Graduate Community of Scholars (GCOS)

Welcome to the Graduate Community of Scholars

The Graduate Community of Scholars (GCOS) at Binghamton University offers resources to help you thrive in your personal life and gain a competitive edge in your professional life - whether you're starting your master's degree or completing your PhD.

We are a learning community that welcomes all graduate students, at all level, in all disciplines.

Each semester, GCOS hosts a series of workshops designed to develop the graduate community as scholars, teachers, professionals and members of the Binghamton University community. These workshops join with various campus organizations, departments, centers or units to tailor the information to the interests and needs of graduate life. These workshops follow the Binghamton University PREP Model, which resolves around four themes and competencies that are vital for every graduate student: planning, resilience, engagement and professionalism.

Planning: Learn skills that emphasize proper planning throughout your graduate career, such as resume- and grant-writing, thinking like a professional and creating a syllabus.

Resilience: Learn strategies to ensure and thrive through writing planning for dissertations and theses and managing mental health as a graduate student.

Engagement: Learn strategies for effective communication; networking; and active involvement in the workplace, classroom and community.

Professionalism: Learn and maintain the highest professional standards in teaching, research and publishing.

These workshops are free and open to all graduate students in all disciplines.

In the Fall and Spring semesters of 2018 to 2019, GCOS hosted twenty-one events collaborating with the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, the Office of Research Advancement, the Health and Human Services Department, the Center for Learning and Teaching, the Writing Initiative, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, and the Undergraduate Research Center. These workshops were attended by over 374 graduate students from across Binghamton University. At each workshop an anonymous survey was distributed to gauge the effectiveness of the event for each graduate student, resulting in almost 90% of attendees finding the workshops "useful" or "very useful" for their graduate experience, development and professional goals.

If interested in more information or have a request for a particular workshop topic, please email us at

Below is our Fall 2019 workshop schedule. 

Instructor and TA Training for Graduate Students
Friday, August 23, Noon-3 p.m.
CLT Learning Studio (LN 1324)
Teaching Instructors from the Center for Learning and Teaching

A Guide to Grant Writing for STEM
Friday, September 6, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Valerie Imbruce from the External Scholarships and Research Center

Creating your Research/Academic Curriculum Vitae
Friday, September 20, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Erica Kryst from the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

A Crash Course in Funding for the Humanities
Friday, October 11, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Lisa Theo from the External Scholarships and Research Center

Making the Most of Your Social Media and Online Networking
Friday, October 18, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Erica Kryst from the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

Disseminating your Research Online: Platforms for Digital Scholarship
Wednesday, October 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Zurack Learning Studio (LN 1302C)
Nancy Um and Amy Gay from the Digital Humanities Research Institute

How to Navigate (and succeed!) in an Academic Job Search - A Panel Discussion
Friday, November 8, Noon-1:30 p.m.
UUW 325
Recently Hired Faculty and Erica Kryst from the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

Planning and Designing a Research Poster
Friday, November 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
UUW 325
George Meindl from the Environmental Studies Program

Managing Mental Health and Stress as a Graduate Student
Friday, November 22, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 324
Jessica Cohen from Health Promotion and Prevention Services