Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

Laurentian University

General Information

Who is responsible for updating information for websites?Stacy Sathaseevan
Social media accounts related to program:Facebook:
Name of program:n/a
Contact name:Stacy Sathaseevan

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) Sessions held in 2016: - D2L Workshop (September) - Scholarship Workshop (September) - Predatory Journals Workshop (January) - Evolving your Presentation (February 14th) Sessions held in 2017 - Research Data Management (February 16th) - Scholarship Workshop (March 3rd) - Data and GIS Workshop (April 4th)
Are there sessions specifically for international students? Not specifically, no.
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?No.
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on? By listening to student and professor feedback, we determine where skills and knowledge are lacking and base our presentation topics on that.
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.) We invite current students, coordinators, and even alumni have attended
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist? No, they are not mandatory or part of a supervisor checklist
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?No
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.) Stacy Sathaseevan organizes the sessions, but various people deliver them. So far, our presenters have been librarians, and program coordinators.
How are the sessions promoted? We promote them through our internal communications systems, through email, Facebook, and will soon advertise them on our webpage.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company) As of now, we have not required our participants to register.
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?No cost

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?We plan on hosting one professional development sessions a month.
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions? Stacy Sathaseevan is charged with organizing the sessions and approximately 10-12 staff, faculty, and students will be administering the sessions.
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)N/A
How is participation in sessions tracked? It is not.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?N/A

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office? Library – Predatory Journals Workshop, Research Data Management Workshop, Data and GIS Workshop Science Communications – Evolving your Presentation Workshop

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? No, although we are working on workshops to help develop employment skills
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?No
Is there any additional information you would like to share?