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Pursuing Meaningful Work

BEAM, the Stanford career center, has produced this career guide to help you plan ahead as you pursue meaningful work after graduate school. In it, you will find guidance on the academic job search, as well as other career pathways for PhDs. See sample CVs and read examples of strong cover letters. Learn key details of preparing effective job materials to help launch the best career path for you. Don't start your job search before consulting this guide!

Available through BEAM's website.

Last modified 09/15/2021

The Need for Self-Promotion in Scientific Careers

This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, written by Rick Reis (Tomorrow's Professor), discusses how to promote your own work: a necessary, but often fraught and sometimes avoided step in the research process. Written for and most relevant to scientists, but some general principles will be applicable to all. 

Last modified 09/22/2021

Overcoming Speech Anxiety

Does the thought of public speaking make you nervous? This two-page PDF from the Oral Communication Program helps you to be proactive about speech anxiety by providing you tips to conquer it. The second page lists common public speaking myths and fears, while also offering solutions for those fears. This documents serves as a quick reference designed to help you feel more comfortable and confident when speaking in front of an audience.

Last modified 09/15/2021

SGSI 2022: Adventures in Design Thinking: A Experience

Course Closed

Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 9 AM – 5 PM

If you want to succeed in a rapidly changing world, you will need to work with others outside of your discipline and learn from everyone and from every situation. This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to develop abilities used by designers towards these goals.


  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD, adjunct professor and co-director of the University Innovation Fellows program,
  • Sam Seidel, adjunct professor and co-director, K-12 Lab program,
  • Meenu Singh, instructor, Teaching and Learning Studio,
  • Aleta Hayes, lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS)

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students in any discipline who are interested in design thinking as a methodology for interdisciplinary collaboration and have not previously taken a quarter-long course. This is not a product or service design class. Space is limited to 32.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn design thinking as a methodology for boosting your learning abilities 
  • Explore the dynamics involved in working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Explore connections between design thinking and your discipline
  • Learn by iterative cycles of inspiration, action, and reflection


This 5-day immersive workshop will take students on an experiential exploration of design thinking, a methodology for boosting your learning superpowers.

Practicing design thinking is a means to develop skills and mindsets that are essential in a rapidly changing world: identifying and framing wicked problems and human needs, combining analytical and creative thinking, and adopting an experimental approach to bringing ideas to life. Students will develop these skills and mindsets as they work in teams to take on a challenge that interests them.

This workshop is designed for graduate students of all disciplines who have not previously taken a quarter-long course and want to explore design thinking as a methodology for interdisciplinary collaboration. The experience will help students consider applications of design thinking to their own work, and they will leave better prepared to take advantage of quarter-long courses.

Overall, the experience will be a springboard for the students’ exploration of how creative individuals and interdisciplinary teams can drive a culture of innovation in diverse contexts, both inside and outside of academia.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

“This is what every Stanford student should take. Absolutely life-changing and inspiring! -SGSI 2021 Participant

This program was well thought out by the facilitators, moved at a great pace (never slow, never fast) and introduced us to a wide breadth of topics. Excellently executed all around and very engaging, fun, and motivating.-SGSI 2021 Participant

“This SGSI course is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary approach to learning more about the design process, collaborative team work, and Stanford itself.” -SGSI 2021 Participant

Additional Course Expectations

  • No work is required outside of class.
  • Full attendance is expected.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

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Last modified 03/22/2021

Stanford Radio

Stanford Radio is a group of programs that feature the newest ideas, research and conversations from Stanford University, covering everything from the latest engineering advances, to legal and education issues, to engaging interviews with some of the most accomplished alumni of the university. Keep up to date with the university and your field by giving these broadcasts a listen!

Last modified 09/20/2021

LinkedIn Profile Checklist

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to network, learn about career paths, and showcase your expertise and skill to potential future employers. However, finding success with your job search through LinkedIn requires careful creation of a profile that will capture the attention of recruiters. Read this short article to learn strategies to maximize your profile and ensure that it stands out from the crowd. 

Accessed through Handshake, BEAM's career portal.

Last modified 09/13/2021

SGSI 2022: Energy@Stanford & SLAC: Energy Research for the 21st Century

Course Closed

Monday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 AM - 7:30 PM; Friday, Sept. 16, 8:30 AM - 2 PM (optional)

Incoming Stanford graduate and professional school students: Jumpstart your energy education at Stanford. Build your personal energy network at Stanford and hear about current research from over 25 distinguished Stanford energy faculty and expert speakers. Develop a broad perspective on energy and meet Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs. Compete in the En-ROADS team challenge. Visit Stanford’s state-of-the-art Central Energy Facility and take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This four-and-a-half-day course will allow you to meet fellow incoming graduate and professional school students who share an interest in energy, and build an interdisciplinary community across campus. An energy background is not required; students from all schools and departments are encouraged to apply.


