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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.



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


Join The 3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017



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:

Piqued your interest? View FAQs

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


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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The Graduate School-Communications Workshop Spring 2017

Negotiations and Professional Communication Skills

 Workshop Series for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Scholars:

 Sponsored by The Graduate School and The Ombuds Office.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where conflict arose?  Have you ever had an experience of miscommunication with someone?  Does your current success depend on other people? A faculty member? A colleague? An advisor?


Most graduate students would answer yes to these questions.  Communication surrounding conflict and negotiating outcomes is challenging and can lead to strained relationships, negativity, and missing target objectives.


Graduate students often navigate difficult waters throughout their time here at UConn as they prepare for their post-graduate work.  If you’re looking to strengthen your negotiation, listening, and conflict/opposition management skills and grow in other areas, please join us for a series of workshops focusing on negotiation and professional communication skills.


As a result of attending this workshop series, participants will:

  • Better understand their personal conflict and communication style including ways to apply this knowledge to their work
  • Understand Negotiation theory and strengthen negotiation skills helping to navigate challenging situations to reach positive outcomes
  • Understand the importance of listening, reframing, and paraphrasing in effective communication and grow these skills through practice opportunities
  • Develop an awareness of, and strategy for, the role emotion plays when negotiating your interests



Workshop Information and Session Descriptions:

Here are five important things you need to know about the workshop series:

  1. Please register as soon as possible as we have limited seats.
  2. Register Here

  3. ATTENTION: This workshop series is currently full. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please Click Here. The waitlist will be used if current registrants decide not to participate and for notification of future programming of this kind.
  4. Each person who registers online and attends the workshop will receive a free book by Robert Fischer and William Ury, “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (3rd edition).”
  5. We encourage you to attend all five sessions to get the most out of the workshop series, however we understand that may not be possible, so please register for the sessions you can attend (Note: Session Three is only open to participants who attended Session Two)
  6. This workshop series is open to Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Scholars from any University of Connecticut campus (Note: workshop location is on the Storrs campus).
  7. Workshop Location: Storrs Hall, Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing 01 (WW01)- (Map location)

Session One

Overview of Professional Workplace Setting: How do Organizations and Individuals Respond to Challenging Situations?

Friday, January 27, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

Have you ever wondered why things are the way they are in a given situation? In groups, the work place, or even in one-on-one relationships, navigating a challenging situation can be a particular challenge for most! Join us for an opposition management session addressing the typical ways organizations and individuals respond during challenging situations.

Session Two


Friday, February 10, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

Negotiations are far more than the conversation one has about their salary. We are negotiating spaces, relationships, and opportunities every day whether or not we concretely recognize it. Please join us for a negotiations workshop and learn more about the art of negotiation. (Note: The two sessions on negotiation are designed as a two part series, in order to attend the follow up in Session Three, you need to have attended this session, Session Two)

Session Three

Negotiations Part II (follow up to Session Two)

Friday, February 24, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

The best way to get better at any skill is to practice, right? This session on strengthening negotiation skills is a follow up to Session Two-Negotiations, and only open to those who attended the Session Two workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to further engage their negotiation skills and learn more about optimizing outcomes. (Note: Session Two: Negotiations is a prerequisite for this session)

Session Four

Communicating Through Difficult Situations in Professional Life- Listening, Reframing, Narrative and Metaphor

Friday, March 10, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

Looking to add to your tool kit when responding to difficult situations? Here is your chance! Listening, Reframing, Narrative and Metaphor are core components to effective communication in the various dimensions of our lives. Please join us to learn more about your communication style and the impact these core components can have in difficult situations.

Session Five

Navigating Power Dynamics in Professional Work Settings

Friday, March 24, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

If all of our relationships were easily defined wouldn’t that make for a better day? The navigation of power dynamics in the work setting is a practical skill of every successful professional. Please join us for a workshop exploring the navigation of power dynamics in professional works settings. The keys are the ability to check your emotions and hold people accountable while managing power relationships.

Session Six

This date is reserved if we need to make up a session due to weather

Friday, April 7, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01