4/26/2013

GC2013 Agenda and Slides

CRA-W Graduate Cohort 2013 Workshop Schedule

 

Friday, April 5

7:30-9:00 —Registration - Plaza Lobby

8:00-9:00—Breakfast - Seaport Ballroom

 

 

9:00-9:30—Welcome - Lori Clarke (University of Massachusetts -­ Amherst), Sandhya Dwarkadas (University of Rochester), and Lori Pollock (University of Delaware) - Plaza Ballroom

 

 

9:30 - 10:30—Parallel Sessions

  1. First Year Cohort:
         Networking - Plaza Ballroom

(Slides)

This session addresses the skills that are needed for networking - a very important component of your professional life. The topics include strategies for finding a community, meeting people in the field, and promoting your research and yourself. This session will also address what you should prepare for, learn, and do when you attend conferences, workshops, or any technical meeting, including meeting researchers visiting your department. 

            Speaker:

o    Kathryn McKinley - Microsoft Research

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

         Presentation and Other Verbal Communication Skills - Constitution Room

(Slides)

This session will focus on building your oral communication skills. Topics include strategies for high quality oral and poster presentations. 

Speaker:

o       Padma Raghavan - Pennsylvania State University

 

3.    Third Year Cohort:

          Preparing your Thesis Proposal and Becoming a PhD Candidate - Flagship A

(Slides)

Before being a PhD candidate, students usually have to pass several hurdles, with the last one being the thesis proposal, where you show that you understand the literature and layout your plans for completing a thesis. This session will discuss the goals of the proposal, an outline of what should be in the proposal, how to strategically choose your committee, and how to prepare for your proposal defense. This session also covers how to take a lead role in your research group and publications, strategies for managing your dissertation writing process, and promoting yourself.

Speaker:

o       Julia Hirschberg -  Columbia University

 

10:3011:00 Break - Plaza Lobby

 

11:00 - 12:00 —Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Master’s vs. PhD: Which one to Choose? How far to go? - Plaza Ballroom
(Slides)

This session will address the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master's degree and PhD degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue.

           
            Speakers:

o   Rita Wouhaybi - Intel

o   Natalie Enright Jerger - University of Toronto

 

2. Second Year Cohort:

Finding a Research Topic Presentation Skills - Constitution Room

(Slides)

This session will focus on strategies for actively identifying a viable research topic for your Ph.D. dissertation. It will discuss how to choose between several topics and what you should look for in a topic. It will address how your career plans (e.g., teaching, academic research, or industrial research) may influence your choice. It will also describe the various aspects of a research topic (e.g., theoretical foundation, experimental framework, analytic and experimental results), and it will discuss how to set reasonable goals and milestones so that you can successfully finish in a reasonable time frame. 

           
              Speaker:

o       Carla Brodley – Tufts University

 

  1. Third Year Cohort:
    Publishing your Research - Flagship A

(Slides)

Publishing your research is a necessary activity for your future career. This session will discuss avenues for publication and what is required for the different types of publications. Also discussed will be ethical concerns of publishing such as plagiarism, dual submissions, and author ordering.

               Speaker:

o       Yanlei Diao – University of Massachusetts - Amherst

 

12:00—Lunch (Seaport Ballroom)

 

1:30 - 2:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Finding and Training your Advisor - Plaza Ballroom

(Slides)

Obtaining a PhD is like undertaking an apprenticeship. Thus, it is very important to have a good advisor and a good relationship with that advisor. This session will focus on the importance of carefully choosing an advisor, how to get the most out of your interactions with your advisor, and the responsibilities of both student and advisor in making the graduate research experience successful. It will discuss how to work through problems with your advisor, when to consider changing advisors or institutions, and strategies for undertaking such a change. It will also discuss the benefits of having mentors, in addition to your advisor.

                Speakers:

o        Diane Litman (University of Pittsburgh) 


  1. Second Year Cohort:
    M.S. Career Opportunities and Job Search - Constitution Room

(Slides)

This session will be a discussion of the various career opportunities for Masters graduates and how to find a position that is best for you. Discussion will include possible career paths and the role of mentors in industry. This session will also discuss the process of finding an industry position for M.S. graduates, how to prepare for the interview, what questions to ask and what you should expect during the interview, and what to do after the interview. Tips will be given on writing a cover letter and resume that attracts attention. 

