Lunch & Learn Workshops will resume in the Fall 2018 semester.  You'll want to learn more about some great topics, so watch this space for the fall schedule in early August 2018! 


Lunch & Learn Workshops - Spring 2018

Lunch & Learn Workshops are offered on Tuesdays throughout the semester on a variety of topics important to graduate students.  While most workshops are held from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, there are three evening edition workshops from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  Registration will open one week before each workshop, and the registration link will be posted on our home page.  If you would like to receive a weekly email announcement for the upcoming workshops, please sign up for our List-Serv.   

Feb 6th, Life After F-1, J-1 & H-1B
Learn about the employment options that exist for international student in the U.S. after graduation.
speaker: UMD's ISSS representatives
presentation: Life_After_F1_J1_Presentation_by_ISSS

Feb 13th, Guide to Taxes, evening edition
Taxes are due by April 17th!  Bring your questions so you can file your taxes with confidence.    
speaker: Samuel Handwerger, CPA, full-time lecturer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a leader of TerpTax, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) chapter.
presentation: Tax_Guide_seminar1,  Tax_Guide_seminar_2Tax_Guide_seminar_3Tax_Guide_seminar_4
handout: Nonresident_Tax_Assistance

Feb 20th, Investment Advice
Learn how a disciplined approach can help you build your wealth.
- the presentation is not available

Feb 27th, Intellectual Property
Learn when you can claim ownership of research, publications, inventions, data and what you can do if a dispute arises.  
speaker: Felicia Metz, Esq., Assistant Director, Intellectual Property for the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)
presentation: Intellectual_Property_Presentation

March 6th, Employment Contracts, evening edition
Learn what to look for as you consider job offers and review contracts.
speaker: Sarah Sawyer, Esq., a l
abor and employment attorney with Office Kurman Attorneys at Law
presentation: Employment_Contracts_Presentation

March 13th, Renters and Auto Insurance
Make informed choices about why you need insurance and what coverage is best for you.
speaker: Joy Hatchette, J.D., Associate Commissioner of the Consumer Education and Advocacy Section of the Maryland Insurance Commission
- There is not a presentation to share.  Please refer to the website for the Maryland Insurance Administration.

April 3rd, Improve Your Credit Score
Learn how good credit can lead to thousands in savings and help you reach your life's goals.   
speaker: Cassie Costin, Financial Center Manager at SECU 
presentation: Improve__Your_Credit_Score_presentation   

April 10th, Dealing with Difficult People
Manage challenging situations with your boss, a customer, a family member or even a stranger with proven techniques. 
speaker: Toby Treem Guerin, JD, Managing Director, Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law (C-DRUM) and Clinical Law Instructor
presentation: Dealing_with_Difficult_People_Workshop_handouts

April 17th, Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Learn how to spot common types of identity theft, and get advice on what to do if it happens to you.
speaker: Jeff Karburg, 
Administrator of the Identity Theft Program, Maryland Attorney General's Office

April 24th, Salary Negotiations, evening edition
Polish your negotiating skills and get the pay you deserve.
speaker: Dr. Susan Martin, Director of Professional and Career Development, UMD's Graduate School; University Career Center & President's Promise
presentation: Salary_Negotiations_presentation_slides_2018
worksheet: Salary_Negotiation_Worksheet_2018


Lunch & Learn Workshops - Fall 2017

1. Student Conduct Do’s and Don’t’s
September 12, 2017
speakers: James Bond and Liz Brown, OSC
* presentation is not available

Intentional or not, some grad students make mistakes and find themselves facing charges by the Office of Student Conduct.  Learn about the most common mistakes seen by the Office of Student Conduct, find out how to avoid them and what to do if you are charged.

2. Obtaining a Maryland Driver’s License
September 19th, 2017
speaker: Stenise Sanders

Are you an international student who wants to know if you need a Maryland license?  Have you moved here from another state and need to find out whether you are required to transfer your license?  We will help you answer these questions and more.

Presentation: MD_Driver_s_License_Presentation_by_Stenise_Sanders
Other information: MVA_Letter

3. Plagiarism Prevention
September 26th, 2017
speaker: Linda Macri, The Writing Center, The Grad School

Presentation: Plagiarism_Prevention_Linda_Macri

In academia, knowledge builds on previously published knowledge. But knowing how to represent the words and ideas of others can be a challenge.  Explore the best practices in citation and the ethical and appropriate use of sources.

4. Campus Safety
October 3, 2017
speaker: Sergeant Kenner, UMD Police

You can reduce the likelihood of being the victim of criminal activity if you take away the opportunity for the criminal to make you their victim.  Students and staff need to take shared responsibility for the safety of themselves and their property.  Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your community.

Youtube video from presentation:

5. Police Encounters
October 10, 2017
speaker: Robinson Rowe, Esq.

Encounters with the police can be stressful and even frightening. Learn what rights you have and get advice for dealing with police officers in various situations.  What does "the right to remain silent" mean?  When can police search you? These and more questions will be answered.

* presentation is not available

6. Build Your Wealth
October 17, 2017
5:15pm – 6:15pm, doors open at 4:45pm
speaker: Dr. Eric Wish, UMD, BSOS

Turning a profit on an investment is a great feeling.  But investments don’t exist in a vacuum; they’re a piece of an overall financial life.  If you’re new to investing or ready to start increasing your returns, learn some strategies for getting educated and taking ownership of your investments.           

* presentation is not available

7. Developing a Business Plan
October 24, 2017
Speaker:  Kim Andrews, MD SBDC

A business plan is much more than a fund-raising tool.  It’s a road map to your business’s future.  Use it to monitor progress, to hold yourself accountable and as sales and recruiting tool for courting key employees or future investors.  Learn more about why you need a business plan, how to make one and how to use it.  

Presentation: Business_Plan_Presentation_by_Holly_DeArmond

8. Car Buying & Car Care
October 31, 2017
speaker: Sharon Margolis & Doug Numbers, Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

Thinking of buying a new or used car? Looking for advice about how and where to finance the car? Wondering if you've chosen the right mechanic and what you need to do to keep your car safe and working well? Come learn secrets to buying and financing a car, choosing a repair shop, and keeping your car running right.

Speaker Presentation: Car_Buying_and_Car_Care | Handout: How_to_Buy_a_Used_Car

9. Health Insurance 101
November 7, 2016
speaker: Mark McCoy, Esq., Assistant General Counsel for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

* presentation is not available

Open enrollment for 2018 health care plans starts on November 1st.  You can sign up for health insurance only during annual open enrollment period, unless you have a "qualifying life event."  Join us to learn the ins and outs of health insurance including why you need it, how to get it and the different types of coverage.    

10. Immigration Law Update
November 14, 2016
speaker: Patricia Minikon, Esq.

Speaker's presentation: Immigration_Law_Topics_Minikon_Law

11. Wills & Estate Planning
December 5 , 2017
Speaker: Rajiv Goel, Esq.

If you want to have control over how your assets are distributed, as opposed to the government making those decisions, then you need to have an estate plan.  Learn key estate planning concepts that will enable you to take greater control over your assets and prepare for making your plan.          

handout: Estate_Planning_101

Click here to see the Spring 2017 workshop archive, including event details and presentation materials.

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Tuesdays: 9am-11am & 2pm-5pm

Wednesdays: 9am-3pm

Thursdays: 9am-3pm

Fridays: Office Closed

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