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March 2021

Assertiveness Skills

Thursday, March 25, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. Assertiveness is a learnable skill and mode of communication using verbal and non-verbal skills, with an understanding that assertive responses are based on an individual’s comfort levels. This workshop will provide options to consider when one feels the need or desire to use their voice to express their opinions or if they need to set a boundary. Candace Dorsey, Empowerment Self Defense Program Manager, will demonstrate ways that…

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Genius Passion Pathways: Charting Non-Linear Career Pathways

Friday, March 26, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Please join Tonya M. Matthews as she draws from pivotal moments from her own career to facilitate an interactive session about weighing academic vs. non-academic career opportunities and translating your scholarship into impact that matters. She will also address the art of using free time to balance your humanity and multiple interests. This session is appropriate for both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across STEM, humanities, and social sciences disciplines. Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D. is a thought-leader and convener in…

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Sweetland Write-Together

Monday, March 29, 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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April 2021

Sweetland Write-Together

Monday, April 5, 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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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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