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2 Preparing students for success in graduate school Joslynn S. Lee November 3, 2012

3 How do you perceive success? 3 Gänseliesel, “Goose-girl” or most-kissed girl, Göttingen, Germany

4 Example of success in learning - Sequoyah Cherokee Indian Perfected the Cherokee alphabet and syllabary in 1821 Families taught each other 90% of Cherokees became literate within 10 years 4 What must a student learn in order to make a meaningful contribution to one’s community and society at large?

5 5 Tools for Success ADAPTABILITY Do I belong in graduate school? Making your path! Culture Science Engineering Walking in between TWO worlds

6 Number of Science and Engineering American Indian and Alaska Native Graduate (Ph.D. & Master’s) Students 6 2,500 28,609 31,094 National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 2010.

7 What are AI/AN graduate students studying? 7 National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 2010. More females in S&E graduate programs. More females in science than males. More males in engineering than females. 85 244

8 Trend of AI/AN doctoral students from 2001-2010 8 Number of engineering students is still low Increase in science Ph.D. Agricultural sciences Biological sciences Computer sciences Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences Mathematics and statistics Physical sciences Psychology Social sciences

9 9 Do I belong in graduate school? Making your path! The answer is YES! More representation of American Indian and Alaska Natives in S&E programs.

10 How do you get to grad school? 10 Traditional Non-traditional Apply senior year of undergrad (August – December) Apply after a few years in workforce and post- undergrad Graduate school For S & E: Receive Stipend ($) -Cost of living -Tuition Waived Fellowships ($$$$) Undergraduate research experience Huge commitment Perseverance and motivation

11 11 Undergraduate Studies Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado 2002-2006 Chemistry- Biochemistry And Cellular Molecular Biology Tutor Lab Assistant Native American Honor Society Chemistry Club Undergraduate Research 1. FLC – Dr. Leslie Sommerville 2004-2006 2. Dartmouth Med School – Dr. Harry Higgs Hanover, NH Summer 2005 Professional Work Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. Cambridge, MA 2006-2008 Analytical Chemistry Exposed to careers in chemistry Graduate Studies Northeastern University Boston, MA Dr. Mary Jo Ondrechen 2008-present AISES Graduate Student Association (GSA) Computational Chemistry

12 What do you do in graduate school? 12

13 Time-management Get a calendar, mark deadlines Prioritize your schedule: –Teaching/Office hours/Grading –Coursework/time in class/Homework –Research/Experiments/Reading Background Other essential items: –Laundry/Cooking/Cleaning –Mental/Physical/Relationships –Presence 13

14 For a valuable experience = get a quality advisor Their job is to guide you scientifically and in personal development –You are an Investment –You are their legacy 14 Association/relationship goes past grad work into careers –CV you list your advisor and project title –Networking for career and collaborations

15 What to consider when selecting a advisor Talk to current or past students in the lab –what hours do they expect you to work –Hands off: larger labs may require you to report to a postdoc –Hands on: be available for more guidance 15 Do they exhibit excitement about you joining the lab and your research –“Pet” projects –Fundable projects –Technology accessible/available

16 What to consider when selecting a advisor 16 Realistic research plan Realistic workload: their expectations Available funding –Renewable grants –Limited funding  teaching in later years Status of advisor –Assistant professor, pressure to publish and receive tenure –Associate professor –Full professor

17 Land your own funding FREEDOM! Focus on research Cost-of-education allowance –Conferences –Career training Prestigious -National Science Foundation Graduate Research FellowshipNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship -National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) FellowshipsNational Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships -Ford Foundation -Hertz FellowshipHertz Fellowship 17

18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (awarded 2010) 18 Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. Fellows benefits: -three-year annual stipend of $30,000 -$10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees -opportunities for international research and professional development -the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution

19 19 ADAPTABILITY Do I belong in graduate school? Making your path! Culture Science Engineering Walking in between TWO worlds

20 How did I get interested in science? 20 Being outside in nature during visits to my grandparent’s house growing up. I was able to understand vegetation & life through my Native American culture.

21 “Walking in between two worlds” Idea of how do you maintain Native American values in a S&E career? 21 Issues that arise that conflict between cultures Do you need to sacrifice beliefs? ADAPTABILITY is key! Find your passion to integrate with your values

22 Utilizing Native values for success Holistic worldview Belonging and connectedness Sense of community and “giving back” 22

23 Hózhó – Idea of balance and harmony Tradition teach us: –Seek balance –Observe the natural world How to find your balance? –Practice a healthy lifestyle –Mentally/Physically/Emotionally –Morning prayer to the Dine Diyin (Holy People) and they are up early, get up and run 23

24 How I keep balanced? Yoga (Meditation) Running Teaching 24 Create my own community away from home. Be more grounded.

25 Belonging and Connectedness Traditions teach us: –Where we come from –Who we are –Where we stand Native social foundation –Clan systems like a network –Collaborate and support one another, create/use this support system –Adapt to an academic environment 25 Demmert et al. Journal of American Indian Education. 2006. 45:3.

