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TA Workshops

Offered regularly by VPTL, TA workshops are a great source of training, support, and professional development for graduate student instructors and TAs. Check the VPTL website for more information and to register for events, as space can be limited and you may be required to RSVP. 

Last modified 08/11/2014

List of Shared Research Facilities

Looking for equipment or a facility for your research project? This list of shared campus resources from DoResearch might have what you need. 

Last modified 09/03/2015

The Need for Self-Promotion in Scientific Careers

This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses how to promote your own work: a necessary, but often fraught and sometimes avoided step in the research process. Written for and most relevant to scientists, but some general principles will be applicable to all. 

Last modified 09/15/2014

Design Thinking Bootcamp: Experiences in Innovation and Design

This is an immersive introduction to design thinking for all graduate, postdoctoral and professional degree students. Students work in multidisciplinary teams to apply design thinking principles to a range of real world problems. Guest lecturers and coaches enhance the experience with training in team dynamics, storytelling, and project leadership. A full-quarter course that meets three days a week, there is limited enrollment and admission is by application only.

Last modified 08/13/2014

How to Lead a Discussion

Leading thoughtful and engaging class discussions is often a primary responsibility for TAs, and can be as challenging as it is important. This brief guide from the Teaching Commons can get you started with an overview of effective ways to prepare for, and approach, the facilitation of classroom discussions. Includes additional links. 

Last modified 09/24/2015

The Power of the Image

Lane Medical Library has a series of resources to help you to think and communicate about science better. A video by instructor Betsy Palay shows you how to effectively harness images and visual thinking for better scientific presentations. Links include how to make a good poster, samples of good posters, and 10 simple rules for a good poster presentation.

Last modified 11/19/2014


This overview from the SOM Career Center covers some important basics about the job interview process, including preparation, managing first impressions, and following up with potential employers. More applicable to the non-academic market. 

Last modified 08/14/2014

SGSI 2016: Designing the Professional: "Once I Get My Degree - How Do I Get A Life?"

What do you want out of life after Stanford?  Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful?  Join us for Designing the Professional. This course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford.  We'll approach these lifelong questions with a structured framework set in a seminar where you can work out your ideas in conversation with your peers.

Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 9 AM – 1 PM

(Continental breakfast available at 8:45 AM each morning)


  • Dave Evans, lecturer, Stanford Design Program; co-director, lab

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students. If oversubscribed, preference given to PhD students near completion of their degree. Space is limited to 60.


By participating fully in this course, you will receive:

  • A framework for orienting your plans and philosophy regarding career and professional life, and for locating career within life overall
  • An approach to plotting a pathway to meaning-making and success as a professional
  • Ideas for evaluating different career paths and multiple careers
  • Practical skills and exercises for investigating alternatives and career "prototypes"
  • A basic introduction to design thinking which you can apply in other areas
  • A community of your peers in which to share your ideas and hear how others are thinking about these important issues and questions
  • A draft plan for the first season of your professional life following Stanford.


What is it you really want out of the life that your Stanford education is making available to you? Have more questions than answers? Have too many ideas for your career - or not enough? Wondering how to weave together what really fits you, is doable, and will be satisfying and meaningful? Then join us for Designing the Professional. All graduate students are invited - from both technical and non-technical disciplines.

We apply the point of view and innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation. Design thinking, innovated at Stanford over the last 50 years, is an excellent tool to use in this context.

The course will include brief readings, writing and reflections, and in-class exercises. The weeklong, half-day format gives participants an intensive experience to thoroughly grasp the concepts while having plenty of time to reflect and talk with others on how to apply it. The course is led by Dave Evans (BSME & MSME '76), a 30 year Silicon Valley entrepreneur, manager of the original Apple mouse project, and a co-founder of Electronic Arts. Dave has been teaching in this application of design thinking in the Design Program since 2007. Dave will be assisted by various class mentor visitors from academia, the marketplace, and the design program.

Note: This course was derived from the Spring quarter long course, E311B, co-created by Dave Evans and Sheri Sheppard. E311B is offered every Spring, typically Thurs 4:15-6:05, and is open all schools and departments.

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

Last modified 03/02/2016

Negotiation (Voice & Influence Series)

Negotiation is a critical skill for professional advancement. Yet as Stanford Business School Professor Margaret Neale shows, women are judged more harshly for negotiating than men. In this video she offers strategies for adressing gendered expectations when negotiating. She advocates reframing negotiation as problem solving. Included are links to further resources and a downloadable discussion guide to practice negotiating in everyday life.

Last modified 08/18/2014

Checklist for Effective Lecturing

A quick guide from the Teaching Commons for assessing the effectiveness of your lectures. Includes concise tips on preparation, keeping your focus, engaging your audience, and gathering feedback.

Last modified 08/20/2014