EEB graduate student orientation seminar

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EEB 5894 Section 003 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2014

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.

Meeting time: Tuesdays 3:45-5

Location: Bamford Room (Torrey 171B)

Course coordinators: Elizabeth Jockusch, Chris Elphick

Tentative syllabus (subject to change)

Date Presenters Topic Resources Notes
Aug 26 Kent Holsinger, Elizabeth Jockusch What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)? Graduate Certificate in College Instruction
Employment Data
GradHacker - A blog with advice on graduate school and beyond
Grad Traps: Traps to avoid in graduate school, written by a philosopher, but the advice is good for everyone
Relate to strategies for different career paths
Sept 2 Bernard Goffinet, Kurt Schwenk What is a dissertation/thesis? NSF fellowships
Sept 9 Yaowu Yuan, Janine Caira Formulating good scientific questions Alon 2009 on choosing good scientific problems
E. O. Wilson on scientific discovery
Pdficon small.gifJanine and Yaowu on good questions
Sept 16 Carl Schlichting University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies Pdficon small.gif Departmental and University Resources
Pdficon small.gif University Resources II
Sept 23 Pam Diggle, Chris Elphick Research ethics and regulations

Nature Editorial on research misconduct
Biological Conservation Editorial on coauthorship
Pdficon small.gifPam on research ethics
Pdficon small.gifChris on compliance & regulations
UConn RCR training

NSF ethics training/IACUC/IRB/EH&S/BAUR/other lab safety/etc
Sept 30 Eric Schultz, Mike Willig How does research funding work Pdficon small.gifSchultz funding presentation

Pdficon small.gif Willig funding presentation

need to address both NSF/NIH and other agency/foundation sources, cover OSP etc.
Oct 7 Grad panel-Jessie Rack, Lily Lewis, Geert Goemans, Manette Sandor How to fund your graduate work Panel discussion
Oct 14 Mark Urban, Louise Lewis Communicating your work: how does publishing work Pdficon small.gif Louise and Mark on publishing

Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)
How to Publish in Science
Joy of Peer Review
Fantasy cover letter

Oct 21 Morgan Tingley Communicating your work: talks, conferences, and networking Getting a speaker award

How to network
How to give a good talk

Homework: get set up to edit in eebedia or Aurora
Oct 28 Paul Lewis Communicating your work: web sites Pdficon small.gif P. Lewis presentation

Example files:
You should leave knowing more about how web sites work and what options you have for creating your own web site at UConn
Nov 4 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 Introduction
Pdficon small.gif D Wagner presentation

Nov 11 Eldridge Adams + ?? Developing as a teacher Reading on teaching innovations is here

Pdficon small.gif How TA assignments work

(also discuss how TA assignments work)
Nov 18 Cindi Jones, Andy Bush Work-life balance
Dec 2 Grad/postdoc panel: Kerri Mocko + ?? Lessons I learned the hard way Panel discussion (NEED VOLUNTEERS .....)

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