Tag Archives: Professional Development

Jobs Outside Academia

Hello everyone!
Curtis Dell from USDA-ARS will be joining us Tuesday, October 3rd from 11:30-12:30 in FRB 217 to discuss job opportunities outside of academia! Curt will be discussing his experiences after graduate school, as well as what type of opportunities are available with ARS.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

Next Diversity in Science lunch!

Hey all,

We are quickly approaching our second Diversity in Science brown bag lunch event. The aim of this event is to provide a casual space and invite a speaker to discuss what diversity currently looks like in our profession and what the future holds. This includes the challenges to diversity but also the ways to overcome such obstacles. The focus of this lunch will be challenges faced by international researchers in the US, the importance of international collaboration, and the atmosphere for female forestry researchers currently.
The lunch will be:
Date: Thursday, March 23rd from 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: FRB 217
Speaker: Dr. Laura Leites

Dr. Leites did her undergraduate degree at Universidad de la República, Uruguay before moving to the United States for her Masters and PhD at University of Idaho. She focuses on using statistical modeling to predict changes and manage forest ecosystems in response to climate change. She is also active in involving students in international research experience with a collaborative program in Italy for select undergraduate and graduate researchers.
See the attached flyer and please encourage your ESM peers to attend! This lunch is restricted to graduate students and postdocs as to cultivate a safe environment for the speaker to discuss topics without other faculty or staff present.
Feel free to come, bring your lunch, stay for the entire or part of the time, and chat with Dr. Leites.
Please feel free to contact sma279@psu.edu with suggestions, thoughts, or questions.

ESM GSO updates

Hey all,

Some notes regarding events happening this semester.

Writing group will be held Wednesdays from 1:30-3pm in ASI room 205.  Every-other meetup will involve a chance to exchange writing for peer review for the first 45 minutes.  This way, if you are only interested in peer review, you can target which meetings to attend.  Otherwise, it is a space to focus on writing and to be held accountable for any writing goals you wish to set for yourself. All are welcome to attend!

We will also be hosting a monthly Diversity in Science brown bag lunch with a guest speaker. This is an event designed to allow students to have a frank conversation with each other and an invited speaker regarding their perspective on diversity in our profession and opportunities to overcome any obstacles. The schedule so far is:

Dr. Margaret Brittingham, February 27th, 11:30am-1pm in FRB 217 (see attached flyer)

Dr. Laura Leites, March 23rd, TBD

Dr. Lisette Waits, April 17th, TBD

Stay tuned for more details!

General Body Meeting and Careers in NPS Discussion

Do you LOVE snacks and meeting with your ESM GSO friends? Come to our general body meeting next week!
Folks were interested in jobs outside of academia, so we will be having three speakers come discuss career opportunities in different federal agencies over the course of the semester. Join us next Tuesday (21st) to hear from Dr. Matt Marshall, the program manager for the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network of the National Parks Service.
We’ll spend the first few minutes going over GSO happenings, then we’ll have a presentation and discussion with Matt. See attached flier for details.
See you there!

Joint Coffee Hour and Poster Informational Session

There will be a joint coffee hour with Ecology on Wed, Feb 24th starting at 11:30am in Forest Resources Building (room number to be determined).  During the coffee hour, Dr. Doug Miller will be doing a poster info-session. He’ll talk about things like how to format your poster for printing, what kind of font to use, what type of file to save it as, and what resolution your images should be. Come get some coffee and snacks before heading to colloquium!

First General Body Meeting: Planning for Career Marketability

The ESM GSO would like to invite you the first general body meeting of the semester! It will be on Wednesday, September 23rd from 4-5 pm in FRB 105.  This is an opportunity for graduate students in ESM to meet with their officers, discuss issues they would like to see the GSO address, and brainstorm ideas for activities.

Following suggestions from last semester, we are also hosting professional development opportunities during each general body meeting this semester. To start it off, Career Services will be leading us through “Planning for Career Marketability,” and it should be a good way to think about where you want to end up after grad school and how to get there.

And don’t worry, delicious snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!