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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 here 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

Presentations on interview techniques, resume building, and dressing for success will be provided in the beginning of the day. Following lunch, mock interviews and resume reviews will be provided on an optional basis. 



4:30 - 6:00 pm

PACES Mini-Series: Speed Networking

Drop-in to meet with local employers to grow your network. Professionals from an array of fields will be available for brief discussion. Pizza will be provided!



10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Importance of Ethics, Activism and Safety in the Workplace

We will discuss the importance of personal ethics and activism in the work place. A presentation on contract negotiations and occupational safety and management will also be provided. 





4:30 - 6:00 pm

PACES Mini-Series: Mindfulness 

Join us for tips on self-care, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises. A healthy snack and resources on stress management will be provided.