Published: Oct. 16, 2019

Get up to speed on professional development workshops, funding opportunities and approaching academic deadlines for graduate students through October.

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Interviewing for International Students and Postdocs

 Thursday, Oct. 17  3–4:30 p.m.  C4C S350
In this interactive workshop, learn how to prepare for and answer common interview questions, identify common U.S. cultural norms when interviewing, and how to practice for an interview.

Interviewing in Industry

 Monday, Oct. 21  1:30–2:30 p.m.  C4C S350
Looking for a job outside of academia? In this interactive workshop, you'll be introduced to interviewing technique that will help you feel prepared and confident for your industry interviews. Learn how to provide information for the three basic questions all hiring managers need answered. 

Graduate School 101: Career Planning: How to Prepare Early On

 Thursday, Oct. 24  10–11 a.m.  UMC 245
Graduate students often start career planning in their fifth and sixth years in school. However, learning about the importance of networking, skill-building and publishing should start in the first or second years of grad school. In this workshop, Sarah Tynen will be outlining the four most important strategies to begin building in the early years of graduate school: networking, technical skills, publishing and grant-writing. 

Ongoing workshops

Writing Accountability Seminar

Every Monday and Tuesday
The goal of the seminars is to improve work efficiency and productivity while keeping each other accountable on dissertation writing goals. 


 Every Thursday
Having trouble making time for your writing? Join other graduate students in this coffee-house style setting dedicated to staying focused and accountable on graduate writing goals. Free coffee is served.

12-Week Fall Publication Bootcamp

 Every Thursday
For graduate students and postdocs who have a course paper, conference paper or dissertation chapter they would like to publish.

Feel Better Fast

 Every Thursday
This CAPS workshop is designed specifically for graduate students. The workshop focuses on mindfulness techniques and coping strategies. You will learn how to calm yourself in stressful situations, take a step back from your thoughts and make decisions that feel right for you. All workshops are free, confidential and unlimited for students. Students do not need to be a CAPS client or complete CAPS paperwork to attend.

Getting Started

 Every Friday
This accountability seminar helps new graduate students set goals, manage their time efficiently, and maintain good writing habits, while fostering relationships with peers across disciplines.

CRDDS workshops

The Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) offers a wide range of services, support, and expertise to help graduate students with your digital research needs. Attend one of the CRDDS workshops offered this fall.

LISA Short Courses

The LISA/CRDDS Coding in R Workshop Series is a collaboration between LISA and the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDSS) to teach R to statistically analyze research problems. Check out the LISA/CRDDS workshop series as well as the Statistics in Python short courses.


Oct. 21: Beverly Sears & Cynthia H. Schultz Graduate Student Grants

These two grants help to fund the research, scholarship and creative work of graduate students from all departments. Any full-time, Boulder campus, degree-seeking graduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is eligible to apply for an award. Applicants should submit an original proposal based on their research or creative work. Students in joint bachelor’s/master’s programs may apply for a grant if they have been admitted to graduate status and if the grant is to support master’s degree work (such as a master’s thesis).

Grants are for either $1,000 or $5,000, and they are competitive. If you apply for a $5,000 grant you must provide a budget that fully justifies the request. The application is available from Sept. 13, and the deadline for receipt of all materials is Oct. 21 (at 11:59 p.m. MST).

Oct. 25: Nominations for Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year

This award honors and recognizes outstanding contributions to international understanding by a member of the CU Boulder community. Find eligibility requirements and submit nominations. Contact for more information.

Oct. 25: Figueroa Family Fellowship

The Figueroa Family Fellowship is a $1,500 scholarship available to graduate students working in the sciences or engineering fields. The applicant should demonstrate a commitment to the achievement of a diverse student body. The application is available from Oct. 1, and the deadline for receipt of all materials is Oct. 25 (at 11:59 p.m. MST).

Oct. 28: MFA Completion Fellowship

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Center for Humanities and the Arts, this new fellowship is intended to provide outstanding MFA students with financial support to assist in the process of completing their thesis or final project. MFA students who are within one semester of advancing to candidacy are eligible to apply. The application is available through Oct. 28 (at 11:59 p.m. MST).

Oct. 28: Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to provide outstanding PhD candidates with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations. Doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy (D status) by the application deadline are eligible to apply. The application is available through Oct. 28 (at 11:59 p.m. MST).

Nov. 1: Update your PhD dissertation title

Doctoral students who wish to update their dissertation title must do so by this date through the graduation application in the student portal. The dissertation title will appear on your transcript after your degree has been awarded.