Past Events

January Happy Hour/Chalk Talks

January 30, 2015 | 5:00 pm
OpenGrounds
Please join us for the January installment of our Five at Five Chalktalk Series.

What: Networking/social event with optional chalk talks specifically for UVa Postdocs! Meet your fellow postdocs, hear about exciting research your colleagues are undertaking, enjoy free snacks and drinks!

Where: OpenGrounds (on The Corner, by the intersection of University Ave and 14th street, same building as the Women's Center. ) 
When: 5:00 – 6:30pm
 
Chalk Talks:
No slides/presentations/visual aids are allowed, just talking and drawing/writing on a board. Maximum 5-minute format! No more than 4 presenters each month! These are a great practice at presenting an aspect of your research succinctly to a broad audience, an essential skill for many future career paths. If you would like to be included in the pool of postdocs giving a chalk talk, please email mhurst@virginia.edu!

 

Beyond the Academic Job Search Series: Converting a CV to a Resume

February 2, 2015 | 10:30 am
Holloway Hall, Bavaro 116

*Monday, February 2, 10:30am - 11:30am: Converting a CV to a Resume

Participants will learn how to convert their academic experiences to transferable and marketable experiences for the non-academic market.

Please bring a hard copy of your resume draft to this event.

Register Today!

Engineering Spring Career Fair

February 3, 2015 | 10:00 am
Newcomb (Various Rooms)

Spring Career Fair

Date: February 3rd and 4th, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
 

Click here to register: https://virginia-csm.symplicity.com/events/ .

 

Beyond the Academic Job Search Series: Cover Letter Writing

February 3, 2015 | 10:30 am
Holloway Hall, Bavaro 116

*Tuesday, February 3, 10:30am - 12:00pm: Cover Letter Writing

Participants will learn how to draft a cover letter using a non-academic job ad.

 

Please bring a copy of a job advertisement you would like to apply to and a hard copy of your cover letter draft.

 

Register Today!

Beyond the Academic Job Search Series: Behavioral Interviewing

February 4, 2015 | 10:30 am
Holloway Hall, Bavaro 116

*Wednesday, February 4, 10:30am - 12:00pm: Behavioral Interviewing

Participants will practice responding to authentic interview questions they may encounter during a non-academic job interview.

 

Register Today!

Negotiation 101

February 5, 2015 | 10:30 am
Holloway Hall, Bavaro 116

Thursday, February 5: 10:30-12:00

Hesitant or afraid to negotiate? Or a master of the bazaar? This workshop aims to provide an introduction to negotiation skills by providing lessons from research and practitioners to participants of all backgrounds. Whether you are planning to negotiate your first job offer, buy a few things on craigslist, drive a new car off the lot, or just figure out where to go to dinner, we will walk through some of the basic concepts  and strategies in decision making and negotiation before stepping into  a live simulated negotiation. A short debriefing and discussion will aim to give you the tools to feel more confident deciding when to negotiate and how to do so. No experience required, and all are welcome!

Register Today!

Introduction to Graduate Career Services: Planning for Success

February 5, 2015 | 4:00 pm
New Cabell Hall, Room 504

We encourage all graduate students to attend our Introduction to Graduate Career Services where you will receive a hands-on overview of the professional development resources and services at UVa that will help you plan and prepare for a successful career. Planning for success means getting started in the early years of your graduate study by exploring career options and developing the professional skills and experience necessary to conduct a successful job search. Students at any stage of their graduate and career paths are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration Required.

 

How to Win the Three Minute Thesis Competition & Information Session

February 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm
**CHANGE IN LOCATION: New Cabell Hall, Room 262
  • Do you want to learn how to talk about your work in a succinct and compelling way?
  • Do you feel like you don't know what to say when networking or at a job interview?
  • Do you want to learn about how you can win $1,000 for talking about your dissertation research?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this session is for you! Here, you will learn tips and tricks for talking about your work to audiences outside your field, as well as detailed information about the UVa 3MT Competition that rewards students for their ability to communicate their dissertation research. Why not try your hand at winning prizes of up to $1,000 while preparing for job interviews? Register today to learn expert advice on communicating your work!

 

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will be holding the 3rd Annual UVa Live Three Minute Thesis Competition on March 16th, 2015. 3MT is a competition for doctoral students to practice presenting their work in a clear and compelling way to a non-specialist audience. The deadline to register for the competition is 5:00 pm on February 18th. Visit http://gradstudies.virginia.edu/3MT for more information.

 

All students are welcome to participate in this session regardless of eligibility or intent to enter the competition. You are not required to attend this session in order to participate in the UVa 3MT Competition, but we do strongly encourage it!

Scholars Lab Speaker Series: Managing the Record of Research at the Smithsonian

February 9, 2015 | 10:00 am
Alderman Library, Room 421

Scholars' Lab Speaker Series: Thorny Staples
Managing the Record of Research at the Smithsonian

Can institutions effectively manage cross-team digital research data in real time? Can it preserve that data so it can be seamlessly presented in conjunction with publications?

