To improve graduate education at the University of Florida, members of the Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association, along with departmental faculty, designed a graduate course to cover professional development topics. Some of the topics included interviewing techniques, preparation of curriculum vitae and effective presentations, teaching techniques, and other pertinent topics. Graduate students and faculty cooperatively organized the course. After the first course offering, the course evolved to a college-wide, 2-credit course available to graduate students throughout the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. While there were several topics that remained constant for the course, others would continually evolve based on students' needs and suggestions. The Graduate Professional Development Series at the University of Florida has become an ideal means to enhance the graduate experience and overall professionalism of our graduate students.
professional development, graduate students