2019 Professional Development Sessions
Ask AnythingSession Chair(s): Chantel Martin, Whitney RobinsonDate: 2019-06-21 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
Session Chairs:Chantel Martin, UNC Chapel HillWhitney Robinson, UNC Chapel Hill
Discussants:Dylan Galos, Amherst H. Wilder FoundationMichael Oakes, University of MinnesotaM. Kumi Smith, University of MinnesotaRachel Widome, University of Minnesota
Dissertation Survival SkillsSession Chair(s): Katherine KeyesDate: 2019-06-21 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
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, JHSPHKatherine Keyes, Columbia UniversityAshley Naimi, University of PittsburghHolly Elser, UC Berkley
Diversity and InclusionSession Chair(s): Martha WerlerDate: 2019-06-21 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
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 UniversityFrancelyne Jean-Baptiste, University of QuebecElisa Jean-Baptiste, University of MontrealCharles Branas, Columbia UniversityYvette Cozier, Boston University
How to find a PostDocSession Chair(s): Maria GlymourDate: 2019-06-21 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
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.