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  • Notes:GSAC ( Graduate Student Advisory Committee to I- Cubed), is a group of students dedicated to enhancing the graduate education experience at the University of Florida.Instructions:Introduce GSAC Members leading the workshop. Ask the audience to write down there responses to “Where do you see yourself after grad school?”Give them approximately one minute ask some audience members what they wrote. (You can note when their responses fall into the following categories “industry, academia, policy”
  • Notes:The Innovation through Institutional Integration (I-Cubed) program began in 2009 and is funded by a five year institutional level NSF grant. It is a collaborative effort to enhance your graduate experience.Instruction:If you want to you can mention the program’s mission:Transform graduate research-based education at the University of Florida through an integrative and interdisciplinary program that links various programs on campus to achieve synergies in education, research and professional development
  • Notes:Through its collaborative efforts, I-Cubed provides four main resources to enhance the graduate education experience at UF:WORKSHOPS: Identify missing elements in graduate student trainingPROGRAM EVALUATION: Provide feedback to improve existing professional development opportunitiesRESEARCH FUNDING: Organize Graduate Student Research Day and other professional development activities RESOURCE HUB: Website with funding updates and opportunities continuously disseminated to grad students
  • Notes:Now that you know what I-cubed is…let’s talk about why you are here! Take a moment to Reflect on what your greatest concerns about graduate school.Instructions:Provide audience with a max. of 1 minute to write down their responses. Explain that their responses will be discuss at the end of the workshop
  • Notes:1.The PhD committee is typically formed before your proposal in your 1st or 2nd year * (This varies by department so it is important to FIND OUT!)2. This is a VERY IMPORTANT step in your graduate education!!!! 3. They decide if you graduate…4. Variation in their evaluation method for graduation 5. Who makes up the committee?: a)Advisor ( normally chair of the committee) is still most important b) Otherfaculty ( internal and external to your department c) Present the expertise necessary for your PhD research6. What should you do when selecting committee members?:7.Interview faculty, find out their interests, more likely to succeed with similar interests a) Have they demonstrated a willingness to assist? b) Is it someone who you can respect?8. Be strategic with your picks. They must compliment each other but be able to advance your research.For additional information you can visit the UF Graduate School website-> Personnel and Policy ->Roles and Responsibilities of Graduate FacultyANDTheGraduate Student Handbook!
  • Notes:Conferences are important because:They keep you up to date with trends in your fieldThey allow you to networkImportant for post-graduation plans!Attending conference requires money. You can find funding through GSC, the Graduate School, your department, national student organizations
  • Notes:When you select courses, attend workshops, or participate in organizations you should think about what skills you will obtain that will make you marketable post-graduate school.
  • Notes:While graduate school will provide you with the opportunity to create a program distinct to you interests.There are rules at every level ( committee, department, college, and graduate school) that guide that creation process.In addition to being familiar with the rules you should find people that support you ( at every level and also outside academia).
  • Note:Graduate school is expensive.Funding is very important not only for tuition and research but for food, rent, and health insurance.Be flexible and seek opportunities for funding if you are only partially supported.Look for TA-ships, graduate and undergraduate teaching opportunities , curriculum development. They all pay.Just remember that acquiring and maintaining funding also has its own rules so make sure that you are familiar with those rules also.
  • Notes:Mentors, guides, and helpers come from the most unlikely places, be open.Advisors have a stake in your successThey want you to succeed just as much as you want toBe clear about expectationsUtilize your committee members!They have experience that can benefit your graduate studiesAdvisors are busy!Appreciate the time you have scheduled with advisors/committee membersRespond promptlyBe proactiveBe realistic about goalsDon’t overpromiseThink in terms of deliverables
  • Notes:Mentors, guides, and helpers come from the most unlikely places, be open.Advisors have a stake in your successThey want you to succeed just as much as you want toBe clear about expectationsUtilize your committee members!They have experience that can benefit your graduate studiesAdvisors are busy!Appreciate the time you have scheduled with advisors/committee membersRespond promptlyBe proactiveBe realistic about goalsDon’t overpromiseThink in terms of deliverables
  • Notes:You work hard during graduate school and should be proud of your workPresenting and publishing your work allows you to get feedback on your research early It creates great networking opportunitiesIt gets your name out!Will help with finding funding/jobsTicket to faculty jobs and post docs
  • Notes:You work hard during graduate school and should be proud of your workPresenting and publishing your work allows you to get feedback on your research early It creates great networking opportunitiesIt gets your name out!Will help with finding funding/jobsTicket to faculty jobs and post docs
  • Notes:UF offersTONS of workshops, training opportunities and seminars to help you through the tough times.Examples:Presentation BootcampHow to apply for an NSF Graduate Research FellowshipExpanding the Teaching ToolboxHow to write a good interdisciplinary proposalIf you are not sure what is going on check out the I-Cubed website
  • Notes:UF offersTONS of workshops, training opportunities and seminars to help you through the tough times.Examples:Presentation BootcampHow to apply for an NSF Graduate Research FellowshipExpanding the Teaching ToolboxHow to write a good interdisciplinary proposalIf you are not sure what is going on check out the I-Cubed website
  • Notes:Internships or any opportunity that provide industry or academic experience outside of the classroom or your home lab.These real world experiences help to build your tool kit and identify what type of career you want after grad school (industry, academia, national lab)Valuable work experienceIf you have questions about where to get started visit the Career Center, attend conferences, and of course check out the I-Cubed website.