             Speakers:

o      Dilma Da Silva - Qualcomm Research, Prasanna Pilla (VMWare)

o      Fernanda Viegas - Google

 

3. Second Year Cohort:

                 Ph.D. Academic Career Paths: Research, Teaching, and Administration - Flagship A (Slides)

 

This session will focus on the different career paths in academia. Topics include the roles of research, teaching, and service, and how they differ in different academic institutions as well as depending on one’s position (e.g., tenure track faculty, lecturer, administrator). This session will also discuss the challenges and rewards of research, teaching, and service, and the skills for success in each. It will also discuss changing career paths. 

 

Speakers:

o       Mary Lou Soffa - University of Virginia

o       Erin Solovey - MIT

o       Tiffani Williams Texas A&M University

 

2:30—Break - Plaza Lobby

3:00 - 4:00—All Cohorts

 

Strategies for Human-Human Interaction

(Slides)

This session will focus on strategies for productive interaction with colleagues (both faculty and students), including the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in a computing technology career. Topics include inter-personal interaction dynamics, uncomfortable situations that might arise and how to react, the pros and cons of dating your fellow graduate students or department faculty, recognizing and dealing with sexual harassment and implicit bias, and family- friendly policies to look for in a working environment. 

Speakers:

   o      Hillery Hunter - IBM

   o      Kathryn McKinley - Microsoft Research

   o       Amanda Stent - AT&T

 

4:00 - 5:30—Poster Session - Seaport Ballroom / Mezzanine Lobby 

6:30 – 10:30—Reception hosted by Microsoft Research & Google - Lighthouse

 

 

 

Saturday, April 6th

 

 

7:30 - 8:30—Breakfast - Seaport Ballroom

 

 

8:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Financially Supporting your Graduate Education - Plaza Ballroom

This session will focus on how to identify financial support for your academic studies beyond the initial teaching/research assistantship position, including positioning yourself for research assistantships, tracking down fellowship opportunities, and how to put together a successful application. The session will also address how to survive temporary funding shortfalls/lapses. 

                 Speaker:

o          Tiffany Williams Texas A&M University

 

2. Second Year Cohort:

            Building Self-Confidence - Constitution Room

       (Slides)

This session will address the confidence crisis that 2nd (and 3rd) year graduate students often face: how to recover from not doing as well in a course as you expected, from not passing the PhD candidacy exams on your first try, from
the frustration of not knowing what your specific research project will be, from the feeling that you don’t know as much as your fellow graduate students. The discussion will focus on issues and rewards of continuing towards your goals and milestones in grad school where persistence is needed. 


Speaker:

o      Mary Lou Soffa (University of Virginia) 

 

3. Third Year Cohort:

                Ph.D. Non-Academic Career Paths: Industrial Research & Development - Flagship A

(Slides)

This session will focus on the different career paths for new Ph.D.’s in industry and government laboratories. Topics will include the challenges and rewards of a non-academic career, skills and experiences needed for success, opportunities for advancement and taking the initiative, collaborating with researchers in academia or other organizations, and positioning yourself to make career changes between labs and/or academia. 

Speakers:

o        Maryam Kamvar Garrett - Google 

o        Suju Rajan - Yahoo!

o        Amanda Stent - AT&T

 

9:30 - 10:00 —Break - Plaza Lobby

10:00 - 11:00 —Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Summer Interships - Plaza Ballroom

(Slides)

This session will focus on how to go about finding an industry or government lab internship for the summer, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and how to get the most out of a summer internship. 

                   Speakers:

o   Dilma Da Silva - Qualcomm Research

o   Maryam Kamvar Garrett - Google

o   Suju Rajan - Yahoo!

 

2. Second Year Cohort:

Interdisciplinary Research - Constitution Room

(Slides)

This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of engaging in interdisciplinary research. Topics include examples of interdisciplinary research projects, how to get involved in interdisciplinary research, preparation for interdisciplinary research, and strategies for facing challenges unique to interdisciplinary research. 

         Speaker:

 

o    Katie Siek - University of Colorado - Boulder


3. Third Year Cohort:

         Ph.D. Job Search - Flagship A

(Slides)
 

This session focuses on how you should prepare for the job search process, preparing for the interview, what questions to ask and what questions will be asked of you during the interview, what to do after the interview, deciding between multiple offers. The session will also highlight what you should be doing now to plan for your career.

                 Speakers:

         o     Natalie Enright Jerger - University of Toronto

         o     Hillery Hunter - IBM

         o     Erin Solovey - MIT        

 

11:00 - 11:30—Break - Plaza Lobby
11:30 - 12:15—All Cohorts:

 

Building Your Professional Persona - Plaza Ballroom 

(Slides)

This session will address the dos and don’ts of building a professional image. Topics will include web presence (personal pages and social media), dissemination of technical contributions, and professional ethics. 

