Professional Development Series (PDS)

Program Contacts:

Arica Lubin,

Wendy Ibsen,


The mission of the Professional Development Series is to provide training and resources to develop the skills needed to succeed as a current science and engineering researcher and a future professional in a variety of careers. The series develops skills in communication, academic scholarship, teaching & mentorship, and career preparation, and serves as an umbrella and partnership program to host many of the initiatives that CSEP offers for graduate students and postdocs.

Graduate student & postdoctoral scholar teaching, mentoring & leadership opportunities:

CSEP offers a number of opportunities for graduate students and postdocs in science and engineering to serve as mentors and teachers for K-12 students, community college and university undergraduates, and other community partners

  • Research & Scholar Mentoring
  • Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Communication and Leadership Development
  • Outreach and Community Engagement

Science communication & teaching programs include:

  • The School for Scientific Thought (SST) - science and engineering teaching fellowships
  • Family Ultimate Science Exploration (FUSE) - science and engineering community outreach
  • Art of Science – art public engagement

Career and leadership programs include:

  • Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) - mini grants for career development
  • CSEP Mentorship Fellows Program – fellowship in research mentoring and leadership
  • Seminars, Workshops, and Events - career exploration/preparation and networking opportunities with career professionals. 

Series partners:

  • Biological Engineering
  • Career Services
  • College of Letters & Science
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Creative Studies
  • Graduate Division
  • Office of Research
  • SB Museum of Art
  • UCSB Innovation + Entrepreneurship
  • UCSB Library
  • Quantum Foundry
  • Student and Postdoc groups: Beyond Academia at UCSB, ChemPD, Photonics Society, 
  • Graduate Students for Diversity in Science (GSDS), 
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Graduate Chapter at UCSB, 
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
  • Extramural funders: DoD, NIH, NSF
  • and many others . . .

To learn more about upcoming events and opportunities: