Strategies for Success: Student workshop series

In 2014, 2015 and 2016 the CSEE student and postdoc representatives organized student workshops during the annual meeting, with the help of the local LOC students. The workshop took place in a pub during and evening. The event was structured as a number of tables with one topic addressed at each, such as:

  • Finding scholarship opportunities and writing scholarship applications,
  • Choosing where to do your MSc/PhD/PDF (what things to look for in a lab and a location),
  • Advice for students hoping to do a degree/post-doc abroad,
  • Academic job applications (research and teaching positions),
  • Careers in government/industry,
  • Tips for writing your MSc/PhD thesis,
  • Creating work/life balance,
  • How to juggle kids and academic careers

Between one and three faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, or people with non-academic positions were selected for each table. Workshop attendees then moved around the different topics that they are interested in. This workshop is designed to be a safe space where students and postdocs can ask questions and receive advice from experienced people in a relaxed ambience. This event has been a big success in the past, and a great opportunity for networking.

We are planning to organize a similar workshop for the 2017 meeting in Victoria. Stay tuned for more details and the list of topics/speakers!