                 Speaker:

         o    Mondira Pant - Intel

 

OR 

Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life - Constitution Room 

(Slides)

This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision-making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, and re-evaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes. 

                 Speaker:

         o    A.J. Brush - Microsoft Research

12:15 - 12:30—Wrap Up and Final Remarks - Plaza Ballroom

12:30 - 1:30—Lunch - Seaport Ballroom


 

Friday, April 13th

7:30-9:00 —Registration - Grand North & East Foyer

8:00-9:00—Breakfast - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

9:00-9:30—Welcome - Lori Clarke (University of Massachusetts -­ Amherst), Lori Pollock (University of Delaware) - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

 

 

9:30—Parallel Sessions

  1. First Year Cohort:
         Networking - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


This session addresses the skills that are needed for networking - a very important component of your professional life. The topics include strategies for finding a community, meeting people in the field, and promoting your research and yourself. This session will also address what you should prepare for, learn, and do when you attend conferences, workshops or any technical meeting, including meeting researchers and researchers visiting your department.

            Speaker:

o    Kathryn McKinley (Microsoft Research &The University of Texas at Austin)

 

       2.     Second Year Cohort:

          Finding a Research Topic - Ballroom J/K

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on strategies for actively identifying a viable research topic for your Ph.D. dissertation. It will discuss how to choose between several topics and what you should look for in a topic. It will address how your career plans (e.g., teaching, academic research, or industrial research) may influence your choice. It will also describe the various aspects of a research topic (e.g., theoretical foundation, experimental framework, analytic and experimental results), and it will discuss how to set reasonable goals and milestones so that you can successfully finish in a reasonable time frame.

 

Speaker:

o       Mary Jean Harrold - Georgia Tech

 

       3.    Third Year Cohort:

          Preparing your Thesis Proposal and Becoming a PhD Candidate - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)

 

Before being a PhD candidate, students usually have to pass several hurdles, with the last one being the thesis proposal, where you show that you understand the literature and layout your plans for completing a thesis. This session will discuss the goals of the proposal, an outline of what should be in the proposal, how to strategically choose your committee, and how to prepare for your proposal defense. This session also covers how to take a lead role in your research group and publications, strategies for managing your dissertation writing process, and promoting yourself.

              Speaker:

o       Holly Rushmeier – Yale

10:3011:00 Break - Grand North & East Foyer

 

11:00—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Master’s vs. PhD: Which one to Choose? How far to go? - Grand Ballroom E/F/G
(Slides)


This session will address the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master's degree and PhD degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue.

           
            Speakers:

o   Linda Apsley – Microsoft Research

o   Dana Zhang – Google

 

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

Presentation Skills - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on building your oral communication skills. Topics include strategies for high quality oral and poster presentations.

           
              Speaker:

o       Margaret Martonosi – Princeton University

 

  1. Third Year Cohort:
    Publishing your Research - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)


Publishing your research is a necessary activity for your future career. This session will discuss avenues for publication and what is required for the different types of publications. Also discussed will be ethical concerns of publishing such as plagiarism, dual submissions, and author ordering.

               Speaker:

o       Meredith Ringel Morris – Microsoft Research

12:00—Lunch (Grand Ballroom A/B/C)

 

1:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Finding and Training your Advisor - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


Obtaining a PhD is like undertaking an apprenticeship. Thus, it is very important to have a good advisor and a good relationship with that advisor. This session will focus on the importance of carefully choosing an advisor, how to get the most out of your interactions with your advisor, and the responsibilities of both student and advisor in making the graduate research experience successful. It will discuss how to work through problems with your advisor, when to consider changing advisors or institutions, and strategies for undertaking such a change. It will also discuss the benefits of having mentors, in addition to your advisor.

                Speaker:

o        Chandra Krintz – UC -­‐ Santa Barbara

 

  1. Second Year Cohort:
    M.S. Career Opportunities - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)


This session will be a discussion of the various career opportunities for
Master's graduates and how to find a position that is best for you. This
session also discusses possible career paths and the role of mentors in
industry.

 

             Speakers:

o      Dr. Brenda Dietrich – IBM

o      Suju Rajan – Yahoo! Labs

OR


         Interdisciplinary Research - Auditorium

(Slides)

This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of engaging in interdisciplinary research. Topics include examples of interdisciplinary
research projects, how to get involved in interdisciplinary research,
preparation for interdisciplinary research, and strategies for facing challenges
unique to interdisciplinary research.

