Brown Bag Series

 

Schedule

Welcome to the HDFS Graduate Brown Bag Series!

See below for this semester’s schedule of events:

September

Date: Friday, September 6th, 12:00-1:o0pm, 220 Alison Hall West

This meet and greet session will be a great opportunity for students to establish connections and foster collaboration amongst graduate students at various stages of their program. We will also have some time set aside where one of our current graduate students, Laura Cutler, will share some tips and suggestions for creating and/or updating your CV to start off the new school year. Bring your computer!


October

Date: Friday, October 18th, 12:00-1:o0pm, 220 Alison Hall West

Dr. Roderick Carey will share suggestions for preparing for and navigating the job market, including a special information session about the academic job talk. This session will be followed by a discussion with our new Dean, Dr. Gary Henry, from 1:00-2:00pm who will share more about his vision for the college and share tips for making the most of our graduate student experiences.


November

Date: Friday, November 8th, 12:00-1:o0pm, 220 Alison Hall West

Dr. Mellissa Gordon, Associate Professor in HDFS, will share her experiences with managing secondary data sets. Dr. Gordon joined us last spring and shared suggestions for locating large secondary datasets. She will continue the conversation by elaborating on using existing data to answer research inquires. Whether you are thinking about designing your own study/dissertation, preparing for comprehensive exams, or just beginning to work with data in your assistantship, this Brown Bag is perfectly suited for your needs! There will be time set aside to address your specific questions, so please come with questions you may have about these topics.


December 

Date: Friday, December 6th, 12:00-1:o0pm, 220 Alison Hall West

Danielle Riser, HDFS doctoral candidate, will share her experiences with data cleaning and running preliminary analyses using secondary data sets. She will provide strategies and advice that we can use in our own research. There will be time set aside to address your specific questions, so please come with questions you may have about these topics.


Lunch will be provided for all sessions. Please RSVP to HDFS-GA@udel.edu.

 

About

The HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series is a monthly professional development series organized by graduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Sessions are typically held on the third Friday of every month, from 12:00-1:00pm.

The Brown Bag series began as a support for graduate students by graduate students. It provides graduate students with a formal channel for learning about and accessing resources related to both graduate student- and professional-life, as well as an opportunity for networking with fellow graduate students. The Brown Bag series quickly expanded beyond students guiding students to include sessions that also tapped into the unique skill sets of faculty and staff from around the University. Monthly topics are carefully chosen based on graduate student needs and interests and have included subjects such as writing grants, attending and presenting at professional conferences, navigating sensitive academic conversations, instructing undergraduate courses, and securing non-academic positions post-graduation.

Below is a list of current and previous Brown Bag sessions. To request resources related to specific Brown Bag topics or sessions, please contact the Brown Bag organizing committee here.

HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Date Topic

2018-2019 Academic Year

September Establishing Connections and Community
October Foundations of Survey Research
December Dissertation Grants
January Alumni Q and A: Non-faculty Positions
February Turning Course Papers into Manuscripts
April Developing and Delivering a TED-style Talk
May Managing Large Datasets

2017-2018 Academic Year

October Attending Professional Conferences
November Graduate Student Service Opportunities/ Developing a Curriculum Vitae
December Navigating “Awkward” Academic Conversations
January Alumni Q and A: Faculty Positions
February Writing a Grant Budget
March Alternative Dissemination (Blogs, non-academic audiences, social media)
April The Academic Job Search
May CTAL Teaching Session

2016-2017 Academic Year

(Brown Bag Series Launched Spring 2017)

February Creating Professional Conference Posters
March Instructing Undergraduate Courses
April Grant Writing
May Preparing for and Taking Comprehensive Exams
 
 

Brown Bag Organizers: Who We Are

The HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series began as a conversation between HDFS Graduate Students Laura Cutler, Kathleen McCallops, and Ginnie Sawyer Morris in the fall of 2016. Their discussion centered around the unspoken details of graduate student life—the first year experience, the best place to find student and professional resources, and how to acquire all of the skills necessary to be a successful graduate student. Laura, Kathleen, and Ginnie quickly realized that no departmental course could cover this wide range of material, and so with departmental support, the HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series was launched!

Currently, the HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag series is organized by:

Gerilyn Slicker, gslicker@udel.edu

Susan Lewis, lewiss@udel.edu

 

Get Involved

If you are interested in learning more about the HDFS Graduate Student Brown Bag, have topic ideas for upcoming sessions, or want to get involved, please contact the Brown Bag organizing committee hre.