Fall 2018 Professional Development Series

Events are open to everyone, including postdocs, faculty, and staff. Only graduate students can register through GIMS, all others can register in person on the day of the event.

September 11th - 4pm-5pm
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Dr. Connie Mulligan, Department of Anthropology
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)


September 19th - 4pm-5pm
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission
Stacy Wallace, Graduate Editorial Office
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)


September 26th - 4pm-5pm
Effective Oral Presentations
Dr. Diana Nagy, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)
Description: There are three main things necessary to give an effective oral presentation. First you must overcome communication apprehension. Second, you need to learn how to organize your presentation, and third, you need to polish your delivery skills. This presentation discusses all three.


October 3rd - 4pm-5pm
Writing Personal Statements
Matt Mitterko, Graduate International Outreach
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)


October 10th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Finding Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation, and Submission for Graduate Students
Kelly Jacoby, Office of Research
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)


October 16th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Finding a Good Dissertation or Thesis Topic
Dr. David Schwieder, Library West
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)
Description: Finding a good dissertation or thesis topic is important. But it can be challenging too. This session will present a collection of practical, usable strategies designed to help you find a productive approach, whether you are devising a topic for yourself or deriving one from your adviser’s research program.

October 24th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Excellent Scholarly Information Search: Finding the Sources You Need in the Library and on the Web
Dr. David Schwieder, Library West
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)
Description: Finding scholarly sources like books, journal articles and “gray literature” is a key academic skill. This workshop outlines the key dimensions of scholarly information search, discusses major search tools, and provides a set of strategies for finding these core scholarly sources. Participants will emerge with the ability to pursue efficient, effective search in academic libraries and on the internet. 

November 7th - 3pm-5pm
Financial Management: Now and Throughout Your Career
Dr. Martie Gillen, Family Youth and Community Sciences
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)


November 14th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
More than Brains on Sticks: Staying Well in Graduate School
Dr. Stephani Jahn, Counseling and Wellness Center
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)
Description: Graduate students experience many stressors that impact their mental health, but oftentimes discussion of student wellness overlooks factors that are unique to grad school. Dr. Stephani Jahn of the UF CWC will offer an interactive presentation to address barriers to wellness, common mental health concerns in grad school, and discussion of options to prevent and address these problems.

November 28th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
An Overview of Literature Review Types
Ariel Pomputius and Nancy Schaefer, Health Science Libraries
McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A)


Description: This workshop will compare and contrast the purposes, strengths and weaknesses, and methods for systematic reviews and other complex literature reviews, including scoping reviews, rapid reviews, and mixed methods reviews, in order to help researchers determine the best review type for their research.

To register, log into GIMS and follow the steps below:

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to GIMS using your GatorLink ID and Password
  2. Once you login, on the top of the page click on the “Workshops” tab
  3. Under “Register” click the box and then “Submit”
  4. After you complete this process, you will receive an email confirmation.

If your schedule changes and you are unable to attend the event, repeat the steps above to remove yourself from the list of workshop attendees.