Past Events

2015 UVa Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm
The Auditorium of Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library

http://gradstudies.virginia.edu/3MT

 

Three minutes isn't much time to give directions to the nearest coffee shop, let alone explain a 50,000 word doctoral dissertation that has taken years to research and write. That's exactly what we're asking our doctoral candidates to do in the 3rd Annual UVa Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. What's more - we're asking these competitors to do so without props or discipline-specific jargon to lay audiences.

The 3MT is an academic competition offering students the opportunity to present the significance of their doctoral research in a succinct and compelling way to audiences outside their field. This year's competition will feature 8 finalists from across the University in a final live competition. Come and cast your vote for the best presentation! This is a great opportunity to learn about the excellent research happening across Grounds.

2015 Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm
The Auditorium of Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library

 

Three minutes isn't much time to give directions to the nearest coffee shop, let alone explain a 50,000 word doctoral dissertation that has taken years to research and write. That's exactly what we're asking our doctoral candidates to do in the 3rd Annual UVa Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. What's more - we're asking these competitors to do so without props or discipline-specific jargon to lay audiences. Click here to learn more!

The 3MT is an academic competition offering students the opportunity to present the significance of their doctoral research in a succinct and compelling way to audiences outside their field. This year's competition will feature 8 finalists from across the University in a final live competition. Come and cast your vote for the best presentation! This is a great opportunity to learn about the excellent research happening across Grounds.

 

COMPASS: Finding your Message Plenary Session and Hands-on Workshop

March 27, 2015 | 9:00 am
Various Locations

 

Students and Postdocs who can effectively share their research with journalists,

decision-makers, and the public increase the impact of their work. Make plans to attend this

plenary session and hands-on workshop that offers useful skills for upper-level graduate students and postdocs.

 

Plenary Session: Finding Your Message

Register Today!

Location: Nau 101

Friday, March 27, 2015 9am-10:30am

Students will explore the latest thinking on effective science communication and engagement;

learn tools for developing clear messages about complex research findings; and practice

talking about what their research is finding - and why it matters - in clear, lively terms.

Presented by Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach at COMPASS.

www.COMPASSonline.org

 

Hands-on Workshop: Finding Your Message (Maximum of 25 participants!)

Register Today!

Friday, March 27, 2015 1pm – 5pm

Location: NCH 504

During the hands-on workshop, Participants will learn how to:

·         Identify key messages arising from their research and professional activities, with an emphasis on explaining “so what”;

·         Appreciate the day-to-day pressures, constraints, and needs of different audiences, and be able to refine and reframe their messages accordingly;

·         Recognize and refine their use of technical jargon;

·         Refine a raw idea for a blog post into an appealing concept and lede;

·         Become more familiar with opportunities for science communication in social media; and

·         Effectively use Twitter

March Happy Hour/Chalk Talks

March 27, 2015 | 5:00 pm
OpenGrounds
Please join us for the March 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!

 

Careers in Policy and Science Outreach

April 3, 2015 | 12:00 pm
The Auditorium of Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library

 

Careers in Science Policy and Outreach

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Auditorium of Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library

12:00 – 1:30pm Career Panel Discussion

1:30-3:00pm Networking Reception

 

Join us for a career panel focusing on careers in science policy and outreach immediately followed by networking reception.

Panel Members Include:

·         Torie Bosch, Editor of “Future Tense”

·         Genya Dana , Senior Science Policy Officer at the U.S. Department of State

·         Jennifer Yittri, AAAS Fellow, Class of 2014, Directorate for Computer and Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation

·         Rider Foley, Assistant Professor in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia

RSVP Today!

 

Presidential Fellowships in Data Science Applications Due

April 7, 2015 | 11:45 pm

Attention graduate students who want to apply for collaborative fellowships in data science! Applications for Presidential Fellowships in Data Science will be accepted until 11:59pm on April 7. Please see our webpage for further information on fellowships.

AAAS Science Policy Professional Development Session

April 9, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Bavaro Hall, Holloway Hall Room 116

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are a unique public service and professional development opportunity for doctoral level scientists and engineers* interested in exploring the intersection of science and policy. Fellows bring a common interest in learning about science policy and willingness to apply their training in new arenas. Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C.

For more than 40 years, scientists, social scientists, engineers and health professionals have applied their knowledge and technical expertise to policy-making at the national and international levels. Join a network of more than 3,000 current and alumni fellows impacting policy, contributing to public service and forging new careers. 

Join us on April 9 from 12:00-1:00pm and hear from Cynthia Robinson, Fellowships Director, as she discusses the program and how you can enhance policy while transforming your career. For more details visit: http://aaaspolicyfellowships.org/event/university-virginia-campus-visit.

* applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience are also eligible to apply.

Please RSVP Today:http://aaaspolicyfellowships.org/event/university-virginia-campus-visit.

New Postdoc Orientation

April 23, 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.

 

April Happy Hour/Chalk Talks

April 24, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Please join us for the April 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!

