GradPro, the Graduate Student Professional Development Resource Hub, assists students in navigating and making use of academic, professional, and career development resources available on and beyond campus. GradPro supports students in developing professional competencies and preparing for a wide range of careers through consultations, workshops, and check-in groups. GradPro also works with departments and faculty on developing discipline-specific professional development programming for graduate students. Grad Pro’s work is guided by the needs of students and by the Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Professional Development. Whether you are a newly admitted student just starting to think about career options or a graduating student on the job market, GradPro can point you to resources to support your development and decision making.

Contact Us

For all general inquiries related to graduate student professional development, please reach out to us at [email protected].

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To reserve GradPro’s professional development room, 309 Sproul, please see the reservation request information below.

GradPro Team

Sophie Major, Ph.D.

Sophie Major, Ph.D.
Director of GradPro
[email protected]

Linda von Hoene

Linda von Hoene
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Director, GSI Teaching and Resource Center
[email protected]

Professional Development Liaisons

Every graduate student has access to Professional Development Liaisons (PDLs), who are trained to assist students as they prepare for and launch their careers. You can sign-up for a one-on-one consultation with a PDL, who will connect you with resources, strategies, and services relevant to your particular needs or goals.

Maria Almeida Reis

Maria Almeida Reis
Professional Development Liaison
Ph.D. Candidate in History

Haripriya Sathyanarayanan

Haripriya Sathyanarayanan
Professional Development Liaison
Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture

Nirupika Sharma

Nirupika Sharma
Professional Development Liaison
Ph.D. Candidate in Social-Personality Psychology

Yana T. Zlochistaya

Yana T. Zlochistaya
Professional Development Liaison
Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature

Reserving the Graduate Professional Development Center, 309 Sproul Hall

The Graduate Professional Development Center (GPD Center) in 309 Sproul Hall is a space dedicated to professional development programming for graduate students and the faculty and staff who advise them.
The room has a maximum occupancy of 73 persons, and is furnished with 73 moveable chairs and 20 moveable tables. Two walls in the room have writable/erasable finish and can be used as dry-erase boards.
Please note that room users are responsible for their own setup, cleanup, and managing any A/V needs during their event.
NOTE: The above limits on capacity and all guidelines that follow are subject to Berkeley’s return-to-campus policy. Please review these guidelines before submitting a reservation request below.

Media Resources

The GPD Center is fully equipped with a projector, speakers, and a DVD/CD player. Laptops can be connected to the projector and speakers using the HDMI or VGA cables provided. Other available resources include audio/video recording, live-streaming, document camera, lapel microphones, hand-held microphones, and assisted listening devices. Room users are welcome to use this equipment, but are responsible for managing any A/V needs during their event.

Please contact [email protected] to schedule an orientation to the A/V equipment in advance, if needed. Please be sure to turn off the projector at the end of your event.

Wireless internet in the room is provided through eduroam. Guests to UC Berkeley can access the open wireless network, CalVisitor, for internet access from any wifi-enabled device.

Room Reservation Procedures

Campus units and student groups can reserve the GPD Center for graduate professional development events and workshops. Requests for use of the GPD Center must indicate how the event or workshop will contribute to graduate student professional development.

The procedure for reserving the GPD Center is as follows:

  1. Check the availability of the room on bCal (“Sproul-CR-309”). (If you cannot access the calendar, please contact [email protected].) The room can be reserved for meetings Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with start times no later than 4:30 p.m. Use of the room between noon and 1 p.m. is not recommended given the high noise level on Sproul Plaza during the lunch hour.
  2. Request a specific date and time using this Reservation Request Form. Please allow three business days to process your request. Reservation requests may only be submitted for the current semester.
  3. If your request is approved, you will receive an invite from bCal; please use this invite to verify that 309 Sproul Hall has been reserved for the correct day and time.
  4. On the day of the event, please visit GradPro’s main office in 307 Sproul Hall (or 301 Sproul Hall, if no one is available to help you in 307) to be let into the room. Please notify GradPro staff when your event is over so that we can lock the room.
  5. Please review the check-out reminders posted in the room before leaving. Room users are responsible for ensuring that the room is ready for the next user. Tables and chairs must be returned to the original configuration if moved.

Room Use Guidelines

Users of the GPD Center agree to the following terms:

  1. Users must abide by the Code of Conduct
  2. Room capacity of 73 (including speakers) may not be exceeded.
  3. Users are responsible for abiding by campus’ return-to-campus policies
  4. Only dry-erase markers and erasers may be used on the two surfaces with writable/erasable finish. Markers and erasers are inside the podium. Please be sure not to write on the untreated walls. Walls must be erased at the end of the event.
  5. Chairs and tables must be returned to their original configuration (rows of 4 on the window side; rows of 3 or 4, depending on space, on the door side of the room).
  6. Projector must be turned off.
  7. Carpet and window treatments must not be stained or damaged.
  8. Chairs and tables must be free of stains and left undamaged. Sitting on the tables is prohibited.
  9. Room must be left free of debris (receptacles for trash and recycling are in the hallway; all event materials must be removed).
  10. Podium must be left undamaged and returned to its original location in the corner next to the front (northwest) window.
  11. Doors must be locked after the room has been vacated. Please be sure to notify the PDRC in 307 Sproul when your event is over, so that we can lock the room.
  12. Please review the check-out sheet posted in the room at the end of the event, to ensure that you are leaving the room in the proper order.
  13. The user assumes responsibility for the safety and security of participants.
  14. University policies and procedures governing the serving of alcohol must be followed.
  15. Food is allowed but please do not leave behind any crumbs, spills, etc.
  16. Should any damages occur to the room, furniture, or equipment, or should the room need a special cleaning as a result of a unit’s use of the room, any costs incurred to bring the room back to its original state will be charged to the user.

Reservation Request

After reviewing all of the above guidelines, please submit a reservation request.

Room Reservation Contact

Questions about the room or reservations should be directed to [email protected].