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18 August 2017

From College Chemistry to Capitol Hill: One Student’s Journey to the Finals of a Nationwide Competition

Going to the finals of the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) changed my life forever. Held in Washington, D.C. on 14-16 June 2017,  I had the opportunity to meet multiple representatives from respected institutions such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) while presenting my project to congressmen, scientists, businessmen, and other professionals on Capitol Hill. The project I presented was called Project …


15 August 2017

Anatomy of a Post-Networking Thank You Note

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be covering topics related to networking.  This first article will address the parts of a thank you note.  We would love for you to join us for our webinar this Thursday, 17 August, at 2PM EST, “Networking In Person and Online,” with guest presenter Lisa Balbes.  You can learn more about it by visiting the AGU Webinars homepage. Dear Leslie, I hope this message finds …


2 August 2017

Recap of 20 July Professional Etiquette Webinar

Professional etiquette is rarely explicitly taught, but it can have a big impact on your career. Whether you are working at an internship, starting somewhere new, or are well into your professional career, workplace etiquette can positively influence your reception by your coworkers. In AGU Pathfinder’s most recent Professional Development webinar, Professional Etiquette: Do’s and Don’t’s, Patricia Simpson of Game Changing Etiquette teaches us how to put our best foot …


26 July 2017

Networking to the Beat: Finding a work-life balance during grad school

Going to school is very stressful. Going to school in a different country, with different cultures and languages? Even more so. Therefore, it is important to manage your work-life balance.  I could go on and on about the different issues I personally have encountered, but I would much rather talk about ways to relieve stress and still keep your focus (and passion) on your studies. There are a few things …


18 July 2017

Volunteering: Help others while helping yourself

People do things without getting paid (in other words, volunteer) for all kinds of reasons: to advance a cause they believe in; to help others; to spend time with friends; and many more.  But in addition to making the world a better place, did you realize that some strategic volunteering could help advance your professional career?  Gain a New Skill Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill, …


14 July 2017

Get your questions about professional etiquette answered at our 20 July webinar

Professional Etiquette: Do’s and Don’t’s Have you ever wondered how your etiquette impacts your career prospects?  Whether or not you notice it, your workplace demeanor can play a big part of your career.  Learn how to let it make a positive impact by tuning into AGU Webinars on Thursday, 20 July at 2PM ET. Special guest Patricia Simpson will provide advice on how to put your best foot forward by …


7 July 2017

Fall 2017 Virtual Poster Showcase is now open for registration and abstract submission

In an effort to allow interested participants to submit abstracts related to summer projects while the work is still fresh in their mind, the Fall 2017 Virtual Poster Showcase will open for abstract submissions early this year in early July.  The following post discusses some of the benefits of participation. While many college students conduct research with faculty in organized summer programs or as part of their course work, they often …


29 June 2017

Starting Off Right: Tips for navigating new workplaces

Starting a new job is exciting – so many new things to learn!  But how do you make sure to do the right things, and set yourself up for future success? The most important thing is to make a great first impression.  Remember what you observed during your on-site interview about the dress code, and err on the conservative/dressy side.  Make sure you arrive on-time, or even a little early, …


21 June 2017

Celebrate Summer Solstice by revisiting our “Making the Most Out of Summer Opportunities” Webinar

This is a summary of our April webinar.  For even more career advice, register for 22 June webinar, “Finding your Fit: Making Sense of your Career Options,” or watch the recording once it becomes available. Valerie Sloan and Rebecca Haaker from NCAR|UCAR are very familiar working with interns. In their “Making the most of Summer Opportunities” webinar they share advice that they provide to the interns at NCAR. They highlight what employers …


6 June 2017

Expanding Your Field of View

REU’s and internships* can be a great way to build your technical expertise.  There is no substitute for the real thing, and many skills can only effectively be learned outside of the classroom.  This list extends beyond the technical though.  There are many essential skills that are non-technical in nature: project management, conflict resolution, communication, etc.  While you may find yourself using these skills in a traditional classroom setting, they …


2 June 2017

Paths Through Science: Dereka Carroll-Smith

This profile represents a collaboration between AGU and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education. It features Dereka Carroll-Smith, a NOAA Hollings Scholarship Alumna and current NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. AGU and NOAA are collaborating to share the diverse paths and perspectives of students in the geosciences, including atmospheric and marine sciences. During Dereka’s NOAA Hollings internship …


30 May 2017

On the Job: Career advice & opportunities from AGU and beyond

The AGU Career Center Newsletter is sent out on the first Tuesday of every month.  It contains AGU news and announcements especially tailored to students and early career scientists, as well as links to articles related to career and professional development and recent jobs posted on the AGU Career Center.   If you aren’t already subscribed, you can do so by filling out this form.  In the meantime, here are a …


26 May 2017

Did you miss last week’s professional development webinar, “Getting to Yes: Learning to Negotiate More Effectively”?

On 18 May, we hosted a webinar on job offer negotiations presented by one of our On the Job contributors Lisa Balbes.  Lisa is a freelance technical writer and editor at Balbes Consultants for the past 25 years and is the author of Nontraditional Careers for Chemists:  New Formulas for Chemistry Careers.  If you couldn’t make it during the live session, you can now view a recording of the webinar.  …


10 May 2017

Upcoming Webinars for the Week of 15 May

AGU will be hosting several webinars next week.  These are great opportunities to build your knowledge and prepare for your career path so plan ahead and register today.  You can view more upcoming webinars at the new 15 May, 2-3PM ET: SCIENCING SOCIAL MEDIA Are you a scientist who wants to learn the best way to start using social media for science? Or are you an experienced social media …


9 May 2017

Salary Negotiations: The First Steps

We hope you will join us later this month on 18 May, at 2PM ET, when we explore negotiations further in our next career and professional development webinar, “Getting to Yes: Learning to Negotiate More Effectively.” Register today. If you’re going to negotiate your salary, the best time to do it is after you have a job offer, but before you accept it.  This is when you have the most …


2 May 2017

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Spring Virtual Poster Showcase

Thank you to all of you students and judges for participating in the 2017 Spring Virtual Poster.  The showcase has ended and the results are in. All nine lead authors will receive a plaque and a complimentary AGU membership for 2018.  As the first place winners of the graduate and undergraduate showcases, Babak Jalalzadeh Fard and Jacob Smith will get to redeem one of our student travel grants next year …


27 April 2017

Rallying Against Your Instincts During Your Job Hunt

Earlier this month, David Harwell wrote an article about the power of positive thinking.  While his article focused on how to receive feedback, I’d like to revisit the same ideas today under the lens of your job search. In the earlier article, Dave talked about how our “fight-or-flight” instincts tend to kick in when we receive criticisms.  Fight-or-flight doesn’t just impact how well you respond to how others’ opinions, it …


21 April 2017

Heidi Gottschall, InternView: Putting your path into focus

Heidi Gotschall worked as an intern at AGU last fall.  One of the many projects she worked on during her time here was our new Pathfinder Beta tool.  In today’s blog, Heidi reflects on what she learned while working on the project.  You can learn more about Pathfinder Beta at the end of the article. I never knew the answer to the question of what I want to do when …


17 April 2017

Join AGU Webinars on 20 April for “Making the Most Out of Summer Opportunities in the Earth and Space Sciences”

With summer comes a host of short-term opportunities. Whether you’ll be in the field or doing research, we’ll provide you with strategies to make the summer last. Please join us as our guests Rebecca Haacker and Valerie Sloan from NCAR|UCAR present our webinar on Thursday, 20 April, 2PM EST.  Register for this opportunity now! For even more discussion about how to make your summer work a catalyst for your career, …


14 April 2017

On the Job: Weekly Round-Up: 7-14 April, 2017

The AGU Career Center Newsletter is sent out on the first Tuesday of every month.  It contains AGU news and announcements especially tailored to students and early career scientists, as well as links to articles related to career and professional development and recent jobs posted on the AGU Career Center.   If you aren’t already subscribed, you can do so by filling out this form.  In the meantime, here are a …