/GreenPhdCareerHandouts.

UA Student Engagement and Career Development - Part of SECD's mission is to maximize career potential and opportunities for students and graduates through powerful networks, meaningful exploration, and transformative experiences. Here is a brief list of some of their main programs and resources that benefit graduate students and postdocs. For a full list of their resources, vist the Career Services Resources page.

  • Interviewing - Career Services publishes interview guidelines you can consult and has partnered with the UA Libraries to provide access to InterviewStream, an online interactive interviewing practice software that works with your computer and mobile devices to allow you the ability to practice for interviews anywhere.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Resume Writing - Career Services' 'A' Resume Guide is a great resource to use to find examples and ways to improve your resume and their Curriculum Vitae page provides a great overview of the purpose of a CV in addition to example CVs.
  • Career Exploration - Looking for information about jobs outside of academia? Visit the SECD Resources page and click the Career Exploration link for links to databases you can use to review different industries and positions.
  • UA Handshake - Handshake is the University's official job board and campus interviewing system. Find on-campus opportunities, internships, and full-time jobs for current UA students and alumni.
  • Career Fairs and other Events - Career Services hosts several on campus career fairs throughout the year in addition to networking events, informaiton sessions, and employer site visits. For all the events Career Services is hosting or working in partnership to put on, visit the SECD Events page.
  • Career Coaching - Career Coaches meet with students individually through scheduled sessions or during their drop-in hours, and can help with a variety of topics ranging from networking and the job search to building interviewing confidence and creating effective CVs and resumes.

How to Build Your Best Resume - UA News blog post featuring resume writing tips from UA Alumnus and professional resume writer, Geoff Coon

UA Careers - Interested in a career at the UA? UA Careers is the central job posting site for many UA positions, including both full-time and part-time positions.

Interview Meal Etiquette. An article recommended by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Gail Burd. Citation: Crawley, John. "The Etiquette Minefield of the Interview Meal." Vitae, the Online Career Hub for Higher Ed. Vitae.com, 9 Nov. 2015. Web. 12 Nov. 2015. <https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1191-the-etiquette-minefield-of-the-inte....

Writing and Publishing

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MyGradSkills.ca – The UA Graduate College is partnering with McMaster University and the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Development to offer UA students and postdoctoral scholars access to the robust online professional development and career preparation resources of MyGradSkills.ca. Sign up for a free account using your UA email address to have access to online modules and downloadable resources on topics ranging from career development, communication, and entrepreneurship to research, mentoring, teaching, and learning.

UA Libraries' For Graduate Students website - The University Libraries has a variety of resources to help with research, writing, and publishing. The For Graduate Students page packages much of the Library's tools and resources into one place to help you find what you need. The Thesis Support and Managing your Research tabs are particularly useful.

UA Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP) - The WSIP offers a wide variety of workshops and services to help you enhance your writing to the next level. Examples of their programs include tutoring, the Graduate Writing Institute, and Graduate Writing Groups.

UA Think Tank's Writing Center - The Think Tank's Writing Center is home to it's Graduate Writing Circles program, a peer to peer writing program that helps graduate students with publication, thesis, dissertation, and general writing. For more information about the Graduate Writing Circles program, email Chris Hamel-Brown at chamel@email.arizona.edu.

Writing Research Papers: From Idea to Publication (Video from March 9, 2016) - Drs. Michael J. Zigmond and Beth Fischer, internationally acclaimed authorship and ethics gurus, present ways to take your research idea and move it along to publication through effective strategies and communication. Download the corresponding presenation slides by clicking the following link: Writing Research Papers: From Idea to Publication.

How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal, a video presentation by Elseviers' Anthony Newman, PhD (hosted by the Cancer Biology Seminar Series 2/24/2015). Download Newman's slides

Video: Panel on Academic Writing and Publishing featuring Gender and Women's' Studies Professor Monica Casper, Dean of the James E Rogers College of Law, Marc Miller, and Molecular and Cellular Biology Professor Tricia Serio

UA SECD Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Resume Writing Resources - Career Services' 'A' Resume Guide is a great resource to use to find examples and ways to improve your resume and their Curriculum Vitae page provides a great overview of the purpose of a CV in addition to example CVs.

 

Research Resources

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MyGradSkills.ca – The UA Graduate College is partnering with McMaster University and the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Development to offer UA students and postdoctoral scholars access to the robust online professional development and career preparation resources of MyGradSkills.ca. Sign up for a free account using your UA email address to have access to online modules and downloadable resources on topics ranging from career development, communication, and entrepreneurship to research, mentoring, teaching, and learning.

UA Office for Research, Discovery, and Innovation – The central unit on campus that oversees the research mission of the University of Arizona.

UA Research Gateway – The UA Research Gateway has information on the development, administration, compliance, and research resources available to faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

UA Research Centers – The UA is home to many research centers. Whether you are looking for support or for data, this list will help you find potential partners and data sources.

UA Libraries Write & Cite Help page – The UA Libraries Write & Cite page is a great for accessing resources to help you improve research skills, find information faster through specific subject guides, and cite your information correctly.

