Student Life & Support → Professional Development
Workshops and Seminars
UF Professional Development Workshops help graduate students gain information, insights, and skills they can use in academia and the job market. Each fall and spring semester, this series of mentoring workshops covers topics like effective time management and research strategies, preparing for examinations and final defenses, getting manuscripts published, and obtaining student grants.
Fall 2015 opportunities include:
Grants & Fellowship Conference
The annual Grants & Fellowship Conference is a great way to learn about all of the funding opportunities available to you, no matter what department you are in. Presentations during the conference cover funding through the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation and a variety of others in STEM fields as well as arts and humanities.
Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)
The Graduate Student Advisory Council was the driving force of the I-Cubed Program during its implementation at UF, and it is now housed within the graduate school. GSAC’s purpose is to help prioritize students’ interests and needs, as well as facilitate effective communication between graduate students, faculty advisors and university administrators. This student-run organization is open to all graduate students, and everyone is welcome to attend a meeting.
GSAC also contributes to the running of:
Graduate Student Research Day
Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) is an annual poster presentation event featuring research from graduate students in all disciplines. GSRD is unique in that it invites participants from all departments, thereby creating an exceptional professional development opportunity for UF students. Students are challenged to present their research to faculty and peers both from within and outside of their field of study. GSRD has also featured workshops in the past featuring preeminent hires and guest speakers.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. It challenges graduate students to make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The competition helps students develop academic, presentation and research communication skills and the capacity to explain their research to a non-academic audience.
Graduate Student Mentoring Award
The Graduate Student Mentoring Award has been established to recognize graduate students at the University of Florida who take time to help others succeed as graduate or undergraduate students, or in K-12 classrooms. The award is particularly designed to acknowledge the mentoring contribution from graduate students in STEM disciplines, including social, behavioral and economic sciences.