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The leading speakers included Trang Nguyen (PhD in Food Science), Hai Nguyen (PhD in Science Education) and Cuong Nguyen (PhD in Plant Science). The speakers and participants discussed different topics such as choosing an advisor, applying for funds in STEM fields, changing research direction, dealing with fund discontinuity and choosing courses. The workshop emphasized the importance for PhD students to express initiative in discussing problems. Following success of the workshop, another workshop with the theme “Advocating women in science” was suggested to be organized in Spring 2017 semester. The goal is to help women Ph.D. students by exchanging experiences on how to balance between academic work and family life.