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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Clark University will celebrate the inaugural Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPAW), April 17-21, 2023.

GPAW was started by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) as a way to demonstrate appreciation for graduate and professional students nationwide.

Clark graduate students can enjoy wellness sessions, social events, and workshops geared toward assisting graduate students with time management skills, career search, ways to better use social media as part of your career search, etc.

Additionally, the Graduate Student Council will host the annual Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference during this week.

Please see below for dates, times, locations and descriptions for each event. Events are open to all Clark graduate students.

Featured Events

Monday, April 17

10 – 11 a.m.


Sponsored by GSAS

Happy Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! Come unwind with a little self care with Meng Le. You may view Meng Le’s profile here.


1 – 2 p.m.

Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile

Sponsored by SOM

LinkedIn profiles are the first place an employer goes to after seeing your resume. We will looks at key areas in which you should focus on for updating your presence.

Tuesday, April 18

10 – 11 a.m.

Navigating the Job Search

Sponsored by IDCE

Considering post-degree career plans? This session is to provide an overview of key steps during the process.


1 – 2 p.m.

Creating a Narrative to Advance Your Career: Your Research, Expertise and Aspirations

Sponsored by Marcom/GSAS

In this session, we will share best practices and helpful tips around crafting your own personal story to convey your strengths, the impact and breadth of your efforts, your interests and your ambitions.


3 – 5 p.m.

Backyard Games and Ice Cream Truck

Sponsored by SOM

Take a break from your studies and have some fun challenging your friends and graduate student life staff members to games of bocce, cornhole, badminton, ladder ball, giant Jenga, and more!

Wednesday, April 19

10 – 11 a.m.

The Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference

Sponsored by GSC

The Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference is an opportunity for master’s and doctoral students to present their research work and enhance their presentation skills.


1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Portfolio, Resume & Professional Development

Sponsored by BSDT

Please join us for an afternoon of professional development! This is strictly relevant to those graduate students who have an art, design or development portfolio.

Thursday, April 20

10 – 11 a.m.


Sponsored by GSAS

*Due to low enrollment, this session has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.*


1 – 2 p.m.

Managing Academic and Professional Priorities

Sponsored by SPS

This workshop, we’ll discuss the underlying causes of procrastination and how to overcome them so that you can focus on efficiency and productivity.