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== EEB 5894 Section 003 (Planning for a career in EEB) NEW COURSE - IN DEVELOPMENT FOR FALL 2014 ==
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== EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2021 ==
  
This 1 credit seminar course is intended to provide orientation information to incoming EEB graduate students, although it is open to other students; we strongly advise new students to take it.  The course will meet for about an hour a week, with 2-3 faculty present each week to discuss a given topic. This is a new course and we seek input on what topics we should include.
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This 1 credit seminar course is intended to provide orientation information to incoming EEB graduate students, although it is open to other students; we strongly advise new students to take it.  The course will meet for about 75 min, once a week, to discuss topics related to professional development with a rotating cast of faculty, grad. students, or other EEB-connected people.  
  
'''Meeting time:''' Tuesdays 3:45-5
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'''Meeting time:''' Tuesdays 3:45-5
  
'''Location:''' Bamford Room (Torrey 171B)
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'''Location:''' TLS 371
  
 
'''Course coordinators:''' [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch], [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick]
 
'''Course coordinators:''' [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch], [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick]
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'''Grading:''' Officially, letter grades are assigned in this course; in our minds, it's graded on an S/U basis (but there are significant paperwork hurdles to doing that officially).  Regular attendance and participation constitutes satisfactory performance, for which students will earn an 'A'. 
  
 
Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
 
Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
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| Aug 26|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu/holsinger.html Kent Holsinger], [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch] || What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)? || || Relate to strategies for different career paths
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| Aug. 31
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|| [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick],<br>
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[http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch]
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|| University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies  
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|| [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CZdu9NMYFFn5qIVk4WhKchJ4bXlq1lV2/view?usp=sharing Elizabeth's presentation-Resources]<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/File:Compliance_intro_2021.pdf Chris's presentation-Compliance]
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||Homework: (1) Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor. <br> (2) Advance notice: build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during class on 21st Sept. Paul  Lewis's very helpful instructions will get you started {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/d/da/EEB-5100-web-site-homework.pdf}}.
 
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| Sept 2||[http://bryology.uconn.edu Bernard Goffinet], [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kurt_Schwenk Kurt Schwenk] || What is a dissertation/thesis || ||
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| Sept 7
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|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/projects/cicada/simon_lab/member_pages/c_simon.php Chris Simon],<br> [https://www.knutielab.com Sarah Knutie]
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||  Mentoring
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|| [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447791a.html Good mentoring (from Nature)]<br>
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[http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2014/01/getting-mentoring-you-need Getting mentoring (from Science)]<br>
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[https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/mentoring-plans-a-really-useful-tool-for-pis-and-their-lab-members/ Megan Duffy's mentoring plan outline (from Dynamic Ecology)]
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|| Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
 
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| Sept 9||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/yuan/index.html Yaowu Yuan], [http://www.tapeworms.uconn.edu Janine Caira] || Formulating good scientific questions || ||
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| Sept 14
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|| [https://bolnicklab.wordpress.com/ Dan Bolnick],<br>[https://monkeyflower.uconn.edu Yaowu Yuan]
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|| Formulating good scientific questions
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|| Alon 2009 on [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276509006418 choosing good scientific problems]<br>
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[http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jcs.033340 Schwartz 2008] on the importance of stupidity in research<br>
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Founding of the NSF: [https://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nsf50/vbush1945.htm text] [https://archive.org/details/scienceendlessfr00unit pdf]<br>
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[https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/advice-good-reasons-for-choosing-a-research-project-plus-some-bad-ones/ Good] and [https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/advice-weak-reasons-for-choosing-a-research-project/ less] good reasons for choosing a question<br>
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Dan's blog posts on [https://ecoevoevoeco.blogspot.com/2019/09/inspiration.html finding inspiration] and [https://ecoevoevoeco.blogspot.com/2019/09/fads.html fads]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.012 Predictability of transformative research]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2745.12025 100 Questions in Ecology]
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|| Homework: Build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during class on 21st Sept. Paul  Lewis's very helpful instructions will get you started {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/d/da/EEB-5100-web-site-homework.pdf}}.
 