 

Annual Postdoc Research Symposium

May 1, 2015 | 9:00 am
Newcomb Hall, Various Locations

The Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium is a day-long event that provides postdocs the opportunity to share research, network, and attend professional development workshops. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to:

v  Attend conference-style workshops on various professional and career development topics.

v  Network with other postdocs, faculty, and staff during a coffee meet & greet, catered lunch, and awards reception.

v  Present research through talks and poster sessions.

 

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

v  8:30-9:00am: Registration and Coffee

v  9:00-9:15am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

v  9:15-10:45am: Oral Research Presentations

v  10:45-11:00am: Break

v  11:00-12:00pm: Concurrent Sessions I

v  12:00-1:00pm: Networking Lunch

v  1:15-2:45: Concurrent Sessions II

v  3:00-4:30: Poster Sessions and Resource Fair

v  4:30-6:00: Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony

 

REGISTER TODAY!

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Abstract proposals for talks and posters are now being accepted for the Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

8 platform talks and up to 50 posters will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Benefits of Participation:

·         Prizes for best talks and posters!

·         Develop skills to effectively communicate their research in a clear and succinct way for audiences in all disciplines!

·         Learn about the exciting research occurring across grounds!

Abstract Specifications:

1 page limit

1 figure attachment allowed

Abstract must include

v  Title

v  Authors

v  Introduction

v  Methods

v  Results

v  Conclusions

v  Broader Impacts (Why this research is important)

Abstracts should appeal to a general audience. The selection committee is made up of Postdocs from all disciplines.

 

Abstracts should be emailed to: Melissa Hurst mhurst@virginia.edu

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2015

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Breakfast

May 20, 2015 | 4:14 pm
New Cabell Hall, 349
September 17, 2015 |
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Jordan Hall, Room 2ABC (2nd floor of JHCC)

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Breakfast

We invite you to attend the UVA Postdoc Appreciation Breakfast hosted by The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs!

Come meet the staff of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, other postdocs from across grounds, and learn about the upcoming events and services for UVA Postdocs! 

Hot breakfast and drinks served from 9am-10am!

RSVP HERE!

Directions to Jordan Hall Conference Center

Introduction to the NSF Fellowship

June 10, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Newcomb South Meeting Room

This session will give students interested in applying for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships a brief overview of the fellowship, including remarks from a panel of current UVA NSF fellowship recipients. For a list of all upcoming NSF fellowship workshops, click here.

CV/Resume for the NSF Fellowship Workshop

June 24, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Newcomb Commonwealth Room

The NSF application does not explicitly ask for a CV or resume, however parts of it take information from these documents. This session will help you ensure you are thinking strategically about what you include in the application. For a list of all upcoming NSF fellowship workshops, click here.

Fulbright Information Session

June 25, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Special Collections, Room 318

The Fulbright US Student Award is an underutilized funding opportunity at the University of Virginia, especially among graduate students. This session will provide information on the award, explain the UVa process, and offer some tools to put together a competitive application. Students from all fields and at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event will be hosted by Andrus Ashoo, UVa's Fulbright Program Advisor.

 

NSF Fellowship Personal Statement Workshop

July 8, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Newcomb Kaleidoscope

Writing about your academic path, accomplishments, and goals can be difficult, but we are here to help. In this session, you will receive more than the generic dos and don’ts list and leave with at least the outline for your personal statement if not a rough draft. For a list of all upcoming NSF fellowship workshops, click here.

Dissertation Funding Workshop

July 15, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Newcomb Kaleidoscope

Attend this workshop to learn about various dissertation funding opportunities and resources at UVA and externally to help you identify the best funding opportunities for your dissertation studies.   Students from all fields and at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

NSF Fellowship Proposal Workshop

July 22, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Newcomb Kaleidoscope

This hands-on writing workshop will focus on persuasive writing techniques and essential elements of NSF proposals. For a list of all upcoming NSF fellowship workshops, click here.

Academic Job Search Series: Reflective Teaching Statements

August 4, 2015 | 9:48 am
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room
September 17, 2015 |
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room

Reflective Teaching Statement: Effectively Communicating Your Work as a Teacher
Judith Reagan, Associate Professor and Senior Associate Director, Teaching Resource Center

How do you teach? Why do you teach? How do you communicate the essence of your approach to teaching? In this workshop, we will consider these questions as we discuss reflective teaching statements, go over the nuts and bolts of structuring one, and review statements from different disciplines. You will then have the opportunity to reflect on your own teaching goals and explore strategies for effectively presenting yourself as a thoughtful practitioner to a variety of audiences.

Click here to register today!

Academic Job Search Series: Interviewing

August 4, 2015 | 9:49 am
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room
September 18, 2015 |
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room

 

This workshop will provide an overview of the academic interviewing process and provide time to practice interviewing skills with peers.

 

Click here to register today!

NSF Fellowship Complete Application Review

August 5, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Newcomb Kaleidoscope

Attend this session to have your complete application reviewed by faculty and current NSF recipients. Must submit complete application which includes your CV/resume, 3 page personal statement, and 2 page proposal to keishajohn@virginia.edu one week prior to the session.

For a list of all upcoming NSF fellowship workshops, click here.

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