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Communication Courses

Many Stanford courses welcome graduate students from a variety of departments and programs. This list of current courses from Explore Courses appears to align with the Communication domain of the GPD Framework and to be of interest to grad students broadly. Explore the list to find courses of interest to you and be sure to note any restrictions or pre-requisites.

Last modified 11/26/2014

Data Management Services

SUL's data management services provide a range of resources to help you securely and conveniently store, access, curate, and preserve your research data. See their website to learn about available options or to schedule a consultation. Open to all graduate students. 

Last modified 08/18/2014

SGSI 2016: Behavior Change: Tools for Building a Better You

This experiential course presents the latest scientific evidence on how to change your behaviors for the better and implement behaviors that enhance life satisfaction and flourishing. We will cover ways to decrease procrastination and enhance productivity, improve time management, limit the overuse of technology and harmful substances, and show you how the experts tackle other simple yet confounding life challenges. Drawing upon insights in neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines, we will facilitate practice in motivational interviewing, peer coaching, cognitive reframing, meditation, and guided-imagery to minimize unwanted behaviors and create desired new ones.

Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 9 AM – 2 PM

(Includes a working, interactive lunch session)


  • Frederic Luskin, PhD, senior consultant for Wellness, The Stanford Wellness Education Program; founder and director, The Stanford Forgiveness Project
  • Aneel Chima, PhD, head and academic coordinator, The Stanford Wellness Education Program

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students at any stage or in any discipline. Space is limited to 30.  Open to postdoctoral scholars if space is available.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Understand the role of the brain and nervous system in creating and maintaining habits
  • Learn research-tested strategies for changing unwanted behaviors effectively and for increasing and stabilizing positive behaviors
  • Develop personal behavior change goals that resonate with your sense of deeper purpose
  • Practice strategies for changing and maintaining positive behavior change that lead to greater life satisfaction and flourishing


Many graduate students struggle with painful habits they would like to eliminate and positive ones they want to enhance. Some students overeat, others under-exercise; still others obsess over their grades, while others procrastinate their days away. No one has mastered all the skills of successful living and each of us has habits we wish to modify. Further, once we develop better habits, what is the larger context and purpose for their application? Namely, how do we develop particular behaviors that lead to life flourishing?

Over the last 20 years research has uncovered what strategies are most effective in creating behavior change and which ones to avoid. Emerging research also points to key ways of living that promote flourishing and life satisfaction. This course presents the latest scientific evidence on how to change behaviors for the better in order to live a more satisfying and flourishing life. We will cover ways to enhance adaptive behaviors (such as enhancing balance and productivity, among others), decrease maladaptive behaviors (such as procrastination, negative perseveration, and so on), and tackle many other simple, yet confounding life challenges.

Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, we use the practices of motivational interviewing, peer coaching, cognitive reframing, mindfulness meditation, and others to change unwanted behaviors and create desired new ones. Course topics include: the neuroscience of desire and behavior patterning, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, intentionality, the habit cycle, and many others. In short, you will build a better behavioral toolkit that will help you change for the better and build a better you.

We welcome students from all disciplines who are open to exploring ways of thinking that emphasize honest reflection, openness to experience, self awareness, and the courage to act from a space of authenticity. Through a series of hands-on exercises, a range of assessments and lectures about aspects of behavior change and success, participants can broaden their vision of success and what satisfies them. Additionally, it’s helpful to think of this course less as a traditional class and, instead, more as an applied workshop guided by the following mantra: “Learn, Apply, Transform.”

Learn – Learn the most effective cognitive, emotional, social, and physical strategies that facilitate flourishing and wellness.

Apply – Apply these insights and strategies to your life, your social sphere, and the world around you.

Transform – Transform the way you live and impact the people around you. Live with deeper purpose, enhanced flourishing, greater resilience, and increased lifelong wellness.

SUNet ID required to log in. The priority application deadline is Sunday, May 8.

Last modified 03/02/2016

Technical Communication Consulting

Writing tutors from the Technical Communication Program can help students from all disciplines with short-term projects like job applications, statements of purpose, and short papers. Note that instruction is emphasized during these sessions, and tutors are not an editing service. Open to all students; appointments can be made online.

Last modified 08/20/2014

An Overview of Effective Speaking

Want a quick overview of effective public speaking? This one-page PDF from the Oral Communication Program summarizes effective public speaking techniques. Get started by identifying  your A.G.E. (Audience, Goal and Environment) and learn the anatomy of a good speech. Also listed are different ways to enhance your speaking style. A quick, useful reference for various public speaking scenarios.

Last modified 08/04/2014

Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship

Each year, the Haas Center awards GPS fellowships to 18 graduate students who are planning to integrate service into their academic or non-academic professional careers. Fellows receive a quarterly stipend, design an individual project, and join a strong network of likeminded students who meet throughout the year. Teaching opportunities are also available to two students per year. See the Haas Center website for required qualifications and to apply. Provided in partnership with the VPGE. 

Last modified 08/25/2014

Stanford CareerConnect

Stanford CareerConnect is the Stanford Alumni Association's portal for all its online career resources. CareerConnect's services are available to all undergraduate, graduate and professional school alumni. It features an online directory of more than 200,000 alumni and an alumni-only jobs and internships board. CareerConnect has tools for different career stages, including discounts on professional development conferences and expos, alumni clubs, and coaching. The Stanford Alumni linkedin group (open to alumni only) is also a way to discover opportunities. A great resource to build and expand your professional network, before and after you graduate.


Last modified 08/07/2014

Annual Doctoral Student Degree and Career Progress Meeting Worksheet

Use this worksheet from VPGE to structure a yearly progress discussion with your faculty advisor. It is meant to help you review your past year's accomplishments, discuss long and short term plans, and develop a strategy for making your goals a reality. 

Last modified 09/10/2014

Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment

The Gendered Innovations Project offers methods of sex and gender analysis to promote gender-responsible science and technology. It is a reference for male and female master's and graduate students in STEM disciplines. It features practical methods for sex and gender analysis at all stages of research as well as case studies for scientists and engineers.

Sex and gender analysis can lead to innovation by stimulating new knowledge and technologies.

Last modified 08/11/2014