Speakers:

o        Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University

o         Anne Condon – Univ. of British Columbia 

o

 

        3.     Third Year Cohort:

                 Ph.D. Academic Career Paths: Research, Teaching, Administration - Grand Ballroom I

( 

This session will focus on the different career paths in academia. Topics include the roles of research, teaching and service and how they differ in different academic institutions and how they differ depending on one's position (e.g., tenure track faculty, lecturer, administrator). This session will also discuss the challenges and rewards of research, teaching, and service andthe skills for success in each. It will also discuss changing career paths.

Speakers:

o       Anna Karlin – University of Washington

o       Beth Simon – UC-­‐San Diego

o       Mary Lou Soffa – University of Virginia

 

2:30—Break - Grand North & East Foyer

2:45—All Cohorts

Being a Woman in Computing Technology - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in a computing technology career. Topics include uncomfortable situations that might arise and how to react, recognizing and dealing with sexual harassment and implicit bias, family-friendly policies to look for in a working environment, and how women contribute to computing technology.

Speakers:

   o       Mary Lou Soffa – University of Virginia

   o       Amanda Stent – AT&T Labs – Research

   o       Lamia Youseff – Google

 

4:00—Poster Session - Grand North & East Foyer

6:30 – 10:30—Reception hosted by Microsoft Research & Google -Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

 

Saturday, April 14th

 

 

7:30 - 8:30—Breakfast - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

8:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life - Grand Ballroom E/F/G


(Slides)

 

This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision- making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, and reevaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes.

 

                 Speaker:

o           Padma Raghavan – Pennsylvania State University

 

        2.         Second Year Cohort:

             Summer Internships - Cityview 1

       (Slides)


This session will focus on how to go about finding an industry or government
lab internship for the summer, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so,
and how to get the most out of a summer internship.

Speakers:

o       Linda Apsley – Microsoft Research

o       Frances Perry – Google

o       Suju Rajan – Yahoo! Labs

 

 

        3.         Third Year Cohort:

                Ph.D. Non-­‐Academic Career Paths: Industrial Research and Development - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)

This session will focus on the different career paths for new Ph.D. in industry and government laboratories. Topics will include the challenges and rewards of a non-­‐academic career, skills and experiences needed for success, opportunities for advancement and taking the initiative, collaborating with researchers in academia or other organizations, and positioning yourself to make career changes between labs and/or academia.

Speakers:

o        Brenda Dietrich – IBM

o        Amanda Stent – AT&T – Research

o        Lamia Youseff – Google

 

9:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Financially Supporting your Graduate Education - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on how to identify financial support for your academic studies beyond that initial teaching/research assistantship position including positioning yourself for research assistantships, tracking down fellowship opportunities, and how to put together a successful application. This session will also address how to survive temporary funding shortfalls/ lapses.

                   Speaker:

o             Tiffani Williams – Texas A&M University

 

OR

Succeeding as a TA - Auditorium

(Slides)

This session will focus on strategies for succeeding as a TA. It will discuss how to present material, engage students in discussions, explain difficult material, provide useful feedback, grade fairly, and deal with difficult situations such as cheating.

                Speaker:

o         Beth Simon – UC-­‐San Diego

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

M.S. Job Search & Resume Writing Clinic - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)


This session will discuss the process of finding an industry position for M.S. graduates, how to prepare for the interview, what questions to ask and what you should expect during the interview, and what to do after the interview. Tips will be given on writing a cover letter and resume that attracts attention.

         Speakers:

o          Rita Wouhaybi – Intel Labs

   o         Frances Perry – Google

      3. Third Year Cohort:

         Ph.D. Job Search - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)
 

This session focuses on how you should prepare for the job search process, preparing for the interview, what questions to ask and what questions will be asked of you during the interview, what to do after the interview, deciding between multiple offers. The session will also highlight what you should be doing now to plan for your career.

                 Speakers:

    o         Nancy Amato – Texas A&M

         o         Aruna Balasubramanian – University of Washington

    o         Dana Zhang – Google

 

        
 

10:30—Break - Grand North & East Foyer
11:00—All Cohorts:



Building Self Confidence (Slides)


This session will address the confidence crisis that 2nd (and 3rd) year graduate students often face: how to recover from not doing as well in a course as you expected, from not passing the PhD candidacy exams at your first try, from the frustration of not knowing what your specific research project will be, from the feeling that you don't know as much as your fellow graduate students. The discussion will focus on issues and rewards of continuing towards your goals and milestones in grad school where
persistence is needed.
 

