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Lazarus Center Workshop Attendees
 

All class years are welcome to attend any workshops, unless otherwise specified. Feel free to bring your lunch. Be sure to check out the Handouts & Resources page for additional tools and how-to videos.


TIP: Click the link to RSVP in Handshake and you will automatically receive a reminder for workshops you choose.

*RSVP may not be open yet for certain workshops. Check Handshake for updates.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag:
The Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning & Peer Academic Support

Friday, September 13, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Academic support in the form of peer tutoring is an important resource for students taking classes in STEM subjects. The Director of the Spinelli Center, peer tutors, and students who have used academic support services will talk about the Center and its resources, and answer questions from the audience. Open to all majors and class years. Pizza available first come, first served.

Open House for Sophomores
Friday, September 13, 2-4 p.m.
Lazarus Center
Learn about the ways the Lazarus Center can support you this year and beyond. Career advisers will be available to give you a brief introduction to our services and resources.

Grad School Programs in Public Health
Tuesday, September 17, 7-8 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Admissions staff from the Schools of Public Health at Columbia, Harvard and Johns Hopkins will discuss their programs, applications, and careers in the field. Open to all majors and class years.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag:
International Alumnae in Healthcare Professions
Friday, September 20, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Many international students are interested in pursuing pre-professional training in the U.S. to prepare for careers in healthcare professions, but often feel the odds of doing so successfully are not in their favor. A panel of international Smithies will discuss their paths into US medical school and other healthcare fields. Open to all majors and class years.  Pizza available, first come, first served.
Co-sponsored by the Smith Chapter of the Minority Association of Prehealth Students

Consulting Lunch & Learn with Gillian Tisdale ‘16
Friday, September 20, 12:15-1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
RSVP required
Gillian Tisdale '16 will speak about consulting, a career path perfect for all majors and people who enjoy challenges and problem-solving. Open to students looking to explore consulting and those who have experience in the field. Case interview practice sessions to follow (see below). Visit Handshake to read Gillian’s bio and to RSVP for each event. 

Consulting Case Interview Practice with Gillian Tisdale ‘16
Friday, September 20, 1:30-4 p.m.
Lazarus Center Group Room
RSVP required - Sign up for a time slot in Handshake
A case interview asks you to analyze a real-life business problem and propose a solution. Gillian will coach small groups during 45 minute interactive practice sessions on how to approach case interviews. You will walk away with greater confidence. 

Junior-Year Application for Graduate School Funding: Beinecke and Truman Scholarships
Monday, September 23, 12-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Find out about two prestigious and very competitive awards for excellent students planning master's-level study (or more) in the US or abroad. The Beinecke funds US citizens with financial need in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Truman funds graduate study for US citizens intent on careers of public service in the public sector, academia, or not-for-profit world. Truman candidates should have a record of organizational engagement and contribution to change, for example, as an intern, researcher, or activist. Both competitions require Smith College nomination.

Applying to Grad School
Monday, September 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Discover how to: 1) Determine the right time to apply/attend; 2) Select programs and schools; 3) Prepare and take the admission test; 4) Complete successful applications; 5) Pay for tuition, room and board.

Prepping for the Fall Career Fair
Tuesday, September 24, 12-1:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Learn how to introduce yourself to employers, decide what to wear, conduct useful research and more. S&P Global is excited to partner with the Lazarus Center to give you greater confidence talking to organizations at the Smith College Fall Career Fair on Thursday, October 3, from 3:30-6pm in the ITT.

Senior Recruiting Meeting
Tuesday, September 24, 5-6 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Smith partners with over 200 employers each year to engage with students. This program will cover on and off-campus hiring opportunities in a range of fields. Learn best practices in the preparation, application, and interview process. Open to all seniors looking to engage with employers and strongly recommended to all those planning to participate in recruiting events.

Georgetown University School of Medicine Information Session
Wednesday, September 25, 12-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Admissions staff from Georgetown University School of Medicine will discuss eligibility and the application process. RSVP in Handshake.

