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Graduate Student Professional Development Program

The South Dakota State University Graduate School, in cooperation with other SDSU departments, will provide graduate students with a variety of professional development opportunities centered around seven core competencies:

Communication, Teaching, Wellness, Research, Career Development, Leadership, and Diversity and Advocacy 

Graduate students will have an opportunity to gain recognition for their participation in the program in the form of a professional development certificate. Certificates will highlight important transferable skills in each of the core competencies, which will be appealing to current and future employers. The goal of this program is to assist graduate students in developing skills that can be utilized for both academic and nonacademic career paths.

In order to receive a professional development certificate, graduate students must participate in at least one workshop from each competency for a total of seven workshops. A short evaluation component will also need to be completed for each workshop attended. Written evaluations must be submitted to D2L (Graduate Student Professional Development Series sandbox) by the second Friday in April. All workshops and related information will be recorded and posted on D2L. Interested students who do not have access to D2L should alert the Graduate School  –

At the end of each spring semester, graduate students who have completed program requirements will receive the professional development certificate at a formal graduate student recognition event sponsored by the Graduate School.

A list of all Professional Development workshops with corresponding categories can be found on the Graduate School events page


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