CRA-W Graduate Cohort 2008 Workshop Schedule

   

Thursday, March 13, 2008

 

 

7:30-8:30—Registration/Breakfast
Bell Harbor Conference Center - 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66

8:30-9:30—Welcome from Mary Jane Irwin, Penn State University - Bay Auditorium (Slides)

  1. All Cohorts:
    Goals of the workshop/cohort, statistics, and speaker and introductions

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Janie Irwin, Pennsylvania University

9:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:
    What's Graduate School All About: Goals and Survival Skills - Bay Auditorium

    This session will address strategies for surviving and, in fact, thriving in graduate school and developing the necessary knowledge, experience and skills for a successful career. Topics include setting realistic goals and expectations, the differences between getting a M.S. and Ph.D. degree, selecting advisors and mentors, setting research goals, working as part of a research team, tracking and maintaining your research and academic progress, and building self confidence.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
    • Hila Becker, Columbia University

  2. Second Year Cohort:
    Communication Skills - Sound
    (Slides)
    This session will focus building your oral communication skills. Topics include strategies for high quality oral and poster presentations (including a short tutorial for the afternoon poster session presenters).

      Speaker:
    • Prof. Prof. Mary Jean Harrold, Georgia Tech

  3. Third Year Cohort:
    Preparing your PhD Proposal - Cove

    Perhaps the most stressful period of graduate school is the proposal writing period. In this session, we will discuss the goals of a proposal, an outline of what should be in the proposal, and strategies for completing the proposal.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Lori Pollock, University of Delaware
    • Animashree Anandkumar, Cornell

10:45—Break

11:15—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:
    Ph.D. Finding a Research Topic - Bay
    (Slides)
    This session will focus on strategies for actively identifying a viable research topic for your Ph.D. dissertation.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Barbara Ryder, Rutgers University
    • Kristen Walcott, University of Virginia


  2. Second Year Cohort:
    Networking and Professional Development - Sound

    This session addresses the skills that are needed for networking - a very important component of your professional life. The topics include strategies for finding a community, meeting people in the field, and promoting your research and yourself.

      Speaker:
    • Dr. Jan Cuny, National Science Foundation

  3. Third Year Cohort:
    Publishing Your Research - Cove
    (Slides)
    Publishing your research is a necessary activity for your future career. This session will discuss avenues for publication and what is required for the different types of publications. Also discussed will be ethical concerns of publishing such as plagiarism, dual submissions, and author ordering.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Laurie Dillon, Michigan State University
    • Vina Ermagan, University of California, San Diego

12:30—Lunch (Harbor Room)
Elevator Speech

1:45—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:
    Finding a Summer Internship - Bay
    (Slides)
    This session will focus on how to go about finding an industry or government lab internship for the summer, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and how to get the most out of a summer internship.

      Speakers:
    • Dr. Joann Ordille, Avaya Labs
    • Julie Weber, University of Michigan

  2. Second Year Cohort:
    Navigating a Professional Meeting - Sound
    (Slides)
    This session addresses what you should prepare for, learn, and do when you attend conferences, workshops or any technical meeting, including meeting researchers and researchers visiting your department.

      Speaker:
    • Prof. Maria Gini, University of Minnesota


    OR

    M.S. Career Opportunities - Pacific
    This session will be a discussion of the various career opportunities for Masters graduates and how to find the perfect position for you. Also discussed will be the possible career paths and mentors in industry.

