Navigating Graduate School and Beyond. Sundar A. Christopher Professor and Chairman Department of Atmospheric Science Associate Director, ESSC UAHuntsville. (sachristopher.wordpress.com). Outline. How did I get to this point? Advice that helped me? The best/worst parts of my job? My book.
Navigating Graduate School and Beyond
Sundar A. ChristopherProfessor and ChairmanDepartment of Atmospheric ScienceAssociate Director, ESSCUAHuntsville
How did I get to this point?
Advice that helped me?
The best/worst parts of my job?
2) Rapid City, SD
44N, 103W (MS)
6) UK Met office
Exeter, UK, 50N, 3W
3) Fort Collins, CO41N, 105W(PhD)
INDIA, 11N, 77E(BE)
4) Huntsville, AL
5) Sydney, Australia
Global Aerosol Distribution from Satellites
M.S. > PhD > Assistant Professor
Typical career progression after that Associate Professor > Tenure > Full Professor and now the chairman
Also serve as Associate Director for ESSC - research center
Do good research
Stay on top of state of the art
Publish like crazy
Don’t get too big for your britches!
Industrial/Organizational Psychology has always been fascinating for me
I studied motivation and job satisfaction
Helps me in my current job to deal with students and faculty better – I think!
I thoroughly enjoy teaching
Light bulbs went on in my head during the radiation budget lecture (M.S) and I still do research in that area
I get excited when students succeed at the highest levels including winning awards (One of my students is a PECASE award winner, $1M for research!)
Encountering leadership in
academic chain of command
who do not have a vision and serve primarily as wet blankets
(OK, I got that out of my system)
Needless meetings/Administrative trivia
Seeing students/faculty perform below potential
Not being able to stop and smell the roses!
Need to know where you are going – while in graduate school
Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) analysis is a must
Where do I want to be? Where am I now? How am I going to get there?
A resume should only be a place holder
If you did the right things in graduate school, jobs should come looking for you!
Know what your advisor expects of you – especially if you are on a research assistantship
Do you know their strengths and weakness?
Mentor versus advisor – beware!
Time management – Stay organized
Become a resource center
TAKE OWNERSHIP/BE PROACTIVE
Grad school is a fantastic time in your life
There are smart ways to ditch a formal dissertation
Write peer reviewed papers
Yes, you can write a proposal while in graduate school – ATS 782 provides a complete experience for proposal writing
You need to learn how to communicate in formal and informal ways while in graduate school
Attend a conference and learn how to network
Work in teams (all of this is preparation for your real job to come)
Know where you want to go and then diligently prepare for that goal – Without vision there is Chaos!
Learn how to serve various communities (local, regional, national) while in graduate school
Private organizations? If that is your goal, know what skills they need
Navigating Graduate School and Beyond
Why Write a Proposal
Budgets/The Actual Proposal
Top Ten Dos for Proposal Writing
Proposal Review Process/Proposal Evaluation
Learn to Talk/Conferences
Pick your team/Become a Team Player
Danger of Not Finishing
Get a Job/Job Interview
11. Career Exercises
Job Hunting and CV Exercises
Proposal Writing Exercises
12. Concluding Thoughts: The Final Word
Cast a Vision/Do a SWOT
Avoid the Resume
3. Your Advisor and You
What Your Advisor Expects from You
Manage Your Advisor
Work Ethics for a Graduate Student
Take Initiative: Becoming a Resource Center
Work Hard and Smart/Be Whole
Manage Your Time/Beat the Stress
Don't Get Weary
Ditch the Dissertation/Write a Paper
Shameless plug : Read my book on Navigating Graduate School and Beyond