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Cardinal Courses

Many departments offer courses that have been designated service-learning by Haas, meaning that they either provide training for or opportunities to engage in public service. When viewing available classes in Explore Courses, search for "Service Learning Course (certified by Haas Center)" and be sure to sort by career to find out which offerings are available to grad students. 

Last modified 08/25/2021

How to Banish Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome: the feeling that you don't belong, that you got in by mistake, and that someone is going to figure it out soon. Many graduate students experience this self doubt, especially members of underrepresented groups. This in Science magazine addresses impostor syndrome bluntly: be assured, you are not one, and you are not alone. For further reading, check out these tips from Stanford Medicine's Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

Last modified 09/14/2021

Stanford’s Seven Elements of Ethics and Compliance Excellence

All members of the Stanford community share a responsibility to support Stanford’s mission and reputation by holding ourselves and other community members to the highest standards of ethical and lawful conduct in all activities. Have a look at the Office of the Chief Risk Officer's Guide to Ethics and Compliance Excellence to see how Stanford strives to always operate with integrity. While primarily geared towards people in a position of leadership, this page serves as an high level overview on what creates a solid set of ethical and effective principles of management that can be relevant in all lives. 

Last modified 09/25/2021

BEAM Resource Library

BEAM, Stanford's career center, offers a large library of resources to support your pathway from graduate school to career. Browse this resource to discover useful articles on topics ranging from making the most of internships to preparing teaching statements to making your LinkedIn profile stand out in the crowd. 

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Last modified 08/24/2021

Ten Rules of Good (and Bad) Studying

Your study habits can make or break your coursework and exams, so check out this list of good and bad habits from the Tomorrow's Professor Mailing List to see how your methods measure up. If you're already TGR, this list can help you explain good study habits to your students. 

Last modified 09/22/2021

PowerPointers: Using PowerPoint to Your Advantage

Want to make better use of Powerpoint? This one-page PDF from the Oral Communication Program offers seven quick tips on how to use Powerpoint to get your point across most effectively. Each tip offers questions and advice on how to make the best use of Powerpoint for a broad range of oral presentation scenarios.

Last modified 09/15/2021

SGSI 2022: Flourishing: The Art and Science of a Life Well Lived

Course Closed

Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 9 AM – 2 PM

This course explores human flourishing and how to practice it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace. We will engage these ideas through research-informed reading, class discussion, and guided practice related to the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a well-lived life. Graduate students from a range of disciplines will learn how transform this learning from concept to lived experience.


  • Aneel Chima, PhD, director, Division of Health and Human Performance and the Stanford Flourishing Project
  • Frederic Luskin, PhD, director, Stanford Forgiveness Project

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral scholars, if space allows. Space is limited to 32.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Understand research-based models and key factors that enhance or degrade our flourishing
  • Investigate and apply tools and skills that increase subjective wellbeing and flourishing in measurable ways
  • ​Develop a personal flourishing framework to use through fall quarter (and beyond) to support a life well lived


Our current cultural moment—deeply influenced by experiences of the global pandemic—has laid bare megatrends that are defining our emerging future, while also highlighting a global crisis in wellbeing. In particular, 3-D change (change that is perpetual, pervasive, and exponential) and human-technology convergence (humans and complex technology increasingly integrating) are transforming the rhythms of daily life with profound implications for the future of work and the future of living. Simply put, many of us feel continually rushed, pressured, and stressed without a clear sense of why this is happening or how we successfully navigate these experiences. Within this context, we are asking and engaging the question, “What is flourishing and how do we live it more fully?”

This course (or, more accurately, workshop) explores the science and art of human flourishing and how to live it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace. We will explore these ideas through research-informed readings, class discussions, and guided practices related to the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a well-lived life. Using a pedagogical approach that blends the investigation of mental maps (theories, ideas, research) with tool-building (skills, application, praxis) and experiential learning (learn by doing), we seek to create a learning environment that helps you shift both your understanding and lived experience of wellbeing and flourishing. Course elements include contemplative practices, cognitive and behavior tools, discussion groups, journaling, self-assessment, and intention/goal setting.

Graduate students from a range of disciplines will learn how to transform this learning from concept to lived experience. This course is open to anyone who desires to engage honestly and authentically with their own life in service of creating the foundation for a life well lived. As such, come prepared to do meaning introspection as well as share interpersonally with colleagues within a psychologically supportive and safe environment.

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

“This workshop is outstanding. The facilitation really gives you tools you can utilize through your Stanford experience and beyond.” -SGSI 2021 Participant

That the instructors were excellent and genuinely made me feel like they cared about my wellness, even just during the very first day. The topics discussed are applicable, well-backed, and useful for everyone from all sorts of backgrounds. No matter what knowledge you may come in with, you'll definitely pick up new techniques and topics for flourishing.” -SGSI 2021 Participant

Additional Course Expectations

  • As part of this course, about 30 to 60 minutes of work per day outside of class is expected to read, write, and reflect on seminar concepts. You will also be expected to do some enjoyable pre-reading before the seminar class begins.
  • 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 03/16/2022

Teaching Assessment Tools

Are you a TA or graduate student leading a class for the first time? Or are you on the academic job hunt and writing some example syllabi? If you are wondering how to measure and assess student learning outcomes, this page from the Office of Institutional Research & Decision Support has some excellent tools and resources to help you create a framework for conducing effective assessment. 

Last modified 09/21/2021

Pathways for Humanities PhDs

Pathways for Humanities PhDs explores the many different career possibilities open to doctoral students in the humanities and arts. Workshops connect students with PhDs employed in areas such as education, government, business, and the nonprofit sector and examine how their humanistic training informs their current work. The series also considers how humanists can more effectively communicate the value of humanistic expertise to employers and the public. Check out the Stanford Humanities Center page to view related resources and check for upcoming workshops.

Last modified 09/15/2021


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Last modified 09/25/2021