HDFS Grad Student Development and Discovery Series (GSDD)


Spring 2021 Schedule

Welcome to the HDFS Grad Student Development and Discovery 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: There will not be an April GSDD session. We encourage you to attend the Steele Symposium.


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 Grad Student Development and Discovery 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 Grad Student Development and Discovery series was launched!

The HDFS Grad Student Development and Discovery 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 Grad Student Development and Discovery 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!


Organizers: Who We Are

Currently, the HDFS Grad Student Development and Discovery series is organized by:

Annette Pic, acpic@udel.edu

Virginia Sticinski, esticins@udel.edu


Get Involved

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