Applying to Law School
Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn about the law school application process: 1) When to apply, 2) Selecting which law schools to apply to, 3) Preparing and taking the admission test, 4) Crafting a successful application, 5) Paying for law school.

Technology, Representation and Social Justice: A Talk with alumna Cat Dawson '08
Thursday, September 26, 4:30-6 p.m.
Seelye 201
As diversity and inclusion has become ever-more relevant in more contexts, the interpretation of art through a social historical lens is becoming more prevalent. Simultaneously, technological innovations are making it easier for cultural institutions to reach larger, more diverse audiences. In this talk, Smith Alumna Cat Dawson will explore how tech is making it easier to surface the richness of socio-historical analysis, which is especially relevant to those engaged in labors of scholarship and social justice due to the critical role that visuality and material culture play in the process of rupturing normative structures of meaning-making and power. Co-sponsored by SWG, Engineering, Art and the Lecture Committee.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag
MAIZE: Managing Articles in Zotero for Everyone

Friday, September 27, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. This workshop will offer an introduction to the software's capabilities and how to use it for your coursework and research. Q&A session to follow. Open to all majors and class years. Pizza available first come, first served.

TIP: Click the link to RSVP in Handshake and you will automatically receive a reminder for workshops you choose.

*RSVP may not be open yet for certain workshops. Check Handshake for updates.


Why Should I Hire You?
Wednesday, October 2, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
A great application can get you an interview; it takes a great interview to get hired. Learn what organizations seek in candidates, how to talk about yourself with confidence, and practice your responses to common questions. Whether you have an interview scheduled next week or you intend to be interviewing for opportunities within the next six months, this session will help you prepare. 

Career Fair Prep Open House
Wednesday, October 2, 3-4:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center
Career advisers will be available to answer your career fair questions. Stop by to practice your introduction and explore how to make the most of the fair.  

Forte Event
Thursday, October 3, 12-1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Description TBA

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag
Smithies in Peace Corps; Focus on Healthcare

Friday, October 4, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Smith alumnae Abbey Knickerbocker '13, Frances Black '14, and Amy Tsala McBride '91 will speak about their work on healthcare-related initiatives in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Botswana. Q&A to follow the session. Open to all majors and class years. Pizza available first come, first served. 

Personal Statements for Graduate & Professional School
Monday, October 7, 5-6 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn the strategies for writing a successful personal statement: 1) Determining what the graduate program wants; 2) Selecting and outlining your information; 3) Reviewing, gathering feedback and revising your statement. 

Application for Graduate School Funding in Germany: DAAD Study Scholarship
Tuesday, October 8, 12-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Find out about a prestigious and competitive award for excellent students interested in up to two years of funded master's-level study in Germany. Discipline open. US citizens and international students eligible to apply. The competition requires Smith College review and approval.

Introduction to Fellowships and Competitive Scholarships
Thursday, October 10, 12-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Find out what makes fellowships and competitive scholarship programs special. Hint: It's more than the funding, even when the funding is substantial. Programs include experiential elements, create a cohort of fellows and scholars, and place emphasis on shared interests and values. Learn when and how you may apply. Gather ideas about how to make yourself an even more compelling applicant for competitive programs. 

Money Matters: Salary Negotiation & Living on a Budget
Wednesday, October 16, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn how to think about the money you make, the money you spend and the money you save.   And, learn how to effectively negotiate and advocate for your worth when navigating job offers. This hands-on workshop will help you build and practice these skills.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag:
Introduction to Fellowships for Pre-Health and STEM Professions Students

Friday, October 18, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Discussion of competitive fellowships available to undergraduates in STEM majors (including Goldwater, NOAA Hollings, and Udall) and for graduate study (including NSF GRF, at US universities; Churchill, Gates-Cambridge, and Marshall, in the UK; and DAAD Study Scholarship in Germany). Selection criteria will be discussed, as well as ways that students can make themselves stronger candidates for competitive opportunities. Open to ALL students who are looking for funding and want to understand the requirements of competitive fellowships.  

