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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, and Annapolis 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 several workshops regarding several topics including LinkedIN, mock interviews, and resume/CV building. We also lead a graduate student mentorship-type panel series called Surviving Grad School  in which older, more seasoned students provide advice to newer students. Please contact the committee co-chairs if you are interested in joining the committee or have any suggestions for future career development events.

Committee Members

Olivia Phillips
Dan Crear

Sam Askin
Kristin Bachand
Andrew Corso
Jim DelBene
Meredith Evans
Sam Fortin
Jackie Friedman
Taylor Goelz
Kyle Hinson
Aman Kohli
Katherine Longmire
Lindsey Nelson
Michelle Onofrio
Sarah Pease
Ann Ropp
Annie Schatz
Adena Schonfeld
Justin Shawler
Jingwei Song
Shelby White


Announcements, Activities, and Events


Upcoming Events

PDC will host another Suriving Grad School bagged lunch on November 14 from 12 to 1 in Andrews 222/226. We will be discussing how to maintain a work/school/home balance. More information to come...

Look for several science communication events in the Spring.

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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