Thu, Mar 31, 2022

12 PM – 1:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Betts Auditorium and Live-streamed

Architecture Building N-09, Ground Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, United States



International scientists and scholars in the United States lead multifaceted lives despite challenges such as immigration and separation from social support systems. The distinct facets of the lives of international PhDs, beyond domain expertise and work ethics, deserve a spotlight.

In this session, Dr. Sonali Majumdar will focus on distinct strengths, that international graduate students and professionals develop through lived experiences, which are valuable for professional success in diverse careers. She will highlight how to leverage storytelling to identify, acknowledge and communicate such experiential strengths. This will inspire international scientists and scholars to broaden perceived personal and professional realm of possibilities and continue exercising the power of choice amid any constraints of circumstances.

This session is inspired by Sonali’s article on Inside Higher Ed on strengths of international PhDs.

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here:

All others, please register here:

This event is part of the GradFutures Forum. This multi-day professional development conference was established in 2020 and brings together graduate students, graduate alumni, thought leaders, authors, and industry experts from around the country and the globe.

With dozens of engaging keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking sessions, the goal of the Forum is to expose graduate students to diverse career options within and beyond the academy, share inspirational stories and practical advice-- and facilitate connections and community.

In 2021, there were more than 3,600 attendees, 60+ speakers from across academia and industry, and 30+ sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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Sonali Majumdar

Associate Director of Graduate Student Professional Development


Dr. Sonali Majumdar is Associate Director of Graduate Professional Development at the University of Virginia. She leads design, development and implementation of PhD Plus, the university’s professional development program to enable versatile PhDs who are deeply engaged with society’s needs in every sector and field. She also leads the administrative team for the university’s participation in AAU PhD Education Initiative. Nationally, she contributes to the field through Graduate Career Consortium (GCC); she serves as social media chair of Carpe Careers writing group and founder of the new International Community of Practice for foreign-born GCC members. 


Prior to joining UVA, Sonali earned PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia and did postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she developed a passion for enhancing professional development of graduate students and postdocs.