Fall 2016 F&SI Grants

The Shenkman Career Services Fund (SCSF) Faculty and Staff Innovation grants provide funding for GW faculty and staff to create professional and career development activities for GW undergraduate and graduate students. The Fund provides funding to offset costs associated with infusing career-related materials into existing or new class curricula and/or departmental, program or school-based initiatives. Applications are reviewed and allocated by the Development and Philanthropy Project Team of the university-wide Career Services Council

Operation: ACE (Advance Careers via Education)

Catherine Golden, Ed.D, Associate Dean, Health Sciences, SMHS
Project abstract:
Operation: ACE (Advance Careers via Education) is a way to ensure that our separating military men and women prepare for educational advancement and career opportunities within the healthcare field. The modules will be paired with activities and facilitation by the HSCI 2131 faculty member. Service members will design an individual education and career plan to guide their future, both during and after their term of duty. The collective goal – aspiring for every veteran to have a seamless pathway to pursuing future employment opportunities with career-ready knowledge and skills for success – is ambitious, but Operation: ACE will become a critical component in strengthening that journey.

Funds will be spent on guest speakers and a media specialist.

Scholar's Salon/Humanizing the Humanities: Connecting Careers to Scholars

Lauren Kaczmar, Academic Advisor, CCAS
Elizabeth Chacko, Ph.D, Associate Dean, CCAS
Project abstract:
The Scholar’s Salons is a new event series developed from previous models designed to foster student engagement with and awareness of the opportunities provided through a liberal arts education and the Columbian College community. Specific program goals include generating interpersonal connections with CCAS faculty, Luther Rice Scholars, academic advisors, and alumni to provide information regarding relevant fields of study and potential career paths. Students should leave the event with a better sense of their resources and paths to academic and personal success as well as connections with potential faculty and alumni mentors. Finally, students should be able to gain a better sense of the CCAS community through interactions with their peers and other invited guests.
Funds will be spent on table/chair rentals, catering and venue space rental.

Energy Law Job Registry, Knowledge Transfer, and Networking Project

Donna Attanasio, Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, GW Law School
Project abstract:
The proposed project is an energy law networking reception for law students, current and prospective Energy Law Advisory Board members, and selected other prospective employers.The reception has multiple objectives, including the following:
  1. Collect information about students’ energy law employment history (as a condition to student registration);
  2. Provide opportunities for students and potential employers to network informally;
  3. Create a conduit for students to transfer knowledge among themselves about how they obtained energy-related jobs and build community among students interested in energy and engaged in energy-related on-campus activities; and
  4. Provide potential employers and mentors an opportunity for networking with students and among themselves.

The potential employers and mentors would be Energy Law Advisory Board members, who give generously to the school, and selected representatives (preferably GW alumni) of non-profit or government agencies and private employers. Attendance would be by invitation in order to target those most interested in the niche field of energy law, although we would also attempt to reach additional students who may not fall into one of the targeted groups.

Funds will be spent on catering, supplies and Survey Monkey.

GW International Talks

Jennifer Donaghue, Interim Director, International Services Office
Project abstract:
GW recruits outstanding international students who have a global perspective and personal story to share with our community. To learn from their narratives and provide them with an advantage to finding employment after graduation, they need opportunities to refine their English language speaking and presentations skills through an activity that will set them apart from their competitors in their job search. GW International Talks is a TEDx style event featuring four competitively-selected international students from GW who will give inspiring and innovative talks about their experiences as international students, and their long term vision and goals to effect positive, and lasting change in the world after their educational experience at the university. This event will take place during International Education Week in November 2016.
Funds will be spent on venue space rental, refreshments and videography.

GW DPT Network of Mentors Program Pilot (Building a Network of Mentors Within the GW Community)

Miriam Okine Davies, Assistant Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services, SMHS
Project abstract:
How many of us have entered a new phase in our careers, often faced with steep learning curves,and have said, “If only I knew!” or “I wish I knew that!” For graduate students entering a new profession and applying for their first job, the advice and knowledge they receive from graduateswho have gained experience in the workforce is often invaluable. Likewise, undergraduate students may plan their future careers not really knowing what it will look like. Research has demonstrated networks of mentorship are positively associated with career development, leadership, and career productivity. Also, those who themselves were helped by mentoring, often become strong mentors. The goal of the proposed GW Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Network of Mentors Program Pilot is to help current students build a network of mentors— those who have gone before them and from whom they can gain advice on career and professional transitions. These efforts will be integrated into the PT 8357 Capstone Seminar and the program will host two on-campus networking events, during which DPT Program alumni will share their insights with 3rd year students (soon-to- be graduates) of DPT Program, who will in turn share their wisdom with undergraduate health professions students. Through this cycle of mentorship,graduates and soon-to-be graduates will not only learn from each other but will be able to give back to the next “generation” of students in a meaningful way; closing the loop. Using a communities of practice theoretical framework and a speed-networking platform, students will engage with individuals at different points along their intended career path, enabling them to begin to learn about different career trajectories and pathways. Through this engagement, they will begin to envision themselves navigating the transitions essential to a successful career. Reflections and “pearls of wisdom” will be gathered and retained for sharing with future students.
Funds will be spent on decorations, marketing materials, parking validation and refreshments.

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