Development Workshops

A variety of workshops will be held during the afternoon on Monday, March 25th from 2:00-4:15p

Running a Marathon in Graduate School: Stress and Stress management

Monday, March 25th, 2-3:15p

with Dr. Yu Bi

Stress as a mental health issue is often a white elephant in the room for many graduate students. Ineffective stress management may cause procrastination, difficulty with concentration, not wanting to go to the lab, low motivation in research, and even more severe reactions. In this workshop, you will be able to explore the specific impact of stress on you and discuss the strategies to create a life-work balance and sustainable routine in your journey through graduate school. Topics of discussion will include the importance of developing a stress management plan, common reactions to stress, and strategies to manage stress. Workshop attendees will be encouraged to participate in various ways including small group discussion.

How to Find a Postdoc

Monday, March 25th, 3:30-4:15p

with Dr. Kyle Bentz & Dominik Stemer

Looking for a postdoc but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! This workshop is designed to help PhD students at all levels, whether you’re just starting out or about to graduate, navigate the path to finding the perfect postdoctoral position. The workshop features a diverse panel ranging from graduate students, current postdocs in the UC system, UC faculty, and others who can answer all your questions about this important academic decision.

Crafting Your Elevator Pitch + Networking 101

—for Scientists

Monday, March 25th, 3:30-4:15p

with Dr. Marika Wieliczko


In this complementary series of workshops, Marika will show you how to get started with building your network - beginning first with a step-by-step guide to developing an elevator pitch that you can use to make new connections, and then learning practical methods and pro tips for maximizing opportunities to meet new people, while minimizing social anxiety. Armed with these skills, you will have tools to help you see every ‘networking event’ as an opportunity that you can approach with confidence.