CSM 501 - Graduate Student Skills & Success

CSM 501 – Graduate Student Skills & Success


This course (graded pass/fail) is a collaborative learning program focused on the skills that will assist new graduate students in developing to their fullest potential and efficiency at Mines, prepare them for the next steps in their professional or academic journey, and build a network of colleagues across campus.

CSM 501 will be offered in Fall 2023 (McNeil Hall room 214) with 2 sections:

Mondays 3:30-4:50 pm – Instructor Dr. Tim Barbari, Dean of Graduate Studies
Tuesdays 4:00-5:20 pm – Instructor Dr. Jenny Briggs, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies

For course registration visit this page to view the 2 sections.

Student comments from Fall 2021:

“I would recommend this class. There are a lot of academic resources in this class provided through the guest speakers and the instructors. I felt it was valuable to have a scheduled hour every week to learn about these resources because otherwise I would have not explored them as fully.”
(New PhD student)

“This class…
        – Provides a great overview of resources and opportunities at Mines
        – Low Stress class
        – Good opportunity to socialize outside the department”
(MS thesis student)

“This course has provided a lot of great information, resources, and opportunities to connect with both students and faculty!”
(New MS thesis student)

“Over the course of the semester, I was able to glean some information about the resources available at Mines for graduate students. These things range from writing workshops to advisor/advisee relationships to entrepreneurial resources. One of the most valuable outcomes of the course were the relationships developed during and after class with both the faculty and other students.”
(New PhD student)

 “Thank you for running this awesome class! Coming into the semester I was intimidated to say the least –particularly returning to the world of academia and science after a few years away working my first job out of college. Being exposed to tips, tricks, resources, and perhaps most importantly, all of the stories throughout the semester has been a truly great experience which has made me feel comfortable and welcome on campus.”
(New PhD student)

Checkout out the Fall 2022 syllabus; Fall 2023 coming soon


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Tim Barbari

Tim Barbari

Dean of Graduate Studies | Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering


Jenny Briggs

Jenny Briggs

Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies