GPD connects graduate students with innovative programs offered by the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching & Resource Center, Graduate Writing Center, and campus partners such as the Career Center, Beyond Academia, the Graduate Assembly, and the D-Lab.
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Graduate Division Professional Development Programs
Graduate Writing Center
The Graduate Writing Center assists graduate students in the development of academic skills necessary to successfully complete their graduate programs and prepare for future faculty and professional positions. This unit offers workshops on topics such as academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication, in addition to writing groups and individual consultations on these topics for graduate students.
Other Campus Partners & Programs
The goal of Berkeley Connect is to combine the world-class intellectual facilities of the University with the nurturing inclusiveness of a small, liberal arts college. Undergraduates at Berkeley increasingly wish for a more intimate and supportive academic experience, one in which they can be part of an intellectual community comprising faculty, graduate students, their fellow undergraduates, and alumni/ae.
Berkeley Connect provides just such an experience by placing participants in small discussion groups assigned to a graduate mentor, who is responsible for group meetings and one-on-one advising. In addition, the program includes informal lectures by professors, visits to Berkeley resources, panel discussions of career opportunities and graduate school, and social events in which professors, graduate students, and undergraduates can talk informally about intellectual issues.
Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)
Founded in 2013, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) is a central hub of research and education at UC Berkeley designed to facilitate and nurture data-intensive science. People are at the heart of BIDS. They are building a community centered on a cohort of talented data science fellows and senior fellows who are representative of the world-class researchers from across campus and are leading the data science revolution within their disciplines.
Their initiatives are designed to bring together broad constituents of the data science community, including domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences and methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. While many of these individuals rarely cross professional paths, BIDS actively seeks new and creative ways to engage and foster collaboration across these different research fields.
The Career Center has counselors specifically dedicated to helping graduate students. Each year, over 2,500 Berkeley graduate students receive career planning guidance and employment-related assistance from the Career Center.
Graduate student services include:
- Individual, confidential counseling
- Workshops and presentations
- Career fairs and employer info sessions
- Email alerts
- Job listings
- On-campus recruiting
You can learn more from the Career Center website, visit in person 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 2440 Bancroft Way, or call 510-642-1716.
Center for the Study of Law and Society
Founded in 1961 the Center for the Study of Law and Society encourages and supports empirical research and theoretical analysis of the social consequence of law, including legal institutions and processes, the impact of law on individuals and groups, and social, political, and intellectual influences on law itself and legal activity. While located in the U. C. Berkeley School of Law the Center provides an environment where faculty and graduate students from many campus departments in the socials sciences and humanities, as well as visiting scholars from the US and oversees institutions regularly meet, present research papers, exchange ideas, and explore new concepts, perspective and research agendas. The Center’s associated faculty and visitors are drawn from many disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, psychology, law, philosophy, and history.
D-Lab helps Berkeley faculty, staff, and graduate students move forward with world-class research in data intensive social science. We think of data as an expansive category, one that is constantly changing as the research frontier moves. We offer a venue for methodological exchange from all corners of campus and across its bounds.
D-Lab provides cross-disciplinary resources for in-depth consulting and advising, access to staff support, and training and provisioning for software and other infrastructure needs. Networking with other Berkeley centers and facilities and with our departments and schools, we offer our services to researchers across the disciplines and underwrite the breadth of excellence of Berkeley’s graduate programs and faculty research. D-Lab builds networks through which Berkeley researchers can connect with users of social science data in the off-campus world.
Digital Humanities at Berkeley
The Digital Humanities at Berkeley initiative is a multi-year partnership between Research IT and the Dean of Arts and Humanities. With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the initiative is focused on building capacity for DH research and teaching and connecting a variety of campus institutions. These programs will include grants for collaborative research and DH pedagogy, fellowships, and internships.
Research IT offers consulting at all stages of project development, including tool selection, grant development, recruiting research assistants, technical assessment, and research data management. Additionally, Research IT staff maintain the Digital Humanities event calendar, assist with event coordination, solicit profiles for campus digital humanities projects, write and solicit posts for the digital humanities blog, and contribute to strategic planning for the Digital Humanities initiative.
Email digitalhumanities [at] berkeley [dot] edu to get in touch with a digital humanities consultant.
The mission of the Graduate Assembly is to improve the lives of University of California, Berkeley graduate students and to foster a vibrant, inclusive graduate student community.
The Graduate Assembly is the official representative body of the graduate and professional students at the University of California, Berkeley. The fundamental principles of the Graduate Assembly are the promotion of a vibrant student social life, inclusiveness, progressive activism, community service, educational improvement, and professional development. In service to these principles the Graduate Assembly advocates for students, funds student groups on campus, and directly manages a variety of projects.
MCB295: Careers for Life Science PhDs
MCB295 is a career and professional development seminar series for life science PhDs organized by students in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Each weekly session features a panel of speakers from a variety of careers who share their post-PhD paths. In addition, they host workshops on topics in career development, including networking, resume building, interview techniques, and negotiation skills.
To receive weekly updates about their events, sign up for their email list.
They meet every Monday evening in the spring semester from 6pm-8pm in Barker 101 on the UC Berkeley campus. Their full schedule can be found here.
Research Data Management
Research IT has partnered with the Library to develop Research Data Management (RDM) services for the UC Berkeley campus. The program addresses current and emerging data management issues, compliance with policy requirements imposed by funders and by the University, and reduction of risk associated with the challenges of data stewardship.
In September 2015, the program launched the RDM Consulting Service, staffed by dedicated consultants with expertise in key aspects of managing research data. The RDM Consulting Service coordinates closely with consulting services in Research IT, the Library, and other researcher-facing support organizations on the campus. Contact a consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org
The RDM program also developed an online resource guide that documents existing services available for management of research data, providing context and use cases from a research perspective. Access the guide at: researchdata.berkeley.edu
Science Leadership and Management (SLAM)
Grad school is a great place to gain scientific expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists? To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, grad students from Chemistry, Physics, and MCB founded SLAM: Science Leadership and Management.
SLAM leads a seminar series focused on understanding the many interpersonal interactions critical for success in a scientific lab, as well as some practical aspects of lab management. The target audience for this course is upper-level science graduate students with broad interests and backgrounds, and the skills discussed will be applicable to a variety of career paths. Postdocs are also welcome to attend.
SLAM is sponsored by QB3 and VSPA, with additional support from the Department of Chemistry and the LBNL Chemical Sciences Division.
Thriving in Science
Thriving in Science is a campus-wide, professional development initiative at UC Berkeley that is intended to provide graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with the resources and support to make the most of their academic training. Thriving in Science seeks to empower graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to become more engaged, resilient, and creative scientists by directly addressing the real-world (often personal) challenges that are encountered in the course of a career in scientific research.
Thriving in Science seeks to address the personal challenges that specifically hinder scientific development by providing opportunities to discuss topics ranging from minimizing anxiety and managing interpersonal relationships to adopting strategies to recognize and prevent professional fatigue. As is now widely recognized within the scientific community, these aspects of our professional training are critical to a successful career in science and yet are often not adequately included as part of graduate and postdoctoral training. This shortcoming is adversely affecting not only the day-to-day lives and professional aspirations of younger scientists-in-training, but also the long-term, collective success of academic science as a whole.