1. Career Planning

2. Funding Opportunities

3. Training Opportunities

 

Career Planning 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has online career development and job search resources, and supports an online tool for personal career planning:  MyIDP (Individual Development Plan).

Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students and postdocs interested in non-academic careers.  Historically, Versatile PhD primarily served humanities and social sciences graduate students, but additional content relevant to STEM PhDs is being developed. The University of Texas is a subscribing institution: sign up here.

Texas Venture Labs is a start-up accelerator that connects talented and entrepreneurial graduate and PhD students from the CNS, Engineering, MBA, Pharmacy and Law programs with local start-up companies. CNS students can enroll in the class with advisor approval and will receive business education from top-tier MBA professors and real-world experience from entrepreneurs. Projects are semester-long and students work alongside founders to solve important problems, develop growth plans and prepare the company for investment. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Texas Venture Labs Student Application site. 

 

Funding Opportunities 

Information about pre-doctoral funding opportunities is regularly updated on the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Research Initiatives website. If you need help identifying the departmental support staff that can assist you with getting the necessary permissions from UT to submit a proposal and then preparing that proposal, you can email cnsgranthelp@austin.utexas.edu. Keep in mind that you should begin the administrative process at least two weeks in advance of the proposal deadline.

 

Training Opportunities 

The University Writing Center offers free writing support to all UT graduate students. They welcome writers from all programs at all stages of graduate study, and offer individual consultations, weekly writing groups, workshops, and all-day writing retreats. Their services are available at no charge to graduate students. To make an appointment or learn about upcoming workshops and retreats, visit http://uwc.utexas.edu/grad/.

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences provides free consulting to students working on their thesis, dissertation, research studies or journal articles.  They provide assistance with study design, power analysis, model selection, software use, and interpreting results.  Visit here to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

The UT-Austin Faculty Innovation Center provides an array of resources and services to promote innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. The FIC provides a curated instructional toolkit for faculty and graduate students, as well as other online resources tailored specifically for graduate students. Furthermore, graduate students interested in improving their pedagogical practices may request individual consultations by emailing: gsiprogram@austin.utexas.edu