               Speaker:

   o         Mary Jane Irwin – Pennsylvania State University
 

 

11:45Wrap Up and Final Remarks - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

Lori Clarke – University of Massachusetts -­‐ Amherst,

Lori Pollock – University of Delaware

 

12:15—Lunch - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

Friday, April 13th

7:30-9:00 —Registration - Grand North & East Foyer

8:00-9:00—Breakfast - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

9:00-9:30—Welcome - Lori Clarke (University of Massachusetts -­ Amherst), Lori Pollock (University of Delaware) - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

 

 

9:30—Parallel Sessions

  1. First Year Cohort:
         Networking - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


This session addresses the skills that are needed for networking - a very important component of your professional life. The topics include strategies for finding a community, meeting people in the field, and promoting your research and yourself. This session will also address what you should prepare for, learn, and do when you attend conferences, workshops or any technical meeting, including meeting researchers and researchers visiting your department.

            Speaker:

o    Kathryn McKinley (Microsoft Research &The University of Texas at Austin)

 

       2.     Second Year Cohort:

          Finding a Research Topic - Ballroom J/K

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on strategies for actively identifying a viable research topic for your Ph.D. dissertation. It will discuss how to choose between several topics and what you should look for in a topic. It will address how your career plans (e.g., teaching, academic research, or industrial research) may influence your choice. It will also describe the various aspects of a research topic (e.g., theoretical foundation, experimental framework, analytic and experimental results), and it will discuss how to set reasonable goals and milestones so that you can successfully finish in a reasonable time frame.

 

Speaker:

o       Mary Jean Harrold - Georgia Tech

 

       3.    Third Year Cohort:

          Preparing your Thesis Proposal and Becoming a PhD Candidate - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)

 

Before being a PhD candidate, students usually have to pass several hurdles, with the last one being the thesis proposal, where you show that you understand the literature and layout your plans for completing a thesis. This session will discuss the goals of the proposal, an outline of what should be in the proposal, how to strategically choose your committee, and how to prepare for your proposal defense. This session also covers how to take a lead role in your research group and publications, strategies for managing your dissertation writing process, and promoting yourself.

              Speaker:

o       Holly Rushmeier – Yale

10:3011:00 Break - Grand North & East Foyer

 

11:00—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Master’s vs. PhD: Which one to Choose? How far to go? - Grand Ballroom E/F/G
(Slides)


This session will address the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master's degree and PhD degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue.

           
            Speakers:

o   Linda Apsley – Microsoft Research

o   Dana Zhang – Google

 

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

Presentation Skills - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on building your oral communication skills. Topics include strategies for high quality oral and poster presentations.

           
              Speaker:

o       Margaret Martonosi – Princeton University

 

  1. Third Year Cohort:
    Publishing your Research - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)


Publishing your research is a necessary activity for your future career. This session will discuss avenues for publication and what is required for the different types of publications. Also discussed will be ethical concerns of publishing such as plagiarism, dual submissions, and author ordering.

               Speaker:

o       Meredith Ringel Morris – Microsoft Research

12:00—Lunch (Grand Ballroom A/B/C)

 

1:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Finding and Training your Advisor - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


Obtaining a PhD is like undertaking an apprenticeship. Thus, it is very important to have a good advisor and a good relationship with that advisor. This session will focus on the importance of carefully choosing an advisor, how to get the most out of your interactions with your advisor, and the responsibilities of both student and advisor in making the graduate research experience successful. It will discuss how to work through problems with your advisor, when to consider changing advisors or institutions, and strategies for undertaking such a change. It will also discuss the benefits of having mentors, in addition to your advisor.

                Speaker:

o        Chandra Krintz – UC -­‐ Santa Barbara

 

  1. Second Year Cohort:
    M.S. Career Opportunities - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)


This session will be a discussion of the various career opportunities for
Master's graduates and how to find a position that is best for you. This
session also discusses possible career paths and the role of mentors in
industry.

 

             Speakers:

o      Dr. Brenda Dietrich – IBM

o      Suju Rajan – Yahoo! Labs

OR


         Interdisciplinary Research - Auditorium

(Slides)

This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of engaging in interdisciplinary research. Topics include examples of interdisciplinary
research projects, how to get involved in interdisciplinary research,
preparation for interdisciplinary research, and strategies for facing challenges
unique to interdisciplinary research.

Speakers:

o        Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University

o         Anne Condon – Univ. of British Columbia 

o

 

        3.     Third Year Cohort:

                 Ph.D. Academic Career Paths: Research, Teaching, Administration - Grand Ballroom I

( 

This session will focus on the different career paths in academia. Topics include the roles of research, teaching and service and how they differ in different academic institutions and how they differ depending on one's position (e.g., tenure track faculty, lecturer, administrator). This session will also discuss the challenges and rewards of research, teaching, and service andthe skills for success in each. It will also discuss changing career paths.

