Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

ComSciCon is a science communication workshop for graduate students, by graduate students. ConSciCon's goal is to empower future leaders in technical communication to share the results from research in their field to broad and diverse audiences.

Founded in 2013 by graduate students at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, nearly 2000 graduate students nationwide have already participated in ComSciCon programs, including our annual Flagship Workshops and Franchise Workshops which have been started by ComSciCon alumni across the US and Canada. Attendees have founded new science communication organizations in collaboration with other students at the event, published over 80 articles written at the conference in popular publications with national impact, and formed lasting networks with our student alumni and invited experts.

To apply, see the application page here

EdiT is a series of one-hour workshops where participants will enhance their in-classroom teaching skills.

Each workshop is designed to develop certain teaching techniques, strategies, and attitudes that will result in each participant being a better classroom professor. This program is founded on the premise that all participants possess expertise and knowledge in a specific graduate and/or professional school discipline and are eager to learn how to more effectively teach this information to students who desire to learn.

Educators in Training program

The University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate School is a Sustaining Member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).

As a Sustaining Member of the National Postdoctoral Association, postdocs, faculty, and staff at UMB are eligible for free Affiliate memberships. As members, they will have opportunities to network with individuals in the postdoc community and gain access to members-only resources, such as the NPA Institutional Policy Database, and myPostdoc Monthly, a webinar offering support to postdocs. 

NPA Career Center

Additionally, Postdocs can search and receive alerts every time a job becomes available that matches their personal profile, skills, interests, and preferred location(s).

Cornell invites you to join a (free) listserv to receive twice-monthly email messages with writing tips, strategies, and encouragement to help you start, persist, and complete their academic writing projects.

Do you have writing goals for your thesis or dissertation in the new year? Have you resolved to be a more productive writer in 2020? Sponsored by the Cornell Graduate School, the Productive Writer listserv is designed for graduate students who are writing their proposal, thesis, dissertation, fellowship applications, or other manuscripts. Subscribers receive email messages every other week with writing tips, strategies and encouragement to help you start, persist (and endure), and complete your academic writing projects. Writing tips focus on managing your time for greater writing productivity, reducing distractions, staying motivated, revising and editing, binge writing, communicating with your advisor, dealing with writer’s block, and managing procrastination and perfectionistic tendencies.

Subscribe to the Productive Writer.

16th Annual USM PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference will take place February 21, 2020 at the University of Maryland College Park

The slots will be filled in a first come – first get basis, the earlier you submit your application the better chance to get in line with the presentation style of your choice. Those who did not specify a category will be given a space for a poster.

Learn more about the abstract submission process and requirements.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise 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.

Other Opportunities

In order to permit enrichment for students attending University System of Maryland Institutions, opportunities exist for students to augment their programs by taking courses for credit at other USM institutions. The provision for such are contained in the Board of Regents' Policy on Student Concurrent Inter-Institutional Registration (BOR 111 2.4; 111 2.41).