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Graduate Professional and Academic Development

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The Division of Graduate Studies offers professional development workshops for KSU graduate students of all academic programs. The free, one-hour Graduate Professional and Academic Development (GPAD) workshops are offered during a one-week block in the Fall and Spring semesters. Several of the GPAD workshops are also included in Graduate Student Orientation (GSO).

At Kent State University, we value the growth of our community, and want you to succeed while enrolled and after completing your degree. The GPAD workshops help students set and achieve their goals. The sessions will help you develop an interdisciplinary outlook that is applicable to success in the real world. From identifying your personal preferences to setting professional aspirations, we help you map out your objectives.

The GPAD workshops are a collaborative initiative between the Division of Graduate Studies and other campus units including University Libraries, Research and Sponsored Programs, the LaunchNET Kent State, and the Career Services Center. Facilitated by university faculty, administrators, and teaching fellows, the GPAD workshops include topics such as technology tools, searching for grant funding, writing a literature review, and networking. 

The Fall 2016 GPAD workshop series is scheduled to take place from Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28 in room 319 of the Kent Student Center.  Registration for GPAD is open

Students who attend at least three GPAD workshops during the semester will receive a "GPAD Certificate of Participation" that can be added to a CV or resume.

Light refreshments will be provided at each of the GPAD workshops and pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Kyle Reynolds at with questions.

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