To answer those questions, the Smithsonian Institution has built a first pilot system, called Sidora, designed to be used by Smithsonian researchers to capture and organize digital "evidence" as they create it in their research process, and use it directly in their analysis and dissemination activities. The goal is to actively support the research process as it unfolds, leaving behind a coherent expression of the digital content for a complete research project that can permanently stand alongside related publications. Sidora, a general information architecture and software environment based on Islandora and Fedora, is designed to manage research output as if it were part of a network of information. Staples will present the architecture and demo the software, using research data from a complete excavation of an archaeological site in Panama, and an international study of mammal populations.

Thorny Staples is currently the Director of the Office of Research Information Services at the Smithsonian Institution. He has previously been Director of the Fedora Project; Director of Community Strategy and Alliances for DuraSpace; CIO of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute; Director of Digital Library Research and Development at the University of Virginia Library; and Project Director at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Federal Opportunities Beyond D.C. Webinar

February 10, 2015 | 1:00 pm
Garrett Hall Commons

Contrary to popular belief, the public sector has more to offer than just office jobs! Working in a lab, doing field work, or traveling the country are all possibilities for federal employees. Hear from agency representatives about these exciting opportunities and how you can secure such a position.

 

This webinar is part of the Go Government Webinar Series. Please look for further opportunities in upcoming newsletters.  Recordings of past webinars can be found at: http://www.batten.virginia.edu/webinars

New Postdoc Orientation

February 12, 2015 | 10:00 am
New Cabell Hall 504
As a first step in welcoming you to our community, we encourage all new postdocs to attend our monthly New Postdoc Orientation where you will receive an overview of the services that will help get you started and connected to the community.

Please register in advance for the next session, and note that this orientation does not replace any employee orientation sessions that you may have been invited to.

 

Postdoc Lunch and Learn: ANChor: A powerful approach to scientific communication

February 12, 2015 | 12:00 pm
New Cabell Hall 504
ANChor: A powerful approach to scientific communication

In science, the failure to communicate effectively can mean the death of a proposal, the rejection of a paper, or failure to obtain a job. Coalescing the ideas of many experts in cognitive psychology and technical communication, we have created a general framework for scientific communication that we use extensively for proposals, papers, presentations, and posters. This framework, which we call ANChor (Assertions, Noise, and Cohesion), is a collection of techniques for figure creation and organization that has been aggressively adopted in our lab due to its emphasis on clarity and efficiency. Its use has been associated with poster awards, an undergraduate presentation award, and the acceptance of a paper with no revisions. We propose that this approach is a powerful way to unify, clarify, and sharpen scientific messages and also realize a competitive edge that is becoming progressively more important in today’s academic environment.

Register Today!

 

Educators' Expo k-12 Job and Interview Fair

February 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

Newcomb Hall (Ballroom & Adjacent Rooms)

Educators' Expo Job Fair (9am-12pm) , Educators' Expo Interview Fair (12pm-5pm)

This annual education job and interview fair is open to all candidates/students interested in k-12 positions in Teaching, Counseling, Speech Language Pathology (SLP) or Administration: Free admission and no advance registration. All majors & degrees sought (not just certified candidates); and math, science & Spanish majors highly encouraged to attend.

Educators’ Expo is an annual event sponsored by the Curry School of Education Career Services Office. The Expo attracts approximately 400 education students from all academic levels. Generally 70-100+ employers participate to recruit for full-time & summer positions.

Government & Non-Profit Career Expo

February 13, 2015 | 10:00 am
Georgetown University (Bus Transport Available)

The annual Government and Nonprofit Career Expo brings top employers together to recruit for internships and full-time jobs in a wide range of fields in the government and nonprofit sectors. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about careers in government and nonprofit and to network with employers. Many students have secured internships and full-time employment as a result of this annual event.

 

UVa students register here: http://www.career.virginia.edu/students/events/careerexpo/Pre-registration closes February 7th at 5:00 pm

 

A Charter Bus to the Government/Non-Profit Career Expo is available for a $10 registration fee. Payment is due at the time of registration. No refunds will be issued if you decide to cancel after you register. Sponsored by the Class of 2014 Trustees and University Career Services. Bus registration will be open from January 12th through February 7th. Register to ride the bus now via CAVLink.

 

Questions? Contact Jane Selman (jms3vx@virginia.edu)

Enter the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition!

February 18, 2015 | 5:00 pm

Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, is an academic competition that challenges Ph.D. students to present their dissertation work and its significance within three minutes to a general audience with the use of just a single visual aid. It's also the perfect way to prepare for job interviews!

Do you think you have what it takes to describe your dissertation in a clear, compelling, and succinct way? Entries are now being accepted for the Third Annual UVa Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, the winner of which will receive $1,000!

Click here for more information and to enter!

The UVa 3MT entry process has changed from previous years. Simply fill out the entry registration by 5:00 pm on February 18th and you will be entered in the competition, pending eligibility. Entrants will compete in preliminary heats, from which finalists will be selected by a panel of intersciplinary judges to advance to the UVa 3MT Live Competition on Monday, March 16th at 3:00 pm. 

