Research Communications

Start Smart workshops help students negotiate fair compensation 

January 29, 2014

Ohio University is sponsoring several $tart $mart workshops in February to educate students about how to earn fair compensation after graduation.

Originally tailored for women to address the gender wage gap, the workshop will be offered to male students for the first time this year.

"In today's economy, many students are tempted to take a job, any job, at any price.  But few realize that there are real financial consequences to their decisions," said Roxanne Malé-Brune, director of grant development and projects at the Graduate College. "This workshop explores these consequences and how to negotiate to be fairly compensated."

The workshops are interactive. Attendees will learn how to negotiate for fair compensation and develop a personal budget to determine salary needs.

The February workshops schedule:

Female Graduate Student Workshops – Monday, Feb. 17 (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and Tuesday, Feb. 18 (2:30 p.m. -5 p.m.)

Female Undergraduate Workshops – Thursday, Feb. 20 (9:30 a.m. - noon) and Friday, Feb. 21 (4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

Male Graduate/Undergraduate Workshop – Wednesday, Feb. 19 (2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, free of charge. Due to the workshop's interactive nature, space is limited and registration is required. Email: Roxanne Malé-Brune at

$tart $mart is a collaborative project between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the WAGE Project, with more than 225 campuses nationwide hosting the workshop each year.

At Ohio University, $tart $mart is sponsored by the Graduate College and Women's Center.

Written by Kathryn McFadden