Career and Professional Development - Resources and Opportunities




In addition to working to ensure rigor in academics and research training, the OUHSC Graduate College aims to assist Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in developing a comprehensive skill set through career and professional development programming.  This programming is open to Master's and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows across all scientific disciplines and colleges at OUHSC and is intended to prepare trainees for success in a multitude of career paths.  We host workshops throughout the year as well as a monthly seminar series @ 12pm on the third Friday of each month - see recent and scheduled events listed below.  Programming requests and suggestions are encouraged to ensure that programming is relevant and well-utilized.

Coming in Spring 2022: Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement on the OU-Tulsa campus has developed a graduate certificate to help students discover how they are uniquely suited to impact the world around them. The graduate certificate in community engagement, launching in spring 2022, augments any of the graduate and professional education degree programs offered at OU-Tulsa, the Norman campus or the Health Sciences Center. For details, visit




MyIDP         Science Careers           Career Tools for STEM Professionals              Career Trends: Transferring Your Skills

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships                         Communication toolkit 

    • Transitioning to industry:                     How to sail smoothly from academia to industry

In collaboration with the Robert M. Bird Library, the Graduate College has created a curated list of books available for check out at the Bird Library. The call numbers can be found on the Library website for Specialty Collections: Career Development. If you have ideas for additional books you'd like to see added to the list, please email the Graduate College ( or Dr. Gillian Air ( 


Career & Professional Development Seminar Series 

February 18, 2022 - Mary Sheets, PhD, CPA - Tax reporting for students and postdocs

January 21, 2022 - Paul Donovan, Nature Masterclasses

December 17, 2021 - 

November 19, 2021 - Molly Grisham, MA, Professional Facilitator & Developer of Leadership and Management in Action Program (L-MAP) for biomedical graduate students and postdocs.; 90 MINUTE TEAMBUILDING WORKSHOP

October 15, 2021 - Carmon Drumm, M.Ed., LPC, Student Wellness Coordinator & Staff Counselor. Ready? Set...Boundaries!  Presentation Slides

September 17, 2021 - Tom Wavering, Executive Director & Entrepreneurship Faculty, Price Business College. Master Storytelling to Communicate Who You Are and the Importance of Your ResearchOU Tom Love Innovation Hub  (Presentation PowerPoint Slides).  

August 26, 2021 - GC Welcome Event

July 16, 2021 - Carol Powers, PhD, Oklahoma State University.  360° Critical Skills for Career Success

June 18, 2021 - Katy Boren, CEO, OKC Innovation District. “Connecting to the Innovation District”

April 22, 2021 - Robert M. Bird Society Lecture. Mary Woolley, President, Research America! "Prioritizing Science & Public Engagement to Drive Innovation & Outcomes".

April 16, 2021 - Chris Horton, PhD, "Transitioning from Research to a Teaching Career: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

March 19, 2021 - Chien Li, PhD, Novo Nordisk Research Center, Seattle "Anti-Obesity Drug Development: The Potential and the Challenge"

February 19, 2021 - Fiona McMurray, PhD, Novo Nordisk Research Center, Seattle  “Making the switch from Academia to Industry: An Insider’s Perspective”

January 22, 2021 - Shaniqua Crawford, Institutional Equity Officer "It's on Us - Shifting Our Culture to Reflect the Mission of the University"

December 18, 2020 - Karen Kelsky webinar "Going post-Ac in a pandemic"

November 20, 2020 - Karen Kelsky webinar "Hacking the academic job market"

November 5th and 6th 2020 (two afternoons) - John Robertson, PhD, Grantwriters Inc. "Getting Started Writing Successful Grant Proposals"

October 16, 2020 - Ashley Valentas, M.Ed., LPC, OUHSC. "Optimal Performance - turning stress into benefit"

September 18, 2020 - Shari Clifton MLIS, AHIP,  and faculty panel, "EndNote 101" and "Advanced EndNote" 

August 21, 2020 - Gillian Air, PhD, Amy Tucker, PhD, Anne Kasus-Jacobi, PhD, The Skill of Highlighting Your Skills: CVs, Biosketches, and Resumes”  Presentation HERE

March 13, 2020 - Mary Sheets, PhD, CPA, University of Central Oklahoma  Income Tax Reporting Requirements for US Residents and Non-Residents”

February 21, 2000 - Molly Hill, PhD, “Individual Development Plans – Making a game plan for your future!”

January 17, 2020 - Carmon Drumm, M.Ed., "Self-Care: Balance, Intention, & Meaning"

November 15, 2019 - Shari Clifton, MLIS, AHIP, "Making Endnote Work for You"

November 11, 2019 - Alex Crowe, PhD,  Univ. Southern California and Allergan Inc, "Transitioning from Grad School to Industry" 

October 18, 2019 - Charlene Wilson, Berkshire Hathaway and Nathan Bednar, AMC Mortgage, "Let's Talk Real Estate"

September 20, 2019 - Kevin C. Wooten, PhD,  Univ Houston, Clear Lake,  "Team Science Skills and Strategies: The Future of Scientific Innovation" 

August 23, 2019 - Jane N. Irungu, PhD, "Let's Thrive: A values-based approach inclusivity"

July 25, 2019 - James Rea, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science,  Workshop and small group sessions.

June 21, 2019 - Jeff Moore, Susan Moring, Alex Crowe, PhD, and Kimberly McCullor, PhD, "Mastering your Personal Pitch"

May 17, 2019 - Chellé Guttery, PhD, "Students with Disabilities in Professional and Clinical Programs"

April 19, 2019 - Carol D. Curtis, PhD,  I2e and C^2 Consulting,  "Building a Career through Networking"

March 15, 2019 - Mary Carter, PhD, "CVs and Resumes" 

February 15, 2019 - Laku Chidambaram, PhD, Ilhan Demiralp, PhD, Amber Hasbrook, and Megan Allen, "Foundations of Business and MBA"

January 18, 2019 - Michelle Staudt, PhD, CCRP, "Professional Etiquette"

December 14, 2018 - Thomas Wavering, "Bring Your Ideas to Reality with the Tom Love Innovation Hub" 

November 30, 2018 - Linda Mason, PhD,  Oklahoma State Regents for HIgher Education,  "Beginning Grantwriting"

November 2, 2018 - Robin A. Felder, PhD,  University of Virginia,  "New Approaches to Predict, Diagnose, Prevent, or Manage Hypertension and Salt Sensitivity of Blood Pressure"

October 25, 2018 - J. Quyen Wickham, "Research Funding: Grantspersonship from Graduate School through Early Career or  How I got a job as a Scientist" 

September 14, 2018 - Shari Clifton, "Making Endnote Work for You"





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