All workshop activities take place inUnion South
Sunday, May 31
1:00-6:00 Workshop registration: Varsity III, Union South
1:45-2:45 Concurrent sessions on research, teaching, careers, and career path
- Fostering a creative work environment for your graduate students (Acrobat (PDF) 593kB Jun1 15) - Erika Marín-Spiotta and Ankur Desai, Varsity III, Union South
The transition from the more regimented classroom learning to the problem solving necessary for original research can be challenging for some graduate students. This session will discuss ways to help create a collaborative work environment that promotes students' research creativity while balancing project commitments and timelines.
- Inclusive science: Strategies to broaden participation (PowerPoint 571kB Jun1 15) - Joshua Villalobos, Landmark, Union South
The geosciences are the least diverse of all natural sciences in the US. As the US population becomes increasingly diverse it is important to have the geoscience community reflect the community we educate. This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities in engaging minority students.
- Field trip safety: responsibility, liability, and best practice (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 382kB Jun2 15) - Barb Tewksbury, Northwoods, Union South
Taking a group of students into the field is a huge responsibility, whether it's down the road, across the country, or overseas. This session will open your eyes to things that many instructors never think about, offer advice for best practice to reduce risk while being prepared for emergencies, and provide information on what institutions/departments commonly require of faculty members to reduce institutional and personal liability.
3:00-4:00 Concurrent sessions
- Finding and being a mentor (PowerPoint 532kB May31 15) - Margaret Fraiser and Jen Wenner, Northwoods, Union South
This session will explore how to cultivate a network of mentors in your professional life and to identify what's involved in serving as a successful mentor to others.
- Engaging students for extra-curricular participation and community-building - Joshua Villalobos, Landmark, Union South
Being able to connect what is learned in class to the real world is a valuable tool in any students education. This session will discuss a variety of way to engage students through service learning programs, outdoor activities, and citizen science projects.
- Finding and making the most of a post-doc on the path to an academic career (PowerPoint 744kB Jun1 15) - Ankur Desai, Varsity III, Union South
Most geoscience PhD students will hold at least one post-doctoral position prior to starting a tenure-track position. This session will discuss what to look for in a post-doc position, strategies for finding ideal positions, ways to acquire fellowships and external funding, approaches on how to balance publishing your dissertation, conducting new research in a new setting or location, and interviewing for academic positions, and tips to maximize use of your time on route to an academic career.
4:15-5:15 Families and careers: A panel discussion - Workshop leaders, Varsity III, Union South
This session offers a discussion of issues, opportunities, and choices associated with families and careers, including children, dual-career couples, and more, with many opportunities to ask questions of the session leaders.
5:30-6:00 Reception and icebreaker activities Varsity III, Union South
6:00-7:00 Dinner Varsity III, Union South
7:00-9:00 Introductions and opening session Varsity III, Union South
- Welcome, introductions, workshop goals, and overview - Barb Tewksbury
- Where do you want to go? Academic careers café - Matthew Kirby and other workshop leaders