The Graduate Student Invited Speaker Series

Professor Geri Richmond (University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry). The selection of our speaker is based on graduate student interest in career development and careers in science. As such, we have an offering of several opportunities to interact with Professor Richmond in workshops, an open forum discussion, and more informal settings.

Below is the schedule of events for Tuesday February 28 and Wednesday March 1, with descriptions provided at the end of email. Please note where space is limited and RSVP required.

Tuesday Feb 28, 2017

1 PM – 4:30 PM Workshop. The Art of Persuasive Communication and Negotiation

A PhD Negation and Persuasion workshop hosted by the CSE Graduate Students, in 1202 CSE. This will provide a unique opportunity for PhD Students to work on professional skills that are not touched on enough, if at all, in the academic curriculum. The full abstract is at the end of this email — please note that space is limited, and in signing up, you are committing to attending from 1 PM – 4:30 PM (No Exceptions!).

An RSVP form can be found here.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 Workshop and Open Forum-NSB Auditorium (1205)

9-AM Meet the Speaker Reception. Coffee and light refreshments.

9:30-11 Workshop. Career Launch and Acceleration.Description below.

11-12 PM Open Forum. Reflections on Today’s Scientific Career Options: What I Wish I Would have Known as a Graduate Student.


Workshop Descriptions:


The Art of Persuasive Communication and Negotiation (2/28, 1-4:30 PM, must RSVP, CSE 1202)

Good communication and negotiation skills are essential in all aspects of your personal and professional life.   The session will teach the fundamentals of negotiation which include identifying why negotiation is important, what issues are and aren’t negotiable, the steps towards a reaching a final agreement, tactics useful for difficult negotiations and identifying when to end the negotiation.  Additional topics to be discussed include effective communication styles for women, giving positive and powerful signals through your professional image and body language, projecting confidence and credibility and using powerful rather than weak words.  The session will include role playing and practicing the techniques learned.

Career Launch and Acceleration (3/1, 9:30-11 AM, NSB 1205)

Although sometimes it may seem as if you will be a graduate student forever, it is never too early to be preparing for that next stage of gainful employment.  Discipline and a multitude of skills are required to get off to a good start and maintain an upward trajectory throughout those first few years.  This workshop provides a crash course on strategies and techniques necessary for getting quickly out of the gate and for gaining acceleration as those first years quickly pass.  Topics to be discussed include strengthening your communication skills, developing resumes for different job opportunities  (e.g. industry, government laboratories, academia and other job opportunities), creating a strong web presence, the job application process, preparing for the interview conducted in person, phone and/or internet, network building for career success, cautionary tales and how to give an effective scientific oral or poster presentation.


Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using lasers and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has served in many national and international leadership roles including as a current member of the National Science Board and recent President of AAAS.  She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the advancement of women scientists around the globe since 1997.  Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award, and the American Physical Society Davisson-Germer Prize. Awards for these education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the  ACS Charles L. Parsons Award.




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