Graduate Professional Development Week 2014

It is never too late to start planning your career! A weeklong series of events geared to graduate students looking into advancing their professional careers.Whether you are planning to have an academic career or a non-academic one, there is an event for everyone at Graduate Professional Development Week! Check out the events list!

Complete event details:

The Graduate Student Assembly has organized Graduate Professional Development week (GPDW). Come explore career opportunities in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship. Late evening snacks and refreshments will be provided in all events. RSVP now!

Monday, October 20- Friday October 24: Friday Free Professional Headshots

  • Monday, October 20th, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 21st, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 22nd, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Liberal Arts Career Services (FAC 18)

We are proud to offer, as a courtesy of the Liberal Arts Career Services, free professional headshots – appropriate for LinkedIn and other professional use. Stop by their office at FAC 18 during the times listed.

 Tuesday, October 21: Graduate Student Career Bootcamp

  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • TX Union, Santa Rita Suite


  • Dr. Po-Tsan Ku, Career Development Specialist, College of Natural Sciences
  • Tatem Oldham, Graduate Student Career Coach at Liberal Arts Career Services

Topics Include

  • CV and Resume Workshop
  •  Career Exploration and Job Search
  • Interviewing for a Position

Wednesday, October 22  Non-Academic Careers Day

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Student Activity Center (SAC), Legislative Room, SAC 2.302

6:00-7:00 pm: Panel: Life outside academia: Success mantra. Interested in knowing more about a career outside of academia?? Learn first-hand from experts with experience in government, tech industry and not-for-profits.

Panelists include:

  • Angela Evans, LBJ School of Public Affairs (30 years in public service to  the U.S. Congress)
  • Dr. Michael Oden, School of Architecture (expert on economic development and planning)
  • Dr. Deepayan Chakrabarti, Mccombs School of Business (former Facebook and Yahoo Research)
  • Andy Miller, CEO at Any Baby Can (Not-for Profit)
  • Sarah Wu, Center for Sustainable Development, School of Architecture, UT Austin

 7:00-8:00 pm: Panel: Excelling outside of Academia: Students’ perspective. Got an internship/interview lined up and want to successfully convert it into a full-time job offer? Learn from your student peers who have worked in bay area tech companies, oil and gas industry, technology commercialization and in public policy.

Thursday, October 23: Academic Careers Day

  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • TX Union, Santa Rita Suite, UNB 3.502

Pursuing a career in the academic field? Dream about being a top researcher? Join us for the Academic Careers Day’s events

6:00-7:00 pm: Teaching Statement Preparation Workshop


  • Dr. Molly Hatcher, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

 7:00-8:00 pm: Faculty Panel: Success as an Academic: Challenges & Insights

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Barrick, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
  • Prof. Snehal Shingavi, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Prof. Nicole Benedek, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Friday, October 24: Entrepreneurship Day

  • 6:00 – 8.00 p.m.
  • Student Activity Center (SAC) Ballroom, SAC 2.410

If innovation and creating your own start-up is your call, this event is for you. Listen to talks by University leaders and start-up founders about their experience and vision.

6:00-6:30 pm: ‘Taking your Idea to the World’

Talk by UT’s Prof. Sriram Vishwanath, Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year.

6:30-7:00 pm: ‘Innovation and the Unwritten Rules that can make or break your career’

Talk by Louise Epstein, Managing Director of UT Cockrell School’s Innovation Center.

7:00-8:00 pm: Entrepreneurship Panel and Networking. Engage with local innovators:

  • Louise Epstein, founder of Charge-Off Clearinghouse
  • Eric Silverstein, founder and owner of Peached Tortilla
  • John Thompson, founder of Stinson’s Bistro, Deep Eddy Pizzeria
  • Suman Singh, CEO of Austin Bazaar, an online retailer of musical instruments
  • David Burke, author on health and nutrition


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GSA Invest in Texas Director Application

The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for a GSA Invest in Texas Director. Invest in Texas is a non-partisan campaign to advocate for UT students and higher education to the Texas state legislature. It represents a collaborative effort between Student Government, the Senate of College Councils, and the GSA to promote student issues and priorities across the state.

The GSA Invest in Texas Director will work directly with the SG and Senate Directors and other relevant stakeholders to successfully build the Invest in Texas platform and promote it both on and off campus.

This opportunity is described more fully in the attached application. Completed applications should be dropped off in the GSA Mailbox in SAC 3.102 or sent via email (PDF) to Sharla Chamberlain at by Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. CST. All graduate and professional students, including working TAs and RAs, are eligible to apply.

GSA Invest in Texas Director Application

Official Statement Regarding GSA Leadership Change

Dear Members of the Graduate Student Assembly,

I hope you have had a pleasant, productive summer and that the school year has started well! I am writing to let you know about some recent events that will affect the Graduate Student Assembly. On Thursday, August 21st, David Villarreal informed me that he would no longer be continuing as the President of the GSA; he will be focusing personal matters over the coming year. I am sure all graduate students can understand the precarious balance we must strike between our work and our lives outside that work. I have thanked him profusely for his tireless work for the GSA, and he has offered me his counsel moving forward. Pursuant to our constitution (Article IV, Sec 2.1), I have taken on the role of the President of the Graduate Student Assembly and plan to continue in this role.

This does mean, though, that the office of Vice-President is vacant. According to the Constitution (Article IV, Sec 2.2), it is my duty to appoint a candidate to the position who must be confirmed by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the Assembly. I believe that there are fantastic, qualified, passionate individuals who can fill this position, and I am asking for those interested in filling this position to contact me at

Despite this change in leadership, we have a dedicated, brilliant Executive Committee and Assembly, and I believe we will make this a year to remember! There are many projects left to tackle (e.g., passage of new governing documents, the passage of Graduate Student Bill of Rights, the push for better housing, among many others!), and I know that this Assembly is more than capable of changing graduate life at UT Austin for the better.

Warmest Regards,
B. Wilkey
President – Graduate Student Assembly

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