This series focuses on efforts within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to promote diverse career pathways to our students. Please visit the Professional Development section of our website to learn more about upcoming seminars and workshops, opportunities to connect with our career counselors, and online career resources.

From left, Victoria Khaghani, Manning Zhang, Pranav Ojha, and Will Dahl stand onstage holding certificates.

Photo Credit: Dan Holmes

April 30, 2024

On April 5, 2024, GSAS students participated in the 2024 Three Minute Thesis Competition, Brandeis's third. They presented their research in three minutes for a general audience, won prizes, and gained valuable skills along the way.
The Louis Brandeis statue on the Brandeis campus. Steps lead up to the statue, which is surrounded by grass and flowers.

April 29, 2024

While graduate school is a notoriously busy place, it’s always a good choice to make time to think about career planning and the future. The Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Professional Development team supports students through this often tricky process through a variety of programming and services, including the Career Fellows Program. Now in its third year, the program brings together students across departments who are committed to career exploration, building a cohort who connect with each other while attending a range of professional development workshops, informational talks, and networking sessions.
Sayan Biswas, Jazmin Morales, and Marissa Ashton stand in a row in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, wearing winter coats.

April 17, 2024

While Division of Science graduate students are hard at work in their labs, they’re also beginning to think about their plans for life after graduate school. Here to help is the Career Development for the Sciences (CDS) group, which organizes programming, including workshops and many guest speakers, to help students get a sense of the many paths available to them and the skills they need to get there.
Liz Mahon stands onstage, speaking into a microphone in front of a projected slide showing cartoon images related to Alzheimer's.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Canelli

January 5, 2024

This past December, Liz Mahon finished the fall semester with a bang by traveling to the nation’s capital to try out her three minute thesis on a new audience. Accompanied by Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for GSAS, and by Ollie the Owl, Liz was ready to compete in the finals for the North American 3MT Competition, hosted by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). 
A webpage with an image of the Brandeis campus reads, "Welcome to Learning Design Thinking!"

Photo Credit: Dr. Elizabeth Santiago

October 24, 2023

This summer, GSAS collaborated with the Rabb School of Continuing Studies to launch a pilot program in Learning Experience Design, led by Dr. Elizabeth Santiago. A group of 10 GSAS PhD students participated in the program, which will continue into the fall.
Students sit talking at round tables. A computer screen at the front of the image says, "Let's practice writing some learning objectives!" and lists steps in the process.

Photo Credit: Marty Samuels

October 16, 2023

On September 9 and 10, 2023, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) held a pedagogy seminar for Brandeis graduate students. Led by Dr. Marty Samuels, CTL Program Director, and Dr. Charles Chip Mc Neal, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Learning Initiatives, the seminar aimed to teach graduate students techniques for course design and inclusive teaching, whether they were experienced instructors or soon to be standing up at the front of a classroom for the first time.
Annika Sparrell standing in front of an Inficon backdrop, holding a paper that says "Brandeis University"

September 1, 2023

For graduate students, summer doesn’t necessarily mean a break from work. For many, it’s a chance to build on existing skills and experiences and to further explore their academic and professional interests. This year, many GSAS students did this through summer internships, which they found in a wide range of fields and some of which were funded through Brandeis initiatives. 
Twelve participants in the reading-writing pedagogy institute pose in two lines in front of greenery.

July 25, 2023

From June 26 to June 30, GSAS hosted Brandeis’s inaugural summer Teaching Institute in Reading-Writing Pedagogy. While particularly aimed at students who are interested in teaching positions at community colleges and access-oriented institutions, it also prepared students for teaching at other types of colleges and universities.
Liz Mahon on a Zoom screen

Photo Credit: Liz Mahon

May 24, 2023

Liz Mahon, fourth-year Psychology PhD student, only had a few weeks to prepare for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) on April 28. After winning first place in her division (Sciences), the People’s Choice Award, and the highest overall score at the Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 3MT Competition on April 4 though, she was ready to rise to the occasion.
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April 10, 2023

On April 4, 2023, The Shapiro Theater hummed with nervous energy as the finalists for the second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition filed inside. These ten graduate students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) had made it through a preliminary round with twenty-five students, and now got to present their research one more time to a panel of judges and a new audience.
The Volen building on the Brandeis campus in the spring

March 31, 2023

GSAS career fellows have engaged in a wide range of career exploration and professionalization activities during the spring 2023 semester, led by the GSAS Professional Development team.
Emiliano Gutierrez Popoca

January 24, 2023

Last year, English PhD candidate Emiliano Gutierrez Popoca won the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Brandeis and proceeded to compete in the national competition.
campus in the fall

October 14, 2022

From biotech startups to youth advocacy, GSAS students across the academic spectrum explored careers across academia, industry and non-profit organizations during the summer.

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June 22, 2022

On April 13, four teams presented their business ideas in the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) “Demo Day.” I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation, and Brandeis is one of ten universities in the New England region selected to host the program.

mandel center for the humanities

May 20, 2022

Members of the GSAS Career Fellows Cohort and the 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finalists were invited to a professional development reception with recent GSAS alumni on April 28. The Career Fellows Cohort is designed to give GSAS students skills to prepare them for careers in academia, non-profits, industry and beyond.

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April 12, 2022

The finals for Brandeis University’s first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition were held on the evening of April 7, 2022.

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April 6, 2022

On Thursday, April 7, twelve GSAS students will compete in the final round of Brandeis University’s first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT is a speaking competition designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks to a general audience. 

mandel humanities quad

March 14, 2022

“Graduate students want and need to build a variety of skills that will help them meet their professional aspirations, which can feel daunting as our plates are often already full,” says Moriah King, a PhD student in anthropology. But how big is the skills gap between doctoral and professional training? It may not be as wide as one would expect, at least that is what King and other GSAS students discovered recently while participating in a pilot program that places them in classes at The Rabb School for Continuing Education.

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February 10, 2022

For Peter Taylor PhD’00, the journey to his current career as Executive Associate Dean for Academic and External Affairs at Nova Southeastern University’s Patel College of Health Care Sciences has been far from linear.

mandel center

November 15, 2021

It is no secret that it has become harder and harder to find tenure-track jobs in the academic market. Yet much doctoral training is aimed almost exclusively at the small fraction of students who will obtain those roles in academia. While this trend has developed over several decades, the 2008 financial crisis and the Coronavirus pandemic have exacerbated the problem in recent years.