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Summer 2020 Events

During Summer 2020, The Graduate School partnered with the Office of Postdoctoral Services and Duke Career Center to offer virtual programming in several series. Visit the websites for these series for a full list of events in each of these themes.

The Academic Job Search Series
The Mentoring and Communication Series
The Alum Zooms Series
 

Core Competencies

  • Friday, May 15, 2020
    10:00 am to 11:00 am

    Parenting and Working at Home: A Facilitated Discussion for Grad Students and Postdocs (Via Zoom)

    Join your fellow grad and postdoc parents to learn about and discuss best-practices for managing work at home with children. Talk through maintaining structure for children, maintaining balance for adults, being creative, supporting children, promoting positive behavior, and participating in self-care. Share what is working and what is not working for you! 

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020
    2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

    Using the Alumni Network, LinkedIn, and Informational Interviews Effectively

    Learn how to leverage the Duke Alumni Network together with LinkedIn to maximize your career research and possibilities for connections. Find out how you can put that knowledge into action through informational interviews with professionals in organizations and careers of interest.

  • Thursday, June 4, 2020
    2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

    Professional Development Progress Meetup

    Stay on track with your momentum by joining this progress meetup. Whether you’re seeking structure, feedback, or community in working on your professional development goals, please join in this informal gathering to share what you’re working on with graduate student colleagues, find solutions to challenges you’re encountering, and create accountability to keep your progress moving forward. Registration is limited to allow for conversation.

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Becoming an Ally (Rescheduled from March 25)

    Learn how to “step in” to create a culture of respect and civility. We’ll explore how we can intervene when we see behavior that feels disrespectful or harmful.

  • Monday, June 22, 2020
    2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

    Take Your Teaching Skills Anywhere: Identifying Transferable Skills from your Teaching Experiences

    How can you capitalize on the skills you’ve developed through the many hours you’ve devoted to teaching? These skills can help you position yourself for success in industry, government, nonprofit, or academic administration. In this interactive workshop Dr. Melissa Bostrom, assistant dean for graduate student professional development, will help you uncover how your teaching experiences are an ideal way to help potential employers understand the crucial skills you’ve learned in graduate school—skills that are transferable to a variety of careers beyond faculty positions.

  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Addressing Power Dynamics

    Whether or not we work remotely, power dynamics are part of an academic setting. In this safe space, we will discuss hierarchy in academia, share ideas for navigating situations with power differentials, and brainstorm how to promote a positive work culture.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2020
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Is It Okay? (Rescheduled from April 22)

    Is it okay to ask a colleague a question about their identity? Have you given a compliment that generated an unexpected negative reaction? Have you received an identity-based comment that felt hurtful? Join us to discuss these questions and how we can work towards matching our intention and its impact.

Academic Job Search Series

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Managing the Job Search as a Couple

    Planning for one person's career is tough; planning for two simultaneously is even harder. In this workshop, we will discuss how to establish professional priorities, how to have productive conversations with your partner, and what additional resources you can use to manage the dual job search process.

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: CV

    Will you be on the academic job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and get feedback on drafts. Even if you haven't started working on your CV, we'll cover the basics of structure and formatting in the first half of the session. In the (optional) second half, you'll have the opportunity to work on your own CV and ask questions of a career adviser.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: Cover Letters

    Will you be on the academic job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and get feedback on drafts. Even if you haven't written a cover letter before, in the first half of this session we'll discuss the basics of structure and formatting and how to tailor the letter for different institutions. In the (optional) second half, you'll have the opportunity to work on, edit, and ask questions about your cover letter.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2020
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: Research, Teaching, and Diversity Statements

    Will you be on the faculty job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and to get feedback on drafts. In the first half of this session, we'll discuss the purpose, structure, and formatting of research, teaching, and diversity statements. In the (optional) second half, you'll have the opportunity to work on your documents and ask questions.

Ph.D. Career Paths

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke postdocs and PhD students. On May 13, our guest is Donna Crabtree, PhD, former Duke postdoc in Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology.  Donna is now Research Program Leader for the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR).

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On May 26, our guest is Sarah Diringer, PhD '16 (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Senior Researcher with the Pacific Institute, a Bay Area research nonprofit.

  • Thursday, June 4, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke postdocs and PhD students. On June 4, our guest is Jen Shen, PhD '16 (Public Policy), Quantitative UX Researcher at Google.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On June 16, our guest is Dana Hancock, PhD '08 (Genetics), Sr. Genetic Epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Omics Discovery and Epidemiology at RTI International. 

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On June 23, our guest is Jonathan (Jonny) Williams, former Duke postdoc and currently Technical Director, R&D, at LabCorp, where his team is heading up the Serology Antibody validation and product launch response to COVID19.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On June 30, our guest is Steffen Kaupp, PhD '16 (German Studies), Director of Language Programs and Deputy Director at Goethe-Institut Boston. The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide, which promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange.

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On July 7, our guest is Jeff Blackinton, PhD, Senior Scientist at Celldom.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On July 16, our guest is Ana Sanchez, PhD '10 (Immunology), Sr. Director, R&D Program Management at Locus Biosciences, Inc.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On July 21, our guest is Stephanie Stefanski, PhD '19 (Environmental Policy), Associate with McKinsey & Company.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On July 30, our guest is Lindsay Marjoram, PhD, former Duke postdoc and currently Assistant Study Director at Powered Research, LLC.

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