Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


19 May 2009 from 19.30 h - 21.00 h
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA

A special thank you to Ryan Fogt, Cassie Wheeler and Shelley Knuth for  organizing a very successful panel discussion/ social at the 10th  American Polar Meteorology and Oceanography Conference in Madison, WI  on 19 May 2009.  In the end, we had 34 participants representing Utah,  Wisconsin, Colorado, California, Illinois, Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio,  Iowa, the British Antarctic Survey, the United Kingdom, Sweeden, CPTEC/ INPE, and Norway. This audience was comprised of 10 masters students,  12 PhD students, 6 post docs, and 6 scientists. After a lively  discussion between the panelists and mentors, everyone went to a local  pub to continue conversations and enjoy some cold refreshments.

APECS would also like to give a special thanks to our panelists: John  Cassano, Uma Bhatt, Matthew Lazzara, Jennifer Kay, and Daniel Lubin.

Questions asked of the panelists were:

  • When looking to hire someone, what is most important?
  • How do you balance 80 hour work weeks with life?
  • Do I need to have a fellowship?
  • The last year I spent 99% of my time in front of a computer--is it always going to be like this?
  • Can I do a postdoc at the same place as my PhD?
  • Are there incentives / programs to retain new hires, especially women?
  • How are new PhDs evaluated when it comes to funding proposals?
  • How do you get on a panel to review proposals?
  • What is the process for finding funding opportunities?
  • Are departmental politics as bad as we think?

We will be posting a podcast of this panel on the website shortly

This event was sponsored by the International Arctic Science Committee  and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

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