Professional development

The WSU Graduate School hosts a wide variety of events that consult experts to share their insights and prompt discussions on trends and issues within graduate education and beyond. Prospects, students, and staff will gain insight in how to advance their careers, achieve work-life balance, and develop lasting professional relationships. 

Upcoming events

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3MT Preparation

Led by former 3MT champion Nisansala Muthunayake, attendees will learn how to present their research in three minutes or less.

Virtual
Research best practices
Career development
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Practical applications of statistics

This special half-day event will focus on the practical application of statistics, applicable to all students and faculty across disciplines.

Virtual
Career development
Research best practices
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Presenting research to the public

With the Graduate Research Symposium quickly approaching, graduate student researchers must know how to condense years of research into a succinct presentation. Associate Professor of Psychology Emily Grekin will share best practices for presenting research in 10 minutes or less.

Virtual
Research best practices
Career development
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Finding common ground in disagreements

Learn how to find common ground in areas of fundamental disagreement - and how to quickly move forward together.

Virtual
Interpersonal relationships
Health and wellness
Graduate School Dean Amanda Bryant-Friedrich

Meet the Graduate School Dean

Meet Dean Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, network with students across discipline, and get your questions answered about all things graduate school at Tony V's in Midtown.

In-person
Career development
Interpersonal relationships
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Mentorship planning 101

A well-structured training plan can dramatically increase the effectiveness of mentoring activities. Learn how to plan out their meetings with mentees and set the proper goals for both sides of the mentor-mentee relationship.

Virtual
Career development
Interpersonal relationships
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Stress management: Achieving life balance

Maintaining a clear mind and balancing life, school, and work is important during the end of term as finals approach. Learn simple tricks and tips to keep a steady life balance and finish the semester strong.

Virtual
Health and wellness
Career development

Past events

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Role of unions in the workplace

Mike Ilitch School of Business Professor Marick Masters will lead an overview of unions and their role in the workplace today.

Virtual
Career development
Interpersonal relationships
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Stress Management: Achieving Life Balance

Learn simple tricks and tips to maintaining a steady life balance and optimizing your academic performance.

Virtual
Health and wellness
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Building a Strong Credit History

Learn the essential elements of building a positive credit score through various everyday activities, as well as the myths and truths about building credit.

Virtual
Financial literacy
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Fall Graduate School Open House

Learn more about pursuing a graduate degree at Wayne State University.

In-person
Career development
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Taking advantage of innovation and entrepreneurship resources on campus

Did you know that Wayne State has its own Office of Business Innovation & Technology Commercialization? Executive Director Lindsay Klee will provide an overview of offerings with a particular emphasis on student innovation and entrepreneurship resources.

Virtual
Career development
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Meet the Dean

Meet Dean Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, network with students across discipline, and get your questions answered about all things graduate school at Common Pub Detroit.

In-person
Career development
Interpersonal relationships
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Graduate School Information Session

Learn more about advancing your education and career at Wayne State University.

Virtual
Career development
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Choosing the Best Health Insurance Plan for You

Terms like HMO, PPO, out-of-pocket expenses and premiums will be explained. You will learn background information on the United States health care system and alternatives to employer-sponsored health insurance.

Virtual
Health and wellness
Financial literacy
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How to Be a Great Mentor

Hear an overview and best practices for mentorship, including what the role of a mentor should be and the advice that mentees often seek. Plus, you will learn the boundaries that should be observed in any mentoring relationship.

Virtual
Interpersonal relationships
Career development
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Restorative Inclusive Excellence: Improving and Repairing Relationships

How can we make diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts more intentional and impactful?

Virtual
Career development
Interpersonal relationships