professional development

KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Grad Students (June 16-27)

by Laura Trouille April 23, 2014

KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Graduate Students June 16-27 Chicago, IL http://kicp.uchicago.edu/EOsummer Applications due: May 13, 2014 We are very pleased to announce a hands-on summer school for graduate students interested in education and outreach (E&O). This school will feature a week of practicum that will immerse participants in E&O; for example, presenting […]

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Students: Apply to work on Astropy as part of the Google Summer of Code!

by Tom March 3, 2014

As one of the co-ordinators of the Astropy project, I am very happy to announce that Astropy will be participating in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014 edition! For anyone not familiar with GSoC, it is a program that allows students around the world to spend three months during the summer contributing to an […]

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Make award winning posters

by Chris Crockett December 27, 2013

Just in time for AAS, Jason Wright at Penn State recently posted a fantastic article on his blog with tips on how to make an effective poster. The tips come from his postdoc Ming Zhao, who recently won third place in the  Penn State Postdoc Research Exhibition with a poster on “Studying the Atmospheres of […]

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Nailing the Tech Interview

by Jess K December 2, 2013

Cross-posted from Women in Astronomy A year ago, I made the transition from astrophysicist to data scientist. One of the harder parts of making the transition was convincing a tech company (during the interview process) that I could do the job. Having now been on both sides of the interview table, I’d like to share some […]

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Advice for Applying to Grad School in Astronomy?

by Jane November 4, 2013

On the AstroBetter Wiki, we’ve compiled advice about grad school in astronomy. What should a student know when deciding whether to apply? Where should she apply? What should she ask when visiting? We link to several informative pages, including my “So you want to go to grad school in astronomy?” page. There is also the […]

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Learning to Accept Rejection, the Likely Outcome for Most of our Proposals

by Jane October 28, 2013

The other day a postdoc told me that his big telescope proposal was rejected. He’d also gotten a rejection letter for a scientific fellowship he’d applied for.* He seemed really bummed out. I felt bad for him — rejection is a bummer. As a co-I on the proposal and one of his letter-writers, I was […]

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Professional development at the 2014 Winter AAS Meeting

by Chris Crockett October 17, 2013

The number of professional development opportunities at the annual AAS meeting seems to grow every year. And the upcoming January meeting is no exception. This year’s conference features workshops, panel discussions, and talks on everything from Python programming to interviewing skills to changing demographics and to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Here’s a quick rundown […]

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Careers for Astronomy PhDs

by Guest October 2, 2013

This guest post is by Nick Lee who is a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy, U. of Hawaii. In Spring of 2013, I led a series of weekly seminars for grad students and post-docs at the Institute for Astronomy, UH Manoa, discussing career opportunities available to Astronomy PhDs.  The current state of the […]

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Conference organizing 101

by Chris Crockett September 11, 2013

Organizing a conference can be a logistical nightmare. Picking a site, finding hotels, managing payments, inviting speakers, scheduling sessions (including those all-important coffee breaks)….and speaking of coffee breaks, do I need to buy coffee? Oh, and food. What about a banquet? How are the rooms going to be set up? Should I publish proceedings from […]

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Entrepreneurship’s role in physics education

by Guest August 28, 2013

This is a guest post by Doug Arion, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carthage College.  As astronomers, there are many things we wish we had been taught besides just astronomy and physics. While we learn a lot from the ‘school of hard knocks’, there are ways to make sure that […]

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