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Professional Development Program for UC Davis Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

GradPathways is a premier professional development program that builds on the successes of our previous Professional Development Series, a nationally recognized program that has served thousands of UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars since its inception in 2004. Recent reports by the Council of Graduate Schools1 and the UC Davis Special Task Force on Graduate Education2 demonstrated the need to do more to ensure success in graduate school and future career endeavors. GradPathways helps to answer that need.

Significantly expanded, GradPathways replaces our previous development program and includes a framework for professional development based on eight essential core competencies3:


Inside each competency are four tiers of programming designed to meet student/scholar needs at the appropriate times in their graduate school or postdoctoral experience:

  • Tier 1 - Introductory, consists of workshops.
  • Tier 2 - In-Depth, features classes and seminars.
  • Tier 3 - Individualized Advising, provides one-on-one mentoring or specialized programming to meet individual needs.
  • Tier 4 - Community Building and Activities, is designed to break the isolation experienced by many graduate students, particularly underrepresented groups, and further enhance the retention of UC Davis graduate students.

GradPathways continues to build and strengthen strategic partnerships, including the Internship and Career Center, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the University Writing Program, Student Health and Counseling Services, the Graduate School of Management and the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It also serves as the umbrella under which Graduate Studies provides programs for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Join the e-mail listserv to receive information about events: e-mail sympa@ucdavis.edu with the subject line: subscribe gradpathways [your first name] [your last name]


1 See The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States
2 See Pathways Through Graduate School and into Careers and Prioritizing and Strengthening Graduate Education at UC Davis
3 Each competency header above links to information on workshops, classes, events and other resources related to each competency. Or see the complete list of this quarter's events.

Last Updated: April 11, 2013