Career & Professional Development Series

Monthly Seminar Series & Workshops

In addition to working to ensure rigor in academics and research training, the 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 students and postdocs from all disciplines and colleges at OUHSC and is intended to prepare trainees for success in a multitude of career paths.  

Focus areas include:

  • Effective Communication, for general & specialized audiences
  • Scientific Writing: Manuscripts, Grants & Funding Proposals
  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Teamwork, Collaboration
  • Career Spotlights
  • Career Preparation (CVs, resumes, interviews, networking)
  • Resiliency & Wellness
  • Inclusion & Diversity, Community Outreach
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Commercialization
  • Preparing Future Faculty
  • MS in Clinical Translational Sciences

The Graduate College host workshops throughout the year as well as a monthly seminar series, held @ 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.

Contact Chandy Cornelius, Dr. Amy Tucker or Dr. Gillian Air, in the Graduate College, if you have any questions.

Past Seminar Series:

  • April 22, 2022 - Dr. Maren Wood, Beyond the Professoriate, for an introduction to Aurora, the Professional Development e-learning platform for PhDs and Postdocs Watch Presentation Here!
  • February 18, 2022 - Mary Sheets, PhD, CPA - Tax reporting for students and postdocs, Presentation Slides
  • January 21, 2022 -Paul Donovan, Nature Masterclasses Presentation Slides
  • December 17, 2021 - John Hanak, OU's Chief Innovation & Corporate Officer. Sooner2Market.
  • November 19, 2021 - Molly Grisham, MA, Professional Facilitator & Developer of Leadership and Management in Action Program (L-MAP) for biomedical graduate students and postdocs. 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"

Resources & Opportunities

Just launched, February 2022: Beyond the Professoriate's e-learning platform, Aurora!

Beyond the Professoriate’s e-learning platform, Aurora, is a professional development tool where postdocs and graduate students can explore career options and learn job search strategies. Through the two programs of study (Academic Careers and Professional Careers), users are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs. Aurora also hosts a unique video library where students can hear from PhDs working in all career sectors.To log in, simply visit Aurora at and select [University of Oklahoma-HSC], and enter your institutional login information.  

Aurora benefits users by:

  • Supporting career exploration.
  • Providing accessible, well-curated resources for busy students and trainees.
  • Promoting engaging learning through reflective activities that encourage users to apply what they’ve learned.
  • Awarding certificates of completion as users work through modules for various competencies. 
  • Always adding content 
  • Providing monthly webinars
  • Complementing existing on-campus graduate student career supports.


Roadmap, April 8-9th, 2022!

In collaboration with OK Catalyst, the Graduate College will be co-hosting this weekend bootcamp to provide an in-depth overview of the path to commercialization including funding strategies, IP/laws/regulation, and successful elevator pitches.  Participants will learn more about how to commercialize their scientific research, including how to assess market potential and communicate the importance of a particular focus area and innovation: what it pertains to, who it impacts, current limitations or problems, and competitive advantage over existing state-of-the-art.  Additionally, participants will receive an introduction to entrepreneurship and an overview of all that is involved in business startups, as well as keys to ensuring successful ventures and partnerships.  The Pathways Bootcamp is specifically geared towards STEM-based innovations, including advancements in biomedical and health science research.  Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty are welcome to apply.  This is an all-expense paid event, sponsored in part by ORAU.  Application link:


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


Library Resources:

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 (, Dr. Amy Tucker ( or Dr. Gillian Air (