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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

6:45 p.m.
Informal Dinner
We have made reservations at two nearby restaurants for an informal welcome dinner on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. Gather in the Club Quarters lobby at 6:45pm to split the group and walk to the locations.
• South Water Kitchen: 225 N Wabash Avenue (2 block walk) (Dinner Menu)
• Bella Bacino’s: 75 E Wacker (in the Club Quarters Lobby) (Dinner Menu)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Club Quarters
75 E. Wacker Drive

7:45 a.m.
New Member Welcome
Club Quarters Michigan Conference Room

8:00 a.m.
Travel to the Illini Center
Meet group in Club Quarters lobby to take shuttle bus

University of Illinois Illini Center
4th floor
200 S. Wacker Drive

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Opening Welcome
Katherine Eriksen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, GCC 2013 Planning Committee Chair

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Challenges & Solutions to Building an Effective Employer Relations Program for Graduate Students
Annie Maxfield, Duke University
Molly Starback, Duke University
Ann Amico Moran, University of Notre Dame
Amy Blackburn, University of North Carolina

First, Annie Maxfield and Ann Amico Moran will provide a brief overview of the challenges to employer recruitment for graduate students and some of the solutions they have employed over the past 3 years. They will provide a strategic framework for developing employer engagement specific to this population, successful tactics, and areas of consideration for future practice. After the presentation, Amy Blackburn, Annie Maxfield, Ann Amico Moran and Molly Starback will host an interactive panel discussion about their experiences collaborating together, successes and failures related to expanding employer relations programs. Amy, Annie and Molly frequently collaborate on employer relations, working together on events including regional networking sessions, employer info sessions, and the North Carolina Master’s & PhD Fair.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Small Group Show & Tell, Part I
An adaption of the popular “show and tell” of past GCC meetings, use this time to share with others at your table some of the major programs, successes, and innovations you’ve achieved in the past year.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Assessment Tools for Use in Counseling with Graduate Students and Postdocs
Amy Pszczolkowski, Princeton University
Melanie Sinche, Harvard University
Laura L. Stark, Harvard University

As increasing numbers of graduate students and postdocs are exploring career options outside of academia, they may benefit from the variety of career and personality assessment tools available to them as they consider the best fit. This conference session will explore three widely used assessment tools – the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, and the StrengthsFinder – their history, what they measure, how they are used in individual counseling sessions as well as group settings, and how to build a program using these tools for early stage graduate students who are exploring their options.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Business Meeting, Part I
Discussion of the bylaws proposed by the Structure Committee.

4:00 p.m.
Conference committee members lead groups to explore Chicago or return to hotel

University of Notre Dame Santa Fe Building
2nd floor
224 S. Michigan Avenue

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
GCC 25th Anniversary Celebration
Welcome Remarks
Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame
Associate Dean for Professional Development for the Graduate School

Thursday, June 27

8:00 a.m.
Travel to Weiboldt Hall
Meet group in Club Quarters lobby to take shuttle bus

Northwestern University Weiboldt Hall
Room 540, 5th floor
339 E. Chicago Avenue

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Debbie Nelson, University of Chicago
Deputy Provost for Graduate Education

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
What Do I Want to Be With My PhD? Understanding Career Decision-Making for Recent Science PhD Graduates
Kenneth Gibbs, AAAS Science & Technology Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
This talk will draw from two studies to understand the process of career interest formation for recent PhD science graduates (i.e. those who received degrees within the past 5 years). Qualitative data come from focus groups conducted with 38 biomedical scientists (including 23 women and 18 from underrepresented minority backgrounds), and quantitative data from a survey of 1900 STEM PhDs graduates, including 300 from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Professional Development Programs for Graduate Students and Postdocs: Sharing Models, Exploring Best Practices, and Measuring Results
Teresa Dillinger, University of California, Davis
Kate Veraldi, Northwestern University
Cynthia Fuhrmann, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Paula Wishart, University of Michigan

Recent reports by the Council of Graduate Schools and ETS have emphasized the need for more comprehensive and expanded professional development programming for PhDs to better equip them and for a variety of career paths and to be successful in completing their graduate programs in a timely fashion. Northwestern, University of Michigan, UC Davis, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are among the institutions that have expanded their professional development programming. In this session we will share models and best practices from our institutions, explore ideas for building professional development programs, getting faculty buy-in programs and finding ways to measure the results.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.
Welcome Comments
William Karpus, Northwestern University
Associate Dean in the Graduate School

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Broadening the Career Horizons of PhDs
James Grossman, American Historical Association
Even in the best of economic times more than one-third of all PhD recipients in history find employment outside of the traditional expectation of teaching appointments at colleges and universities. Yet they often do so without systematic planning or research, having received minimal counsel from their advisors – if not downright dissuasion. Few enter the job market with a full appreciation for the skills and qualifications they bring to bear outside the academy. Ironically, to a considerable extent our graduate programs build such qualifications, but without an academic grammar to correspond with the vocabulary of nonacademic sectors—whether profit or nonprofit.

Our vocabulary instead refers to PhDs being “produced” instead of earned. To students being “placed” rather than finding a job. To employment in the private sector or administration in our own universities as
“the dark side.” To successful careers beyond the academy as “failure” – if we acknowledge them at all. How do we change our culture? How do we open new opportunities?

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Small Group Show and Tell, Part II
Join fellow GCC members to discuss specific topics related to career and professional development for people with advanced degrees.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..
Business Meeting, Part II
Discussion of bylaws voting and elections later this summer. Reports from the Membership Committee, the Technology Committee and the Conference Planning Committee.

5:00 p.m.
Free time

7:00 p.m.
Dinners Around Town
Meet in the Club Quarters lobby

Friday, June 28

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Breakfast and GCC Virtual Career Fair Follow-Up
Bella Bacino’s Restaurant
Gayle Oliver-Plath, CareerEco

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Campus Collaboration: 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
Riddle and Mather Room
Ruth Schemmer, Vanderbilt University
Kim Petrie, Vanderbilt University

In a 3 Minute Thesis Competition, students compete to present their research in 3 minutes, with substantial prizes being awarded. The 3MT concept originated at the University of Queensland in 2008 and is gaining popularity outside of Australia. It offers an excellent professional development exercise to prepare for job interviews, grant writing, and networking opportunities. In March 2013, a collaborative campus effort at Vanderbilt University, led by the Graduate Student Council, held a competition. The co-presenters will discuss lessons learned, play videos of the winners, and share a list of similar events across North America.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“I Wish I Had Known…”: An alumni panel discussion on how career services can help
Riddle and Mather Room
Christine McCary, University of Chicago, moderator
Gretchen Busl, University of Notre Dame Graduate School
Jen Rice, University of Illinois Office of Technology Management
Laurie Skelly, Datascope Analytics
Kathleen Somera-Molina, Genzyme

Three graduate alumni will discuss their transitions from their academic studies to careers, including their experiences with campus career services offices and other career resources. Panelists will discuss what they wish they had known about the process and provide suggestions for working with current students.