Graduate School Seminar Series

Collaborative Leadership & Grand Challenges Research

As a graduate student, you have the potential to help solve some of the world’s most critical problems.

But, it can be difficult to know how your research can contribute to solutions, as well as how to connect and work with others who have similar interests.

The Graduate School Seminar Series is an unusual opportunity to talk about Big Ideas with leading thinkers across the U – including faculty, staff and fellow graduate students – and to find out how you and your research can help solve the world’s greatest challenges.


The Graduate School Seminar Series is a new seminar series, offered every other week during the 2016-17 academic year, to help prepare you to get involved in tackling some of the world’s most vexing problems, whatever your discipline or career path.

Sessions are free, not for credit, and are discussion-oriented—and, they are led by some of the University’s top faculty and staff. Learning focuses on leadership in collaborative contexts, cultivating innovative thinking, and research design for large and messy problems – skills that are valued in any career setting.

Two, three, or many? Students are encouraged – but not required – to take part in all of the seminars in the series. Depending on the number of seminars you take and the level at which you participate, you will be eligible to earn a Digital Badge that you can record on your resumé or cv, post online, and use to demonstrate to a potential employer that you have developed critical academic and professional skills.


4 – 6 p.m., one or two Tuesdays each month, September 2016 through April 2017

See seminar schedule


Walter Library, Room 402


All currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate students are eligible to participate. Post-doctoral associates are also welcome.


Registration will be required online in advance of each seminar. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure a place.

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This seminar series is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is offered in collaboration with many contributing units.