Professional Development Opportunities
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies strives to promote and expand opportunities for graduate students to engage in professional development activities that will prepare them for their future careers- whether in academia, industry, government, non-profit organizations or elsewhere. These activities help graduate students develop professional skills to complement the discipline specific knowledge gained in their degree program. OGAPS has identified four key skill areas for graduate student professional development to guide programming and resources. Click here to learn more about the Texas A&M Professional Development Skill Areas.
G.R.A.D. Aggies is a compilation of professional development opportunities including workshops, seminars, training events and online resources. G.R.A.D. Aggies aims to help students engage in activities and resources to better prepare them for professional life after graduate school. G.R.A.D. Aggies is a collaborative effort of several non-academic offices at the university.
DoctoralNet and MastersNet
OGAPS has partnered with DoctoralNet and MastersNet to offer a series of resources, tools, and professional development webinars for TAMU graduate students through the TAMU DoctroalNet Portal. Topics include:
- Plotting your school semester
- Tools for plotting your doctoral studies
- Mastering academic writing
- Using strategies to include academic reading
- Writing tips that every graduate student needs
- How to conduct mixed methods research
- Many more…
Accessing the TAMU DoctoralNet Portal: All graduate students received an email around February 1st, 2019 from our university portal, https://tamu.doctoralnet.com, which contained your username (university email address) and your password (which you can change via account details upon sign in) to log into the portal. If you have issues with logging in please email email@example.com.
Students interested in accessing the webinars will be directed to register through the BigMarker platform here. They should use their university email.
OGAPS provides DoctoralNet and MastersNet with directory information on TAMU students once a semester. If a student places a directory hold after that time, the data will not be updated until the 12th class day of the following semester. For more information about Directory Hold Information, please see http://registrar.tamu.edu/Catalogs,-Policies-Procedures/FERPA/FERPA-Notice-to-Students.
Here is a short tutorial on the TAMU DoctoralNet portal:
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)
Through the sponsorship of the Office of the Provost, the Office for Diversity, and the Office of the Dean of Faculties, Texas A&M University has re-joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member, which allows all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students access to NCFDD member resources at no cost.
These resources include:
- Weekly Monday Motivator
- Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
- Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
- Access to Multi-Week Courses
- Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
- Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
- Monthly accountability buddy matches
- Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
- Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings
To take advantage of this opportunity, you can activate your confidential, personal membership by completing the following steps:
- Go to www.FacultyDiversity.org/Join
- Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.
- Select “Activate my Membership”
- Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or @tamhsc.edu)
- Go to your institution email to find a confirmation email. Click “Activate Account” in the confirmation email.
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies strongly encourages you to take advantage of these free resources available to you through the NCFDD. If you have any questions or comments please contact email@example.com.
Versatile PhD Career Tool
Designed to help graduate students identify, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers, Versatile PhD provides original, first-person content from real-life Ph.D.’s and ABD’s succeeding outside of the academy. Learn how they became employed in fields as wide-ranging as Business, Policy, Biotechnology, and Intellectual Property by reading their “Hiring Success Stories”, read more about their career paths by checking out their “Career Autobiographies”, and participate in online panel discussions and forums in which they describe what their work is like and answer questions from you and other users.
Versatile PhD is sponsored by the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies and the Career Center of Texas A&M University, and as a student, you are granted access to all premium content. For more information and to sign up, click here. Enter your NetId and password to create your VPhD account.
Professional Development (PD) Portal
The PD Portal is a tool connecting students with professional development activities and resources at the department, college, or university level. Students can use the Professional Development Portal to search for opportunities by professional development skill area, college or academic unit, target audience or any combination of the three.
3 Minute Thesis Competition
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The winner of the Texas A&M 3 Minute Thesis Competition will advance to represent the University at the Regional Competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)
The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded network of research universities committed to preparing outstanding future faculty in STEM disciplines, with the ultimate goal of improving undergraduate STEM education in the U.S. CIRTL offers several local programs at Texas A&M University centered on preparing future faculty and college teaching. They also offer online resources and programs from the CIRTL Central Network for students to utilize if unable to participate in the local face-to-face programs.
The Vice Provost Office generously provided funding for two initiatives in support of Aggies Commit:
Graduate Student Council Aggies Commit Career Enhancement Fellowships
These awards will support travel and related costs for students seeking additional training relevant to their research and professional success, such as unpaid internships, diversity/global learning activities, grant writing training, qualitative research training programs, professional development workshops and interdisciplinary experiences. The Graduate Student Council will administer this program in collaboration with OGAPS; click here for more information.
Aggies Commit Mini-Grants for Innovative Programming
Aggies Commit Mini-Grants will funnel to those graduate student organizations presenting the most innovative activities and/or programming enabling high-impact learning experiences for graduate students. OGAPS staff and faculty will organize the application and selection process. Click here for more information.
Texas A&M University for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - TAMUGEP
TAMUGEP, similarly to TAMUS- E&S AGEP, provides activities and financial support to facilitate graduate student participation in scholarly and professional skill development activities, development of community and co-mentoring networks, participation in research conferences, securing of multi-institutional research mini-grants, and participation and performance-based retention bonuses. Click here to learn more!