Speakers:

o       Anna Karlin – University of Washington

o       Beth Simon – UC-­‐San Diego

o       Mary Lou Soffa – University of Virginia

 

2:30—Break - Grand North & East Foyer

2:45—All Cohorts

Being a Woman in Computing Technology - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in a computing technology career. Topics include uncomfortable situations that might arise and how to react, recognizing and dealing with sexual harassment and implicit bias, family-friendly policies to look for in a working environment, and how women contribute to computing technology.

Speakers:

   o       Mary Lou Soffa – University of Virginia

   o       Amanda Stent – AT&T Labs – Research

   o       Lamia Youseff – Google

 

4:00—Poster Session - Grand North & East Foyer

6:30 – 10:30—Reception hosted by Microsoft Research & Google -Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

 

Saturday, April 14th

 

 

7:30 - 8:30—Breakfast - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

8:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life - Grand Ballroom E/F/G


(Slides)

 

This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision- making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, and reevaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes.

 

                 Speaker:

o           Padma Raghavan – Pennsylvania State University

 

        2.         Second Year Cohort:

             Summer Internships - Cityview 1

       (Slides)


This session will focus on how to go about finding an industry or government
lab internship for the summer, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so,
and how to get the most out of a summer internship.

Speakers:

o       Linda Apsley – Microsoft Research

o       Frances Perry – Google

o       Suju Rajan – Yahoo! Labs

 

 

        3.         Third Year Cohort:

                Ph.D. Non-­‐Academic Career Paths: Industrial Research and Development - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)

This session will focus on the different career paths for new Ph.D. in industry and government laboratories. Topics will include the challenges and rewards of a non-­‐academic career, skills and experiences needed for success, opportunities for advancement and taking the initiative, collaborating with researchers in academia or other organizations, and positioning yourself to make career changes between labs and/or academia.

Speakers:

o        Brenda Dietrich – IBM

o        Amanda Stent – AT&T – Research

o        Lamia Youseff – Google

 

9:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Financially Supporting your Graduate Education - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on how to identify financial support for your academic studies beyond that initial teaching/research assistantship position including positioning yourself for research assistantships, tracking down fellowship opportunities, and how to put together a successful application. This session will also address how to survive temporary funding shortfalls/ lapses.

                   Speaker:

o             Tiffani Williams – Texas A&M University

 

OR

Succeeding as a TA - Auditorium

(Slides)

This session will focus on strategies for succeeding as a TA. It will discuss how to present material, engage students in discussions, explain difficult material, provide useful feedback, grade fairly, and deal with difficult situations such as cheating.

                Speaker:

o         Beth Simon – UC-­‐San Diego

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

M.S. Job Search & Resume Writing Clinic - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)


This session will discuss the process of finding an industry position for M.S. graduates, how to prepare for the interview, what questions to ask and what you should expect during the interview, and what to do after the interview. Tips will be given on writing a cover letter and resume that attracts attention.

         Speakers:

o          Rita Wouhaybi – Intel Labs

   o         Frances Perry – Google

      3. Third Year Cohort:

         Ph.D. Job Search - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)
 

This session focuses on how you should prepare for the job search process, preparing for the interview, what questions to ask and what questions will be asked of you during the interview, what to do after the interview, deciding between multiple offers. The session will also highlight what you should be doing now to plan for your career.

                 Speakers:

    o         Nancy Amato – Texas A&M

         o         Aruna Balasubramanian – University of Washington

    o         Dana Zhang – Google

 

        
 

10:30—Break - Grand North & East Foyer
11:00—All Cohorts:



Building Self Confidence (Slides)


This session will address the confidence crisis that 2nd (and 3rd) year graduate students often face: how to recover from not doing as well in a course as you expected, from not passing the PhD candidacy exams at your first try, from the frustration of not knowing what your specific research project will be, from the feeling that you don't know as much as your fellow graduate students. The discussion will focus on issues and rewards of continuing towards your goals and milestones in grad school where
persistence is needed.
 

