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Meera Nair: Building Future Faculty Program 2017

NC State University Building Future Faculty Program 2017


How did you hear about the program?meera nair

My PI (Dr. Venkitanarayanan, Professor, Dept of Animal Science) forwarded me the call for the applications to attend the program since he knows my interest in pursuing an academic career.

 

What can you tell us about Building Future Faculty Program’s initiatives?

Briefly, the program is targeted to graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who are considering faculty careers in near future. It provides a unique opportunity to the future faculty members an enriching, preparatory experience. The program also aims to increase the faculty diversity to create a workforce that reflects the diversified student populations.

https://oied.ncsu.edu/faculty/building-future-faculty-program/

 

Why did you apply?

I have always envisioned myself in an academic research and teaching career at a research institution. Seeing the announcement I thought this would be an ideal platform to prepare myself to achieve my career goal.

 

What did you hope would come from your experience when first applying?

When first applying, my idea was to get a better understanding of the inside and outside of a faculty career. I wanted to know whether this is what I want to do with my career. I was also eagerly searching for the information on what makes me a competent candidate in the profession I want to pursue or in other words what are my strengths and weakness in this regard.

 

What is the best experience or lesson that you have taken away from BFF?

The contacts I acquired and enormous information I embraced during the program are invaluable. I learned a lot about the expectations from a junior faculty at the department, college and university level and several don’t do’s as a candidate in the faculty job market were interesting take home tips.

 

What future plans do you have that involve your experience with BFF?

I will use the ideas and the knowledge I gained during the program to set the framework for preparing and placing myself as a competent candidate in the faculty jobs. It certainly helped me to identify my strengths and weakness. As I am seeking for a postdoc position to start from this fall, I am working on my visions and strategies based on the experience with the program to achieve my career goals.

 

What is some advice you would give to future candidates?

I would recommend this program to anyone who seriously considering a career in academia. The connections you make and the experience you share with the fellow participants are unique and exceptional. Therefore, I strongly believe this program will definitely leave a positive impact throughout my research and teaching career.

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3MT® Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017

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Join The 3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017

AN 80,000 WORD THESIS WOULD TAKE 9 HOURS TO PRESENT. YOUR TIME LIMIT…3 MINUTES.

 

Meet Islam Mosa, UConn Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry.
The People’s Choice Award winner in the Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT International Competition.

What is the 3MT Three Minute Thesis?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT*) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

* Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

FAQs for Competitors:

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Why you should do it?

Do you seek to gain presentation skills?

Any interest in winning funds for your professional development?

Do you love a good competition?

Would you like to make your research known to a broader audience?

Next Steps

Let us know if you’re interested. Submit some information on yourself to stay informed on upcoming 3MT events.

Come to an information session this spring

Wednesday, March 22, 12:00PM – 1:00PM -Homer Babbidge Library Class of 1947 Conference Room

Friday, April 7, 10:00AM – 11:00AM – Homer Babbidge Class of 1947 Conference Room

Wednesday, April 12, 12:00PM – 1:00PM -Homer Babbidge Library Class of 1947 Conference Room

Read the 3MT competitor guide

Watch past winners of the international competition

Consider creating a competition in your department to get extra practice

Attend one of the 3MT prep workshops that will be held in September by faculty members Rory McGloin and Kenneth Noll

Prizes!

UConn Winners –

1st Place – $1,000 cash prize + iPad Mini + Catered lunch for up to 20 in the winner’s home department.

2nd Place – $750 cash prize + continental breakfast for up to 30 in the winner’s home department.

3rd Place -$500 cash prize + ice cream social in winner’s home department.

International Winners – First Prize: $2500 research travel grant

When is the Competition?

September 26, 2017 – VON DER MEHDEN RECITAL HALL, 6:00PM (walk-through between 5:00 – 6:00)

For more information

threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au or contact kay.gruder@uconn.edu

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Waitlist: Spring 2017 Communication Workshop

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