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Professional Development

Professional development is the active acquisition of skills, knowledge, and mindset to realize one's strengths and potential in all environments. It sets up individuals for success in achieving their goals while giving them the ability to meet, exceed and adapt to personal, career and societal responsibilities within the context of a changing world.

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Share your Research In a Single Image

The 2024 Images of Research Competition

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. (MDT) on April 21, 2024

University of Alberta graduate students from all disciplines are invited to submit one image that encapsulates their research. Monetary prizes will be awarded.

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more Professional Development Opportunities

Discover career building opportunities

Learn about the Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP), mentoring opportunities, or career advising workshops.


Engage with the community

Develop a creative approach to your research presentations and build your confidence by connecting to the community to educate and inspire.


Develop your teaching skills

Deepen and hone your teaching skills while getting an edge in the academic market and preparing for non-academic leadership roles.


Build an entrepreneurial skill set

Grow your mindset to develop policies, practices, products, and processes that can be applied to an intra, social, and entrepreneurial career.


PD Emerging Scholars
Seize the opportunity during your graduate program to grow your network, explore opportunities, and build a plan for your future. - Dr.Renee Polziehn, Director of Professional Development, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies