Professional Development Workshops

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In an effort to further support the development of necessary professional skills amongst our students, the Marquette-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts professional development workshops on an ongoing basis. Workshops target hard and soft skills critical to the success of any biomedical engineering professional. Participation is open to all current graduate students. Lunch is often provided. 

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Grad Futures Week: Marquette Career Development Virtual Workshops

Graduate students and Marquette Graduate School alumni participated in a series of career development workshops designed specifically for their unique career development needs during Graduate Futures Week, which took place from January 8–11, 2024. All sessions were held virtually and were available to all graduate students and alumni. 

Monday, January 8th

  • Discerning Your Career Values with Dr. Liz Angeli, Associate Professor of English, Marquette University

Wednesday, January 10th

  • “Non-Profit Leadership at the White House Historical Association” with Matthew Costello (Marquette PhD in History 2016), Chief of Education, White House Historical Association 
  • "A Day in the Life of the Tech Sector” with Bridget Kapler (Marquette PhD in English 2016), Global Product Manager with Regal Rexnord

Thursday, January 11th

  • "Protecting Your Digital Scholarship Identity" with Maxwell Gray and Danelle Orange, Digital Scholarship and Program Librarians, Marquette University 
  • "Careers in Digital Media" with Hannah Zimmerman (Marquette MA alumna), Digital Programs Coordinator, Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Foundation  


DQE and F31 Grant Proposal Coaching with Dr. Joseph T. Barbieri

Led by Professor Joseph T. Barbieri, this one-hour workshop focused on preparing graduate students for the written portion of their Doctoral Qualifying Exam, which involved crafting an NIH F31-style grant proposal. Participants took a deeper look into constructing a project summary, specific aims page, and research strategy.

When:  October 27, 2023


Story Ready with Janece Shaffer

Stories are critically important for engineers. Stories help identify opportunities and ensure that active projects are on target to make a difference. Good stories can inspire and motivate people to join a cause, lend their talents to a project, and bring forth new leadership.

Led by award-winning playwright Janece Shaffer, who has more than two decades of business experience as a content developer and marketer, this three-hour workshop aimed to inspire students to reflect, connect the dots, and set their sights on the “big picture.” Students could expect to come away with greater self-awareness, as well as outlines for stories for future development or immediate dissemination.

The Story Ready workshop was held over Zoom to allow for one-on-one coaching and the most flexibility so that all could attend. An in-person social component was built into the end of this workshop to allow students to come together, reflect, and use the skills that they learned.

When:  August 18, 2023


Fierce Conversations with Andrea Minkley

The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering was thrilled to welcome Associate Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development, Andrea Minkley, as the workshop facilitator. In this two-part, half-day workshop, Andrea coached students through the relationships involved in having a conversation while effectively addressing attitudinal, behavioral, or performance issues with a colleague, mentor, or team.

Registered students had access to workshop materials, a workbook to keep, and their own copy of the national bestselling book, Fierce Conversations, by Susan Scott, which served to guide the workshop.

When:  June 20, 2023