SMS PhD Chats are a new initiative by the Society to cater exclusively to our student members. We will use these sessions to provide an opportunity for student members to get tips and advice on academic life (during and post-PhD) from faculty experts in a conversational setting. Each 90-minute long Chat will focus on a specific topic of relevance to PhD students and will feature a panel of senior faculty offering their perspectives and suggestions in response to students' questions. Each session will start with a set of prepared questions and then open the discussion up for a live Q&A with the faculty panel. PhD Chats will be held throughout the year, with each chat focusing on a different topic related to PhD life. Live participation in PhD Chats is available to Student Members of SMS.
June 30, 2021 at 9:00am - 10:30am EDT (UTC-4)
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The second in our PhD chat series (now expanded to be 90 minutes long) will focus on the topic of 'Preparing to be on the Job Market', with panelists sharing a faculty perspective on what they look for when evaluating job applicants. We'll cover such questions as how to decide if you're ready to go on the market, what a good job market package looks like, getting the job market paper ready, and anything else you'd like to know so you can put your best foot forward as you start to look for a job. The session will feature guest panelists Michelle Rogan (Imperial) and David Zhu (Arizona State) as well your regular hosts Samina Karim (Northeastern) and Aseem Kaul (Minnesota). If you're considering being on the job market this coming year, this is one PhD chat session you won't want to miss!
May 6, 2021 at 11:00am EDT
This session is an opportunity for student members to get tips and advice on PhD life from faculty experts in an informal conversational setting. The hour-long PhD Chat will focus on 'Transitioning out of your PhD', and will cover topics like finishing your dissertation, turning your dissertation into journal submissions, moving to a new institution, preparing for faculty life, etc. The session will be hosted by Aseem Kaul and Samina Karim, with special guests Denisa Mindruta and Zeke Hernandez. While this Chat’s topic is most relevant to students in their final year of their PhD who are joining faculty positions during the summer, the session is open to all PhD students.