IPS Insights: Modern Language Association convention

by Chava Nerenberg, Graduate Programming Assistant
Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:00 PM

Have you ever wished you had support to take advantage of a professional or career development opportunity that lies outside the scope of your academic research? The UCSB Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) Program is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars fill in the funding gaps for pursuing opportunities that support your professional development in a variety of career trajectories.

IPS Insights: We are excited to continue our new series “IPS Insights,” where previous awardees share about their IPS-funded experiences in short informational videos. This week's featured video is by Pedro Craveiro, a graduate student in Spanish and Portuguese.

Pedro attended the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention. The largest scholarly meeting in the humanities, the MLA convention brings together thousands of members to discuss new research, participate in workshops, and build their professional networks. Watch his video to learn more about his experience!

In Pedro's Words: What I Learned

"Being able to participate in this famous convention thanks to the IPS grant allowed me to present original research about my dissertation topic with scholars and academics from the US and worldwide who develop research in the humanities. As a Ph.D. candidate in the process of writing and about to apply for job positions in academia, this conference was a unique opportunity for networking, allowing me to learn more about my field of work and share my research in an academic setting."

IPS Program Overview

Awards up to $1000 are granted to eligible UCSB graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from any discipline who wish to individually tailor their career paths with outside professional development opportunities. The purpose of the IPS program is to help grad students and postdocs take greater agency in their own career path by funding exploration of a range of professional development opportunities across a variety of career and skill interests.

The IPS Program is a collaboration between the Professional Development Series at the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships; the Graduate Division; the Office of Diversity, Equity and InclusionUCSB Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative and CNSI Technology IncubatorCareer Services; UCSB's divisional deans; and external donors. Learn more about the program here!