Student Training and Readiness Series (STARS) A multi-session series run monthly throughout the academic year to provide overviews on a variety of pertinent career and professional development topics. The topics covered in the STARS sessions varies from year to year and is based on annual assessments of graduate student career and professional development interests. A reception is held each year for graduate students that attend a minimum number of STARS sessions as well as for graduate students that completed one or more of the other professional development series run by Graduate Studies. The 2017-18 STARS series will feature sessions on finding and securing internships, working a career fair, applying to PhD programs, finding the right postdoc position, pitches, cultivating strong mentoring relationships, work-life balance, poster presentations, research and experimental design best practices, intellectual property and patents, financial literacy, and team dynamics.
This STARS session, titled 'Financial Literacy for Graduate Students', will be led by an external financial adviser. The session will focus on budgeting and managing expenses with consideration of the finances of a typical WPI graduate student in mind. A budgeting worksheet will be provided and participants will be asked to bring to the workshop bills and receipts for the weeks leading up to the session. The learning objective for this session is that by the end of the workshop, participants will be able to create a personal budget to better manage finances. A free lunch will be provided.