EEB graduate student orientation seminar

From EEBedia
Revision as of 14:32, 24 August 2019 by Elizabeth Jockusch (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2019

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: Bamford Room (Torrey 171B)

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 27 Kent Holsinger What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?

University of Michigan PhD outcomes website
University of Michigan MS outcomes website
Inside Higher Ed Career Advice
The Versatile PhD
UConn Career Services for grads

Sept 3 Carl Schlichting, Elizabeth Jockusch University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies Homework: web site assignment will be distributed; send a link to Chris in advance of class
Sept 10 Chris Elphick Communicating your work: web sites Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
Sept 17 Dan Bolnick, Janine Caira
Formulating good scientific questions Homework: identify, for next week's discussion, a person or activity that greatly influenced your learning
Sept 24 Kurt Schwenk, Annette Evans Developing as a teacher Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor
Oct 1 Chris Simon
Mentoring Graduate Certificate in College Instruction
Homework: track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
Oct 8 Jill Wegrzyn,
Work-life balance
Oct 15 Eliza Grames, Andrew Stillman, TBA Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about! Homework: Conduct a Pivot search (click here) related to your research interests; identify at least 3 grant programs (excluding NSF) where you can apply for funding
Oct 22 Jeff Seeman
How does research funding work Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Elizabeth, before Monday morning
Oct 29 Alumni panel:

Sacha Spector,
Erin King,
Krissa Skogen

Careers outside academia Andrew Stillman Homework: come up with three questions for next week's panel - email to Elizabeth, before Monday morning
Nov 5 Grad panel: Becca Colby, Eliza Grames, Diler Haji, Andrew Stillman Getting started in research 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.
Nov 12 Pam Diggle,
Gene Likens
Research ethics and regulations UConn's code of conduct-see especially Research section

Misconduct example
Nature Editorial on research misconduct
Biological Conservation Editorial on coauthorship
Pdficon small.gifPam on research ethics
UConn RCR training

Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
Nov 19 Morgan Tingley,

Robi Bagchi

Communicating your work: conferences and publishing

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

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
Dec 3 Margaret Rubega,
Dave Wagner,
Tanisha Williams
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