Upcoming Workshops & Events

Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (PDPA) offers a variety of workshops, panels, and other events to guide doctoral students in their career development. Information on and recordings of past events & workshops can be found on this page.

For up-to-date announcements for all our upcoming workshops and events for PhDs, follow us on social media or subscribe to our Doctoral Digest newsletter.

Crafting a Teaching Statement

Wednesday, April 10, 3 – 4 pm

The Teaching Statement is a common requirement for many academic job applications. This document serves as a discussion of your personal teaching philosophy, accomplishments, and potential for future teaching growth. During this one-hour workshop, we will show you how to properly format, organize, and write a teaching statement that effectively communicates your enthusiasm for teaching and potential for growth. Register


Crafting a Diversity Statement

Wednesday, April 17, 3 – 4 pm

This workshop will guide participants through the process of crafting a compelling diversity statement for faculty job applications. Participants will learn about the importance of diversity in academic settings, the various components of a diversity statement, and strategies for effectively communicating personal experiences and perspectives related to equity and inclusion at the university level. Participants will leave the workshop with a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively showcase their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their job application. Register


PhD Pub Night

Wednesday, April 17, 5-6:30 pm

Join us at Fuller’s Pub (225 Bay State Rd.) for a free round of drinks and snacks and the opportunity to network with your fellow PhDs! We will have some swag to give away and PDPA staff on hand to help you practice your research elevator pitch. Register


Preparing to Teach This Summer

Thursday, April 18, 12 – 1:30 pm

Are you teaching in the summer term and need guidance on how to fit a semester’s worth of material into six weeks? This workshop will help PhDs prepare for summer teaching by offering strategies to reformat course material to fit in a shorter timeframe and techniques to maximize student engagement. Through interactive activities and peer feedback, participants will leave the workshop with a firm plan for successfully teaching a summer course. Register


Crafting a Research Statement

Tuesday, April 23, 3 – 4 pm

A research statement is required for many academic job applications. This document serves as a summary of your current research and accomplishments as well as the future potential for your work. Your research statement is an opportunity for you to share how enthusiastic you are about your work and discuss your ability to receive funding with potential employers. During this one-hour workshop, you will learn about the three goals of successful research statements and receive tips on how to format, organize, and write your research statement. Register


PhD Student End-of-Year Pizza

Monday, April 29, 12 – 1:30 pm

Join the Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs (PDPA) team in the Photonics Colloquium Room (8 St. Mary’s Street) for a delicious pizza lunch to celebrate the end of another year! This event is exclusively for PhD students, so come and enjoy some well-deserved downtime with your peers. We will have a variety of pizza available, including both classic and adventurous toppings, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. This is a great opportunity to unwind, catch up with friends and colleagues, reflect on the year’s accomplishments, and network with PhD students from other departments. Register


Parenting as a PhD

Thursday, May 2, 12 – 1 pm

Join us for a conversation for PhD students who are currently navigating or considering embarking on the journey of parenthood as a PhD. We will facilitate a practical discussion of available resources and offer current or prospective parents the opportunity to share their experiences. Connect with peers at the same life stage, gain insights, and learn to navigate the delicate balance between family and academic commitments. This workshop will be hosted in person (CDS Room 163, 665 Commonwealth Ave) and lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to attend in person, but there will also be a Zoom option for those who wish to attend remotely. Register


Grant Writing Workshop with Dr. Betty Lai

Thursday, May 9, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Learn how to use grants to gain control over your scholarly career! This workshop covers how to find funding targets, how to develop grant ideas, and the mechanics of fundable grants. All attendees receive access to funded samples and electronic resources. The workshop is geared towards scholars who are new to grant writing—this includes scholars at multiple career stages (e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral scholars). It will focus on universal grant writing skills, and the goal is to help scholars of all disciplines learn to write compelling grants for funders they choose.

This workshop will be hosted in person (100 Bay State Rd, 545 AB) and lunch and refreshments will be provided. In person space is limited, so please only register to attend in person if you are committed to attending. There will also be a Zoom option for those who would like to attend remotely. Register