Graduate workshops at Tufts help students identify, map, and acquire broad and transferrable skills. Participants can choose to focus on developing skills within five domains. At times, workshops will overlap in theme with multiple domains.

Five Domains of Professional Development:

  • Scholarly Expertise
  • Career Preparation
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership and Collaboration
  • Personal Development


Upcoming  workshops and other graduate events are listed on the events calendar. Not all workshops are offered every year.

Scholarly Expertise

This group of workshops will expand upon the scholarly training offered within respective disciplines at Tufts.

A Simple Approach to Digital Storytelling

How do I make effective and engaging videos? How do I show advanced research topics in a way anyone can understand? How do I put it all together? Come learn the answers to all of these questions and much more in a hands-on workshop with staff from Tisch Library’s Digital Design Studio. Notation Track.

Best Practices in Data Management

Got data? Learn about the importance of managing data, the federal funding landscape, emerging requirements for researchers, and support available at Tufts. In collaboration with Tisch Library. Notation Track.

Best Practices for Productive Writing

One of the most difficult things about graduate school is carving out time to produce and polish your writing. We can help you identify obstacles that may be inhibiting your writing process, improve your understanding of the expectations for graduate-level writing, manage procrastination and perfectionist tendencies, and build time for writing into your busy schedule. Through activities and discussion, you will have the opportunity to explore your writing process and develop techniques for becoming a more productive writer. In collaboration with the Academic Resource Center. Notation Track.

Copyright Do’s and Don'ts for Your Thesis/Dissertation

Do you need to seek permissions to include images or figures or can you rely on fair use? Should you register your copyright? Why might you want to seek an embargo with ProQuest? What is the Tufts Digital Library?Notation Track.

Editing for Style

Need to polish your prose before you submit a seminar paper, thesis chapter, or publication? This workshop will focus on the late stages of revising your writing, with an emphasis on common challenges specific to graduate writing. Learn proofreading strategies that will help you view your writing with a critical eye and make it more clear, concise, and well-organized. In collaboration with the Academic Resource Center. Notation Track.

Grant Writing Series

Learn the basics of grantsmanship strategies and how to develop a competitive proposal. This series is comprised of four workshops: Developing a Competitive Grant Proposal, Finding Funding, Writing Clearly and Concisely, and Crafting Compelling and Concise Research Objectives. In collaboration with the Office of Proposal Development. Notation Track.

Honing Your Note-Taking Style

Share note taking strategies with fellow students and try out some new approaches in this interactive workshop lead by the director of the Time Management and Study Strategies Consulting program. Notation Track.

Preparing Posters for Conferences

Preparing for a poster session? Learn the basics of poster design and production. Review design elements including layout, color, and images, and learn about software options for designing great posters. In collaboration with Tisch Library. Notation Track.

Career Preparation

These workshops address skills that will improve your employability, as well as help you prepare for careers in academia, industry, and government or non-profit organizations.

Building an Effective Resume

Learn how to write a resume that reflects your greatest skills and experience and explore different resume formats and samples. By the end of this workshop your resume will say, "Interview me!" In collaboration with the Tufts Career Center. Notation Track.

Successful Interviewing

Develop the resources to research and prepare for an interview. Practice and apply effective communication techniques using your voice, body language, facial expressions, and handshake. In collaboration with the Tufts Career Center. Notation Track.

LinkedIn Lab Workshop

Social media can advance your job search. Create your own LinkedIn profile and learn how to initiate connections, research organizations, and request informational interviews. This workshop is led by Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch, a career strategist with more than 20 years of experience helping individuals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Notation Track.

Networking Your Way to Success

Develop an understanding of the role of networking when conducting a job search. Learn how verbal communication skills play a vital role in networking. In collaboration with the Tufts Career Center. Notation Track.

Preparing for a Career in Academia

Join faculty members from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering in this annual workshop on making the transition to an academic career. Discuss how to network, the best practices for academic interviews, and how to negotiate first offers. The workshop delivers practical, hands-on advice about the academic career. Includes panel sessions, example scenario reenactment, and focused lunch-group discussions on post-doc and non-tenure track positions. Notation Track.

Preparing for a Career Outside of Academia

Join a panel of Tufts faculty discussing how to network in your job search, utilizing your graduate experiences in non-academic positions, and the unique rewards and challenges of work in industry or non-profit sector. This panel will focus on practical, hands-on advice about a career in the private sector or the non-profit world and ways that your graduate education might support your career and goals outside of academia. Notation Track.

Writing Effective Cover Letters

A well-crafted cover letter is an important introduction to your resume and can increase your chances of landing an interview. Learn effective ways to highlight your skills and abilities to prospective employers through written communication. In collaboration with the Tufts Career Center. Notation Track.

Communication Skills

Hone your ability to communicate with diverse audiences by improving your presentation skills, discussion facilitation, and non-verbal habits. Through these workshops, students learn to adjust content for appropriate contexts, to project confidence, and to engage and activate audience interest.

Discussion Facilitation

Learn optimal discussion facilitation strategies, get tips to help discussions, and have the opportunity to practice with peers. In collaboration with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Notation Track.

Influencing and Communication Skills

Whether communicating one-on-one with a colleague or with a group in a meeting, interactions with others are opportunities to develop trust and interpersonal influence. Practice the skills and techniques for effective interpersonal communication, learn about the four Influencing Style characteristics, and discover your primary Influencing Style. Notation Track.

Presentation Skills

Students are coached on physical delivery skills, given tips and techniques to help make visual support materials come alive, and learn to become more engaging, dynamic speakers. Notation Track.

Scientific Presentation Skills

A panel of faculty and deans offer an overview and focused discussion of the key components to crafting a good scientific presentation.Notation Track.

Leadership and Collaboration

These workshops examine the impact of group processes and conflicts on team performance and allow students to assess their negotiation and mediation skills, and discover their personal capabilities as leaders.

Best Practices for Leadership in the Lab

In development.

Conflict Resolution Workshops

This two-part preemptive interactive workshop addresses the causes of conflicts that can create obstacles for graduate students’ success. We’ll examine students’ own styles in negotiation, consider ideas for empowerment, and practice win-win conflict. Attendance on both dates is required for acceptance. Led by Sinaia Nathanson, associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Notation Track.


In development.

Women in STEM

This event series explores the role of women in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Featured speakers address the history of women in this field, the challenges facing them, and celebrate the successes of pioneering women.

Personal Development

Address and balance competing demands in your personal and professional life by prioritizing and cultivating flexibility. Students learn to develop a resilient orientation and a proactive approach to challenges.

Master Your Reading List

Knowing how the brain processes information can help you get the most out of your reading. Activities build a concrete understanding of which strategies help us understand and retain information from the written word. We’ll review different strategies for science and humanities readings and offer advice to avoid procrastination and improve initiation. A group dialogue will help us learn from each other. Claire Weigand, Director of the Time Management and Study Strategies Consulting Program, leads the workshop. Notation Track.

Building Test Confidence

Learn strategies for both preparing for and taking exams. Enhance your retention and focus while decreasing stress through this workshop presented by the director of the Time Management and Study Strategies Consulting program. Claire Weigand, Director of the Time Management and Study Strategies Consulting Program, leads the workshop.

Financial Literacy for Graduate Students

Learn the basics of personal finance, and explore areas such as appropriate spending plans for your financial goals, understanding and improving your cash flow, managing your debt, and understanding what steps to take next. Notation Track.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Using case studies, we’ll look at ways to overcome stumbling blocks that all graduate students have in common. In collaboration with the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service. Notation Track.

Work-Life Balance

Learn how to appropriately balance the many demands placed on your time as a graduate student and in the workforce. Notation Track.

Taming Your Grad-School Schedule

Learn how taking effective breaks, backwards planning, study routines, and initiation strategies can help you feel more in control. Workshop lead by the director of the Time Management and Study Strategies Consulting program. Notation Track.

Notation of Development (NOD)

All degree track students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering can now receive formal recognition for workshop attendance in the form of a “Notation of Development” (NOD) on their transcripts.

In order to receive the NOD, students must attend at least four “Notation Track” workshops before graduating from a master’s or doctoral program at Tufts. Only workshops with “Notation Track” in the event description are eligible. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each workshop to record student progress toward the NOD. Students must register online prior to attending the workshop; location information will be sent to those who register and receive confirmation.

Students who successfully complete the NOD requirements will receive an award notation on their transcript reading “Completion of the Graduate Professional Development Workshop Series.” In addition, students will receive a letter of recognition from their respective dean prior to graduation. Students are also encouraged to list the notation on their curriculum vitae or resume.

Contact Information

For further questions about the NOD and the workshops offered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, please contact Ariana Hajmiragha.