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== EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2018 ==
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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 75 min, once a week, with 2-3 faculty or a small panel of other EEB-connected people discussing a given topic each week.   
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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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|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu/holsinger.html Kent Holsinger]
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|| [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick],<br>
|| What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?  
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[http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch]
|| [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a2eqPdCTVrrfMLHrqhBCSTVuSzLC26JYZPUxfuQsBDM Kent's presentation on career paths]<br>
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|| University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies  
[https://drive.google.com/open?id=18_JtCtZMKRdkxDw-7bFYJqWe3JzXApuG EEB graduate employment]<br>
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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]
[https://tableau.dsc.umich.edu/t/UM-Public/views/RackhamDoctoralProgramStatistics/ProgramStatistics?:embed=y&:showAppBanner=false&:showShareOptions=true&:display_count=no&:showVizHome=no&FOSDParameter=All+Rackham University of Michigan PhD outcomes website]<br>
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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}}.  
[https://tableau.dsc.umich.edu/t/UM-Public/views/RackhamMastersProgramStatistics/ProgramStatistics?:embed=y&:showAppBanner=false&:showShareOptions=true&:display_count=no&:showVizHome=no&FOSDParameter=All+Rackham University of Michigan MS outcomes website]<br>
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[https://www.insidehighered.com/advice Inside Higher Ed Career Advice]<br>
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[https://versatilephd.com/ The Versatile PhD]<br>
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[https://career.uconn.edu/graduate-students/ UConn Career Services for grads]<br>
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[http://www.onsf.uconn.edu/graduate/ UConn National Fellowships Office]
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|| [http://www.nsfgrfp.org NSF fellowships]
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| Sept 4
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| Sept 7
|| [http://plasticity.uconn.edu Carl Schlichting], [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch] 
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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]
|| University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies
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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>
[https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F4JqQHGrQC_ZbYdu7bWIBAyOnGPAUR_n Carl and Elizabeth's presentation (ontogenies and resources)]
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[http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2014/01/getting-mentoring-you-need Getting mentoring (from Science)]<br>
|| Homework: web site assignment will be distributed by Paul Lewis
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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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| Sept 11
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|| [http://phylogeny.uconn.edu Paul Lewis]
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|| Communicating your work: web sites
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|| {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/plewis/downloads/uconn-eeb-websites.pdf}} P. Lewis presentation<br><br>
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|| Homework: complete your web site and send a link to Paul (cc to Chris and Elizabeth); track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
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| Sept 18
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||[http://compgenomics.lab.uconn.edu/ Jill Wegrzyn],<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Andrew_Bush Andy Bush],<br>[http://www.jasondavidlech.com/ Jason Lech]
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|| Work-life balance
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|| [http://www.academiaobscura.com/the-workaholic-and-academia/ In defense of downtime]<br>
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[http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soin.12029/abstract Greedy institutions, overwork, and work-life balance (Sullivan 2013)]
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|| Homework: come up with three questions for next week's grad student panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
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| Sept 25
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|| Grad panel: [https://samanthaapgar.weebly.com/ Sam Apgar], [https://dipanjanadalui.weebly.com/ Dipanjana Dalui], Kevin Keegan, [https://kathrynweeks.weebly.com/ Katie Weeks]<br>
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||  Courses, committees, TAing, getting started
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|| Panel discussion: come with questions
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|| Homework: identify, for next week's discussion, a person or activity that greatly influenced your learning
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| Oct 2
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|| [http://algae.eeb.uconn.edu/ Louise Lewis],<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Annette_Evans Annette Evans]
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|| Developing as a teacher
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| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/d/d0/Developing_as_a_Teacher.2017.pdf Louise and Holly's presentation on teaching]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/4/41/DiscussionParticipationRubric_f16%283%29.pdf Discussion participation rubric]<br>
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[http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.cellbio.24.110707.175306?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&journalCode=cellbio Reading on teaching innovations]<br>
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[http://gcci.uconn.edu/ Graduate Certificate in College Instruction]<br>
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|| Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
 
|| Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
 
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| Sept 14
|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kurt_Schwenk Kurt Schwenk],<br> [https://bolnicklab.wordpress.com/ Dan Bolnick]
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|| [https://bolnicklab.wordpress.com/ Dan Bolnick],<br>[https://monkeyflower.uconn.edu Yaowu Yuan]
|| Formulating good scientific questions  
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|| Formulating good scientific questions
|| [https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-wU9Sg5MrvhTm9iUUluX2JJeTA Janine and Kurt's presentation on choosing questions]<br>
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|| Alon 2009 on [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276509006418 choosing good scientific problems]<br>
[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhaVBCVlktQUFBdWM/view Kurt and Yaowu's handout on choosing research questions]<br>
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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>
 
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jcs.033340 Schwartz 2008] on the importance of stupidity in research<br>
E. O. Wilson on [http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/27856929.pdf scientific discovery] <br>
 
 
Founding of the NSF: [https://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nsf50/vbush1945.htm text] [https://archive.org/details/scienceendlessfr00unit pdf]<br>
 
Founding of the NSF: [https://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nsf50/vbush1945.htm text] [https://archive.org/details/scienceendlessfr00unit pdf]<br>
 
[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>
 
[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 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 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://gcci.uconn.edu/ Graduate Certificate in College Instruction]<br>
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[http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml Learning style quiz]<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://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://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/bb/SchwenkTeachingtTips.pdf Kurt's tips on teaching]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/8/87/SchwenkHowBestToLearn.pdf  Kurt's tips on learning]
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|| Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
 
|| Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
 
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| Oct 5
|| Alumni panel:<br>
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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]
[http://www.ddcf.org/about-us/staff--advisory-councils/environment-program/sacha-spector/ Sacha Spector],<br>
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|| Alumni panel: Careers outside academia  
Erin King,<br>  
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[http://www.skogenlab.org/ Krissa Skogen],<br>
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||Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference or professional society specific to your discipline
[http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=322646&depNav_GID=.. Justin Davis],<br>
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[https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-bois-980a038 Sarah Bois]
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| Oct 12
|| Careers outside academia
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|| [https://joneslab.uconn.edu Cindi Jones],<br>[http://carlosgarciarobledo.org Carlos Garcia-Robledo]
|| [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.1509/epdf Ecological careers at NGOs]<br> [https://www.frontiersinecology.org/fron/exploring-ecological-careers/ Compilation of readings on a range of career paths]
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|| Conferences and professional societies
|| Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor
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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 23
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| Oct 19
|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/projects/cicada/simon_lab/member_pages/c_simon.php Chris Simon],<br> [http://www.knutielab.com/ Sarah Knutie]
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|| Grads TBA
|| Mentoring||  
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|| Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about!
[https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rmKUTGK8gJ5-a6dRcKECBknqLfIbi0N_ Mentoring discussion whiteboard]
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Nature: [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447791a.html?foxtrotcallback=true Good mentoring]<br>
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|| Homework: track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
Science Careers: [http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2014/01/getting-mentoring-you-need Getting mentoring]<br>
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[https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7537-127a Why mentor undergraduates?]<br>
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| Oct 26
[https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7331-570a Managing your advisor]<br>
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|| [http://compgenomics.lab.uconn.edu/ Jill Wegrzyn],<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/ Mark Urban]<br>  
[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhNTFLelVoRWRQYVk/view Mentoring discussion]<br>
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|| Work-life balance
[https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/mentoring-plans-a-really-useful-tool-for-pis-and-their-lab-members/ Mentoring plans]
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|| Homework: Conduct a Pivot search ([https://guides.lib.uconn.edu/grants/Pivot click here]) related to your research interests; identify at least 3 grant programs (excluding NSF) where you can apply for funding
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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 3 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.
 
