STEM Graduate and Postdoc Professional Talks

STEM Graduate and Postdoc Professional Talks are a series of academic, professional, and technical training workshops open to all graduate and postdoctoral engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering. ALL talks are on Fridays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Grad Talks are FREE and require students to RSVP ahead of time. Registration opens 1 week prior to the date of each talk, and will close once we reach full capacity.

Check out our Grad Talks playlist for recordings of past Grad Talks and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new video updates! 

Spring 2022 Presentation Slides

Dr. Debika Datta

Date Recorded: May 13th, 2022



Date Recorded: April 15th, 2022


Panel with CAP Partners

Date Recorded: April 29th, 2022



Fall 2021 Presentation Slides

Ke'La Kimble (NSF Fellow), Carlos Guzman (Ford Fellow)

Date Recorded: October 8th, 2021


Veronica Abreu and Chelsea Richardson

Date Recorded: October 15th, 2021


Madison Edwards

Date Recorded: November 5th, 2021



Dr. Jesse Jokerst, Dr. Padmini Rangamani, Dr. Darren Lipomi

Date Recorded: December 3rd, 2021


Spring 2021 Presentation Slides

Prof. James Friend and William Connacher

Date Recorded: April 9, 2021





Dr. Thomas Bussey

Date Recorded: April 16, 2021


CAP - Corporate Affiliates Program

Date Recorded: April 23, 2021


Wendy Groves, Sharon Franks

Date Recorded: April 30, 2021


Writing Hub - Erica Bender

Date Recorded: May 7, 2021


UCSD Alumni - Sean R.B. Bearden, Ph.D.

Date Recorded: May 21, 2021


Engineering and DPS Faculty

Date Recorded: May 28, 2021

Unsolicited Advice for Job Applicants


Winter 2021 Presentation Slides

Prof. Adam Burgasser

Presentation Slides

Recorded: January 8, 2021


Industry Panel

Recorded 1/22/2021 

*Due to an interruption during the session, the panel was cut abruptly


Presented by CAPS Industry Panel


Presented by the Career Center 


Presented by CAPS Industry Panel


Presented by Dr Christine Alvarado

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Jacobs School


This session was not recorded. 



Fall 2020 Presentation Slides

Dr. Chris Theissen 

Recorded: October 16, 2020

Sample Ford Documents



Michelle Liu

Women's Center Grad Intern 

Recorded: October 30, 2020


Giulia Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Graduate Career Development 

Career Center  

Recorded: November 6, 2020


Heather Dillon

Office of Postdoctoral and Research

Recorded: November 13, 2020

Post Doc Handout


Prof. Adam Burgasser


No recording will be posted for this session.

Growth Mindset Powerpoint.pdf



Summer 2020 Presentation Slides

Colonialism 101 & STEM






Faculty Panel: Teaching Students of Color in STEM




Spring 2020 Presentation Slides

Understanding the Publication Process

Presentation Recording

Zheng Chen
May 29


Negotiating Job Offers

Presentation Recording

Brandon Lob
April 24


How To Network: Making Industry Connections

Presentation Recording

Tod Pascal and Zheng Chen
April 17


How to Give Good Presentations

Presentation Recording

Tod Pascal and Zheng Chen
April 10


What Industry Cares About: Hard vs Soft Skills

Tod Pascal and Zheng Chen
May 1