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Schedule of Events

Workshops will be held on Saturdays in the University Club (107C) in DeVos Building C on the Grand Rapids campus unless otherwise noted.

A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided at all workshops. Registration is FREE for graduate students currently enrolled at GVSU.

Please click this link to register for workshops.

If you are in need of any accommodations to participate in a PACES workshop, please contact Jennifer Palm at for assistance.






10:00 am - 3:30 pm                                    

Graduate Boot Camp: Introduction to Life as a Graduate Student

We will start the day with a graduate student organization fair and then discuss available resources within the Grand Valley Community. Presentations surrounding mentor relationships, deciding on a thesis, dissertation, or project, presenting and attending academic conferences and the process of applying for and completing a Ph.D. program will all be covered.



10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Planning for the Future - It doesn't have to be Intimidating!

Speakers from GVSU's Financial Aid Office and Edward Jones will discuss budgeting and debt management during and after graduate school, as well as making smart money decisions in your post-graduate life. The GVSU Career Center will also be presenting on how to plan for your future job endeavors and the process that leads into doing so. Finally, Associate Dean of The Graduate School, Dr. Mark Luttenton will provide information on developing a five-year plan. This workshop will be a mixture of presentations and interactive sessions. 



10:00 am - 2:30 pm

How to Make Yourself the #1 Candidate: Interview Techniques and Workplace Etiquette

The day will begin with an optional resume review or mock interview session with professionals in the Grand Rapids area as well as staff from the GVSU career center. Presentations on dressing for success, social media's influence on the professional world, resumes, and contract negotiations will all be touched upon. 



10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Encouraging Diversity and Maintaining Safety

We will discuss the importance of safety procedures on various levels within a work setting and learn techniques for how to protect yourself if a dangerous situation were to arise. Additionally, we will have presentations on the topic of remaining true to personal ethics in a professional setting and a panel discussion about activism in the workplace.