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April 2021

Ph.D. Connections Conference: Keynote Speaker—Melanie Sinche

Monday, April 5, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Keynote Speaker Melanie Sinche, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director of the Career Development Center, and the Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph Melanie Sinche currently serves as the interim assistant dean for academic affairs, the director of the Career Development Center, and the executive director of the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she works with university undergraduate and graduate students to…

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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Healthcare, Biotech, and Pharma

Tuesday, April 6, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

The combined impact of the biotech, pharma, and healthcare industries on the future of human health outcomes is huge. Ph.D. degree holders have several career options in these industries in areas that are related, but not limited to, scientific research. Panelists will discuss lessons from their career trajectories, describe their daily professional lives, and provide tips and tools to best prepare for launching new careers in these industries. Speakers Marta Gonzalez-Hernandez Group Leader (Principal Scientist), Celsee, Inc. Sibu Kuruvilla Senior…

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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Finance

Tuesday, April 6, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Panelists will describe “a day-in-the-life” in their roles and provide examples of their work that taps the transferable skills gained through their doctoral programs. You will gain insights into how to apply a Ph.D. from a variety of disciplines to the fast-paced industry of finance. Speakers Sean Law Senior Applied Research Scientist and Lead Data Scientist, Charles Schwab Sean Law is a senior applied research scientist and lead data scientist currently working with a multi-talented R&D team at Charles Schwab,…

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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Government and Federal Agencies

Wednesday, April 7, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Panelists from the Government Accountability Office (the audit function supporting Congress); the State Department (responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy and international relations); and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will discuss their agencies, opportunities and challenges they face, and insights into launching a governmental career. Speakers Alicia Puente Cackley Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, U.S. Government Accountability Office Alicia Puente Cackley is a director in the financial markets and community investment team at the U.S.…

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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Technology

Wednesday, April 7, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Panelists from Google, Microsoft Research, and Facebook will share lessons learned from their own career paths and provide insights into applying your Ph.D. in the technology industry. Speakers Elnaz Ansari Research Scientist, Facebook Elnaz Ansari has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently a research scientist in Facebook Reality Labs, working on new hardware architectures for AR/VR applications. Prior to Facebook, and right after graduate school, Ansari joined Microsoft Research to work on quantum…

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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Nonprofit

Thursday, April 8, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Panelists working on issues such as youth development, lung cancer research, and public humanities will share their own career stories and provide insights on careers in the non-profit field. Speakers Jill Daigneault Program Manager, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Jill Daigneault received her bachelor’s from Rutgers University in genetics and completed her Ph.D. in cancer biology. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the RNA Biosciences Institute. She currently works…

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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Consulting

Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Panelists will share insights about the business challenges they take on in their consulting roles. The session will speak to what is required to uncover solutions for clients, the skills drawn upon to address issues, and the approaches used to solve complex problems. You will gain a better sense of how advanced degrees from a myriad of fields may translate to the consulting arena. Speakers Jennifer Miller-Gonzalez Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting Jennifer Miller-Gonzalez is a senior consultant in Deloitte’s human…

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Sweetland Write-Together

Monday, April 12, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Write-Together sessions provide structure, accountability, and support for graduate writers working on writing at any stage, from papers to theses to journal articles to dissertations and more. For each of these remote sessions, participants access a shared Google document that will serve as a communal virtual space. Students will be invited to post pre-writing goals and post-writing reflections in the document. Writers can also schedule a 10-minute Zoom meeting with Sweetland faculty during each session to discuss writing questions. We…

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Navigating the Faculty Job Search

Friday, April 16, 10:00 am to 11:30 am EDT
Online United States

Sponsored by the Bouchet Honor Society, this program will feature insights and tips on navigating the faculty job search from esteemed department heads. Our panelists are Alexandra Stern of the University of Michigan and Mark Lewis of Cornell University for this engaging session. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/wlDbd. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements.…

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Sweetland Write-Together

Monday, April 19, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Write-Together sessions provide structure, accountability, and support for graduate writers working on writing at any stage, from papers to theses to journal articles to dissertations and more. For each of these remote sessions, participants access a shared Google document that will serve as a communal virtual space. Students will be invited to post pre-writing goals and post-writing reflections in the document. Writers can also schedule a 10-minute Zoom meeting with Sweetland faculty during each session to discuss writing questions. We…

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