Monday, May 14, 2012

Division C Graduate Student Seminar

Before the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, twenty-one graduate students participated in a two-day seminar, which included mentoring and a variety of panel presentations. Co-chaired by Dr. Susan Yoon (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia (Duke University), the seminar was a huge success, and we thank them for all their work and dedication!

One of the many highlights was getting paired with a faculty mentor with similar research interests. The mentors graciously offered us advice regarding our academic careers. In addition they provided concrete feedback on our CVs, research statements, and a manuscript in preparation. Their help was invaluable, and we will treasure their mentoring for many years to come as we finish our graduate careers.

Second, the seminar consisted of a wide range of panel presentations ranging from how to interview for faculty jobs, how to establish a research program and applying for funding, the work-life balance, and a presentation from journal editors. The panelists’ expertise and personal experiences were very insightful, and we are eager to put them into practice!

There were also many opportunities for networking with the other faculty mentors and other graduate students as we were grouped by common research interests. I’m personally excited to have established a variety of collaborative relationships with like-minded peers and faculty members.

On behalf of the other graduate students, I want to thank all the mentors and all those that made this seminar such a memorable experience! I highly recommend that other graduate students apply for this next year – you won’t regret it!

Below is a picture of some of the graduate student participants at the Division C Business Meeting and Reception with Vice-President Gale Sinatra, and a picture of me and my mentor, Ellen Usher (University of Kentucky).

Carlton Fong
The University of Texas at Austin
Division C Campus Liaison

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