AGL Professional Skills Development Workshops

Professional Skills Development Workshops

The AGL Professional Skills Development Workshops are a series of eight virtual workshops that will kick off in December 2021 and will be open to women and gender minority graduate students and postdocs from across the world. Workshops will be hosted by facilitators from academia, industry, national labs, and non-profit organizations.

Example workshop topics include communication, negotiation, resume/CV building, and interviewing skills. All workshops will be highly interactive where participants will be able to converse with the facilitators and interact with other participants to help build a community of women and to give them opportunities to network with each other.

Past Workshops

Workshop Title: Strategic Negotiation Skills for Women

Date/Time: December 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Kristen Burson

Kristen Burson is an Assistant professor at Hamilton College. She is an experimental condensed matter physicist whose research group focuses on studies of organic photovoltaics and the atomic structure of 2D glasses using surface science techniques. Burson has also served on the American Physical Society committee for the status of women in physics (CSWP). Burson earned her bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her PhD in physics from the University of Maryland-College Park. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Plank Society in Berlin, Germany through an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship award.


This interactive seminar will help physics graduate students develop and practice professional skills that people need to effectively perform research and thrive in physics, including how to:

  • Negotiate a job offer
  • Interact positively on teams with a mentor of advisor
  • Think tactically
  • Develop alliances
  • Achieve professional goals

Participants will engage with case studies to practice strategic negotiation skills. The broad goal of these seminars is to help women in physics develop these skills, as these are critically important skills for underrepresented groups. As such, women students are especially encouraged to attend, as the workshop will highlight issues women face more frequently. However, the workshop should be useful to all and is open to all students.

The activities within AGL are open to individuals who do not identify as cisgender men. We encourage participation of cisgender women, gender non-binary individuals, and transgender individuals. 

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