Neuroscience Graduate Group Workshops

Spring, 2012: Secrets of Successful Scientists

Organized by NGG students Lindsay Morgan and Lauren Stutzbach

How to Get Published
Faculty: Tracy Bale & Jerry Schellenberg
Feb. 21, 2012
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building)

How do you decide which journal to submit to? What should you do if your paper is rejected? How do you respond to reviewer comments? We'll be discussing these topics and much more -- bring your questions and join the discussion!

Communicating Tough Ideas
Faculty: Geoff Aguirre & Toshi Hoshi
Mar. 29, 2012
3:30 – 5:00 PM
M100 John Morgan Building

As scientists, we are often faced with the challenge of explaining complex ideas to audiences with limited exposure to the topic. It’s a skill that comes in handy for research talks, lectures, or just explaining to your parents what it is you do all day. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to approach this issue and strategies for communicating your ideas in the most understandable way possible.

Picking the Perfect Postdoc
Faculty: David Brainard & Penn Postdocs (TBA)
Apr. 17, 2012
3:30 – 5:00 PM
M100 John Morgan Building

For many grad students, the next stage after the PhD is the postdoc. How should you go about selecting a postdoc lab? We’ll hear advice from faculty about what you should look for in a postdoctoral training experience and how you can present yourself as an ideal candidate for your top choice lab. We’ll also talk to current Penn postdocs to hear what the search process is like, what you can expect during interviews, and what factors they considered in choosing a lab.

How to Give a Memorable Talk
Faculty: Diego Contreras & Sharon Thompson-Schill
May 17, 2012
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building)

The scientific talk is one of the most important mechanisms for building a good reputation and getting people excited about your research. How can you make sure that their impressions will be lasting and positive? In this workshop, we’ll discuss the presentation strategies used by effective speakers and ways you can incorporate them into your future talks.

How to Ask Good Questions
Faculty: Harry Ischiropolous, Mikey Nusbaum, and Chris Pierce
June 19, 2012
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building)

Some people seem to have a knack for asking deep, insightful questions at the end of every seminar. How do they do it? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to approach asking questions so that you can play a more active role in future seminars.

Workshop Ideas Not Covered Yet (please contact Jane Hoshi if you are interested in organizing workshops on these or other topics for the 2012-2013 Academic Year)