What Resources are Available for a Successful Graduate Student Experience?
Navigating graduate school and preparing for future careers can be a complex process that holds tremendous opportunity and learning potential. The Stearns Center is committed to helping you succeed. Below you will find multiple resources to assist you on your educational and professional journey. If you can not find what you are looking for or have any questions please contacts us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-6200 and we will be happy to assist.
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Professional Development Opportunities
We’re here to help!
We work with many collaborators across campus to offer a variety of support opportunities for graduate students across campus. Please browse the links below to find out about our most popular programming like PROV701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy, the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (held every September and is free to graduate students), and many more. We can also be reached to schedule individual consultations to discuss teaching strategies and applying for academic positions. For a printable/downloadable list of graduate student resources at Mason, please click here.
- PROV 701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy program & workshop series
- Other Graduate Student Workshops
- Weekly Graduate Student Write-Ins at The Writing Center
- Semesterly Graduate Life Student Write-Ins
- Meet one-on-one with your Subject Librarian for research tips
- Research Skill/Tool Workshops
- Get your Research Conduct Certification
- Publish in Journal of Mason Graduate Research
- Apply for Graduate Fellowships
Advice on Teaching, Careers and Graduate School Success
Find the answers you’re lookin for…
Graduate school, teaching, and planning your career path can be confusing and overwhelming. We’re here to help. Below you will find resources that we have created based on the frequently asked questions from graduate students like yourself. You can also request a 1-1 Consultation.
NOTE: This advice is meant to be general, non-discipline specific advice and we encourage you to also investigate and take advantage of the graduate student resources offered by your home department and advisor.
Looking for peer advice? Check out our Graduate Student Community resources in the drop-down section below or consider applying to join our PROV701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy cohort if you will be on the academic job market in the next year or two.
- Succeeding in Graduate School
- Teaching Resources
- Research, Writing, & Publishing
- Networking & Professional Relationships
- Preparing for Academic Careers
- Alternatives to Tenure-Track Faculty Careers (Alt-Ac Track)
- Applying for Non-Academic Careers
Finding Community with Other Graduate Students at Mason
Find other graduate students across campus
Expand your horizons by seeking out the perspectives of other graduate students outside of your department or program. Explore the links below to find opportunities to meet and network with other graduate students.
- Attend Gradstravanganza (every September)
- Attend Graduate Student Life Events
- Request Reservable Graduate Writing Space
- Sign up for The Writing Center’s Weekly Graduate Write-Ins
- Join the PROV 701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy cohort (year-long)
- Attend the annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference
NOTE: We do not have information about applying for GTA/GRA positions. Please contact your department.