Invitation to participate in 2015 ABRCMS Networking in Your Scientific Discipline Session

2015 ABRCMS Networking Session

Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Leader Guidelines

Thank you for agreeing to be a leader for the 2015 ABRCMS Networking in Your Discipline

session. The following information is meant to guide you in planning the session.

Purpose: This session seeks to advance the ABRCMS strategic aim of preparing students to

transition successfully from undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and master’s education to

doctoral or professional education. The session’s learning goal and outcomes are as follows:

 Goal: Students are empowered to explore and practice strategies for navigating the

discipline and becoming a member of the disciplinary community.

1. Students will identify two or three tips for pursuing their disciplinary interest, e.g.,

courses to take, skills to practice, research to conduct, journals or publications to read,

meetings to attend, people to meet, schools/laboratories to visit or societies to join.

2. Students will be aware of differences between the identified discipline and others in the

Time and Location: Wednesday, November 11, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, in multiple locations; see

Final Program for your specific location.

Format: Consider using a format that facilitates small group discussions on focused topics.

Talking points for the discussions include, but are not limited to:

 How does one pursue the discipline, e.g., courses to take, skills to practice, research to

conduct, journals or publications to read, meetings to attend, people to meet, schools/

laboratories to visit, or societies to join?

 What are the benefits for joining a professional society? What are the societies to join?

 What makes the discipline unique from the other biomedical areas?

 People who succeed in the discipline are more likely to be passionate about what?

 Help students identify and talk with faculty researchers and advisers, as well as students, in

their discipline of interest.

 Identify (by show of hands) adult leaders willing to lead a group and have them introduce

themselves. Break into small groups by assigning these leaders different sections in the

room and asking the students to move to the sections.

 Students will have opportunities to ask questions and speak in small group discussions.

Assign every adult in the room a group of students to facilitate discussion if possible.

 Maximize discussions about navigating the scientific community while minimizing

discussions about careers. A session on biomedical science careers is scheduled for

Saturday during the meeting.

 Reconvene as a large group to highlight and reflect on salient tips for networking.

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