               Speaker:

   o         Mary Jane Irwin – Pennsylvania State University
 

 

11:45Wrap Up and Final Remarks - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

Lori Clarke – University of Massachusetts -­‐ Amherst,

Lori Pollock – University of Delaware

 

12:15—Lunch - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

Friday, April 13th

7:30-9:00 —Registration - Grand North & East Foyer

8:00-9:00—Breakfast - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

9:00-9:30—Welcome - Lori Clarke (University of Massachusetts -­ Amherst), Lori Pollock (University of Delaware) - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

 

 

9:30—Parallel Sessions

  1. First Year Cohort:
         Networking - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


This session addresses the skills that are needed for networking - a very important component of your professional life. The topics include strategies for finding a community, meeting people in the field, and promoting your research and yourself. This session will also address what you should prepare for, learn, and do when you attend conferences, workshops or any technical meeting, including meeting researchers and researchers visiting your department.

            Speaker:

o    Kathryn McKinley (Microsoft Research &The University of Texas at Austin)

 

       2.     Second Year Cohort:

          Finding a Research Topic - Ballroom J/K

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on strategies for actively identifying a viable research topic for your Ph.D. dissertation. It will discuss how to choose between several topics and what you should look for in a topic. It will address how your career plans (e.g., teaching, academic research, or industrial research) may influence your choice. It will also describe the various aspects of a research topic (e.g., theoretical foundation, experimental framework, analytic and experimental results), and it will discuss how to set reasonable goals and milestones so that you can successfully finish in a reasonable time frame.

 

Speaker:

o       Mary Jean Harrold - Georgia Tech

 

       3.    Third Year Cohort:

          Preparing your Thesis Proposal and Becoming a PhD Candidate - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)

 

Before being a PhD candidate, students usually have to pass several hurdles, with the last one being the thesis proposal, where you show that you understand the literature and layout your plans for completing a thesis. This session will discuss the goals of the proposal, an outline of what should be in the proposal, how to strategically choose your committee, and how to prepare for your proposal defense. This session also covers how to take a lead role in your research group and publications, strategies for managing your dissertation writing process, and promoting yourself.

              Speaker:

o       Holly Rushmeier – Yale

10:3011:00 Break - Grand North & East Foyer

 

11:00—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Master’s vs. PhD: Which one to Choose? How far to go? - Grand Ballroom E/F/G
(Slides)


This session will address the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master's degree and PhD degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue.

           
            Speakers:

o   Linda Apsley – Microsoft Research

o   Dana Zhang – Google

 

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

Presentation Skills - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on building your oral communication skills. Topics include strategies for high quality oral and poster presentations.

           
              Speaker:

o       Margaret Martonosi – Princeton University

 

  1. Third Year Cohort:
    Publishing your Research - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)


Publishing your research is a necessary activity for your future career. This session will discuss avenues for publication and what is required for the different types of publications. Also discussed will be ethical concerns of publishing such as plagiarism, dual submissions, and author ordering.

               Speaker:

o       Meredith Ringel Morris – Microsoft Research

12:00—Lunch (Grand Ballroom A/B/C)

 

1:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Finding and Training your Advisor - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


Obtaining a PhD is like undertaking an apprenticeship. Thus, it is very important to have a good advisor and a good relationship with that advisor. This session will focus on the importance of carefully choosing an advisor, how to get the most out of your interactions with your advisor, and the responsibilities of both student and advisor in making the graduate research experience successful. It will discuss how to work through problems with your advisor, when to consider changing advisors or institutions, and strategies for undertaking such a change. It will also discuss the benefits of having mentors, in addition to your advisor.

                Speaker:

o        Chandra Krintz – UC -­‐ Santa Barbara

 

  1. Second Year Cohort:
    M.S. Career Opportunities - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)


This session will be a discussion of the various career opportunities for
Master's graduates and how to find a position that is best for you. This
session also discusses possible career paths and the role of mentors in
industry.

 

             Speakers:

o      Dr. Brenda Dietrich – IBM

o      Suju Rajan – Yahoo! Labs

OR


         Interdisciplinary Research - Auditorium

(Slides)

This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of engaging in interdisciplinary research. Topics include examples of interdisciplinary
research projects, how to get involved in interdisciplinary research,
preparation for interdisciplinary research, and strategies for facing challenges
unique to interdisciplinary research.

Speakers:

o        Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University

o         Anne Condon – Univ. of British Columbia 

o

 

        3.     Third Year Cohort:

                 Ph.D. Academic Career Paths: Research, Teaching, Administration - Grand Ballroom I

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This session will focus on the different career paths in academia. Topics include the roles of research, teaching and service and how they differ in different academic institutions and how they differ depending on one's position (e.g., tenure track faculty, lecturer, administrator). This session will also discuss the challenges and rewards of research, teaching, and service andthe skills for success in each. It will also discuss changing career paths.

