Professional Development Opportunities

The Division of Graduate Studies is committed to helping our graduate students reach their professional and academic goals by providing workshops and opportunities that support the graduate student experience. Follow us on LinkedIn for all the latest news and opportunities available to you at

Workshops & Events at the UO

Graduate Student Writing Circle
Graduate Student Writing Circle Dec 7 Peterson Hall
Graduate Research Forum Practice Sesssions
Graduate Research Forum Practice Sesssions Dec 8 Baker Downtown Center
TGIF Graduate Writing Circle
TGIF Graduate Writing Circle Dec 9 Susan Campbell Hall
Career Resources for Graduate Students (and how you can use them during the break)
Career Resources for Graduate Students (and how you can use them during the break) Dec 12
Graduate Research Forum Practice Sesssions
Graduate Research Forum Practice Sesssions Dec 15 Baker Downtown Center
Graduate Research Forum
Graduate Research Forum Feb 15 Erb Memorial Union

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Writing Resources

1-to-1 Coaching Sessions for Students in Their Last Year of Dissertation

The Division of Graduate Studies is proud to sponsor individual coaching sessions with Alexa Weinstein, editor, writer, and instructor specializing in graduate-level academic writing and research. You can use this time to do big-picture problem-solving about writing issues you’re facing in your dissertation or to look at a section in detail, or also coordinate editing work. To schedule, email and list 3 good 1-hr. times for you within Alexa’s generally available times: M, T, F 11–3 or Th, F 3–7 (please exclude next-day options). She will write you back directly to coordinate.

Coaching & Developmental Editing

Dr. Mike Murashige, Writing Consultant for the Center on Diversity and Community, is available to provide support to graduate students as a Writing Coach, to help, rethink, reshape, and improve writing practices; and as Developmental Editor, to aids writers with the content of their research writing and projects — whether on an article, book chapter, monograph, book proposal, grant application, or job search materials. To request a consult, please email

NCFDD Monthly Writing Challenge

Consider trying a quick behavioral experiment: join an NCFDD monthly writing challenge at ! All you need to do is set aside at least 30 minutes each weekday (ideally first thing in the morning) and get clear about what exactly you need to do during that time. And if perfectionism, fear, or any negative tapes start playing, imagine yourself pressing the pause button and replacing your negative thinking with something else. When you can make it through the first two weeks of daily writing, you will begin to experience the benefits of this practice, and that positive energy will carry you forward. Check this great resource out! Free by signing-up with your UO account! 

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Workshops & Opportunities at UO and Affiliates' Programs

Cover Letter Writing for Graduate Students (remote, November 30, 2022, 10:00am)

Join the UO Career Center for this new workshop tailored for graduate students. Are you still looking for ways to make your Cover Letters clear, informative, and engaging? We will offer tips and tricks to add to your "Cover Letter" toolbox. Register at

Live Audience Panel/3MT Practice Sessions (remote and in-person in UO Downtown Baker Canter, December 8, 2022, 2:00pm)

Practice your panel presentation and/or your 3MT presentation in front of a live, friendly, audience, either in person or remotely, and gain immediate feedback. Audience members will be encouraged to provide you with constructive observations you need to perfect your performance. In-person presentations will take place at the nearby UO Baker Downtown Center in a Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classroom. Feel free to invite friends and colleagues, or your students for extra credit! Sign up at where you can pick a date and time between 2:00pm - 4:00pm on December 8, 15, and January 5. Brought to you by the Division of Graduate Studies and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Let’s Talk (remote, Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00pm)

An initiative by the UO Counseling Services, Let's Talk is offered to graduate students on Mondays from 4pm - 6pm, providing easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a Counseling Services staff member. Join the waiting room at Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who: have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it; would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling; would like to consult with a CS staff member about what actual therapy looks like, would like to meet with one of our CS identity-based specialists; and/or have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do. Let's Talk is also available on other days - see the full schedule at

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Career Planning Timeline for Doctoral Students

From 2 years to 6 months before, these career planning timetables are specifically intended for doctoral students who plan to apply for academic jobs that begin in September.

Career Planning Timeline