Professional Development

2019 Professional Development Sessions




Ask Anything

Session Chair(s):   Chantel Martin,   Whitney Robinson
Date: 2019-06-21       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Session Chairs:
Chantel Martin, UNC Chapel Hill
Whitney Robinson, UNC Chapel Hill


Discussants:
Dylan Galos, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Michael Oakes, University of Minnesota
M. Kumi Smith, University of Minnesota
Rachel Widome, University of Minnesota


Dissertation Survival Skills

Session Chair(s):   Katherine Keyes
Date: 2019-06-21       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This session will be mostly informal; each panelist plan to speak for 5-10 minutes about their dissertation process, focusing on what worked and what didn’t work for getting through it. I would recommend that we do not use slides or formal presentations. Topics can include: - Choosing a manageable topic and scope for a dissertation - Applying for grants to support your dissertation work - Finding and getting access to data - Choosing mentors and committee - The writing process (e.g. how to structure your time, getting through roadblocks, managing and organizing literature to cite) - Peer support (e.g. how to form a writing group and make it work) - What do you do when life happens during your dissertation writing process (e.g. pregnancy, illness of self/family) - Structuring how to effectively elicit feedback and comments from busy committee members - Preparing for your dissertation defense - Publishing your dissertation papers After 5-10 minutes from each panelist, we will open up for roundtable questions.

Session Chairs:
Katherine Keyes, UNC Chapel Hill


Discussants:
John Jackson, JHSPH
Katherine Keyes, Columbia University
Ashley Naimi, University of Pittsburgh
Holly Elser, UC Berkley


Diversity and Inclusion

Session Chair(s):   Martha Werler
Date: 2019-06-21       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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How would you like to see epidemiology careers be diversified --- diversity of job opportunities, research interests, methods, study populations, background and experiences of the epidemiology workforce, something else? What can SER do to facilitate diversifying epidemiology career trajectories?

Session Chairs:
Martha Werler, Boston University


Discussants:
Salma Abdalla, Boston University
Francelyne Jean-Baptiste, University of Quebec
Elisa Jean-Baptiste, University of Montreal
Charles Branas, Columbia University
Yvette Cozier, Boston University


How to find a PostDoc

Session Chair(s):   Maria Glymour
Date: 2019-06-21       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This round table discussion is intended to help doctoral students and recent graduates decide whether and how to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship. Facilitators include epidemiologists at different career stages and we will present our perspectives on the benefits and drawbacks of post-doctoral training programs. We will describe the relative merits of different types of post-doctoral positions (such as positions funded by T32 training grants vs. post-doctoral positions tied to specific research grants vs “named” post-docs). We will provide some suggestions on how to prepare a competitive post-doctoral application and what to consider when evaluating a post-doctoral fellowship, including mentorship, compensation, geography, flexibility, and other sources of scientific support.

Session Chairs:
Maria Glymour, University of California, San Francisco


Discussants:
Maria Glymour, UCSF
Enrique Schisterman,
Matt Kiang, Stanford University
Sharrelle Barber, Drexel University