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| Sept 16|| [http://plasticity.uconn.edu Carl Schlichting] || University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies || ||
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| Sept 21
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|| [https://phylogeny.uconn.edu Paul Lewis]
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|| Communicating your work: web sites
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||Homework: identify, for next week's discussion, a person or activity that greatly influenced your learning
 
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| Sept 23||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebwww/people/pamela-diggle/ Pam Diggle], [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu Chris Elphick] || Research ethics and regulations ||   || NSF ethics training/IACUC/IRB/EH&S/BAUR/other lab safety/etc
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| Sept 28
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||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kurt_Schwenk Kurt Schwenk], [https://algae.eeb.uconn.edu Louise Lewis],<br>[https://vmilici.weebly.com/ Val Milici]
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|| Developing as a teacher
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|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/0/0b/Dr.SchwenkTeachingtTips.pdf  Kurt's tips on learning]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/bd/Harry%27sTeachingEngagement.pdf Tips on engaging students]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/3/3c/HowBestToLearn.pdf Tips on how to learn]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.16-12-0344 Benefits of Active learning for inclusivity]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6300 Field courses narrow achievement gaps]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1093/iob/obaa004 Specimen-based research courses]<br>
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[http://gcci.uconn.edu/ Graduate Certificate in College Instruction]<br>
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|| Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
 
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| Sept 30 || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/eschultz/ Eric Schultz], [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/willig/ Mike Willig] || How does research funding work || || need to address both NSF/NIH and other agency/foundation sources, cover OSP etc.
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| Oct 5
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|| [https://llnf.org/staff Sarah Bois],<br> Erin King,<br> [http://www.skogenlab.org/ Krissa Skogen], <br> [https://www.ddcf.org/who-we-are/our-people/staff/sacha-spector-ph.d/ Sacha Spector]
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|| Alumni panel: Careers outside academia
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||Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference or professional society specific to your discipline
 
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| Oct 7 || Grad panel || How to fund your graduate work || || Panel discussion (Jessie, NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS .....)
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| Oct 12
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|| [https://joneslab.uconn.edu Cindi Jones],<br>[http://carlosgarciarobledo.org Carlos Garcia-Robledo]
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|| Conferences and professional societies
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|| Homework: come up with at least three questions for next week's grad. panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
 
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| Oct 14|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/ Mark Urban], [http://algae.eeb.uconn.edu Louise Lewis] || Communicating your work: how does publishing work ||  ||
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| Oct 19
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|| Grads TBA
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|| Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about!
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|| Homework: track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
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| Oct 26
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|| [http://compgenomics.lab.uconn.edu/ Jill Wegrzyn],<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/ Mark Urban]<br>
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|| Work-life balance
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[https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_311q1RbU3kmEvCWT7_nlOksfO2EMddZ/view?usp=sharing Jill and Mark's slides]<br>
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[https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009124 10 simples rules for balance]<br>
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[https://www.thetroutlook.com/latest-updates/work-life-balance-a-grad-students-perspective Grad perspective on balance]<br>
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[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07511-w Achieving balance with kids]<br>
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|| Identify at least 2 journals relevant to your discipline; look up the impact factor, read the instructions to authors for each of the journals, and figure out the cost of publishing in each. Also identify at least 2 grants you could apply for.
 
