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Professional Development Resources for CALS Graduate Students

The University of Florida Graduate School requires that all Ph.D. students, starting Fall 2017 or later, and their faculty mentors develop, and yearly re-evaluate, an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to aid in students’ professional development. Documentation of the IDP is required annually as described on the Graduate School’s website linked below. A list of resources to enhance professional skills follows. While only Ph.D. students are required to have an IDP, M.S. students and their advisers may wish to make an IDP and are encouraged to take advantage of the professional development opportunities below.

Individual Development Plan templates - May be modified by individual CALS departments

Professional Development Courses - An option to enhance many professional skills

Selected resources to help students gain professional skills highlighted in the IDP are shown below:

Research Skills and Knowledge


Management and Leadership Skills



Career Advancement