Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Programming
April 5-April 10, 2021
View the Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2021 page for details about events taking place throughout the week.
Provost's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring
Join Provost Ann E. Cudd from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, to recognize faculty members who serve as outstanding mentors to graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. This virtual event will recognize both the 2020 and 2021 winners of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. Hear from all seven recent award winners on their expertise in mentoring. Register to attend.
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Graduate Student Fitness Competition
A three-week fitness contest just for graduate students! This step-based competition will run from Thursday, March 18–Wednesday, April 7. Join with a team of four or simply register to be paired with a team and make new friends. Get outside and exercise safely while you compete for great prizes. Here’s what you can win: Apple Watch, Fitbit, AirPods or Beats, iPad, Electronic Gift Cards, Ninja Blender, Wellness Consultation + Personal Training sessions with Campus Rec, and MORE! (View detailed Prize Offerings list.) Register by March 17 to be paired with a team. Register any time to compete for individual weekly prizes. Details and registration.
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The 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
View the nine Pitt 3MT competitors' presentation videos and find guidelines to cast a vote for your favorite at Pitt 3MT People's Choice Award 2021.
Winners will be announced live via Zoom at noon on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Graduate Programs and Career Paths in the Social Sciences: The Perspectives of Black Faculty
Thursday, April 15, 2021
5-6 p.m. ET
Register to attend Graduate Programs and Career Paths in the Social Sciences via Zoom
Curious about graduate programs and careers in the social sciences?
During this virtual panel session, faculty members will share insights into their own career paths and the graduate and professional programs their schools offer.
- Dr. Yodit Betru, School of Social Work
- Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward, Department of Africana Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
- Dr. Waverly Duck, Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
- Dr. Esohe Osai, Department of Health and Human Development, School of Education
- Lesha Greene, University Honors College (Moderator)
Click the image below to download the informational flyer.
Spring 2021 Events
Pitt Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: Speaking to Non-Specialists Workshops
Come and learn all you need to know to compete in the 4th annual Pitt Three Minute Thesis (3MT), to be held virtually on April 6, 2021. In this workshop, Meghan Culpepper (Office of the Provost) will review the rules and eligibility requirements for the 3MT Competition, and Dr. Joel Brady (Center for Teaching and Learning) will provide students with helpful hints and tips to prepare a three minute oration and an accompanying presentation slide of their research.
Wednesday, March 3
Thursday, March 11
2021 Mentoring and Advising Summit: Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising — Graduate Studies Track
Thursday, March 11, 2021
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Register through Accelevents
This year the 2021 Mentoring and Advising Summit: Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising includes a track specifically for graduate studies topics.
Click on the image below to view and download an agenda summit sessions in the Grad Track.
Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students: A Resource Fair
Thursday, January 21
At this virtual resource fair, students will be provided with the opportunity to talk with faculty, staff and students about University resources, including preferred/chosen name initiatives, student organizations, campus facilities and much more. This event is sponsored by the University’s Transgender Working Group.
Improvisation for Mentoring Conversations
Thursday, February 11
Participants will be introduced to the principles of improvisation and practice using improv in everyday situations. Focus will be placed on building conversational and networking skills, in particular as they relate to initiating and cultivating mentoring relationships. Registration required.
Fall 2020 Events
Graduate and Professional Student Orientations
- International Student Orientation
August 10, 2020
9-10 a.m. EDT
- New Teaching Assistant Orientation
August 14, 2020
Noon-2 p.m. EDT
- University-wide Orientation
August 17, 2020
3-5 p.m. EDT
- School- and Program-level Orientations
Days and times vary
Visit Graduate & Professional Student Orientation Activities for more information.
Graduate and Professional Student Activities Fair
Monday, September 21
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parenting Resource Panels
Tuesday, September 29
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 1
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Graduate and Professional Student Town Hall
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fall 14-Day Writing Challenge
Register by October 14, 2020
Election and Reflection for Graduate and Professional Students
We do not know what the results of the 2020 Election will be, but we know that given the high stakes of the 2020 Presidential Election, people are likely to have strong emotions in the days following the election. This session, moderated by Vice Provost Amanda Godley, will provide a space for Pitt graduate and professional students to come together to process thoughts and feelings about the election and to begin to envision a positive path forward as one community. A member of the University Counseling Center will be present at each session.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 9:00-10:00 a.m. EST
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
2020 Election Results Postmortem
Monday, November 9, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m.
Do you have questions either about the electoral system in the United States or the results of the 2020 election? If so, please join us for an analysis and Q&A surrounding the 2020 election.
Engaged Scholarship 101 for Graduate Students
Monday, November 16, 2020, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative (ESDI) to learn how to implement Engaged Scholarship, connect with other engaged scholars, and advance their own work. For more information on EDSI, visit Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative at the Year of Engagement website.
Health Sciences Graduate Programs and Career Paths: The Perspectives of Black Faculty
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 5-6 p.m. EST
Curious about graduate programs and careers in the health sciences? During this virtual panel session, faculty members will share insights into their own career paths and the graduate and professional programs their schools offer.
Making Difficult Conversations Less Difficult
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 2:30-5:00 p.m. EST
Join this interactive session to learn how to 1) successfully lead those difficult conversations most people dread by embracing the need to fully prepare with a sense of deep reflection, gratitude, and humility; 2) identify and apply personal preferences, approaches and tactics to influence success when resolving conflicts that include difficult conversations; and 3) discuss skills and techniques that serve to mitigate or prevent harmful conflict and difficult conversations. Registration required. This event is a part of the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development professionalism series.
How to Negotiate for Your Next Opportunity
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 3-5 p.m. EST
Whether you are seeking a job, a training opportunity, or just the chance to acquire more resources or experience, effective negotiation skills are vital to your career. In this presentation, you will learn how to develop a negotiation strategy that will contribute to your success. Registration required. This event is a part of the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development professionalism series.
Spring 2020 Events
- Personal Financial Planning, Presented by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development, January 23, 2020, 3–5 p.m., S100 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
- Bystander Interventions for Sexual Harassment Workshop – Just for Graduate Students, January 28, 2020, Noon–1:30 p.m., 2500 Posvar Hall
- Three Minute Thesis Preparation Workshop, Co-sponsored by the University Center for Teaching and Learning, February 4, 2020, 4-5 p.m., 528 Alumni Hall
- Tax Preparation Appointments, For international graduate students and postdocs, February through April 15, 2020, More information can be found in this flyer (PDF) »
- Graduate Studies Retreat, March 2, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m., University Club, Ballrooms A & B
- Three Minute Thesis Preparation Workshop, Co-sponsored by the University Center for Teaching and Learning, March 5, 2020, Noon–1 p.m., B26 Alumni Hall
- CANCELED: Graduate and Post-doc Poster Fair at Pitt Day in Harrisburg, March 17, 2020
- CANCELED: Parenting Resources Panel, For graduate students and postdocs, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- CANCELED: Anti-Bias Workshop, Facilitated by Anti-Defamation-trained facilitators, Co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, March 24, 2020
- Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 6–10, 2020
- VIRTUAL: Improvisation for Mentoring Conversations, For masters and doctoral students, April 9, 2020, 3–4:30 p.m., Zoom (details sent to participants upon RSVP completion)
- CANCELED: Graduate Student Leader Appreciation Luncheon, Advisors welcome, By invitation only, Date TBA
- CANCELED: Graduate and Postdoctoral Honors Convocation, For postdocs and graduates who received prestigious awards, By invitation only, April 6, 2020
- VIRTUAL: Bystander Interventions for Sexual Harassment Workshop, Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, April 14, 2020, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom (details to be posted)
- VIRTUAL: Reveal of Pitt's Three-Minute Thesis University Competition, Co-sponsored with the University Center for Teaching and Learning and the University Library System, Due to the impact of COVID-19, the University-wide 3MT has moved to a virtual competition. Visit Pitt's 3MT website for details. April 20, 2020, 12-12:30 p.m., Zoom (details to be posted prior to event)
- Creating Community: A Virtual Art Gallery Exploring Resilience and Creativity During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Created by Sara Baumann, Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, and Jessica Burke, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Education at the Graduate School of Public Health. Submissions are due April 20, 2020.
- 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, August 20, 2019; View presentation slides from the orientation program on Graduate and Professional Student Government and the Title IX Office.
- Writing Workshop to prepare your National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship application, August 26, 2019
- Writing Workshop to prepare your National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship application, September 9, 2019
- Mentoring Matters: How to Cultivate Productive Mentoring Relationships, Presented by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development, September 11, 2019
- Writing Workshop to prepare your National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship application, September 23, 2019
- Healthy Fair U, September 25, 2019
- Writing Workshop to prepare your National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship application, October 7, 2019
- Reception and Resource Sharing, For leaders of graduate student organizations, October 7, 2019
- Graduate Student Engagement Session on One Bigelow, October 14, 2019
- Directors of Graduate Studies Retreat, For graduate associate deans, directors of graduate studies, and graduate program directors, October 15, 2019
- Forum on the Process for Conducting Graduate Student Title IX Investigations, For graduate faculty, October 22, 2019
- Anti-Bias Workshop, Facilitated by Anti-Defamation trained facilitators, Co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, October 22, 2019
- Counseling Center Open House, Featuring Jay Darr, director, November 25, 2019
- Funding for Graduate Student-Organized Interdisciplinary Workshops – Request for Application (RFA) Information Session: January 11, 2019
- Parenting Resources Panel: January 23 and 29, 2019
- Graduate Studies Retreat: February 1, 2019
- Honors Convocation: February 22, 2019
- Pitt Day in Harrisburg, including a graduate student poster fair: March 26, 2019
- National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Events: April 1–5, 2019
- Three Minute Thesis Competition: April 1, 2019
- 2019 NSF-GRFP Information Sessions: April 1, 3 and 4, 2019
- Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, August 21, 2018
- Healthy U Fair: September 12, 2018
- PARKing Day—Stress Free Zone pop-up: September 21, 2018
- Reception for leaders of graduate student organizations: September 19, 2018
- 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Informational Panel: September 24, 2018
- Career Symposium for Postdocs and Graduate Students—A special preview event of part of Science2018: October 16, 2018
- Mental Health Resources Panel: November 1, 2018 | See the Panel Presentation Slides »
- Graduate School Days: November and Beyond. Find information about the November 8, 2018, Graduate School Fair as well as additional events at the School of Education, School of Law, Graduate School of Public Health, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and School of Social Work.
- Graduate Student Advocacy to Elected Officials: November 27, 2018