Panel Session II (four concurrent panels)
Internships and Fellowships in Government Research
This panel will address opportunities for graduate students to conduct research in government and government-affiliated laboratories and research centers. Panelists will offer perspectives and examples from across disciplines of how skills acquired in graduate school can find continued application in government research. Panelists will also share how they identified opportunities in this area, navigated the application process, and how different it is to conduct research outside a university setting.
Careers in Non-Profit for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate students are often drawn to career pathways in non-profit and advocacy organizations and cultural institutions. Represented on this panel are individuals with experience in both finding opportunities and taking advantage of them to advance their careers. This panel will de-mystify what it is like to work in a non-profit setting and offer guidance for both learning more and preparing for non-profit work through graduate training.
Developing Skills in Grant Writing and Proposal Development
Clearly articulating ideas or initiatives, discovering sources of support, developing proposal materials, and tracking measures of success are all crucial skills to be gained by graduate students. Such skills serve graduate students well both in the pursuit and completion of training and in the future implementation of research. These panelists all have a track record of success in grant writing, community engagement, and organizational development. Through their stories and advice, participants will learn strategies for acquiring< these crucial skills.
Life as a Postdoc
The life of a postdoc is demanding due to the competitive environment and pressure. Short-term contracts and uncertainty can also make postdoc research even more challenging. However, postdocs are integral to advancing and driving research. They also benefit from the research-focused nature of their positions and have the ability to gain additional skillsets to complement their work and advance their professional goals. This panel will discuss mentorship and career development opportunities for postdocs, define what it means to be a postdoc, and discuss navigating and thriving in postdoc life.