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Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program

Professional Development

During the first semester, all incoming students are required to attend the professional development seminar series. This is not a registered course. Students are expected to attend all professional development presentations, unless given an excused absence.

Topics include:

  • The role of a graduate student
  • Rotations 101
  • Mindfulness & wellness
  • Building self efficacy
  • How to get the most out of TA-ing
  • How to make a research poster
  • Communication conflict
  • Presentation Skillz
  • What makes a successful graduate student
  • Rotation reports and scientific writing
  • How to read a scientific paper
  • Work/Life balance