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Professional Development Associate Information & Application Form

We are currently accepting applications for a Professional Development Associate in Engineering.
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Graduate students are at the heart of our mission, and they play a key role in the development of our programming, events, and strategic planning. One example of this is our newly-developed Professional Development Associates Program. Four Associates--one from each academic division--work closely with our team to co-create bespoke initiatives for their division. Students also serve on our Professional Development Working Group, and we often partner with the Graduate Student Government and other graduate student organizations.  

Professional Development Associates

  • Yuzhou Bai, GS, EAS

    "I'm excited to support my fellow Ph.D.s in at least two ways: to highlight recent job market trends and consult on new career options for graduate...
  • Sophie Jiang, GS, ARC

      • Professional Development Associate
    The "UAF experience has deepened my understanding of multidisciplinary and multicultural communication."
  • Shelby Lohr, GS, HIS

      • Professional Development Associate

    I'm a storyteller and media enthusiast pursuing a PhD in American History. Outside of doctoral work, I've studied comedy writing and creative...

  • James C. Loy, GS, PHY

      • Professional Development Associate
      • Professional Development Working Group Member
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    James C. Loy is a Ph.D. student in Physics, and a Professional Development Associate charged with working primarily on initiatives for graduate...

  • Sarah Wilterson, GS, PSY

      • Professional Development Associate
      • Professional Development Working Group Member
      • GradFUTURES Forum Speaker

    Sarah Wilterson is a Professional Development Associate supporting graduate students in the Social Sciences..

  • Ke (Kevin) Xu, GS, CBE

      • Professional Development Associate

    Originally from Beijing China, Kevin is a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering and his work focuses on engineering multi-phase...

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