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Posted by on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized .

Developed by the Vanderbilt University Graduate School, gradLEAF was created by pooling together all available professional development resources for graduate students at Vanderbilt University. This project is run out of the Peabody Office of Professional and Graduate Education (POPGE) and led by Dr. Craig Anne Heflinger, Associate Dean for Graduate Students.
gradLEAF is designed to be a one-stop shop for your professional development needs. Resources have been gathered from schools and departments across the Vanderbilt community to provide a matrix of offerings. Topics and resources have been vetted by a PhD student advisory council and a council of faculty/staff across the university.
Resources are organized via two lenses: phase of your PhD career and type of resources. Four facets of professional development frame the grid, anchored by their relevance regarding the time period of your doctoral career: early, mid or late.
  1. LEARN professional skills such as research skills and learning the “tools of the trade” for future job settings
  2. ENGAGE in career and professional networking includes thinking about and preparing for the job search
  3. ACTIVATE your graduate research and program milestones with research skills and development of a program of research
  4. FOSTER personal well-being requires a continued focus on staying healthy throughout the graduate school career
Visit the gradLEAF site by going directly to
Information is available for anyone affiliated with Vanderbilt, including postdocs!  

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