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 gcos@binghamton.edu.

Below is our Spring 2020 workshop schedule. 

Writing Planning for a Productive Spring Semester
Friday, January 31, Noon-1:15 p.m.
UUW 325
Robert Danberg, from the Writing Initiative

How to Format Your Dissertation for Submission
Friday, February 14, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Michael Hathaway, from the Graduate School

Academic Style: Revising and Editing Sentences and Paragraphs
Friday, February 21, Noon-1:15 p.m.
UUW 325
Robert Danberg, from the Writing Initiative

How to Navigate (and Succeed) in a Non-Academic Job Search
Friday, February 28, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Erica Kryst, from the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

A Guide to Forming a Teaching Philosophy and Statement
Friday March 13, Noon-1:15 p.m.
UUW 325
Robert Danberg, from the Writing Initiative

To the Hiring Committee: How to Write a Successful Cover Letter
Friday, April 17, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Erica Kryst, from the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

Writing Planning for a Productive Summer Term
Friday, May 1, Noon-1 p.m.
UUW 325
Robert Danberg, from the Writing Initiative

How to Write and Format Clear Research Statements
Time and Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Kevin Boettcher, from the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives