Is it a good idea to include participation in summer schools to my CV?

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    What sort of summer school? Who's the audience for this CV?
    – 410 gone
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 15:31
  • And what sorts of classes? Remedial or retake would raise questions. Advanced or enrichment classes would look good.
    – keshlam
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 16:09
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    I read this as a question about attending a special summer program (like the ones mentioned here), not about taking ordinary coursework in the summer.
    – ff524
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 16:12

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I assume you're talking about summer schools aimed at teaching graduate students or postdocs about recent developments. At an early career stage, it's certainly worth listing participation on your CV. If you're a beginning graduate student, then you probably don't have a lot of other things to list, and attending a summer school means something (namely that you are energetic and eager to learn, and that your application was strong enough to be accepted). It's not a big deal, but listing it in your CV can't hurt and might help a little.

As you progress in your career, it becomes less and less relevant. Eventually you'll probably delete it, on the grounds that when you're coming up for tenure, nobody cares at all whether you once attended a summer school for grad students. But it doesn't really matter exactly when you delete it. You can safely wait until you start to wonder why you are bothering to include it when you have so much more impressive things elsewhere on the CV.


Any worthwhile education that you have, especially if it came with a certificate, degree, or any other accolade should be listed in your "Education" section of your CV or resume. However, this is only true if it is 1) Relevant to the industry you are in and 2) there is room for it. Keep in mind no one wants a five page resume.

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    "Keep in mind no one wants a five page resume"—In Academia, 10- to 20-page CVs are not uncommon (even longer for senior researchers), so the considerations are different.
    – SigmaX
    Commented May 4, 2017 at 15:44

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