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The Academic Success Series is an informal discussion group held annually during the Spring semester geared towards graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Faculty from Kellogg Biological Station share their insights and knowledge of particular issues as they relate to achieving success as a scientist in a major university setting.


Seminars take place every other Wednesday from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Rm 327 (Conference Room) at the Kellogg Biological Station, unless otherwise noted. The seminar will be broadcast to main campus in Rm NATURAL SCIENCE 105.
Everyone is welcome - please feel free to bring your lunch.
Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in this 1 credit seminar (PLB 809, section 401).

For Spring Semester 2014, we will focus on "Communication with Other Scientists." The schedule is below:

 

 

"Communication with Other Scientists"

 

15 January: Talking with other scientists: making the most of conversations with scientists in other fields (job interview meetings, seminar speakers, etc.)
Session Leader: Chris Klausmeier (KBS faculty)

Agre_-_2005_-_Networking_on_the_Network_A_Guide_to_Professional_Skills_for_PhD_Students-1.pdf

 

29 January: Leading discussions: strategies for engaging all participants, paying attention to body language. Appropriate for seminar courses, undergrad classes, lab meetings, etc.
Session Leader: Kay Gross (KBS Director)

Gottshalk__Facilitating_Discussion.pdf

 

12 February: Mentoring 1: The advisor/post-doc and advisor/grad student relationship.
Session Leaders: Tony Nunez and Cindy Jordan (MSU Graduate School) (via videoconference)

Department_of_Zoology_Mentoring_Policy.docx
Nature_MentorGuide.2007.pdf
nsp_mentoring_doc.doc

role_models_and_mentors.science.2010.pdf Sponsors_Seen_as_Crucial_for_Womens_Career_Advancement_-_NYTimes.pdf
The-successful-mentee.pdf

26 February: CVs, resumes, and letters of introduction: which elements to include, how to stand out in huge applicant pools, and how to tailor to jobs of interest (e.g., NGOs vs. academic positions).
Session Leader: Steve Hamilton (KBS faculty)


12 March: How to create a professional website
Session Leaders: Bonnie McGill (KBS grad), Maria Stockenreiter (KBS postdoc)

www.msu.edu/~mcgillbo
http://www.biology.duke.edu/wrightlab/
http://aguablogua.wordpress.com

good_websites.pdf

Translation links:
http://www.amara.org/en/teams/sciamerican/
http://www.labnol.org/internet/google-translation-widgets/10135/

Instructions for people to get their private website routed through an msu.edu address:
How_to_route_your_url_thru_msu-dot-edu.docx


26 March: Letters of recommendation: how to write, what to get from an applicant’s letter, ethical issues of writing letters for poorly-performing students/mentees.
Session Leaders: Doug Schemske (KBS faculty)

http://theprofessorisin.com/2012/09/07/how-to-write-a-recommendation-letter/
http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/Verba-recs.html

schemske_presentation--letters_of_rec_mar_26.pdf

9 April: Reviewing papers: what constitutes a good review, how much effort to expend on a bad paper, what to do when you receive an unprofessional/incomplete/unhelpful review.
Session Leader: Jen Lau (KBS faculty)


23 April: Mentoring 2: being a mentor (Note: This session will be 90 minutes long, 12:00-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided.)
Session Leader: Melissa McDaniels (MSU Graduate School
)

 


Information about supporting material: stockenr@msu.edu