2017 CRA-W Sessions

CRA-W has developed and organized an amazing set of sessions for GHC 17. Be sure to check them out!

Wednesday: Workshops for Graduate Students

It’s time to start thinking about your future in the technical world! The Wednesday workshops will show students how to thrive in graduate school, build a professional network, and explore the range of jobs available.

Graduate School Survival Skills
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Speakers:

Looking to thrive in Graduate School? Join us to learn about setting realistic goals and expectations, adviser and mentor selection, tracking and maintaining your research and academic process, and the differences between getting a M.S. and Ph.D. degree. Speakers will also discuss strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school, and how to handle uncomfortable situations that may arise.
Building Your Academic Professional Network
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Speakers:

Effective networking with others in your community is one of the most powerful tools in advancing your professional career. This skill can connect you to your community in meaningful ways, land you a dream job, and help you score awards or promotions. Join us to learn how to present yourself and your ideas in a concise and appealing way, as well as how to deliberately build and nurture your professional network.
Finding Your Dream Job with a Ph.D.
3 p.m.-4 p.m. Speakers:

Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options in academia and industry? Looking for some practical advice on how to apply for jobs, how to interview, and how to negotiate a job offer? If so, this session is for you. Researchers who have completed successful job searches and are now working in different jobs will talk about their experiences and answer your questions.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internships
4 p.m.-5 p.m. Speakers:

Thursday: Workshops for Assistant Professors, New Industry Researchers, and Senior Graduate Students

The Thursday workshops are aimed at assistant professors, new industry researchers, post-doctoral students, and senior Ph.D. students. A mix of sessions aims to give attendees the skills to succeed.

Effective Teaching Tactics
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Speakers:

In this session, we will cover both current theories on educational pedagogy as well as very practical suggestions and resources to thrive in the classroom. We will discuss planning course goals and objectives, options for how to use class time and ways to foster a fun, interactive learning environment. We will also present classroom management techniques and strategies for what to do when things don’t go as intended.
Starting, Managing, and Growing Your Own Research Program
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Speakers:

Whether you are in academia or a research lab, growing your research program means tapping into resources that help you be more successful. Funding can enable you to attract more students or work on larger projects. Collaboration enables you to work with people outside your area of expertise, initiate new projects and have a lot of fun. This session will cover strategies for creating a successful research program.
Top Tips for Balancing the Demands of a Research Career (Research, Service, Teaching, Corporate Demands)
3 p.m.-4 p.m. Speakers:

Research careers can be stressful as the demands from research, service, teaching, or your lab can often seem never-ending. How can one thrive when one needs to make a mark in so many of these categories? We’ll begin our discussion on the importance of understanding your institution’s expectations; we’ll then discuss strategies for creating a good balance that leads to success in each of these categories.
Building Your Professional Persona
4:30 p.m. Speakers:

Social media, oh my! This session addresses the dos and don’ts of building a professional image. Topics will include web presence (personal pages and social media), social media postings, dissemination of technical contributions, and professional ethics.

Friday Workshop for Professors and Mid-Career Industry Researchers

The Friday workshop is aimed at Professors and Mid-Career Industry Researchers. We will explore options and present ideas for continued career growth.

Department Chair, Lab Director, Dean, What Next? Career Success after Tenure and Promotion
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Speakers:

Curious about career opportunities? Considering the role of department chair, lab director, or other possibilities? Come hear from our speakers about different career paths in academia and industry. Topics include different roles, tips for being a successful leader, technical leadership, lessons learned from leadership failures, challenges women in particular face in being successful leaders, and how to find a mentor to help you to the next step on your career path.