Seminars and Workshops

OGPS sponsors workshops that support the professional development of Tulane's graduate students. Not all workshops or seminars will be held every semester, so please check our home page for this semester's schedule. 




  • Graduate Student Orientation - The OGPS New Graduate Student Orientation is designed to provide incoming Master's and PhD students with the contacts, offices, and resources they will need for a successful graduate career at Tulane. The orientation is divided into two components: an online, asynchronous course available through Canvas, and an in-person orientation event. The in-person event and reception will take place the week before classes begin; the exact date and location will be announced via email. Students can RSVP for the event through the online Canvas orientation course. 
  • New TA Orientation: Hosted by the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT), this orientation is for all new graduate teaching instructors and assistants. Speakers from across the university will discuss policies and resources for teaching. It covers the teaching essentials, from utilizing technology in the classroom  
Career Workshops


The following is a sample of the career workshops that are offered by OGPS for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Not every workshop is offered every semester, so please check our Instagram or the weekly bulletin for which workshops are coming up. For more information on the career services offered by OGPS, please visit the page here

Resume Writing for Non-Academic Jobs: This workshop is tailored for participants seeking non-academic job opportunities. Participants will learn how to craft a targeted resume that highlights their transferable skills, work experience, and accomplishments to effectively market themselves for non-academic positions.  

Academic CV Writing for PhDs and Postdocs: This workshop will provide participants with essential tips and techniques for creating a compelling academic curriculum vitae (CV). Participants will learn how to structure and highlight their academic achievements, research experience, publications, and other relevant information to effectively showcase their academic background. 

Networking and Building Professional Relationships: Participants will gain insights into effective networking strategies and learn how to build and maintain meaningful professional relationships. Topics covered include networking etiquette, informational interviews, and leveraging connections for career advancement. 

Mastering LinkedIn - Strategies for Professional Success: This workshop is designed to help professionals and job seekers effectively utilize LinkedIn for career growth and networking. Attendees will learn strategies for optimizing their profiles, engaging with content, and leveraging LinkedIn's tools for job searching and building professional relationships. The session will include practical tips to ensure participants can apply these skills immediately. 

Interview Skills and Techniques: Participants will learn effective interview strategies, including how to prepare for different types of interviews, respond to common interview questions, and demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills to leave a lasting impression on potential employers. 

Negotiating Compensation and Benefits: Participants will develop the skills necessary to negotiate a fair salary and benefits package. Topics covered include researching market rates, identifying negotiable aspects, and effective negotiation strategies to maximize compensation and overall job satisfaction. 

To access the Versatile PhD Career Workshops, you'll need to create a Versatile PhD Account. It's fast, easy, and FREE to sign up - click here to register.

Three-Minute Thesis


Three-Minute Thesis Competition - The Three-Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research within three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-special audience. This is for PhD students from all disciplines, and winners compete for prizes, including participating at the annual conference for the Council of Southern Graduate Schools. Information sessions for potential participants will take place in September and October. For more information, visit the page here