Graduate Center Spring 2020 Programs List Now Available

Submitted on January 29, 2020

Spring 2020 Graduate Center Events (PDF copy available for download)

Full details and additional professional development opportunities can be found on our website: Please direct questions to or call 520-621-0580.

Writing Efficiency Sessions, Graduate Center Room 4, weekly January 21 through May 1

Attend all or part of a session. The first two hours of each session consist of timed writing sprints with short breaks followed by a short discussion aimed at helping you improve your writing productivity. The last hour is unstructured writing time. New to Spring 2020, writing consultants will be available for consultation throughout the entire session. Learn more and register at

  • Tuesdays from 2 PM to 5 PM
  • Fridays from 9 AM to 12 PM

ABD to PhD Writing Workshops, every 4th Wednesday, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, in-person and Zoom

A participatory workshop series focused on dissertation writing. Learn more and register at

  • Literature Review 2.0: Synthesizing Information

January 22, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Graduate Center and online via Zoom

  • Sentence Fluency

February 26, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Graduate Center and online via Zoom

  • Writing In-Depth Analysis to Support your Research

March 25, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Graduate Center and online via Zoom

“Fighting Feeling like a Fraud: An Interactive Workshop to Combat Impostor Syndrome” February 21, 9 AM to 11 AM, ENR2 S215, in-person and Zoom.

With Dr. Laura Hunter and Dr. Mika Galilee-Belfer

This workshop will provide an overview of Impostor Syndrome, common thoughts associated with the phenomenon, and examples of how it impacts careers. Strategies will be offered to overcome imposter anxiety, and there will be time for discussion among participants. Register online at

“Preparing for Faculty Job Applications” Brown Bag Discussion Series, Tuesdays, 12 PM

A participatory workshop series focused on the academic job market. Learn more and register at

  • January 27: Paving Pathways Beyond PhD: Academia and Higher Education (Zoom)
  • February 3: Developing your Teaching and Research Statements
  • February 10: Writing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
  • February 17: Preparing for the Academic Job Interview
  • March 2: Creating ePortfolios and an Online Presence
  • March 23: Application Materials Review Session

Career Forward Sprint: Beyond the Academy

For graduate students and postdoctoral scholars currently in or about to enter an internship or job search, this fully online (D2L) program teaches strategies to help you successfully navigate your career beyond the academy, while presenting your most professional self. The 1-month cohort experience covers: 1) career research and discovery, 2) building your network and your professional self, 3) developing your application materials, and 4) preparing for and practicing interviews. In typical sprint fashion, recommended daily tasks help ensure you keep moving forward! The inaugural cohort begins Monday, March 2, 2020, and ends March 27, 2020 (another cohort will begin Monday, April 6, 2020). The program is free, and space is limited. If you have questions or want to reserve your spot, please email Dr. Joel Muraco (

Grad Slam Presentation Competition (learn more and register at

  • Information sessions January through February 26, Graduate Center and on Zoom
    • January 23, 9 AM to 10 AM
    • February 19, 4 PM to 5 PM
    • February 24, 12 PM to 1 PM
  • February 26, 2019: Registration Deadline
  • April 1 and 2: Preliminary Rounds, Student Union
  • April 9: Semifinal Rounds, Student Union Kiva Auditorium
  • April 16, Final Round, Student Union South Ballroom

Grad Slam Public Speaking Workshops

Open to all students regardless of competition participation. Learn more and register at Provided in-person and via Zoom.

  • Intro to the Message Box and focusing on defining the Audience and one’s Topic
    • January 27: 5 PM – 6 PM
    • January 30: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Communicating the Problem and Answering the “So What” Question
    • Feb 3: 5 PM to 6 PM (Zoom only)
    • Feb. 6: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Communicating Benefits and Solutions to Your Audience
    • Feb 10: 5 PM to 6 PM
    • Feb 13: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Crafting a memorable message
    • Feb 17: 5 PM to 6 PM
    • Feb 20: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Visual Design Considerations
    • Feb 24: 5 PM to 6 PM
    • Feb 27: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Presenting with Confidence and through Body Language and Vocal Variety
    • March 2: 5 PM to 6 PM
    • March 5: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Presentation Run-Throughs and Feedback
    • March 23: 5 PM to 6:30 PM
    • March 26: 12 PM to 1:30 PM

Engaging Students in Learning Through Interactive Teaching-- featuring UArizona Master Teachers, March 18, Student Union Kachina Lounge, 3 PM to 5:30 PM, in-person only

Register online at:

 “Communication Skills That Make a Difference” with Jack Harris, April 8, BIO5, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, in-person only

This workshop is for people who want to communicate more effectively, build better relationships, and learn practical skills they can apply to everyday, real-life situations. Register at

AAUW Start Smart Workshops on Establishing Salary Goals and Effective Negotiation

A set of workshops that help attendees understand the impact of the gender pay gap, establish salary goals, and effectively interview for and negotiate a job offer. More information coming soon.

Promoted Events

Campus partners’ professional development events that the Graduate Center promotes

  • All Office for Responsible Conduct of Research RCR Workshops
  • All Writing Skills Improvement Program Workshops
  • All Campus Connections Workshops
  • Writing Skills Improvement Program Graduate Writing Circles
  • Office for Fellowships and Community Engagement Application Support Programs
  • Student Engagement and Career Development opportunities and programs
  • Alumni Career Lab events open to graduate students
  • Maximize Your Research Impact (UArizona Libraries)
  • Center for University Education Scholarship (CUES) graduate student-related opportunities
  • UArizona Research Bazaar (created by UArizona Libraries, CyVerse, and collection of postdocs) – Hacky Hour and PhTea scholarly exchange and networking events
  • GPSC Socials
  • GPSC Student Showcase
  • Cultural Center events for graduate students
  • Hack Arizona