Eligibility: UVa graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program who have passed their qualifying exams are eligible to enter the 3MT competition.

 

Important Dates and Deadlines:

02/06/15  -  How to Win the 3MT & Information Session (Click here for info.)

02/16/15  -  3MT Draft Workshop (Click here for info.)

02/18/15  -  Entry Deadline (Click here to enter)

03/16/15  -  UVa Live Final Competition

 

If you have questions, please contact Amy Clobes, Associate Director of Professional Development in the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at aclobes@virginia.edu or 434-924-1032.

                                                                                     

Keys to a Strong Federal Resume Webinar

February 24, 2015 | 1:00 pm
Garrett Hall Commons

Federal resumes differ from traditional resumes in many ways.  They can be anywhere from two to five pages and require information not normally found on a traditional resume. Join the Partnership staff and agency representatives as we walk you through how to build a strong federal resume and best highlight your experience.

 

This webinar is part of the Go Government Webinar Series. Please look for further opportunities in upcoming newsletters.  Recordings of past webinars can be found at: http://www.batten.virginia.edu/webinars

February Happy Hour/Chalk Talks

February 27, 2015 | 5:00 pm
OpenGrounds
Please join us for the February installment of our Five at Five Chalktalk Series.

What: Networking/social event with optional chalk talks specifically for UVa Postdocs! Meet your fellow postdocs, hear about exciting research your colleagues are undertaking, enjoy free snacks and drinks!

Where: OpenGrounds (on The Corner, by the intersection of University Ave and 14th street, same building as the Women's Center. ) 
When: 5:00 – 6:30pm
 
Chalk Talks:
No slides/presentations/visual aids are allowed, just talking and drawing/writing on a board. Maximum 5-minute format! No more than 4 presenters each month! These are a great practice at presenting an aspect of your research succinctly to a broad audience, an essential skill for many future career paths. If you would like to be included in the pool of postdocs giving a chalk talk, please email mhurst@virginia.edu!

 

Big Data Mixer

March 3, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Harrison Small Auditorium
Announcing the second Big Data mixer! This event is designed to help students form research teams in order to apply for interdisciplinary research fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. Come meet fellow graduate students who are interested in research collaborations, and learn more about interdisciplinary fellowships for collaborative graduate student research in all areas, with a focus on data science and sustainability. Food and drink provided!

Fellowships provide each team member with a $25000 stipend, tuition (research-only) and fees, and a student health insurance subsidy. Applications are due April 7, 2015; see gradstudies.virginia.edu for more information.

These fellowships are designed to facilitate students from diverse areas (e.g., politics and systems engineering; philosophy and environmental science; sociology and chemistry) to work together to enhance their current research and engage in creative endeavors. Fellows work in teams of at least two graduate student researchers from different disciplines, and each team of fellows should craft a research project that draws on and enhances the research of each of the fellows, while advancing knowledge.

Previous projects supported through this program have addressed questions as diverse as using data from social media to provide insight into social protest movements in the Arab world; designing traffic cameras that help cities become more bicycle-friendly; analyzing muscle movements involved in yoga poses to enhance treatments; and analyzing millions of bacteria in the human gut microbiome to better treat disease. 

This year we once again welcome proposals from all of areas and are particularly interested in projects that leverage large data sets--quantitative and/or qualitative--to address the relationships between human and natural systems, which could focus on themes such as: the resilience of coastal communities; sustainable cities; technology, environment and human behavior, the nexus of water-energy-food systems, etc.

Please note: If you're unable to attend the mixer or want to seek research collaborators and get further information before or after the mixer, please see the "virtual mixer" website here.

 

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn

March 4, 2015 | 12:00 pm
MR5, Room 3005

These Lunch & Learns are for any Virginia based university researcher, postdoc, grad student or local small business interested in learning the benefits of the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. Over $2.3 Billion is available each year in this program.  

 

This session will discuss the purpose of the programs, basic qualifications, participating agencies, funding amounts, and how to start to plan your approach to writing a winning proposal. We'll also provide a brief discussion on how university postdocs and graduate students can participate in these programs. Lunch will be provided. Details on how CIT supports Virginia based applicants will also be discussed.  

 

Location: MR5 (Medical Research Building), Room 3005

Times: 12:00-1:30 pm

Instructor: Lisa Kurek, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Cost: Virginia based University Researchers/PostDocs/Grad Students FREE Advance registration requested. Space is limited. 

QUESTIONS:  Robert.brooke@cit.org

New Postdoc Orientation

March 12, 2015 | 10:00 am
New Cabell Hall 504
As a first step in welcoming you to our community, we encourage all new postdocs to attend our monthly New Postdoc Orientation where you will receive an overview of the services that will help get you started and connected to the community.

Please register in advance for the next session, and note that this orientation does not replace any employee orientation sessions that you may have been invited to.

 

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