Professional Development (TREC)

What Is “TREC”?

The TREC Committee (Teaching, Research, Ethics, Career) is the professional development arm of the Graduate Student Union. Composed of graduate student volunteers, our mission is to offer information and programming that will help Notre Dame graduate students achieve their goals. We believe that professional development is not just about polishing your academic credentials and technical skills. It’s about building confidence, learning self-awareness, and improving the leadership and communication skills that will help you become successful in whatever post-graduate career path you choose.


The concept of professional development is about tapping into your untapped potential. It is about lifelong learning and growing as an individual. What you will gain in our sessions will remain with you for a lifetime!


Want to learn more about professional development at Notre Dame? Check a few items off your Professional Development Checklist and get free lunch about once a month by joining TREC!

To find out more, contact Lindsay Baxter ( or AJ Lepore (, GSU Professional Development Co-Chairs


Did you know you can order business cards as a graduate student? Cards with the Notre Dame student template are available from Express Press.   Sample

For upcoming events, check out the calendar of professional development events for graduate students.

Also check out the Graduate School's Professional Development Blog and the Graduate Career Program's Blog.

Check the ND Graduate School Professional Development page regularly for updates, events and resources!


Professional Development Resources at Notre Dame






Other Resources Around Campus:

Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Four Horsemen Society (Entrepreneurship & Innovation)

Innovation Park (Entrepreneruships, Innovation, Collaboration)



External Resources and Interesing Readings:


Versatile PhD (Must subscribe .. but it's free)

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Online Profiles:

Networking and Communication:

Non-Academic Career Paths:

Books the university-wide Professional Development Committee has read for event ideas: 





Past Events

Fall 2012

-Coffee, Cupcakes & TREC 2012: Get a Cupcake, Get a Job! A professional development fair at which graduate students got to meet and talk to representatives from offices associated with the four spires, including the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, the Career Center and the Hesburgh Libraries. 

Spring 2011

-Personal side of professional life: Panelists discuss the delicate balance between family life, socializing, and dating while working in a time demanding field (such as academia).

Fall 2011

- Coffee, Cupcakes & TREC: (11/08/2012) A meet & greet to introduce this new committee to the graduate student body as well as poll the students to understand the needs of graduate students with respect to their professional development.

Spring 2012

- Establishing your online presence: (04/26/2012) Four presenters wll provide expertise and advice on a range of topics, i.e. personal blogs, personal webpages vs. professional webpages, webpage content, personal branding between the various online profiles, effective use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ etc.

Presenters:  Don Schindler            Ann Moran              Kevin Zeise         Tim Flanagan

-Picture Day: (05/04/2012) TREC is bringing in a photographer to take professional looking portraits of graduate students to be used for webpages, blogs, awards, etc.



If you would like to recommend other resources or content for this page, or if you have a suggestion for an event to help further develop the professionalism of graduate students, please contact us (

Thank you.


Last updated: October 2, 2012