Graduate Programs - Involvement

Professional Development and Involvement

At the College of Engineer, we create opportunities for graduate students to engage, build community, and develop as a Complete Engineer.TM  This initiative aims to meld the technical skills needed to tackle 21st century problems along with essential non-technical competencies to enhance your professional and personal lives. 

Engineering Professional Development Opportunities / Seminar Series

Graduate Student Teaching Fellows Program

Engineering Professional Development Events (PDF)

Getting Started in the Engineering Library * Tuesday, September 3 * 4:30 PM * Olsson Room in Engineering Library W204 Nebraska Hall/PKI 150

 The Engineering Library workshop will provide an introduction to the engineering literature, identifying and searching the best sources which provide quality information, and steps to evaluate the relevance of the information to your research topic.  Information sources, and services, provided by the UNL Libraries are discussed as well as database searching techniques and plagiarism and citation tools. Connect via Zoom:

"Check yourself before you wreck yourself: Resume review" * September 17 (tentative) * at 3 PM * Olsson Room in Engineering Library W204 Nebraska Hall/PKI 150

 In preparation for the UNL STEM Career Fair on September 25, have your resume reviewed by a faculty from the College of Engineering and industry alumni. All faculty and industry alumni participating have extensive industry experience and will be able to offer constructive feedback to help you prepare for your job search.

“You’ll pay me to go to graduate school?” - National Fellowships workshop * Thursday, October 3 * 5 PM * SEC 111/PKI 150

There are many ways to finance your graduate education. Come learn about the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which is open to graduating seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. The awards are three-year full fellowships for graduate study ($12,000 in tuition; $34,000 living stipend) leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the areas of science, mathematics, and engineering. NSF Graduate Fellowships are open only to individuals who are, at the time of application, citizens or nationals or permanent resident aliens of the United States. This session will include a discussion of the details of the application, application process, and have a current UNL engineering student talk about their experience with the application process. Check out other national fellowship opportunities: Connect via Zoom:

"Where did my money go?” - Financial Management Workshop * Wednesday, October 16 * 5 PM * NH 404/PKI 150

Typically, graduate students have small budgets. Learn how to maximize and be efficient with your income. This Financial Management workshop, hosted by UNL’s Student Money Management Center, will include topics such as budgeting, student loans, credit and debt, debt repayment, creating financial goals, credit cards, and preventing identify theft. Connect via Zoom:

Teaching, research, and diversity statement review * Thursday, October 24 * 3-5 PM * Olsson Room

For students seeking positions in academia, many positions will require the submission of a teaching, research, and/or a diversity statement as part of the application process. However, crafting a statement can be challenging and may require many edits. Have your statements evaluated by a faculty from the College of Engineering who recently went through the academic hiring process. They’ll share their wisdom and provide constructive feedback for your job search. 

RU RDY? Your Digital Footprint in Academia * Wednesday, November 20th * 5 PM * Lincoln Location NH 404/PKI 150

This workshops will provide participants with the pros and cons of using social media – personally and professionally; help participants think about digital boundaries between personal and professional online behavior; provide ideas for using social media as a teaching tool; understand the different social media platforms that millennials and Gen Z’s are using; and maximize academic visibility via online tools. Connect via Zoom:

"Houston, we have a problem: Group and conflict management workshop" * Wednesday, December 4 * 5 PM * NH 404/PKI 150

Do you ever dread bringing up something that needs to be said? Why can some people easily address uncomfortable issues and things get resolved without resentment? How do they do it? Has someone accepted a suggestion you made only after someone else said the same thing? What was the difference? There is a way, with thoughtful practice, better outcomes are possible. We’ll discuss an approach to doing this and review several practice scenarios. Connect via Zoom:

Graduate Student Leadership Opportunities

Graduate Engineering Student Advisory Board

  • Represents all engineering graduate students, and works with the director of engineering graduate programs and the associate dean for graduate and international programs to act as a voice for graduate students in the college, while assisting with social and professional development events for the college, recruitment efforts, and promoting the College of Engineering Graduate Programs. 

Biological Systems Engineering Graduate Student Association

Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association

  • A student-run and student-elected organization that exercises the student governance of affairs and collaborations, solely involving graduate students in the Civil Engineering department. CIVE GSA aims to promote and advocate for students at the department level, while providing community and social opportunities.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association

  • A student-run organization aimed at being the voice of the graduate students at the department level. The organization coordinates social events within the department to promote a close-knit community of graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

UNL’s Graduate Student Assembly

  • As a unique population with roles as students, teachers, researchers, and/or staff, graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln require a special representative body tailored to their needs.

Engineering Society Chapters

  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
    • Campus: Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Lily Wang
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
    • Contact: Hossein Noureddini
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
    • Contact: Michael Sealy
  • Architectural Engineering Institute (AE)
    • Campus: Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Clarence Waters
  • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Matt Barrows (Lincoln)/Brandon Kreiling (Omaha)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
    • Contact: Nicole Iverson
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Natale Ianno (Lincoln)/Bing Chen (Omaha)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Sidy Ndao
  • Nebraska (Out in STEM)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
    • Contact: Jen Skidmore or Mike Herman
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Avery Schwer
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Christine Wittich (Lincoln)/Michelle Eble-Hankins (Omaha)