Professional development takes many forms throughout a student’s graduate career and as such, many formal and informal professional development opportunities exist. The best advice to students is to be proactive in seeking out resources at the right time.
- Graduate School Office of Outreach and Professional Development
- Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research
- Office of Postdoctoral Studies
- Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN)
- UW-Madison Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding
Travel Funds from the ERP Program
The ERP Program is able to provide $300 of travel assistance to students who are attending a regional or national scientific meeting. To receive funding, please submit a copy of the letter of acceptance by the conference hosts and a copy of your submitted abstract to the program office. Students are limited to one travel award per fiscal year. Funds may be used to pre-pay airfare, hotel and conference registrations. Contact the program coordinator if you have additional questions.
Fellowships, Travel Awards and Scholarships
- Handout Supplement to Preparing to Give a Memorable Scientific Talk. Provided by Dr. David Abbott
- Preparing and Delivering Electronic Presentations. Published for the 87th Annual Endocrine Society Meeting
- Scientifically Speaking: Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids. Courtesy of the Oceanography Society 1995
- Writing a Thesis – Dr. Ian Bird
- Writing and Preparing Your Thesis Dissertation – courtesy of S. Joseph Levine, PhD, Michigan State University (original text at http://www.LearnerAssociates.net)
- Guidance – How To Write A Dissertation – courtesy of Purdue University
- UW-Madison Graduate School PhD Thesis Preparation Guidelines
- UW Madison Graduate School MS Thesis Guidelines
- Life Beyond Graduate School: The Academic Career Path – Dr. Jyoti Watters
- Life Beyond Graduate School: A Career in Patent Law – Dr. Mitch Jones
- Science’s Nextwave – Career Development for Post-docs and Junior Faculty
- Preparing Future Faculty
- The Job Search Process from Graduate Student to Job Applicant: Putting the Pieces Together– Tiffany Bachmann
- Science Orientated Career Books
- A Ph.D. Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science, by Peter Feibelman. ISBN 0201627175
- Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals, by Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul. ISBN 0125970609
- Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower , by Cynthia Robbins-Roth. ISBN 0125893760
- Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists – Practical Advise, Proven Techniques, by Peter Fiske and Arron Louie. ISBN 0875902952
- So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius. ISBN 0226038823
- At the Helm – Leading Your Laboratory, 2nd Edition. Kathy Barker. ISBN 9780879698669
Resources for Teaching and Outreach
- Delta Program for Teaching and Learning – A National Science Foundation funded program to provide graduate students, post-docs, academic staff and faculty members with the tools and resources to be better teachers.
- Wednesday Nite @ the Lab – Weekly outreach program to connect UW-Madison faculty and their research to the Madison community.
- Science Alliance – Sponsor of the Science Expeditions and other science orientated outreach events.
Grant Funding and Management
- Helpful links to seeking funding as a graduate student
- Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Scientific Writing Workshop
Responsible Conduct in Research
- Graduate School Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School Ombuds Office
- National Institutes of Health web page on Bioethics Training
- Book: Scientific Integrity, 3rd. Edition, by Francis Macrina. ISBN 1555813186
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
(Available from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
General Information for Graduate Students
- Science’s Nextwave section for current graduate students. Resources to answer some of your most perplexing questions about graduate education.
- Mentoring: Adviser, Teacher, Role model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering Published by the National Academies Press