UA Libraries Study Spaces & Computing – Sometimes what you need is space to meet, study, or write. Use the Study Spaces and Computing page to reserve the type of space you need.

UA Libraries Data Management Resources – Need information on how manage the data of your project effectively and within grant compliance? This page has the information to get you started, including online workshops.

UITS Research Computing – The University Information Technology Services Research Computing is for use by UA faculty, researchers, and students. They offer services for the computation of large data sets, data evaluation guidance, data visualization (including a 3D immersion room, AZ-LIVE), and free statistical consulting.

UA Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) - The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute is one of the many research support units on campus. SBSRI focuses on promoting research in the social and behavioral sciences through support for faculty and students. Resources include, but are not limited to, a dedicated funding database, local funding opportunities, online courses, and workshops.

UA BIO5 StatLab - StatLab can provide statistical expertise and computing resources, design studies which are statistically efficient and scientifically practical, conduct data analysis and interpret results, provide assistance with grant applications and preparation of manuscripts, develop new statistical methods to address emerging problems in science and medicine, and connect you with specialized statistical expertise. Statlab offers free consulting sessions in the fall to on campus researchers through the STAT 688 class.

UA Experts – Use UA Experts to find a mentor or potential collaborators within the UA and other institutions for your research or project. Be sure to create your own profile so people can connect to you too.

Office of for the Responsible Conduct of Research (ORCR) – ORCR oversees training programs to ensure the responsible and ethical conduct of research at the UA. This is the home for the Responsible Conduct of Research Program in which one can earn certificates needed to work on NSF, NIH, and NIFA grants as well as others.

Tech Launch Arizona – Tech Launch Arizona is committed to helping faculty, researchers, and students through bringing inventions of the UA from lab to the world. Tech Launch does this through cultivating relationships between researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Video: Panel on Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration featuring Neuroscience Professor John Hildebrand, School of Music Professor Emerita Paula Fan, and School of Natural Resources and the Environment Director and Professor Stuart Marsh

Teaching Resources

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Whether you’re pursuing a career in an educational or training setting, or just teaching as a means to pay your way through school, developing a strong teaching portfolio can help you to be a competitive job candidate. You can use your time as a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar to take advantage of the many teaching resources provided by the University of Arizona.

UA Certificate In College Teaching - The UA Office of Instruction and Assessment sponsors a certificate program in college-level teaching best practices. This 10-unit program consists of a series of courses that provide foundational information and help develop the competencies necessary to teach effectively in higher education. 

The program can be completed in 2 semesters (IA 697a is a prerequisite for IA 694a) and must be completed within 4 years. These courses can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in College Teaching Program and are eligible for Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR)  

UA Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) - In addition to the Certificate in College Teaching, the OIA offers a variety of services and programs to provide instructional support and development opportunities for those teaching on the UA campus.

  • A list of workshops and mini-courses on topics such as improving student writing and effective teaching methods for student engagement can be found at the Workshops and Classes page
  • The OIA Teaching Resources site offers a collection of quick guides and mini primers to help you think about and engage in teaching. Please log in with your UA NedID.
  • The Teaching with Technology page covers a variety of software, resources, and best practices for you to utilize technology for better learning outcomes.

Interactive Teaching Workshop (April 13, 2016) - This workshop and panel discussion, sponsored by the UA Graduate Center, featured five of the UA’s top teaching professors who shared insights on interactive teaching, and presented ways to implement interactive teaching techniques into one's teaching repertoire, regardless of classroom type. Panelists included Drs. Paul Blowers (Chemical and Environment), Albrecht Classen (German Studies), Lisa Elfring (Molecular and Cellular Biology), John Pollard (Chemistry and Biochemistry), and Edward Prather (Astronomy).

Mentoring

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UA Experts – Use UA Experts to find a mentor or potential collaborators within the UA. Be sure to create your own profile so people can connect to you too.

MyGradSkills.ca – The UA Graduate College is partnering with McMaster University and the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Development to offer UA students and postdoctoral scholars access to the robust online professional development and career preparation resources of MyGradSkills.ca. Sign up for a free account using your UA email address to have access to online modules and downloadable resources on topics ranging from career development, communication, and entrepreneurship to research, mentoring, teaching, and learning.

GradResources.org - Partners graduate students with current or recent graduate students in their field for online support.

How to Get the Mentoring You Need - This 44-page PDF from Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan has chapters including: What is mentoring and why is it important?; How to find a mentor; Challenges facing faculty; Establishing a mentor relationship; Your responsibilities as a mentee; What to do if problems arise; Changing advisors; From mentee to colleague. Although some information is specific to University of Michigan, it is a useful, in-depth guide to getting the mentoring you want and deserve.

University of Washington Mentoring Memos - University of Washington developed a series of memos on various aspects of mentoring at the graduate student level. The topics range from time management to teaching options and even building practical skills that can help student in any discipline.

Community Engagement

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University of Arizona Outreach and Extension – The University of Arizona is very active in the community. Check out this website to find quick links to outreach units within your college, unit, or center.

