Professional development

Out of the classroom and into the world

The Graduate School promotes career exploration and provides a range of professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars preparing for the future with a diverse set of interests and professional goals. 

Our Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminar series covers a range of topics that are of interest to trainees including abstract writing, job search skills, poster presentation skills, and career opportunities. This annual series is organized by nationally recognized core competencies, and provides opportunities for micro-credentialing to highlight skills and experiences that can be less visible on transcripts and standard job applications.

To provide critical support and experience to students exploring careers both within and beyond academia, we have established partnerships with faculty, university departments, alumni and employers to develop transformative experiences that create meaningful connections for our students and postdoctoral trainees. A number of training programs and resources exsit to support professional development for students and postdoctoral scholars including Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST), reBUILDetroit, the Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship program, along with mentoring resources and learning communities. Select fellowships and scholarships from the Graduate School include additional professional development and mentoring support.

Check our calendar often for upcoming seminars and professional development opportunities.

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