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Professional Development Course Series

How Can Professional Development Courses Help You?

The School of Engineering Graduate Programs is committed to provide a holistic learning experience to our graduate students. Our Professional Development course series will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in your current graduate studies and your career after graduation! 

Some examples of our courses include the 'Communication and Pedagogy' class where we teach you how to teach! We also have a 'Scientific Communication' class where we help you build the skills to communicate scientific data to the research community and the general public. Stressed about finding the right internship or job after graduation? Our 'Engineering Internships and Careers in Industry' course will help you develop effective resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills to help you with your job search. 

Blue = Offered during FALL SEMESTER | Orange = Offered during FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS | Teal = Offered during SPRING SEMESTER
Find out more about our courses below. All courses are 1 credit and do not have prerequisites. 

Courses Offered:

ENGR 5410: Scientific Communication

When: Fall Semester, every Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Who: All second through fifth-year Engineering Graduate Students are eligible to take the course
Why: By the end of the course, students will be able to create effective presentations of their research, write dissertation briefs and posters, and gain experience in public speaking.

ENGR 5420: Engineering Internships and Careers in Industry

When: Fall Semester, every Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Who: All third, fourth, and fifth-year Engineering Graduate Students are eligible to take the course.
Why: By the end of the course, students will be able to identify 2-4 internship or fellowship opportunities for the following summer to apply. They will learn about  Personal Branding, Resumes, Cover Letters, visas, and Work permits.

ENGR 5300-002: First Year Experience

When: Fall and Spring Semesters
Who: All first year students
Why: By the end of the course students will be familiar with all the support and opportunities to adjust and thrive at UConn both academically and personally

ENGR 5430: Teaching Engineering-Communications and Pedagogy

When: Spring Semester, every Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Who: All third, fourth, and fifth-year Engineering Graduate Students are eligible to take the course
Why: By the end of the course, students will learn how to design and develop an engineering course, teaching philosophy, learning objectives, and syllabus. This course also counts as an elective toward the Graduate Certificate of College Instructions (GCCI).

ENGR 5300-006: Entrepreneurial Skills

When: Spring Semester, every Tuesday 12-1 pm
Who: All Engineering graduate students
Why: By the end of the course, students will learn executive, interpersonal, entrepreneurial skills that will help them in any career path they choose.

Workshops Offered:

WORKSHOP #1: How to Negotiate and get to YES For Women in PhD Engineering Only!

When: Spring Semester
Who: Women Engineering PhD Graduate students
Why: To negotiate your next job and salary confidently and effectively.

WORKSHOP #2: The Art of Negotiation

When: Spring Semester
Who: Engineering PhD Graduate students
Why: To get the job and salary you desire!

WORKSHOP #3: SoE (3MT) Three Minute Thesis Competition

When: April 11, 2023, 1-3pm 
Who: Engineering PhD Graduate students
Why: Learn how to effectively communicate your research in three minutes to an intelligent non-specialist audience. Gain experience, and participate in this competition with Doctoral students around the world.