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Graduate Life Coach Programming, Fall 2020


Please check here for the latest news on how preventative measures for COVID-19 are affecting campus resources and programming:

**All programming and appointments for Fall 2020 term will be conducted via Zoom as remote work and social distancing concerns continue**

  • Graduate Student COVID-19 Coping Strategies – You can view the Graduate Life Coach's short video on coping strategies and review a list of resources for working from home, here: 
    If you would like to discuss coping strategies with the Graduate Life Coach, you can schedule an individual coaching session the online calendar.
  • Critical Conversations for Graduate Students series - see below for descriptions and registration links
  • Critical Conversations for Postdocstbd
  • Peak Performance (Grad Students and Postdocs) -   see below for descriptions and registration links
  • Individual Coaching Appointments – Choose date and time to meet via Calendly  (ZOOM link will be sent by Graduate Life Coach prior to meeting time)


Peak Performance Workshop Series

Workshops facilitated by staff from the University Counseling Center and the Graduate Life Coach.
Lunch provided by the Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Development Institute.

This workshop series is designed to promote expert performance by exploring common issues impacting graduate and professional students and postdocs.  During each session, we will briefly cover theory and research on the topic and provide a space for attendees to discuss their related experiences and to gain support and consultation.

  • You are not required to attend all workshops in the series, just choose those that are most important to you.
  • RSVP is required -  and opens 1 week prior to each workshop (links will be posted in February)
  • Space is limited to 20 participants per sessions - active discussion encouraged.
  • Workshops are offered every semester.

All sessions held Fridays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

September 18, 2020 Perfectionism and Imposter Syndrome
via ZOOM

September 25, 2020

Motivation, Mindset & Effective Goal Setting via ZOOM

October 9, 2020

Performing Under Pressure,
Fighting Procrastination & increasing Efficiency

via ZOOM

October 30, 2020

Managing Conflict and Relationships in Academia via ZOOM

November 13, 2020

Finding Work/Life Balance via ZOOM


 Critical Conversations Series for Graduate Students

These programs are most suitable for students in PhD programs but are open to all Graduate School students.

You are not required to attend all workshops in the series, just choose those that are most important to you. 

Active discussion is encouraged.


Finance Seminars 

January/February 2021 dates TBD

Demystifying Taxes for Grad Students and Postdocs

Are you intimidated by the prospect of preparing your grad student or postdoc tax return? Are you confused by the tax forms you received from your institution – or the forms you didn’t? This seminar breaks down how to calculate your taxable income from your salary, stipend, fellowship, grant, and/or scholarships; minimize your tax liability using education tax benefits; and report your income, qualified education expenses, and estimated tax paid on your tax return.

Due to feedback from last year's attendees, Dr. Roberts will provide a pre-workshop webinar on January 27 @ 6:30 PM to provide background information for those that may be more unfamiliar with filing taxes.  

The Grad Student and Postdoc's Guide to Personal Finance

Are you ready to take the next step with your finances as a graduate student or postdoc? Do you want to learn how to allocate your money more optimally, break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck, and increase your net worth even while in training? This seminar presents an 8-step framework to guide you from broke to financially secure to wealthy through saving, debt repayment, and investing and includes real-life examples of other PhD trainees finding financial success.

About the presenter
Dr. Emily Roberts is a personal finance educator specializing in early-career PhDs. Through her business, Personal Finance for PhDs, she equips graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs with Real Jobs to make the most of their money. She gives seminars at universities and for associations, interviews PhDs on her podcast, serves as a money coach, and creates courses and workshops on taxes, investing, and more. Emily holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University and lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two children

Collaborative Communication Workshop (Grad Students and Faculty)

To be rescheduled for the Spring 2021 term - stay tuned!

Today's workplace requires more collaboration than ever before. Honing effective communication skills is essential for success - and well-being - throughout your career. Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project by the authors of the bestseller Getting to Yes, this one-day Collaborative Communication Workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Influence people effectively, even when you don’t have direct authority 
  • Create buy-in for your ideas, even when you do have direct authority 
  • Ask for what you need – or say no – in a way that does not damage relationships 
  • Respond to challenges, threats, outbursts, and other difficult behaviors 
  • Identify and articulate your value effectively 
  • Prepare strategically for potentially difficult conversations 
  • Generate creative agreements in order to find "win-win" solutions



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