Professional development is a critical part of graduate education at Princeton University. The Graduate School supports programming geared at career exploration, leadership development, and effective communication. The Graduate School often partners with other campus organizations to produce programming is geared at skill acquisition and the development of transferrable skills that can be leveraged in a careers both inside and outside the academy.
The Princeton Research Symposium is an annual event where Princeton graduate students and research staff present their findings to the University community and the general public. It's a great opportunity to make connections across disciplines and foster better understanding about academic research in the wider Princeton community. Attendance is free and anyone is welcome.
Career Services helps support graduate student career searches both inside and outside the academy. Career counselors will speak with students about faculty searches, dossiers, CVs, resumes, interviews, and networking opportunities.
The McGraw Center, in collaboration with the Graduate School, offers graduate students and faculty the opportunity to engage in this year-long teaching seminar that focuses on the processes and goals of teaching as well as the challenges encountered by undergraduate students.
McGraw Center pedagogy workshops are focused on aspects of teaching, learning and academic careers. The workshops explore topics of grading, leading discussions, and teaching with film and lecturing, They teach critical thinking in disciplinary courses, and writing a teaching statement. The professional development workshops help prepare graduate students for their academic careers such as the Master Class on Lecturing, which includes Princeton faculty, and "Prof 101," a seminar for those starting academic positions in the following year.
The Pace Center supports the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI), which provides credit-bearing college courses to inmates at two correctional facilities near Princeton’s campus. Courses in several disciplines are taught by volunteer instructors including Princeton faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, alumni, and advanced undergraduates.
Proposal writing is always challenging. Writers must argue for why their project is so important and so likely to succeed that it deserves a substantial investment of time and money. Writers developing their proposals will find a range of resources available at Princeton to support their writing. Graduate students working on proposals or fellowships can take advantage of the wide variety of writing support offered through Writing Center progams.
Keller Center fellows serve as key advocates and supporters of the Keller Center's role while honing their skills as leaders and entrepreneurs. Graduate and undergraduate students selected for the program serve one academic year terms. They are invited to special events and functions hosted by the Center and are eligible to apply for special funding to pursue individual and group projects.