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| Oct 21|| [http://www.morgantingley.com Morgan Tingley] + ?? || Communicating your work: talks, conferences, and networking || || Homework: get set up to edit in eebedia or Aurora
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| Nov 2
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|| [https://bryology.uconn.edu Bernard Goffinet], Liz Clifton<br>
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|| Writing and Publishing
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|| [https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Wm-o8V38q6Ukooead1W0TPU04xqH95Q/view?usp=sharing Bernard and Liz's slides]<br>
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[https://osf.io/z4n3t/ The Writing Workshop]<br> highly recommended by Liz!<br>
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[http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/Publ_Peer-Review-Booklet.pdf Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)] <br>
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|| Homework: Read Lopes et al. (2018) (linked below); fill out google form, and identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
 
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| Oct 28|| [http://phylogeny.uconn.edu Paul Lewis] || Communicating your work: web sites || || students should leave with an eebedia or Aurora page set up
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| Nov 9
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||[http://rubegalab.uconn.edu Margaret Rubega],<br>  Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
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|| Outreach and communication outside academia
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|| [https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000061 Lopes et al. 2018]<br>
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[https://www.pnas.org/content/110/Supplement_3/14048 Lupia 2013]<br>
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|| Homework: do all of the following
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*Identify an ethical dilemma you have faced during work/school that you are comfortable sharing with the class
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*Read [https://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/17/employee-code-of-conduct/ UConn's code of conduct], especially the Research Principles section
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*Look up the code of conduct for one professional society, meeting or academic institution of your choice
 
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| Nov 4|| Margaret Rubega + ?? || Broader impacts, social media, and communication outside academia || ||
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| Nov 16
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|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebwww/people/pamela-diggle/ Pam Diggle],<br>[https://www.caryinstitute.org/science-program/our-scientists/dr-gene-e-likens Gene Likens ](watch the video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNG7g0eY2KM here])  
| Nov 11 || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/adams/ Eldridge Adams] + ?? || Developing as a teacher || || (also discuss how TA assignments work)
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||  Scientific ethics
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|| [https://ovpr.uconn.edu/services/rics/responsible-conduct-of-research/ UConn RCR training]<br>
| Nov 18|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/jones/ Cindi Jones], [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Andrew_Bush Andy Bush]|| Work-life balance || ||
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Read [https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/friday-links-240 this blog post]<br>
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And, either [https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00287-y this] or [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/spider-biologist-denies-suspicions-widespread-data-fraud-his-animal-personality this]<br>
| Nov 25 || || THANKSGIVING BREAK || ||  
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Updated post on [http://ecoevoevoeco.blogspot.com/2021/05/17-months.html?m=1 spider case]
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|| Homework: bake a pie!
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| Nov 23
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|| THANKSGIVING BREAK  
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| Dec 2|| Senior grads/postdocs  || Lessons I learned the hard way || || Panel discussion (Geert, Kerri, NEED VOLUNTEERS .....)
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| Nov 30
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|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu Kent Holsinger]
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|| What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?
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| Dec 7
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|| Elizabeth and Chris
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|| Semester debriefing and course feedback
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'''Useful readings:'''
 
'''Useful readings:'''
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Some modest advice for graduate students: Steve Stearns and Ray Huey<br>
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The full exchange is on Ray Huey's page: http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/prospective.php
  
Stephen Sterns: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/some-modest-advice-graduate-students
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Stephen Stearns's later reflections: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning
  
A less cynical rebuttal by Ray Huey: http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/prospective.php
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/news/there-is-life-after-academia-1.15808 Nature editorial on life outside of academia]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/news/life-outside-the-lab-the-ones-who-got-away-1.15802 Nature perspective on choosing alternative careers]
  
More Stephen Sterns: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning
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[http://chronicle.com/article/Welcome-to-Graduate-School/148775?cid=megamenu Advice for new graduate students]
  
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[http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/outreach Advice on a range of topics from Science magazine]<br>
  
 
[[Category:EEB Seminars]]
 
[[Category:EEB Seminars]]

Latest revision as of 21:22, 17 November 2021

EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2021

This 1 credit seminar course is intended to provide orientation information to incoming EEB graduate students, although it is open to other students; we strongly advise new students to take it. The course will meet for about 75 min, once a week, to discuss topics related to professional development with a rotating cast of faculty, grad. students, or other EEB-connected people.