  • Notes:Internships or any opportunity that provide industry or academic experience outside of the classroom or your home lab.These real world experiences help to build your tool kit and identify what type of career you want after grad school (industry, academia, national lab)Valuable work experienceIf you have questions about where to get started visit the Career Center, attend conferences, and of course check out the I-Cubed website.
  • Notes:Your graduate school education journey may be long and filled with obstacles, challenges, and distractions but you can find ways to make it easier.Be strategic when you are scheduling classes, choosing assignments, and presenting papers.Remember to enjoy life. Work/Life balance is the most challenging part of the process.
  • Notes:Use these as guidelines to steer your graduate experience to success.* Read first 4 items– then continue*While this discussion focused primarily on the research aspect of graduate school.It is important that we note that while your graduate education is important, your life as a daughter/son, sister/ brother, a parent, and friend will still continue.So in addition to the top 10 issues we have discussed we would like to add a bonus one: please make sure that you remember to have fun and enjoy life.

Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers Presentation Transcript

  • Presented by:I-Cubed: Graduate Student Advisory Committee August 13th 2012
  • Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) at UFBegan January 2009 and is a five year program.$1 Million National Science Foundation (NSF) GrantThe Mission of I-Cubed at UF is: to transform graduate research-based education at the University of Floridathrough an integrative and interdisciplinary program that links various programs on campus to achieve synergiesin education, research and professional development
  • Through its collaborative efforts, I-Cubed provides four main resources to enhance thegraduate education experience at UF: Resource Hub Website with funding updates and opportunities continuously disseminated to grad students Research & Workshops Teaching Grants Identify missing I3 Organize Graduate Student elements in graduate Research Day and other student training professional development activities Program Evaluation Provide feedback to improve existing professional development opportunities
  • REFLECTION:List some worries or concerns that come to mind about graduate school.
  • I-Cubed’s top 10 things to consider in order to succeed in graduate school
  • 1. The PhD committee is typically formed before your proposal in your 1 st or 2nd year* (This varies by department so it is important to FIND OUT!)2. Forming your committee is a VERY IMPORTANT step in your graduate education!3. Your committee members decide if you graduate…4. Variation in their evaluation method for graduation5. Who makes up the committee? a) Advisor (normally chair of the committee) is still most important b) Other faculty (internal and external to your department) c) Present the expertise necessary for your PhD research6. What should you do when selecting committee members? a) Interview faculty, find out their interests – you are more likely to succeed if you have similar interests as your committee members b) Have they demonstrated a willingness to assist? c) Is it someone who you can respect?8. Be strategic with your picks. They must compliment each other but be able to advance your research.• For additional information you can visit the UF Graduate School website -> Personnel and Policy ->Roles and Responsibilities of Graduate FacultyAND• The Graduate Student Handbook!
  • Conferences are important because: a) They keep you up to date with trends in your field b) They allow you to network c) Important for post-graduation plans!Attending conference requires money. You can find funding through GSC, the Graduate School, yourdepartment, national student organizations
  • When you select courses, attend workshops, or participate in organizations you should think about whatskills you will obtain that will make you marketable post-graduate school.
  • While graduate school willprovide you with theopportunity to create aprogram distinct to youinterests, there are rulesat every level(committee, department,college, and graduateschool) that guide thatcreation process.In addition to beingfamiliar with the rules youshould find people thatsupport you (at every leveland also outsideacademia).
  • Graduate school is expensive.Funding is very important not onlyfor tuition and research but forfood, rent, and health insurance.Be flexible and seek opportunities forfunding if you are only partiallysupported.Look for TA-ships, graduate andundergraduate teachingopportunities, curriculumdevelopment. They all pay.Just remember that acquiring andmaintaining funding also has its ownrules so make sure that you arefamiliar with those rules also.
  • Mentors, guides, and helpers come from the most unlikely places - Be open!1. Advisors have a stake in your success a) They want you to succeed just as much as you want to b) You both need to be clear about expectations2. Utilize your committee members! a) They have experience that can benefit your graduate studies3. Advisors are busy! a) Appreciate the time you have scheduled with advisors/committee members I. Respond promptly II. Be proactive4. Be realistic about goals a) Don’t overpromise b) Think in terms of deliverables
  • 1.You work hard during graduate school and should be proud of your work2.Presenting and publishing your work allows you to get feedback on your research early3.It creates great networking opportunities4.It gets your name out! a)Will help with finding funding and jobs5.Could be your ticket to faculty jobs and post docs
  • UF offers TONS of workshops, training opportunities, andseminars to help you through the tough times.Examples: • I-Cubed sponsored “Presentation Boot Camp” • How to apply for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship • Expanding the Teaching Toolbox • How to write a good interdisciplinary proposal If you are not sure what is going on, check out the I- Cubed website!
  • 1.Internships or any opportunity that provides industry or academic experience outside of the classroom or your home lab.2.These real world experiences help to build your tool kit and identify what type of career you want after grad school (industry, academia, national lab)3.Valuable work experience4.If you have questions about where to get started visit the Career Center, attend conferences, and of course check out the I-Cubed website.
  • 1. Your graduate school education journey may be long and filled with obstacles, challenges, and distractions but you can find ways to make it easier.2. Be strategic when you are scheduling classes, choosing assignments, and presenting papers.3. Remember to enjoy life. Work/Life balance is the most challenging part of the process.
  • Make a list of things you want to accomplish while you are here at UF. Identify who/what you want to become at the end of this process. Start building your support networks. Stay in touch with us! HAVE FUN & ENJOY LIFE!!!!!!!
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