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Online Professional Development Resource


The Graduate School, Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce a new online resource for master’s and doctoral students called DoctoralMastersNet. This online tool is designed to provide graduate students with valuable resources and support, available 24/7, at no cost to students.

DoctoralNet/MastersNet provides resources such as webinars, writing groups, video snippets, opt-ins and boxed sets. Topics in the following areas are covered:

Research Resources

UH Library

For many graduate students, research is an integral part of their graduate experience. The research component of a graduate degree involves literature review, planning, conducting, analyzing, and communicating research. If you are involved in research, there are many campus resources to support your work. The University of Houston has a world-class library that offers workshops and consultations to support your research. More information about resources and services available to graduate students through the UH library can be found here.


Workshop Series: Making your Scholarly Work Visible with ORCID

  1. Introduction to ORCID
  2. Making the Most of your ORCID iD
  3. Using ORCID in a Career in Academia


Each fall semester, the Graduate School hosts the 3MT (3-minute thesis) competition. For more information about this event and for sign-up information visit 3MT.

Competitive Travel Scholarships

The Graduate School also provides a competitive scholarship opportunity for graduate students who are presenting their research at conferences. For more information about the Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant and to learn how to apply, find information here.


Looking for funding to support your research through a grant or fellowship? Some nationally competitive graduate fellowships are listed below:

Can't find what you are looking for? Check out other External Funding Opportunities and resources here.


Career Exploration and Preparation Resources

It is never too early to start thinking about what you will do after you finish your graduate degree.  There are many resources available to guide you as you start to explore career options. Not sure where to start? Try some of these.

Individual Development Plan

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a student-generated document that helps graduate students get started with planning, setting and achieving their goals related to graduate school milestones and career plans. The IDP framework is designed to be flexible and consists of the following elements: self-assessment, career exploration, goal-setting and implementation of the plan. 

Graduate students can start the process using one of the following free online tools:

Job Simulations

InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, to explore future career options. The goal is to provide true-to-life job simulation exercises available here. This project was recently highlighted in a Science article.

University Career Services

University Career Services provides workshops for graduate students, career fairs and individual consultations. Check out their graduate student resources and calendar.
Please visit their website to learn more about their services or login to Cougar Pathway. They are eager to help you as you plan for your future.

Student-led Organizations in the Houston area:

  • Enventure: Learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on life sciences. Attend an Enventure event to learn more.
  • Interested in a career in consulting?  Check out the Consulting Club at the Texas Medical Center

Health and Wellness Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers many different options for graduate students experiencing mental health issues.
Walk-in Hours:
CAPS has walk-in hours from 8:30-4:00 pm Monday through Friday. When you walk in, a CAPS counselor will meet with you, hear your concerns, and help determine what service is most likely to address your needs. 

CoogsCARE : This new website contains information related to mental health resources, safety, wellness and academic support services. It is an excellent tool for the entire UH community.

Let’s Talk

Not sure if you need counseling- try the Let’s Talk program: 

Crisis Situation

If you are experiencing a crisis situation and need to speak with someone immediately, please contact CAPS at 713.743.5454 or walk into CAPS. If it is after business hours and you are in imminent crisis, please call 911 or CAPS at 713.743.5454 and you will be connected to the after-hours counselor.

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