Meeting time: Tuesdays 3:45-5

Location: TLS 371

Course coordinators: Elizabeth Jockusch, Chris Elphick

Grading: Officially, letter grades are assigned in this course; in our minds, it's graded on an S/U basis (but there are significant paperwork hurdles to doing that officially). Regular attendance and participation constitutes satisfactory performance, for which students will earn an 'A'.

Tentative syllabus (subject to change)

Date Presenters Topic Resources Notes
Aug. 31 Chris Elphick,

Elizabeth Jockusch

University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies Elizabeth's presentation-Resources
Chris's presentation-Compliance
Homework: (1) Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor.
(2) Advance notice: build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during class on 21st Sept. Paul Lewis's very helpful instructions will get you started Pdficon small.gif.
Sept 7 Chris Simon,
Sarah Knutie
Mentoring Good mentoring (from Nature)

Getting mentoring (from Science)
Megan Duffy's mentoring plan outline (from Dynamic Ecology)

Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
Sept 14 Dan Bolnick,
Yaowu Yuan
Formulating good scientific questions Alon 2009 on choosing good scientific problems

Schwartz 2008 on the importance of stupidity in research
Founding of the NSF: text pdf
Good and less good reasons for choosing a question
Dan's blog posts on finding inspiration and fads
Predictability of transformative research
100 Questions in Ecology

Homework: Build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during class on 21st Sept. Paul Lewis's very helpful instructions will get you started Pdficon small.gif.
Sept 21 Paul Lewis Communicating your work: web sites Homework: identify, for next week's discussion, a person or activity that greatly influenced your learning
Sept 28 Kurt Schwenk, Louise Lewis,
Val Milici
Developing as a teacher Kurt's tips on learning

Tips on engaging students
Tips on how to learn
Benefits of Active learning for inclusivity
Field courses narrow achievement gaps
Specimen-based research courses
Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
Oct 5 Sarah Bois,
Erin King,
Krissa Skogen,
Sacha Spector
Alumni panel: Careers outside academia Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference or professional society specific to your discipline
Oct 12 Cindi Jones,
Carlos Garcia-Robledo
Conferences and professional societies Homework: come up with at least three questions for next week's grad. panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
Oct 19 Grads TBA Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about! Homework: track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
Oct 26 Jill Wegrzyn,
Mark Urban
Work-life balance

Jill and Mark's slides
10 simples rules for balance
Grad perspective on balance
Achieving balance with kids

Identify at least 2 journals relevant to your discipline; look up the impact factor, read the instructions to authors for each of the journals, and figure out the cost of publishing in each. Also identify at least 2 grants you could apply for.
Nov 2 Bernard Goffinet, Liz Clifton
Writing and Publishing Bernard and Liz's slides

The Writing Workshop
highly recommended by Liz!
Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)

Homework: Read Lopes et al. (2018) (linked below); fill out google form, and identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
Nov 9 Margaret Rubega,
Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
Outreach and communication outside academia Lopes et al. 2018

Lupia 2013

Homework: do all of the following
  • Identify an ethical dilemma you have faced during work/school that you are comfortable sharing with the class
  • Read UConn's code of conduct, especially the Research Principles section
  • Look up the code of conduct for one professional society, meeting or academic institution of your choice
Nov 16 Pam Diggle,
Gene Likens (watch the video here)
Scientific ethics UConn RCR training

Read this blog post
And, either this or this
Updated post on spider case

Homework: bake a pie!
Nov 23 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov 30 Kent Holsinger What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?
Dec 7 Elizabeth and Chris Semester debriefing and course feedback

Useful readings: Some modest advice for graduate students: Steve Stearns and Ray Huey
The full exchange is on Ray Huey's page: http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/prospective.php

Stephen Stearns's later reflections: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning

Nature editorial on life outside of academia
Nature perspective on choosing alternative careers

Advice for new graduate students

Advice on a range of topics from Science magazine