EEB graduate student orientation seminar

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EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2017

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 or a small panel of other EEB-connected people discussing a given topic each week.

Meeting time: Tuesdays 3:45-5

Location: Bamford Room (Torrey 171B)

Course coordinators: Elizabeth Jockusch, Chris Elphick

Grading: This course is graded on an S/U basis. Regular attendance and participation will result in a grade of S.


Tentative syllabus (subject to change)

Date Presenters Topic Resources Notes
Aug 29 Kent Holsinger What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)? Kent's presentation on career outcomes

EEB graduate employment
Inside Higher Ed Career Advice
The Versatile PhD
UConn Career Services for grads
UConn National Fellowships Office

NSF fellowships
Sept 5 Carl Schlichting, Elizabeth Jockusch University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies

link={{{1}}} Carl and Elizabeth's presentation (ontogenies and resources)

Sept 12 Louise Lewis, Holly Brown Developing as a teacher Louise and Holly's presentation on teaching

Discussion participation rubric
Reading on teaching innovations
Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

Sept 19 Paul Lewis Communicating your work: web sites Pdficon small.gif P. Lewis presentation

Homework: complete your web site.
Sept 26 Jill Wegrzyn, Andy Bush Work-life balance In defense of downtime

Greedy institutions, overwork, and work-life balance (Sullivan 2013)

Oct 3 Grad panel: Becca Colby, Lisa Terlova, Jaleigh Pier and TBD Courses, committees, TAing, getting started Panel discussion: come with questions
Oct 10 CONFIRM Janine Caira, Kurt Schwenk Formulating good scientific questions NEED UPDATE?

Kurt and Yaowu's handout on choosing research questions
Alon 2009 on choosing good scientific problems
E. O. Wilson on scientific discovery
Founding of the NSF: text pdf
Good and less good reasons for choosing a question

Oct 17 Morgan Tingley,

Robi Bagchi

Communicating your work: conferences and publishing Getting a speaker award

How to network
How to give a good talk
Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)
Joy of Peer Review
Robi's publishing advice

Oct 24 Chris Simon,
Sarah Knutie
Mentoring Science Careers: Getting mentoring

Nature: Good mentoring
Why mentor undergraduates?
Managing your advisor
Mentoring Discussion

Oct 31 Carlos Garcia-Robledo,
Manette Sandor
How does research funding work NEED UPDATE?

Carlos's funding presentation
Eric's funding summary

Nov 7 Grad panel: Valeria Milici, Austin Spence & TBD Getting started in research Panel discussion: come with questions
Nov 14 Alumni panel:

Sacha Spector,
Erin King,
Brian Branciforte ...

Careers outside academia Ecological careers at NGOs Panel discussion: come with questions
Nov 28 CONFIRM Pam Diggle, .... Research ethics and regulations Nature Editorial on research misconduct

Biological Conservation Editorial on coauthorship
Pdficon small.gifPam on research ethics
UConn RCR training

Dec 5 CONFIRM Margaret Rubega, Dave Wagner Broader impacts, social media, and communication outside academia How Broad Are Our Broader Impacts? An Analysis

How The Culture of Science Engagement is Evolving (Read Exec Summary and 1st four pages of Intro)
Pdficon small.gif D Wagner presentation

Useful readings: Some modest advice for graduate students: Steve Stearns and Ray Huey
The full exchange is on Ray Huey's page:

Stephen Stearns's later reflections:

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