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.

Meeting time: Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5 pm

Location: Bamford (TLS 171b)

Course coordinators: Elizabeth JockuschChris 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)

Topics covered in pre-semester orientation session:

Date Presenters Topic Resources Notes
Aug 30
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
Relate to strategies for different career paths
Sept 6
Janine Caira, Kurt Schwenk & Yaowu Yuan

Developing a dissertation/thesis project/asking good scientific questions NSF fellowships
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

Sept 13 Louise Lewis & Brigette Zacharczenko
Developing as a teacher Reading on teaching innovations is here
Graduate Certificate in College Instruction
Louise and Brigette's presentation on teaching

Sept 20 Jill Wegrzyn, Chris Simon & Elizabeth Jockusch

Computing Resources

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

Sept 27
Grad. Panel:
Early career students: Katie Taylor, Chris Nadeau, Lauren Stanley & Henry Frye
Panel discussion on early career hurdles: Bring questions!  Topics are open--here are some examples.
    surviving TAships
    finding a project
    forming a committee

Homework: tutorial to set up a basic web site.  Details to come.
Oct 4
Alumni Panel: participants include Sacha Spector, Christine Buckley,
Bryan Connolly, & Erin King
Careers panel:
    Bring your questions!

Oct 11  Paul Lewis
Communicating your work: web sites

 Pdficon small.gif Paul's slides on web pages You should leave with a website set up.
Oct 18
Eric Schultz and Carlos Garcia-Robledo
Getting funded (and getting research done on a limited budget)
Eric's funding presentationPdficon small.gif
Carlos's funding presentation

Oct 25 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) 
How to Publish in Science
Joy of Peer Review
Fantasy cover letter

Robi's publishing advice Pdficon small.gif

Nov 1
Grad. Panel:
Mid career students: Nora Mitchell, Andrew Frank, Dustin Ray, and Holly Brown
 Panel discussion with grads: Bring questions!   
    preparing for general exams

    getting your first research grant
    working with your advisor

Nov 8
Pam Diggle

Research ethics and regulations Nature Editorial on research misconduct
Biological Conservation Editorial on coauthorship
Research Ethics Presentation Pdficon small.gif

Pdficon small.gif How TA assignments work
Also: how TA assignments are made
Nov 15 Margaret Rubega & David 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 Dave's thoughts on Broader Impacts

Nov 22    THANKSGIVING BREAK    NSF ethics training/IACUC/IRB/EH&S/BAUR/other lab safety/etc
Nov 29
Andy Bush & Heidi Golden

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

Dec 6
Postdoc panel: Geert Goemans, Tim Farkas, Kate Ruskin, Brian Klingbeil Lessons I learned the hard way 
 Panel discussion

Useful readings: Some modest advice for graduate students: Steve Stearns and Ray Huey

The full exchange is on Ray Huey's page: http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/prospective.php

Stephen Stearns's later reflections: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning

Nature editorial on life outside of academia
Nature perspective on choosing alternative careers

Nature feature on building a better PhD

Advice for new graduate students

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