26 “Giving back” Traditions teach us: –Help our people –Greater community is important Adaptability –Use your knowledge –Don’t get isolated in academic work –Volunteer in community/department –Mentor undergraduate/peers –Volunteer within community 26

27 Common issues that arise about culture and ethnicity Examples of “walking in between two worlds” 27

28 Pressure to represent the larger race or ethnicity You feel you have to give your perspective –“speak up for all” –Asked for repeated participation in campus organization –Pressure to overachieve and be a successful person How to handle: –Discuss how this makes you feel with others –Practice saying “no” 28

29 Dealing with stereotypes “they were only accepted to their program, hired or granted tenure because of their race or ethnicity” How to handle: –You are in grad school, YOU WORKED HARD! –Don’t get angry! –Let people get to know you as a person rather than ethnicity/race. –Seek out help if bullied. 29

30 Limited cultural understanding from faculty or colleague Your cultural responsibilities –Traditions: attending feast days, be present for overnight ceremonies –Taboos or beliefs Integrating values: –Communicate and discuss with professor, advisor, or colleague –Responsibility of department to share culture –Plan ahead and prioritize 30

31 Handling the transition of being away 31 Farmington, NM to Boston, MA Town to City, Southwest to New England

32 What are the priorities of the student’s family and community? Experience family resistance –Responsibilities to help family –Lack of information Stay positive –Communicate –Think bigger picture, advancement of career –More options, research and experience –Define amount of time you’ll be gone –Find a mentor for support 32

33 Handling the transition of being away If miles from home, you will miss out on –Feast days, powwows, ceremonies –Aging of family members –Miss “back home” food –Only visit home occasionally Build your own community –Share traditional foods with friends –Learn other cultures –Seek out others through AISES network 33

34 Visiting home Partake in ceremonies Try to incorporate your learning experience with friends and family Share your knowledge and experience 34

35 35 Tools for Success ADAPTABILITY Do I belong in graduate school? Making your path! Culture Science Engineering Walking in between TWO worlds

36 Top Tools for Success Passion Mentoring Leadership Professional development Networking 36

37 Passion is important Doing your best work requires passion Grad school is long Know what you want to study Interdisciplinary projects, find the right department 37

38 Leadership skills Always work on these Join national organizations/societies –AISES –SACNAS –American Chemical Society (ACS) –National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) –IEEE Computer Society Take a lead in your local community 38

39 Finding a mentor Guide professionally and personally No “hidden agenda” like an advisor –Give you insight Seek out help from individuals who have been there Promote an attitude of confidence and success Meet them at national meetings and networking functions 39

40 Professional Development Do good science Write good papers Write successful grant applications Provide quality oral & poster presentations Always think of the next step Keep contact with professionals 40

41 Share your scientific success Many opportunities out there –Conferences (domestic, international) –Workshops (in field or professional development) –Outreach/Networking events Create collaborations Building your network for future collaborations Job hunting 41

42 Expect criticism on your work Is part of the process of science and engineering Fight for your idea! Build your confidence –Practice presentation skills –Knowledge, read, read, read Grow a thick skin –Experiments fail –Your work may not be seen as significant 42 Bourne. PLoS Computational Biology:Ten Simple Rules. 2008-2012

43 Network effectively Dos and don’ts to be remembered and make a successful connection 43

44 Practice your introduction Be a good story! –Limit robot tone Show confidence, SMILE Master the 1-minute elevator talk Example: Using computational tools, I study protein structure and function to apply for rational drug design and understand protein evolution. 44

45 Basic manners Greeting –make eye contact, not too long –Firm handshake, not too strong Properly wear nametag –Upper right shoulder area Prevent icy grip, hold drink in left hand Politely excuse yourself Bring business cards 45 Kallmerten, ACS Careers Talk Boston 2012

46 Other things to consider Avoid smoking, strong odor If possible, eat beforehand Turn phone off, put on vibrate for emergency Branch out to other groups Ask others questions, don’t do all the talking Always thank the host 46 Kallmerten, ACS Careers Talk Boston 2012

47 Success can be achieved by adaptability Define your idea of success Make goals for graduate school Find a mentor Practice your Native values in your daily life Build professional connections Share knowledge with others 47

48 Acknowledgments NEU Provost Office –Travel –Handouts Mentors: –Prof. Mary Jo Ondrechen (NEU) –Prof. Les Sommerville (FLC) Gathered information from countless websites 48

49 Your turn to ask questions Q&A Panel –Faculty –Graduate Students Continue the discussion? –Find me –Email me: 49

50 Extra Slides 50

51 Top 20 academic institutions awarding S&E doctoral degrees 51 American Indian or Alaska Native All institutions526 Top 20 institutions207 U. CA, Berkeley28 U. AZ21 OK State U., Main Campus15 U. MN, Twin Cities15 SUNY, U. Buffalo10 Alliant International U., San Diego9 Stanford U.9 U. NC, Chapel Hill9 U. OK, Norman9 WA State U.9 MI State U.8 U. MI, Ann Arbor8 U. ND, All Campuses8 AZ State U., Main Campus7 Capella U.7 CO State U., Fort Collins7 TX A&M U., College Station7 U. CA, San Diego7 U. WA, Seattle7 VA Polytechnic Institute and State U.7 All other institutions319

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