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Fellows Forum: Mentoring Others in Research - Don't Be a Tormentor!

Are you taking on a mentoring role in your research group? Have you been asked to work with undergrads or junior grad students? This interactive workshop will give you practical skills and tools to prepare for a happy and productive mentoring relationship. Come ready to learn about yourself and how you can become an inspiring and effective research mentor – not a tormentor!

Helen J. Doyle, PhDassociate vice provost for graduate education, VPGE

Diversity Works: Cultivating Opportunities for Working with Allies

Graduate students from diverse backgrounds interact with individuals who, while we may consider them as members of ally communities, do not consistently act as allies. Participants will discuss examples of this challenge and possible methods to responding in constructive ways. Interactive activities include role-plays, scenarios, and vignettes in which participants can learn how to model “in the moment” response strategies.

Connecting with Leaders: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Community Building

The Connecting with Leaders program is an opportunity for students to connect with established leaders who will share their knowledge, wisdom, and sense of community. The event will present four distinguished leader fellows from the Distinguished Careers Institute in a panel discussion, followed by an informal Q&A, and a reception for networking opportunities. Apart from the four highlighted fellows, other select fellows will be in attendance eager to meet graduate students and build connections.

Quick Bytes: Effective Slide Design and Delivery - Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact

Take your presentations from blasé to bold in this interactive session on slide design and delivery. You’ll learn how to avoid the most common complaints about presentation slides; practice embodiment and vocalization strategies for improving your clarity, authenticity and impact; and then produce and share a few slides of your own. The techniques offered in this workshop can be used to enhance audience understanding and attention across fields.

Zandra L. Jordan, PhD, MDiv, MAT, director, Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

Quick Bytes: Developing Your Professional Digital Presence

What are the variety of ways to develop your professional digital presence, and what unique opportunities do digital media afford you? Learn the steps to telling your professional story online and why this matters in the digital age.

Helen L. ChenPhD, director, ePortfolio Initiatives and research scientist, Designing Education Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Quick Bytes: Interviewing - How to Shine the Entire Time

From phone screenings to Skype calls to multi-day onsite visits, the interviewing stage of your job search can be daunting. This interactive session will give you the tools and practice to bring your best to interviews.

Urmila Venkatesh, assistant dean of Career Education & associate director of Career Communities - PhDs & Postdocs in Social & Natural Sciences, BEAM

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Quick Bytes: Listen Up! - Lead Better (& Look Better) through Listening

Strong listeners are seen as more effective leaders; more credible, more likable, even more attractive!

In this fast-paced, interactive workshop you'll be guided through listening techniques to make people around you feel heard and valued--in turn, encouraging them to support you! You'll learn strategies to help you improve your relationships, become more persuasive, and turn conflict into cooperation.

Matt Vassar is a lecturer in the Technical Communication Program and the instructor of the popular course, ENGR 103/203: Public Speaking.

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