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GradSTEP Preview: Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics Virtual Panel

Posted by on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in Events.

This year’s GradSTEP event will feature two simultaneous panels of recent PhDs who have made the transition from grad student to full-time faculty positions. They chose to work at institutions that are, in some ways, very different from Vanderbilt.

Panelists include: Tara Davis is currently in her first year as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Hawaii Pacific University, a private university with 7,000+ undergraduates. Stephen Babalola, by contrast, is currently a Research Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at Alabama A&M University which is a public university with an enrollment of 4,900 undergraduates. Heather Whitney is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Wheaton College. Wheaton is a Christian liberal arts school with 2,300 undergraduates. You can read more about each of the panelists on the GradSTEP page on the CFT website.

These three panelists will be joining the live conversation through Skype, and we welcome your questions to guide the conversation. Graduate students are encouraged to “tweet” questions to panelists both before and during the event. Questions or comments that include the hashtag #CFTSTEM will be considered for the panel.


How You Can Participate: Before GradSTEP, sign up for a Twitter account at Before the panel session begins, log on to Twitter using a cell phone or your laptop computer. Before and during the GradSTEP plenary session, tweet your questions and include the tag #CFTSTEM. Using this tag will help the panel moderator select the most pressing questions from the graduate student community. (Note that questions that do not include the tag #CFTSTEM will not be included in the panel.)

Ask your questions and get answers that help you plan for your future faculty career! Remember the hashtag #CFTSTEM for all your questions on the transition from grad student to faculty member.

It’s not too late to register for GradSTEP – click here to register.



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