Posts tagged Communication Skills

How to Get the Most out of a Scientific Conference

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

During your scientific conference or the BRET Career Symposium you wrote a bunch of notes in the program, heard some interesting advice, and maybe even made some connections. But now what? This is a great time to make some plans! Write out four different goals that you hope to achieve and when you hope to achieve them. Then, put them in your calendar for future referral so you don’t forget about your ideas. Some ideas include:

"Conference Commando," 15 Tips from Keith Ferrazzi

Kate Stuart
June 18, 2014

A conference is a huge opportunity to build a relationship with extraordinary people, people who might have significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure that you maximize the return on your (and your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a Conference Commando.  - "15 Tip from Keith Ferrazzi: Conference Commando"

AAAS Webinar: "Building Your First Lab"

Kate Stuart
April 27, 2014
Posted in Announcements

Running a lab is the ultimate goal for many early-career scientists, but building a lab that will eventually produce research is often a difficult process. Laboratories come with a host of financial needs and responsibilities. While lab apprenticeships provide training, and mentors offer invaluable advice, there are likely to remain gaps in your lab startup knowledge. 

How do I tell my PI?

Kim Petrie
April 21, 2014

Grad students and postdocs are often apprehensive about talking to their faculty adviser about their career interests, especially if their interests lie outside the "traditional" career path of becoming a tenure-track professor at a university. But did you know that only ~15% of biomedical sciences PhDs go on to become tenure-track professors? That's right... 85% of biomedical sciences PhDs ultimately pursue a non-tenure-track faculty career! 

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: Certificate in College Teaching

Kate Stuart
April 17, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The purpose of the Certificate in College Teaching, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, is to assist graduate students and post doctoral fellows who wish to gain a clearer, deeper, more active approach to teaching and learning in higher education. The certificate focuses on the research on how people learn and best teaching practices, and supports the university’s pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: SoTL Scholars Program

Kate Stuart
April 17, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The SoTL Scholars Program introduces participants to the principles and practices of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, an international, multidisciplinary field of disciplinary specialists studying student learning. SoTL is a synthesis of teaching, learning, and research in higher education that aims to bring a scholarly lens—the curiosity, the inquiry, the rigor, the disciplinary variety—to what happens in the classroom. SoTL asks expert disciplinary researchers to apply and extend those skills into the classroom.

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: Blended & Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows

Kate Stuart
April 17, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. STEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop online modules for integration into a course, either as a tool to promote flipping the classroom, a module for a blended course, or a unit within a MOOC.

On-campus seminars: "Stress 101" and" Problem Solving, Time Management, and Assertive Communication"

Kate Stuart
March 24, 2014

This year the Graduate Student Council is teaming up with the Vanderbilt University Psychological and Counseling Center to provide a lunch workshop for graduate students focusing on important skills that can be broadly applied to all aspects of your professional and personal lives.  The GSC's hope is that this workshop will give graduate students the opportunity to think about and discuss things that affect them in their day to day life, and equip them to face these daily challenges in a healthy and effective way.

The Science Network Workshop Series, Elevator Pitch seminar in May

Kate Stuart
March 24, 2014
Posted in Announcements

Please join the Science Network through the Union of Concerned Scientists for one of the workshops listed below. These sessions are part of a series offered to Science Network members to provide training opportunities to strengthen your communication and advocacy skills. There are three different levels of workshops that might appeal to you: introductory (101), advanced (202), and early career scientist (ECS). The following workshops are coming in May:

TAing to Thousands, February 24th

Kate Stuart
February 21, 2014
Posted in Announcements

What is it like to serve as a teaching assistant in a course with thousands of students? A panel of graduate students will share their experiences serving as teaching staff in Vanderbilt’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) hosted on Coursera.

ASPIRE to Connect: Building Professional Relationships

ASPIRE to Connect: Building Professional RelationshipsTuesday, March 181:00-5:30pm, Student Life Center Gain practical tips and learn techniques to meet new people and cultivate authentic professional connections. ***REGISTER TODAY!***

ComSciCon: The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students

Kate Stuart
February 14, 2014

Communicating Science is a workshop series organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on science communication skills.  Our goal is to empower future leaders in technical communication to share the results from research in their field to broad and diverse audiences, not just practitioners in their fields.  For more information about ComSciCon events, read about our inaugural 2013 workshop.

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