UW Chemistry Graduate Training: Professional Skills
A recent census shows that only 7.6% of US citizens hold a Master’s degree and only 2.9% hold a Doctorate. People with advanced degrees are expected to be leaders in their specialties and this requires leadership skills, social skills, and continuing your education through literature review and professional contacts.
Managing a Lab
As a University of Wyoming graduate you will become a scientific leader directing a research team. This requires:
- Learning how to inspire people to do what you require them to do
- Unambiguous communication skills and communication of ideas that are up-to-date
Social skills are becoming ever more complex in today’s world. At one time socials skills meant good etiquette: a firm handshake and confident persona. Today people socialize through electronic media and may never meet the person face-to-face. Our professional development course teaches our students the following:
- Understanding social networking as a professional medium
- Understanding social skills as a competitive advantage
In many respects your education only begins when you receive your advanced degree. At the bachelor level you may be hired to use the skills you know; at the doctorate level you will most likely be hired to discover new materials, new methods, or new applications and processes. This starts you on a life-long commitment to continuing education. At the University of Wyoming we will provide you with examples of:
- Continuing education through literature review, and how to stay up-to-date
- Continuing education through professional societies. Conferences, workshops, and networking skills are essential to maintaining your position as leader in your field.