Extensive Outreach

Professional Development

Training is provided throughout the year and is associated with various activities offered through RUA.

Advanced graduate students from colleges and universities beyond the nine Research University Alliance schools will be invited to take part in the Alliance’s professional development activities.

Program Overview

The Research University Alliance will be offering a professional development training on a variety of topics that support the transition from graduate student into postdoc, laying a foundation for getting the most from postdoctoral training, gaining skills for thriving in the postdoc and in a faculty career, and preparing for a successful run on the faculty job market. Training is provided throughout the year and is associated with various activities offered through RUA. Professional development touch points include in the recruitment and postdoc placement process, early on-boarding training for new postdocs, preparing for the Research Exchange, in annual national conferences and training series, and in preparation for going on the faculty job market. Another significant aim of professional development activities is building community among participants across the entire alliance and providing broader networking opportunities to support career development.

Professional development offerings will be advertised through all RUA partners and also posted on the Stanford RUA landing site, where registration links and program descriptions will be available.

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Annual Conference

The NSF-AGEP RUA Conferences will be hosted by one of the alliance institutions, starting with Caltech.

The Conference will feature opportunities for cross-institutional exchange and professional development between doctoral students, alumni, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and professional scientists from the participating universities.

Program Support

The Research University Alliance is a NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).

NSF-AGEP supports strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study innovative evidence-based models and standards for STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation that eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive practices for URMs.