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A successful inaugural year for CAPD Graduate Student Professional Development’s certificate programs

This spring, over 150 doctoral students and postdocs successfully completed CAPD’s new professional development certificate program. Two certificates—one in research mentoring and the other in grant writing—were launched last fall to help PhD students and postdocs advance their growth in …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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MIT Comm Lab Spotlight: Engineers, Express Yourselves

The MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which turned 10 in 2023, helps students translate their work for broader impact.

For a decade, the MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which originated in the Department of Biological Engineering and has …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Redefine success, identify challenges, and flip failure this new year!

Life comes with its fair set of challenges. The goal of building resilience is to equip yourself to weather life’s challenges as they arise. Much of that work involves redefining what success and failure mean and finding ways to use …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Writing and Communication Center IAP Workhop Series: Styling Your Academic Writing

Styling Your Academic Writing (5-session series)

Date: Jan 10th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th
Time: 12-1pm
Location: by Zoom (pre-register to receive the link to connect)


This series will offer diverse and creative methods for styling writing. We will …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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Learn grant writing from the pros!

Please join us for a panel of MIT faculty and grant administrators as we explore the writing process and share tips and tricks for a successful grant application!


By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Featured Profiles

Diana Chien

Alumni, Partner
  • Program Director, School of Engineering Communication Lab
Meet Diana >

Sean Clarke

Alumni, Partner
  • Communication Instructor + Biotech Liaison
Meet Sean >
  • Director of the Writing and Communication Center (WCC)
Meet Elena >
  • Director of Product Management and Strategy / Alum Broadcom
Meet Ravi >
  • Senior Advisor for Communications , MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor
Meet Michael Patrick >
  • Associate Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
Meet Ashley >

Featured Resources


Application materials for PhDs and Postdocs: Examples and how-to guides

These resources are designed for MIT PhDs and postdocs to serve as guides through the process of career document preparation. …

Check out CAPD’s ever expanding playlist of music to get you pumped up whenever you’re in need of a confidence …

CAPD Podcast Playlist: Professional Development & Career Competencies

Check out CAPD’s ever-expanding playlist of podcasts offering insight into professional development & career competencies.

When Science Speaks

When Science Speaks is a pocast series profiling innovative and interesting people working in science and technical fields – from …

PLOS Curated Tools for Scientists

“Ten Simple Rules” provide a quick, concentrated guide for mastering some of the professional challenges research scientists face in their …

Grad Commx

Gradcommx was designed by the OGE to address broadly transferable skills rather than discipline-specific training. It is meant to be …