Career Development for First Years
Monday, October 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Learn how the Lazarus Center for Career Development can help you generate ideas, test possibilities, find your purpose, make a plan, and design your future. Hear about the many services, events, and resources we offer.

International Alumnae Virtual Panel: Navigating Life After Smith
Wednesday, October 23, 5-6 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
A job or internship search for international students can be challenging. Hear from alumnae who successfully navigated the process to learn what strategies worked for them. Panelists will discuss their paths while at Smith and after graduation. See Handshake for alumnae bios.

Fellowships and Study Abroad Information Session
Thursday, October 24, 12-1 p.m.
Lewis Global Studies Center
Brief overview of study abroad options - semester, academic year, J term, summer - and sources of Smith funding. Discussion of fellowships to help fund study abroad (esp. for summer), including Critical Language Scholarship, Boren, Gilman; special programs including Fulbright Summer Institutes, Humanity in Action, DAAD Summer; STEM programs - Amgen Scholars, DAAD Rise.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag
Friday, October 25, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Topic TBA

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, October 25, 12:15-1 pm.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters for your internship or job search. This workshop will cover: 1) Length, style and organization, 2) What information to (and not to) include, 3) how resumes and cover letters work together make persuasive applications.

Open House for Family Weekend
Friday, October 25, 2-4 p.m.
Lazarus Center
Meet Lazarus Center career staff and find out how we can help you during your time at Smith and after. All class years and family members welcome.

Job Search for Seniors
Tuesday, October 29, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Gain strategies on searching for jobs in a variety of fields. Learn about application processes and timelines, how talking with people already in your field can help your search, and what to seek in your first professional role.

Graduate Scholarships for Sophomores and Juniors - It’s Not Too Early!
Tuesday, October 29, 12-1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Find out about prestigious and very competitive awards for excellent students who plan master's-level or doctoral study in the US or abroad. Among the awards available, there are different citizenship rules (some are open to the world, some open only to US citizens), different timing of applications (some require application in junior year, some permit application well after graduation); some focus on particular academic disciplines; some emphasize diversity. Create your personal short list of possible awards. Find out what you can do now to enhance your chances of securing a competitive award.

LinkedIn Profiles and Searches 101
Wednesday, October 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Group Room
LinkedIn exists to help you make real connections with real people. Build a professional online presence by making or improving your LinkedIn profile at this hands-on session. Please bring your laptop.

Resume Lab
Thursday, October 31, 12:15-1 p.m.
Campus Center 102
Collaborate with peers on creating and editing your resume. Share advice and ask for feedback in a fun environment.

TIP: Click the link to RSVP in Handshake and you will automatically receive a reminder for workshops you choose.

*RSVP may not be open yet for certain workshops. Check Handshake for updates.

Sustainable Design Site Visits: GZA GeoEnvironmental & MGM Resort Casino
Friday, November 1, 9am-2pm
Sustainable design balances the current and future needs of humanity with the environment. Come learn from professionals in the field and hear about local internship and job opportunities. Transportation & lunch provided. Space is limited. See Handshake for full description and to sign up.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag:
Summer Jobs and Internships for STEM Students

Friday, November 1, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Tips and resources for finding a summer position in the STEM fields. Pizza provided (first-come - first served).

How to Find Summer Internships While on Study Abroad
Monday, November 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn how to find and apply for internships while you're studying abroad. This session will cover: 1) Methods for finding opportunities, 2) Planning considerations for various locations, 3) Assistance available while you're abroad.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag:
Applying to Grad Schools in STEM Fields

Friday, November 8, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Find out: 1) When to attend/apply; 2) Selecting programs/schools; 3) How to prepare and take the admission test; 4) What is needed for a successful application. Pizza provided (first come - first served).

