Human Development and Family Sciences

HDFS Grad Student Development and Discovery Series (GSDD)


Fall 2021 Schedule

Welcome to the HDFS Grad Student Development and Discovery Series!

See below for this semester’s schedule of events:


Date: Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM via Zoom

Welcome Meet and Greet

Please join us for our first meeting of the fall semester, where seasoned grad students will share survival tips on mastering course work, proposals, thesis planning and even dissertations!


Date: Friday, October 22, 2021, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom

Mastering the Job Talk

Join us as Dr. Whitaker from the HDFS department shares her strategies for mastering the job talk.


Date: Friday November 12, 2021, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom

From Paper to Publication

Gerilynn Slicker, a PhD candidate in the HDFS department, will offer tips on turning that course paper into a publication.


Date: Friday December 10, 2021, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom

Semester De-stress

Join fellow grad students as we take some time to relax and “de-stress” from the busy fall semester.



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:

Melissa Stoffers,

Virginia Sticinski,


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.