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Professional Development

Invitations to Industry


Meet our PhDs by speaking at our Invitations to Industry (i2i) Seminars. Designed to connect your organization with top PhD talent from universities in the Erdős Institute network.

CEM Alumni Career Series


Learn more about diverse career paths in the STEM disciplines from Ohio State alumni working in industry, national labs, government research, science policy and other career paths. Each semester, Ohio State alumni will share their career-related experiences and provide you with tips and advice on landing that perfect job.

Preparing Future Faculty 


The Preparing Future Faculty program is a mentorship and career development program that helps graduate students from any discipline discern whether they are interested in pursuing faculty careers in liberal arts colleges or small universities.

Ohio State Graduate Teaching Development


Find important resources that will help enhance teaching and provide support for GTAs (TA) at The Ohio State University.

Ohio Union Activities Board - Graduate-Professional


The Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) strives to provide diverse programs and events that are educationalentertaining, and thought-provoking for students on the Columbus Campus. The Graduate and Professional student committee of OUAB designs and executes over 200 programs that are intentionally created to enhance the graduate and professional student experience. In an effort to provide holistic opportunities, we offer programs in the five key areas listed below.

Research Commons


The Research Commons provides a suite of services and a space through which researchers can explore collaborative, interdisciplinary, and emerging research methods and connect with experts for support at any stage of the research process. Browse our focus areas, and let us know how we can support your research!

Three Minute Thesis


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition in which doctoral students attempt to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience in only three minutes and using only one static slide.

My Individual Development Plan


myIDP provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process


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Versatile PhD


Developed by Paula Chambers, a PhD alum of Ohio State in English, The Versatile PhD is for members of the graduate community who are interested in exploring non-academic career options.

Buckeye Careers


As part of the Office of Student Life, Buckeye Careers is an university-wide initiative designed to support students throughout their professional development, with a focus on connecting them with local, national and global organizations.

Alumni Fire


Powered by people, Alumnifire transforms dispersed networks into exclusive communities. With engaged members, open doors, and unique value, Alumnifire turns your network’s noise into signal.