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Professional Development Committee
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The professional development committee formed in 2013 to extend the scope of professional preparation activities at VIMS beyond training for academic careers. Through site visits in Washington D.C. & Hampton Roads we have connected students with alumni and other professionals working at federal, state, and local governmental agencies, at non-profit conservation and education organizations, and at private consulting firms. We've hosted a Linked-In training to introduce students to the world of virtual networking. We also lead a regularly scheduled public speaking workshop, "VIMS Speak Easy," where students can practice planned and spontaneous speaking and receive constructive feedback on their presentation style. If you are interested in joining the committee or would like to be in touch, please contact the committee co-chairs.

Committee Members

Olivia Phillips
Dan Crear

Kristen Bachand
Kate Bemis
Mandy Bromilow
Fei Da
Jim DelBene
Sam Fortin
William Goldsmith
Quang Huynh
Darbi Jones
Sarah Pease
Justin Shawler
Kelley Uhlig


Announcements, Activities, and Events


Upcoming Events

PDC is hosting our first event of the Spring 2017 semester next Thursday, January 26th. We will be broadcasting the AAAS weminar titled, The Outlook for Science in the New Administration and Congress. Please join us in Andrews 326 at 2pm!

We have a few other events in the works, and will let you know about those as they happen - so stayed tuned!

Lastly, we created a VIMS student and alumni Linked-In group to facilitate networking within the greater VIMS community. Please join and spread the word!


Professional Development Trip Reports

Background: As part of our efforts to increase students’ professional development opportunities at VIMS, the Professional Development Committee conducts trips to meet with several different professionals to learn about their experiences, career paths, and what advice they may have.

We conducted a pilot trip to DC on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and a second trip to Hampton Roads on August 13, 2014. The reports from these trips are available here:

DC Trip Report (January 7, 2014)
Hampton Roads Trip Report (August 13, 2014)
Annapolis Trip Report (January 15, 2016)


VIMS Alumni and Students LinkedIn Group

Please join the VIMS LinkedIn group for Alumni and Students! We are working to increase networking between the VIMS community and WE NEED YOU TOO!


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