      Speakers:
    • Erika Scherpelz, Google
    • Justin Thenutai, Microsoft

  3. Third Year Cohort:
    Issues of Diverse Backgrounds in the Work Place- Cove
    (Slides PDF)   (Slides PPT)
    This session will discuss various issues involving students with diverse backgrounds (e.g., international students) after they leave graduate school. Included will be discussions about the difference between graduate school and the work environment, cultural differences, handling biases, and the advantages and disadvantages of having a different background

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Dawn Song, University of California, Berkeley
    • Joy Kamunyori, University of Virginia

3:00—Break

3:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:
    Advisors and Mentors - Bay
    (Slides)
    This session will focus on the importance of carefully choosing advisors and mentors and the differences between the two, how to get the most out of your interactions with your advisor/mentor, responsibilities of both student and advisor/mentor in making the graduate research experience successful, and working through problems with the advisor/mentor relationships.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Lori Clarke, University of Massachusetts
    • Laurie Jones, Carnegie Mellon University

  2. Second Year Cohort:
    Time Management - Sound
    (Slides)
    This session will help you manage your work time so that you are as effective and efficient as you can be.

      Speaker:
    • Prof. Janie Irwin, Pennsylvania State University


    OR

    M.S. Job Search & Resume Writing Clinic - Pacific (Slides)
    This session will discuss the process of finding an industry position for M.S. graduates, how to prepare for the interview, what questions to ask and what you should expect during the interview, and what to do after the interview. Also tips on writing a resume that attract attentions will be given.

      Speakers:
    • Suzanne Evans, Microsoft
    • Min Zhong, Google

  3. Third Year Cohort:
    Ph.D. Non-academic Career Paths: Industrial Research & Development - Cove

    This session will focus on the different career paths for new Ph.D.s in industry and government laboratories. Topics will include the challenges and rewards of a non-academic career, skills and experiences needed for success, opportunities for advancement and taking the initiative, collaborating with researchers in academia or other organizations, and positioning yourself to make career changes between labs and academia.

      Speakers:
    • Dr. Meredith Ringel Morris, Microsoft Research
    • Dr. Pamela Williams, Sandia National Labs
    • Dr. Elaine Weyuker, AT&T Research

4:45—Poster Session - Harbor Room

 

6:30—Google/Microsoft Reception Edgewater Hotel - 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 (2 blocks)

 

Friday, March 14  

 

 

7:30 - 8:30—Continental Breakfast - Bell Harbor Conference Center

 

8:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:
    Finding Academic Year Funding - Bay

    This session will focus on how to go about finding financial support for your academic studies beyond that initial teaching/research assistantship position including positioning yourself for research assistantships, tracking down fellowship opportunities, and how to put together a successful application. How to survive temporary funding shortfalls/lapses will also be discussed.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Tiffani Williams, Texas A & M University
    • Naomi Fox, University of Massachusetts

  2. Second Year Cohort:
    The Confidence Crisis - Sound
    (Slides)    (Slides)
    This session will address the confidence crisis that 2nd (and 3rd) year graduate students often face: how to recover from not doing as well in a course as you are used to doing, from not passing the PhD candidacy exams at your first try, from the frustration of not knowing what your specific research project will be, from the feeling that you dont know as much as your fellow graduate students. The discussion will focus on issues and rewards of persisting towards your goals and particular points in grad school where persistence is needed.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College
    • Esin Saka, University of Louisville

  3. Third Year Cohort:
    The Job Search Process - Cove
    (Slides)
    This session focuses on how you should prepare for the job search process, preparing for the interview, what questions to ask and what questions will be asked of you during the interview, what to do after the interview, deciding between multiple offers. The session will also highlight what you should be doing now to plan for your career.

      Speaker:
    • Dr. Kathleen Fisher, AT&T Research
    • Prof. Amy Gooch, University of Victoria

11:30—Lunch (Harbor Room)
Break out by research areas

12:45—All Cohorts - Bay

  1. All Cohorts:   (Slides PDF)    (Slides PPT)
    Having a Career and a Life

    This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and good perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, the pros and cons of dating your fellow graduate students or faculty, and reevaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes.

      Speakers:
    • Prof. Chandra Krintz, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Kristin Yvonne Rozier, Rice University


2:00—Wrap Up, Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia

  1. All Cohorts:
    Wrap Up - Bay

    Final Remarks

      Speaker:
    • Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia