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December 15, 2017

It’s Never Too Early: Starting on your 2018 Fall Meeting Abstract

Now is the time to start preparing for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, which will be held in Washington DC, 10-14 December. What’s that?  You’ve barely gotten home from the 2017 meeting, and haven’t even unpacked your suitcase?  Great! The best time to start planning for next year’s meeting is when you are energized by all the great things you learned at this year’s meeting, and have all sorts of …

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December 7, 2017

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Fall Virtual Poster Showcase

Thank you to all students and judges for participating in the 2017 Fall Virtual Poster Showcase.  The showcase has ended and the results are in. All six lead authors will receive a plaque and a complimentary AGU membership for 2018.  As the first place winners of the graduate and undergraduate showcases, Ruadhan Magee and Caitlin Hoeber will get to redeem one of our student travel grants next year so that …

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December 5, 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: Five Resources for Creating Your Scientific Poster

Conference posters are one of the most effective ways to communicate your work quickly to an audience, and poster presentations are on the rise. Posters can come in many forms and designs, but the most successful posters are simple and to-the point. Many of us here at AGU will create or review posters in New Orleans next week. If you are interacting with posters next week or in the future, …

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November 22, 2017

Fall Meeting Career Center Workshops: What next?!! Keeping motivation and an optimistic outlook

You are invited to attend a workshop at Fall Meeting on maintaining your cool while navigating your academic career Stress levels are quite high in graduate students and are not just related to their current research. The uncertainty of a future beyond graduate studies can be uncomfortable. This workshop brings a panel of people with experience with different career tracks in academia together that can address some of the questions …

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November 7, 2017

Fall Meeting workshop on successful partnerships between academia, industry and government

Calling all scientists interested in building successful interdisciplinary partnerships and students curious about non-academic career paths! The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee is hosting a workshop entitled, “Forging successful partnerships between academia, industry, and government: the student’s guide to gaining experience in the non-academic realm.” This workshop will be held at the AGU 2017 Fall Meeting on Tuesday, December 12th in the AGU Career Workshop Room, room …

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October 2, 2017

2017 Student and Early Career Scientist Conference: Becoming a Resilient Scientific Community

Are you a student or early career scientist attending the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans in December?  You should consider arriving a day early to not only enjoy some of that famous New Orleans cuisine, but to attend the 2017 AGU Student and Early Career Scientist (SECS) Conference! The 2017 SECS conference will build off previous iterations of the conferences that been associated with the AGU Fall Meeting …

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September 15, 2017

Converting a short-term position into a long-term career

As organizations try to remain flexible, they are more and more reluctant to hire permanent employees.  Many organizations are using contract or temporary staff, then hiring a select few into fulltime positions.  Sometimes, a temporary position is the only way to get into a company, but if you use the opportunity, you can turn a temporary position into a permanent job. To begin, make sure you understand the contract terms.  …

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September 1, 2017

AGU Career Center News: September Webinar, Paths Through Science, and VPS deadline

Hello, everyone!  The September AGU Career Center Newsletter, which normally goes out on the first Tuesday of the month, is getting pushed back to 12 September due to high traffic from the Ocean Sciences Meeting abstract deadline next Wednesday, 6 September (hint! hint!).  Since the newsletter will go out later, I wanted to share with you some latest happenings related to the AGU Career Center.  Enjoy and have a great …

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August 30, 2017

Verbal Jujutsu: A Conversation Catalyst

Drawing introverts into conversations can be difficult.  As an introvert, I will admit to curmudgeonly behavior in social situations.  Frankly, I’d rather eat chopped liver than go to a reception of people I don’t know, so networking and small talk can be awkward.  Put me in a room with other introverts and we might as well decorate the room like a middle school dance because everyone is going to be clutching a …

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August 24, 2017

“Everyone works in fundraising”: Expecting the unexpected

While there’s something to be said about proactively creating your own career opportunities, perhaps more important is being prepared for opportunities when they do arrive.  At a fundraising gala for a previous employer, one of the guests began asking me about specific details related to a project’s fundraising plan.  I apologized and embarrassingly explained that I didn’t work in the development department* and therefore didn’t know the particulars.  The gentleman …

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