University Relations, Community Relations – Interested in connecting with a particular group, but don’t know the best contact? Contacting the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations is a great way to get started and to find out what organizations are requesting assistance from UA. Additionally, you can contact the specific Community Outreach unit to find ways to be involved in the UA Cares, UA4Food, and Cats in the Community initiatives.

Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) – GPSC is the representative body for graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona. Get involved with GPSC to work on graduate student issues and to develop a stronger connection to the University of Arizona.

Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement (OFCE) – The OFCE houses the Peace Corps Coverdell Program and is a wealth of information for finding contacts with local nonprofit groups in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

VolunteerUA - A program of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, VolunteerUA helps students find volunteer opportunities in the community. In particular, the VolunteerUA's Volunteer Match service can help students find opportunities and connect with organizations in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

United Way Volunteer Center – The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona maintains a clearinghouse website for volunteer opportunities in the Tucson and Southern Arizona region. Simply search the database to find what you are looking for.

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits – A statewide organization of, by, and for Arizona nonprofit groups. This is a great resource to learn more about the issues facing nonprofit organizations in Arizona. The site also has a job board and hosts a resources page that can help you be more effective in the community.

Lead Local – Founded by former UA student Brooke McDonald and former UA faculty member Robin Breault, Lead Local’s mission is to empower people to lean, grow, innovate, and lead as local and global citizens. Lead Local has runs several programs, all of which promote collaborative, hands-on projects with positive community impact. Two programs, Micro-Mentor and Career Cafe, are easy ways to get involved with the Lead Local and make a positive impact in the community.

InvolveUA – InvolveUA is the main page for recognized clubs at the University of Arizona, and is hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Club Resource Center. Clubs are open to undergraduate students and graduate students. One can search the database of clubs by keyword, category, and more.

The UA Dean of Students Office has several specialized cultural and resource centers on campus in which you can get involved with around specific issues.

Funding Sources and Preparation

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GradSense.org - An online resource produced by the Council of Graduate Schools that provides financial literacy information and strategies for students pursuing graduate education.

Graduate College Funding page – This is the landing page for the Graduate College’s information on a variety of funding and financial information including the central Graduate Assistants and Associateships page.

Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement (OFCE) – The OFCE, a unit of the Graduate College, helps graduate students identify and apply for grants, fellowships and other external sources of funding, in addition to application advice and workshops on a variety of topics. They are also the home of the GradFunding Newsletter. Be sure to sign up!

GPSC Grants and Awards – The Graduate & Professional Student Council offers funding to help graduate students with travel, research and projects, club funding, and professional development activities.

GPSC Employment Page - Interested in working for the Graduate & Professional Student Council as director or staff member? This site is where you can view any of the open positions.

UA Handshake - Handshake is the University's official job board and campus interviewing system. Find on-campus opportunities, internships, and full-time jobs for current UA students and alumni.

UA Careers - Interested in a career at the UA? UA Careers is the central job posting site for many UA positions, including both full-time and part-time positions.

UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Funding Opportunities – The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry serves as a campus-wide research institute dedicated to creative inquiry across all disciplines. Graduate students can apply for the Confluencenter’s Graduate Fellowship and Director’s Discretionary Fund.

UA Institute of the Environment Student Funding – The Institute of the Environment offers a variety of funding opportunities including the Carson Scholars Program, the CLIMAS Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program, the Renewable Energy Network (REN) Arizona Energy Policy Initiative, REN Future Energy Leaders Summer Fellowship Program, and Graduate Student Travel Awards.

UA Research, Discovery, and Innovation Student Opportunities page – The Office of Research and Discovery (ORD) through its Research Gateway website offers a plethora of information on funding opportunities. The Internal Funding page contains a list of fellowships that students can apply for, and the External funding page shares information on useful databases graduate students can use to find funding.

UA Scholarship Universe – Scholarship Universe is a UA initiative to help students find both UA and external scholarships. Scholarship Universe search for, find, and vet thousands of scholarships. UA students are matched to opportunities available in the system throughout the year.

UA College of Science Graduate Scholarships – The College of Science maintains a list of twenty-six scholarships for graduate students studying in a variety of fields. Check out the list for more information about the opportunities and to contact the coordinators of each scholarship.

UA Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) - The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute is one of the many research support units on campus. SBSRI focuses on promoting research in the social and behavioral sciences through support for faculty and students. Resources include, but are not limited to, a dedicated funding database, local funding opportunities, online courses, and workshops.

UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Scholarships list – SBS maintains a list of scholarships, some of which are available to graduate students, online. All SBS scholarships utilize Scholarship Universe for the application process. Additionally, the page has links to pages for funding opportunities by department.

Tech Launch Arizona Internships and Fellowships - Tech Launch Arizona offers several opportunities for funding and experience for students interested in the entrepreneurial process and commercialization of UA faculty and student research.

Financial Tools

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TCI Foundation's 50-20-30 Budget Spreadsheet - A basic financial tool to provide the data needed to make all your financial decisions.

Last updated 11 Aug 2017