Speakers:

o       Anna Karlin – University of Washington

o       Beth Simon – UC-­‐San Diego

o       Mary Lou Soffa – University of Virginia

 

2:30—Break - Grand North & East Foyer

2:45—All Cohorts

Being a Woman in Computing Technology - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)


This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in a computing technology career. Topics include uncomfortable situations that might arise and how to react, recognizing and dealing with sexual harassment and implicit bias, family-friendly policies to look for in a working environment, and how women contribute to computing technology.

Speakers:

   o       Mary Lou Soffa – University of Virginia

   o       Amanda Stent – AT&T Labs – Research

   o       Lamia Youseff – Google

 

4:00—Poster Session - Grand North & East Foyer

6:30 – 10:30—Reception hosted by Microsoft Research & Google -Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

 

Saturday, April 14th

 

 

7:30 - 8:30—Breakfast - Grand Ballroom A/B/C

 

 

8:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life - Grand Ballroom E/F/G


(Slides)

 

This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision- making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, and reevaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes.

 

                 Speaker:

o           Padma Raghavan – Pennsylvania State University

 

        2.         Second Year Cohort:

             Summer Internships - Cityview 1

       (Slides)


This session will focus on how to go about finding an industry or government
lab internship for the summer, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so,
and how to get the most out of a summer internship.

Speakers:

o       Linda Apsley – Microsoft Research

o       Frances Perry – Google

o       Suju Rajan – Yahoo! Labs

 

 

        3.         Third Year Cohort:

                Ph.D. Non-­‐Academic Career Paths: Industrial Research and Development - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)

This session will focus on the different career paths for new Ph.D. in industry and government laboratories. Topics will include the challenges and rewards of a non-­‐academic career, skills and experiences needed for success, opportunities for advancement and taking the initiative, collaborating with researchers in academia or other organizations, and positioning yourself to make career changes between labs and/or academia.

Speakers:

o        Brenda Dietrich – IBM

o        Amanda Stent – AT&T – Research

o        Lamia Youseff – Google

 

9:30—Parallel Sessions:

  1. First Year Cohort:

    Financially Supporting your Graduate Education - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

(Slides)

 

This session will focus on how to identify financial support for your academic studies beyond that initial teaching/research assistantship position including positioning yourself for research assistantships, tracking down fellowship opportunities, and how to put together a successful application. This session will also address how to survive temporary funding shortfalls/ lapses.

                   Speaker:

o             Tiffani Williams – Texas A&M University

 

OR

Succeeding as a TA - Auditorium

(Slides)

This session will focus on strategies for succeeding as a TA. It will discuss how to present material, engage students in discussions, explain difficult material, provide useful feedback, grade fairly, and deal with difficult situations such as cheating.

                Speaker:

o         Beth Simon – UC-­‐San Diego

 

2.     Second Year Cohort:

M.S. Job Search & Resume Writing Clinic - Grand Ballroom J/K

(Slides)


This session will discuss the process of finding an industry position for M.S. graduates, how to prepare for the interview, what questions to ask and what you should expect during the interview, and what to do after the interview. Tips will be given on writing a cover letter and resume that attracts attention.

         Speakers:

o          Rita Wouhaybi – Intel Labs

   o         Frances Perry – Google

      3. Third Year Cohort:

         Ph.D. Job Search - Grand Ballroom I

(Slides)
 

This session focuses on how you should prepare for the job search process, preparing for the interview, what questions to ask and what questions will be asked of you during the interview, what to do after the interview, deciding between multiple offers. The session will also highlight what you should be doing now to plan for your career.

                 Speakers:

    o         Nancy Amato – Texas A&M

         o         Aruna Balasubramanian – University of Washington

    o         Dana Zhang – Google

 

        
 

10:30—Break - Grand North & East Foyer
11:00—All Cohorts:



Building Self Confidence (Slides)


This session will address the confidence crisis that 2nd (and 3rd) year graduate students often face: how to recover from not doing as well in a course as you expected, from not passing the PhD candidacy exams at your first try, from the frustration of not knowing what your specific research project will be, from the feeling that you don't know as much as your fellow graduate students. The discussion will focus on issues and rewards of continuing towards your goals and milestones in grad school where
persistence is needed.
 

               Speaker:

   o         Mary Jane Irwin – Pennsylvania State University
 

 

11:45Wrap Up and Final Remarks - Grand Ballroom E/F/G

Lori Clarke – University of Massachusetts -­‐ Amherst,

Lori Pollock – University of Delaware

 

12:15—Lunch - Grand Ballroom A/B/C