Main topic: Conferences and networking. Why do it, how to do it, and how to pay for it (see links below).
Also: share and discuss SciComm project ideas (not your research project, but the project you’ll do in this class that will help you advance your research).
Homework (due on 2/25): draft a description/overview of what you think you want to do for a project – please bring 1 printed copy to class. What do you want to do? Why will it be useful to you? How will you go about it, what do you need to learn or find out, and how can this class help? What resources or knowledge will you need?
Some articles and blog posts about conferences & networking:
The Guardian Higher Ed article
5 reasons to go to conferences – Rutgers grad student blog post
Univ. of Washington “mentor memo” post
10 tips – The Muse blog
Thesis whisperer blog: tips on socializing at conferences
UNH grad school travel grants – New policy: now available for attending a conference even if you are not presenting; max. $200/conference, $400/year; may also be applied to professional development workshops/seminars; apply in advance, including abstract; you must also present at the GRC (not sure how that works if you’re attending a workshop).