Master's and Ph.D. Career Symposium

1.2 Getting "Soft" Skills Training on Campus

Organized by the Graduate Student Association 

Time: 9:00-10:15am

Room: 026 Wellman

A panel discussion with current graduate students on current resources available at UC Davis to develop "soft" skills like communication, team work, project management, and more. The panelists will cover planned happenstance, current resources for development, and advice for connecting with campus resources to find opportunities that expand your skill sets.


Piper Milton is graduating this June with her MA in Art History, having previously completed her BA with Honors in Art History at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has had a chance to develop soft skills and gain experience outside the college classroom while here at UC Davis, most specifically through the education department at the de Young Museum and their Museum Ambassador Program, as well as through multiple independent and collaborative projects here in Davis, such as partnering with the Art Studio MFA students to produce catalog entries for their thesis shows and helping to create a guidebook to outdoor sculpture on campus. Piper is applying for further graduate study this upcoming fall and plans to continue on to a PhD in Art History, with a focus on seventeenth and eighteenth century architecture and print culture in Rome. She also serves as a the External Chair for the Graduate Student Association, a position that has helped her develop interpersonal and administrative soft skills that can be applied in any work environment.

Erin Arms is a 6th year PhD candidate in Genetics (expected June 2015), working on water stress tolerance in tomato as a member of the St. Clair lab, department of Plant Sciences. Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts degree  in Anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a student at UC Davis, Erin has been active in several on campus organizations including the Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (CGPSA). She is also the co-founder of Empowering Women in STEM (EWIS), as well as a volunteer with the UC Davis Policy Institute and the Explorit Science Center. In her free time Erin enjoys reading, baking, playing Dance Dance Revolution, and subjecting her friends and family to animated movies.