Brown Bag Series


Spring 2021 Schedule

Welcome to the HDFS Graduate Brown Bag Series!

See below for this semester’s schedule of events:


Date: Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae

Need to start or freshen up your CV? Gerilyn Slicker and Ginnie Sawyer Morris, current HDFS PhD. candidates will share information and useful tips for preparing and updating your CV.


Date: Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Effective Writing Strategies

Dr. Tia Barnes shares her wide range of writing talent and skills. She has published articles, book chapters, technical reports, manuals, blogs and more. Join us for an informative presentation and discussion on effective writing strategies.


Date: Friday, March 26, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  via Zoom

The Publishing Process

Interested in publishing? Join us as Dr. Roderick Carey describes the publishing process, as well as some tips and strategies to help you better navigate the publishing maze.


Date: Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00-2:00 PM via Zoom

Teaching in Academia

Dr. Jen Gallo-Fox shares her experiences and insights about teaching in academia. This is a must-see presentation for anyone currently teaching as a grad student or for those planning on moving on to a full-time teaching position after graduation.


Date: Friday, May 5, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.n. via Zoom

Common Analysis Mistakes

Our very own HDFS alumna, Danielle Riser, has graciously agreed to share her experiences to help us avoid common analysis mistakes. An hour at this session may save you countless hours in the lab!



The HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series began as a conversation between HDFS Graduate Students Laura Cutler, Kathleen McCallops, and Ginnie Sawyer Morris in the fall of 2016. Their discussion centered around the unspoken details of graduate student life—the first year experience, the best place to find student and professional resources, and how to acquire all of the skills necessary to be a successful graduate student. Laura, Kathleen, and Ginnie quickly realized that no departmental course could cover this wide range of material, and so with departmental support, the HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series was launched!

The HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series is a monthly professional development series organized by graduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Sessions are typically held on the second or fourth Friday of every month, from 1:00-2:00pm.

The Brown Bag series provides graduate students with a formal channel for learning about and accessing resources related to both graduate student- and professional-life, as well as an opportunity for networking with fellow graduate students. Monthly topics are carefully chosen based on graduate student needs and interests and have included subjects such as writing grants, attending and presenting at professional conferences, navigating sensitive academic conversations, instructing undergraduate courses, and securing non-academic positions post-graduation. Missed a session? No problem! Check out the zoom recordings posted below!

HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Date Topic

2018-2019 Academic Year

September Establishing Connections and Community
October Foundations of Survey Research
December Dissertation Grants
January Alumni Q and A: Non-faculty Positions
February Turning Course Papers into Manuscripts
April Developing and Delivering a TED-style Talk
May Managing Large Datasets

2017-2018 Academic Year

October Attending Professional Conferences
November Graduate Student Service Opportunities/ Developing a Curriculum Vitae
December Navigating “Awkward” Academic Conversations
January Alumni Q and A: Faculty Positions
February Writing a Grant Budget
March Alternative Dissemination (Blogs, non-academic audiences, social media)
April The Academic Job Search
May CTAL Teaching Session

2016-2017 Academic Year

(Brown Bag Series Launched Spring 2017)

February Creating Professional Conference Posters
March Instructing Undergraduate Courses
April Grant Writing
May Preparing for and Taking Comprehensive Exams

Brown Bag Organizers: Who We Are

Currently, the HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series is organized by:

Annette Pic,

Virginia Sticinski,


Get Involved

If you are interested in learning more about the HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag, have topic ideas for upcoming sessions, or want to get involved, please contact one of the Brown Bag Organizers.