  • Yi Cui, PhD, director, Precourt Institute for Energy; professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Harold Hwang, PhD, deputy director, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences (SIMES); professor, Applied Physics and Photon Science

Audience & Capacity

Open to all incoming and returning graduate students in any discipline. Space is limited to 128.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn about the breadth and depth of energy research from over 25 Stanford faculty and researchers

  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on energy at Stanford

  • Build your personal cross-campus network of incoming graduate students 

  • Network with Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs 

  • Attend in-depth elective interactive discussions with Stanford faculty and researchers of your choice

  • Compete in the interactive group team challenge En-ROADS

  • Take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


The 2022 Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference will be a four-and-a-half-day course held on campus from Monday, September 12th through Friday, September 16th. Friday will be an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. 

We intend to run the 2022 program fully in-person, using and building upon feedback we’ve received over the years. Each year we review and incorporate our student participants’ feedback from our post-conference survey, as well as feedback from the staff planning team and faculty participants, and every year this program improves upon the last.  Our main feedback from 2021 was to have more in-person engagement, which was affected by pandemic protocols. Being back in-person will address this; we are also planning to have more icebreaker-type of activities.

The Energy@Stanford & SLAC program has really grown to be the flagship energy event for incoming Stanford graduate students over the last few years. The program enrolls close to 5% of the incoming graduate class. We continually get anecdotal evidence from students on how it positively shaped their overall experience at Stanford and influenced their academic direction. In 2021, 133 incoming and returning graduate students participated in Energy@Stanford & SLAC, representing 19 academic departments across campus. Despite the virtual format, these numbers are comparable to when we were in-person in 2019, in which 127 students attended representing 21 departments. 

The Precourt Institute for Energy, the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will again collaborate together and with other energy groups on campus to offer this four-and-a-half-day course. The program will continue to be designed specifically to build an interdisciplinary cohort and help incoming Stanford graduates and professional school students with an interest in energy jumpstart their first academic year here at Stanford. We will do this by providing:

  • A wide range of energy talks (related to technology, policy, finance, etc.).

  • Big picture talks on climate change and the energy landscape.

  • A wide variety of in-depth elective classes for them to choose from. 

  • An opportunity to learn hands-on, collaborate with peers from across disciplines, and compete through the En-ROADS group activity.

  • Ample time to network with each other, Stanford faculty/fellows/researchers, current students, alumni, and energy entrepreneurs through meals and programmed dinners, breaks throughout the day, panel discussions and elective interactive small group breakouts.

  • A docent led tour of Stanford’s Central Energy Facility.

  • An optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

  • Resources and networks available on campus, and ways to stay involved in the energy community after the course, including the new Explore Energy program.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

This program is a phenomenal overview of the breadth of research at Stanford. It is approachable to individuals new to energy and those deeply invested in it. - SGSI 2021 Participant

It is a great opportunity to get a deep sense of the research on energy developed at Stanford and also a great opportunity to meet people from multiple backgrounds and fields, which will certainly make your Stanford experience better. - SGSI 2021 Participant

It's a good chance to meet people outside your field and acclimate to campus, as well as learn about opportunities and get an overview of the field of energy. - SGSI 2021 Participant

Guest Speakers

The Energy@Stanford & SLAC course will feature a diverse line-up of Stanford faculty undertaking exciting research in the field of energy. One goal is to showcase the breadth and depth of energy expertise at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, while providing students a broad perspective on the topic of energy. We will have about 20 speakers over the course of three-and-a-half days.

For additional information about Energy@, including a student testimonial video, past agendas, and past participant lists, please visit the Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference website. Additional information will be added periodically.

Additional Course Expectations

  • Students may be asked to complete at most two (2) hours of pre-reading in advance of the conference week.
  • Full attendance is expected. This course is able to accommodate students observing a religious holiday during SGSI. Please email for details.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

Last modified 03/09/2022

Become a CTL Graduate Teaching Consultant

The Graduate Teaching Consultants program is an opportunity for experienced TAs to use their expertise to support other graduate students and promote excellence in teaching. Consultants provide direct support to their peers in the form of consultations, workshops, and course observation. See the CTL website to apply to be a consultant. 

Last modified 08/25/2021

Stanford Digital Repository

The Stanford Digital Repository supports management of scholarly information resources of enduring value to Stanford University. Faculty, students, and researchers are all eligible to use SDR services, provided through Stanford Libraries, to promote and protect the products of their work. If you are currently exploring data storage and preservation options for your research, check out the capabilities of the SDR!

Last modified 09/20/2021

Office for Religious Life Fellowships

The Office for Religious Life offers several small fellowships to graduate students to explore various aspects of religion. Although you do not have to study religion specifically as a graduate student, successful applicants will demonstrate a genuine desire to explore religion in their own lives and a willingness to listen and learn from those with different backgrounds. 

Last modified 09/10/2021