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d school classes

Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design--the d school--offers a wide variety of classes for graduate students. Class options include their quarter-long credit-earning "core classes" as well as shorter "boost classes" and other workshops. In all of the d school experiences you will learn how to think like an innovator, take new perspectives, and design solutions to the messy, complex problems of the real world.

Last modified 11/12/2016

Writing Awesome Fellowships

Hume's Sarah Peterson Pittock provides just-in-time advice on preparing your fellowship applications in this Quick Bytes. Follow the video with the session's slides and find more resources below. (recorded October 2015)

Last modified 10/14/2015

TA Orientation

Held each year in autumn quarter, VPTL's TA Orientation is a great way to start acclimating to life as a Stanford TA. Learn more about the particularities of teaching at Stanford and what resources are available from VPTL, while also brushing up your knowledge of effective teaching practices, learning theory, the nuts and bolts of classroom operation, and more. In case you can't make it to the event, you'll find very informative links to video footage of previous sessions, content summaries, and related resources. Check the site for this year's dates and times. 

Last modified 08/20/2014

Old Union Room Reservations

Looking for a quiet space to reserve for a meeting, interview, or workshop? At the Old Union, graduate students can reserve anything from small meeting rooms to the ballroom, which holds up to 270 people. Check out the reservations website today to sign up. 

Last modified 02/27/2017

Language Conversation Partner

Become a language conversation partner and help Stanford students develop their foreign language skills. Partners meet one-on-one with language students by appointment to help develop skills through conversational practice. Languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish.

Last modified 08/10/2018

HUMSCI 201: Graduate Environment of Support

This  course is designed to assist graduate students to adapt to the Stanford environment in terms of  academic, psychosocial, financial, and career matters,  with a special focus on how these relate to diversity and services for underrepresented graduate students. The instructor is Dr. Ayodele Thomas, a Stanford engineering PhD and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Data and Technology Programs. Graduate students from all seven schools are invited to enroll.

This course is one unit and only taken for credit/no credit. Previous syllabi may be downloaded on the website.

Last modified 08/10/2018

Academic Job Search Resources

From BEAM, a collection of essential job search links for graduate students applying for faculty, staff, and postdoctoral academic positions. Handshake login required. 

Last modified 08/07/2014

Overseas Scholarships

Are you interested in studying abroad as a graduate student? Many funding opportunities exist to support your work in dozens of locations overseas. The Bechtel International Center compiles a list of overseas scholarships (available to both graduate and undergraduate students) and provides application information and deadlines. Explore the list to find the perfect fit to support your graduate studies abroad. 

Last modified 04/01/2017

Wellness Groups at CAPS

Graduate school can be an emotionally challenging time for a variety of reasons. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides several wellness groups specifically for students who are dealing with tough issues, from grief to procrastination to anxiety and depression. Visit their website to learn more and find a wellness group that supports your needs.

Last modified 08/30/2016

Designing Writing Assignments

These guidelines from Sarah Pittock, Associate Director of the Hume Center, can help instructors in all disciplines turn any writing assignment into a meaningful and engaging opportunity to learn. Includes guiding principles for assignment design, questions to help clarify each assignment's purpose and components, and ideas for how to set expectations and plan a cohesive quarter.

Last modified 10/21/2014