Professional Development Calendar


February 21:  A Guide to Networking and a Positive Social Media Presence

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 116 ABC
604 Bartholomew Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Networking is the single most effective way to gain knowledge about careers and create job opportunities. Skilled and proactive networking is essential in today’s competitive employment market. With the rapid growth of social media and sites like LinkedIn, networking now takes place both electronically and in person. Attend this seminar to learn the basics of effective networking online and offline.

To register for this graduate student event, please visit the Career Services website.



February 27:  GradFund Workshop: Diversity in Grant Writing

Monday, February 27, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cook Student Center, George H. Cook Room
59 Biel Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Register online at:

Diversity in higher education has taken center stage across college campuses, and this topic is especially important from a grant and fellowship writing perspective. Not only will winning prestigious fellowships afford a wider range of students to pursue advanced research and degrees, fellowships and grants themselves are explicitly asking applicants to write (sometimes at length) about how their diversity will be an asset to their future teaching and research.

This workshop will be facilitated by Carolyn Ureña and Dara Walker, GradFund Fellowship Advisors and recipients of Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships. GradFund Fellowship Advisors have extensive experience working with students across a variety of disciplines, and this workshop will be of interest to all students who will one day need to write about diversity in fellowship applications and beyond.



March 23:  Interviewing Skills

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 116 ABC
604 Bartholomew Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

University Career Services is not just for undergraduate students. Your resume can get you an interview, but the interview will get you the job! Don’t get left behind by the competition. Prepare yourself today.

Register for this program and learn the difference between traditional and behavioral interviewing, which questions recruiters ask most often, and strategies to make a positive impact during an interview.



March 1:  Vasti Torres: Graduate Student Panel & Keynote

“Alternative Truths: Is There a Future for College Student Success Research on Race and Ethnicity?”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Graduate Student Panel
Paul Robeson Cultural Center       
600 Bartholomew Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Keynote
Busch Student Center, Multipurpose Room
604 Bartholomew Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Vasti Torres is a professor of higher education and student affairs and former Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida. Previously she was professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) in the School of Education at Indiana University. She has been the Principle Investigator for several grants including a multi-year grant investigating the choice to stay in college for Latino students as well as a multi-year grant looking at the experiences of working college students. She has worked on several community college initiatives including Achieving the Dream, Rural Community College Initiative, and Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students initiative, and she served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of College Student Development from 2008-2015.