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| Nov 2
|| [http://carlosgarciarobledo.org/UCONN/ Carlos Garcia-Robledo],<br> [https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjeffseemann Jeff Seeman], <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/willig/student_pages/Anna_homepage.html Anna Sjodin]
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|| [https://bryology.uconn.edu Bernard Goffinet], TBA<br>  
|| How does research funding work ||  
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|| Publishing
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/b1/Garcia_Robledo_alternative_funding.pdf Carlos's funding presentation]<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>
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/1/11/Schultz_presentation_18_oct_2016_funding_environment.pdf Funding info from Eric Schultz]<br>
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|| Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Funding_Sources EEBedia grants page (needs updating!)]
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|| Homework: come up with three questions for next week's panel - email to Elizabeth, before Monday morning
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| Nov 6
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| Nov 9
|| Grad panel: [http://www.rebeccacolby.com/ Becca Colby], [https://elizagrames.github.io/ Eliza Grames], Diler Haji, [https://andrewstillman.weebly.com/ Andrew Stillman]
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||[http://rubegalab.uconn.edu Margaret Rubega],<br>  Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
|| Getting started in research
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|| Outreach and communication outside academia
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|| [https://www.pnas.org/content/110/Supplement_3/14048 Lupia 2013]<br>
|| Homework: Identify 3 journals and 1 annual conference specific to your discipline; look up the impact factor and read the instructions to authors for each of the journals.
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[https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000061 Lopes et al. 2018]
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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 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=ijDoNm19OvQ here])
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||  Scientific ethics
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||  [https://ovpr.uconn.edu/services/rics/responsible-conduct-of-research/ UConn RCR training]<br>
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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>
  
|| [http://www.morgantingley.com Morgan Tingley],<br>
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|| Homework: bake a pie!
[http://bagchi.eeb.uconn.edu/ Robi Bagchi]
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|| Communicating your work: conferences and publishing ||
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[https://drive.google.com/open?id=12Ee-Y_iYa5tGiZvqoj3JvvD0bZvewI-_ Robi's publishing advice] <br>
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[https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XQYpyRomGG-PjDzbp4IExL9FgD9V1_-u Morgan's conference advice]<br>
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[http://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/advice-how-to-win-the-buell-and-braun-awards-at-the-esa-annual-meeting/ Getting a speaker award] <br>
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[http://oikosjournal.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/advice-how-to-network-at-conferences/ How to network] <br>
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[http://oikosjournal.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/talk-and-stats-tips.pdf How to give a good talk] <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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[http://www.uky.edu/~cfox/PeerReview/Index.htm Joy of Peer Review]<br>
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|| Homework: identify an ethical dilemma you have faced during work/school that you are comfortable sharing with the class
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| Nov 23
 
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|| THANKSGIVING BREAK  
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| Nov 27
 
||[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 ] 
 
|| Research ethics and regulations
 
|| Nature Editorial on [http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v466/n7305/full/466438a.html research misconduct]<br>
 
Biological Conservation Editorial on [http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320714002304 coauthorship]<br>
 
{{pdf|https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhT3hRRDM5aVJweGs/view}}Pam on research ethics<br>
 
[http://research.uconn.edu/irb/responsible-conduct-of-research/ UConn RCR training]
 
|| Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
 
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| Dec 4
 
|| [http://rubegalab.uconn.edu Margaret Rubega],<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/dwagner/ Dave Wagner],<br> [https://plasticity.uconn.edu/tanisha-williams/ Tanisha Williams]
 
|| Broader impacts, social media, and communication outside academia
 
|| [https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07046/nsf07046.jsp NSF letter on broader impacts]<br>
 
[https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/special/broaderimpacts/ NSF web site on broader impacts]<br>
 
[http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/110106/abstract How Broad Are Our Broader Impacts? An Analysis]<br>
 
[http://static.squarespace.com/static/537e3307e4b0f243f70408ce/t/54170bb5e4b014f5fe7f2330/1410796469518/Evolving%20Culture%20of%20Science%20Engagement%20-%20Phase%201%20Report.pdf How The Culture of Science Engagement is Evolving]
 
(Read Exec Summary and 1st four pages of Intro)<br>
 
{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/2/2d/Broader_Impacts_2017_Wagner.pdf}} D Wagner presentation<br>
 
 
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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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Latest revision as of 22:04, 14 September 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 Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

Learning style quiz
Field courses narrow achievement gaps
Specimen-based research courses
Benefits of Active learning for inclusivity
Kurt's tips on teaching
Kurt's tips on learning

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

Grad perspective on balance
Achieving balance with kids

Identify at least 3 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.
Nov 2 Bernard Goffinet, TBA
Publishing Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)
Homework: 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 Lupia 2013

Lopes et al. 2018

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

Homework: bake a pie!
Nov 23 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov 30 Kent Holsinger What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?

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