Designing Your Life
Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Campus Center 103/14
Space is limited to 20 students - Registration will open in October.
Lazarus Center Career Advisor Patty Woods will facilitate this workshop, based on the book by Stanford University Design Educators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. This program is designed to give you the chance to participate in a transformative process, one in which you are empowered to begin to solve the "problem" of what your future will be. Understanding how you want to outline your personal "what’s next?" will also help you start to think about the requirements of job applications, graduate school proposals, and fellowship personal statements. The workshop will be a fun and engaging way to stimulate your planning imagination and design a future that reflects what you love and want to accomplish. There will be required pre-work for this workshop.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Application Workshops
Monday, November 11, 12-1 p.m. and
Tuesday, November 12, 12-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop RoomFor students who have begun drafts for fall 2019 CLS applications. The CLS provides summer language study and cultural immersion overseas for first-years to graduating seniors. 15 critical languages are supported in the Dept. of State-sponsored program. US citizens only. Approximately 10% of applicants are selected. Sign up for this workshop to improve the odds that you will be selected. Gather tips from participants and facilitators about how to present your academic record, connection between target language and career interests, and interest in your intended host culture. Authenticity, clarity, commitment, and the detail you choose to share are important.

Udall Scholarship Information Session
Thursday, November 14, 12-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
The Udall Scholarship honors the contributions of two Arizona politicians whose national reputations rest on their actions to protect the environment and to support Native American peoples. Excellent students, who are US citizens or permanent residents, may apply in one of three streams: the environment, tribal policy, and native health care. The last two categories of the scholarship are open to Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag
Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) @ Smith

Friday, November 15, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Hands-on research experience helps you build self-confidence as you apply the new knowledge and skills gained while conducting your project. This session will cover information about SURF eligibility and application requirements. Open to all STEM majors. Q&A will follow the presentation. Pizza available first come, first served.

Careers in Climate Change & Sustainability: Alumnae Virtual Panel Discussion
Monday, November 18, 5-6 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Hear from alumnae who have incorporated climate change and sustainability into their professions. This event is part of the Year on Climate Change.

Requesting Committee Letters and the 2021 Pre-Application Process
Information Session

Thursday, November 21, 12:15-1pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
This live webinar is required for current students and alumnae seeking a committee letter in support of their applications to medical, dental, optometry or podiatry schools for fall 2021 enrollment. We will cover the materials, deadlines and expectations of the mandatory pre-application process, and the support and resources offered by the Health Professions Advising program to help you prepare. Q&A session to follow. Before the presentation, all participants must 1) review this information about Requesting Committee Letters and 2) RSVP in Handshake to sign-up. A recording of the presentation will be available to those who RSVP.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag
Friday, November 22, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Topic TBA

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, November 22, 12:15-1 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters for your internship or job search. This workshop will cover: 1) Length, style and organization, 2) What information to (and not to) include, 3) how resumes and cover letters work together make persuasive applications.

TIP: Click the link to RSVP in Handshake and you will automatically receive a reminder for workshops you choose.

*RSVP may not be open yet for certain workshops. Check Handshake for updates.
 

Find or Design Your Summer Job or Internship
Monday, December 2, 12:15-1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Learn how to find summer opportunities using Handshake and other search tools, and explore approaches to developing your own summer role. We’ll also cover application steps, share tips for preparing your applications, and introduce Smith's Praxis funding for unpaid internships.

Using J-Term to Launch Your Career
Wednesday, December 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Explore ways to make the most of your January break for summer or post-graduate plans. Create goals and a timetable that works for you.

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag
Peter de Villiers, PhD: 40 Years of Knowledge for Succeeding at College

Friday, December 6, 12:10-1 p.m.
McConnell 103
Professor de Villiers, Sophia and Austin Smith Professor Emeritus of Psychology, will highlight lessons learned from 40 years of teaching, mentoring and research collaborations with Smith students. Pizza available, first come, first served.

Disability Accommodation

To request disability accommodation, or if you have questions, please call 413-585-2582 or email lazarus@smith.edu. To request a sign language interpreter, please call 413-585-2582 at least 10 days before the event.