Professional Development

Rensselaer students traverse pathways to professional success by connecting their talents, skills, interests, knowledge and expertise in a chosen academic field to career goals and postgraduate opportunities.

Below is a list of services, opportunities, events and interactions which are poised to help you define your vocation and align it with your skills, proclivities and passions to embark on a fulfilling career.

Three Minute Thesis at Rensselaer

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 and now held in universities around the globe, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Sophomore Toast

The Sophomore Toast is designed to teach students the art of networking. The event is broken into two parts; the first hour, students from the Emerging Leaders program teach skills such as how to start and end a conversation, how to enter a room, and how to interact with an authority figure, or person from a different culture.
During the second half of the event, students will practice their newly acquired networking skills with representatives from across campus including Deans, department heads and faculty.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is a series of meetings designed to facilitate leadership development in students. This program is facilitated by the Student Experience office and the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development to provide students with an opportunity to develop a foundation of leadership skills and knowledge.

In the first year students are invited to apply for Emerging Leaders I (EL I), offered annually during the spring semester.  This foundational program allows participants to explore their personal leadership styles in preparation for future leadership.

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