EEB graduate student orientation seminar

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EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2018

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 28 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 4 Carl Schlichting, Elizabeth Jockusch University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies

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

Sept 11 Paul Lewis Communicating your work: web sites Pdficon small.gif P. Lewis presentation

Homework: complete your web site
Sept 18 Jill Wegrzyn,
Andy Bush,
Jason Lech
Work-life balance In defense of downtime

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

Homework: track the hours you work this week
Sept 25 Grad panel: TBD Courses, committees, TAing, getting started Panel discussion: come with questions

Oct 2 Louise Lewis,
Annette Evans
Developing as a teacher Louise and Holly's presentation on teaching

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

Oct 9 Kurt Schwenk,
Janine Caira
Formulating good scientific questions Janine and Kurt's presentation on choosing questions

Kurt and Yaowu's handout on choosing research questions
Alon 2009 on choosing good scientific problems
Schwartz 2008 on the importance of stupidity in research
E. O. Wilson on scientific discovery
Founding of the NSF: text pdf
Good and less good reasons for choosing a question

Oct 16 Alumni panel:

Sacha Spector,
Erin King,
Brian Branciforte

Careers outside academia Ecological careers at NGOs Panel discussion: come with questions
Oct 23 Chris Simon,
Sarah Knutie
Mentoring Science Careers: Getting mentoring

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

Oct 30 Carlos Garcia-Robledo,
How does research funding work Carlos's funding presentation

Funding info from Eric Schultz
EEBedia grants page (needs updating!)

Nov 6 Grad panel: Getting started in research Panel discussion: come with questions
Nov 13 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

Nov 27 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 4 Margaret Rubega,
Dave Wagner
Broader impacts, social media, and communication outside academia NSF letter on broader impacts

NSF web site on broader impacts
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