Schedule & Registration

GradFUTURES Virtual Forum 2020 - Schedule

Wednesday, April 29th 2020

9:00am Welcome Address: The Story of the GradFUTURES Initiative

Now more than ever, graduate student professional development is critical to both preparing our Ph.D. students for the future of work and in reshaping the value of doctoral education. Join Eva Kubu, the inaugural Associate Dean of Graduate Student Professional Development and Director of the GradFUTURES initiative and graduate alumna Carol Barash *89, founder of Story2, for a conversation about the making of Princeton’s campus-wide GradFUTURES professional development initiative.  

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10:00am AMA: Critical Advice for Graduate Students in Uncertain Times

Graduate students: We know you have many questions-- while we may not have all of the answers, we can offer advice and guidance. We’ve assembled a panel of Graduate Student Professional & Career Development Experts to answer your questions and discuss your concerns during these unprecedented times.

Panelists include: Natalie Lundsteen, PhD, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, UT Southwestern Medical Center, President Graduate Career Consortium

Kim Betz, Executive Director, the Center for Career Development

Amy Pszczcokowski, Assistant Dean for Professional Development. 

Moderated by Eva Kubu, Associate Dean of Graduate Student Professional Development & Director of GradFUTURES.

Please submit your questions in advance for the AMA: Critical Advice for Graduate Students During Challenging Times via this survey. Kindly provide your year in program and your department. We will not disclose your name-- unless you specifically state in the survey that you provide us with permission to do so.

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12:00pm Data Transparency, the Ph.D. Labor Market and Diverse Career Pathways

Join Matt Sigelman '94, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies for an in-depth look at the Ph.D. labor market, the professional skills and competencies of high-value across diverse industries, and the potential impact of economic uncertainty related to COVID-19 on the landscape of opportunities.

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2:00pm Navigating Skype/Zoom Academic Job Interviews

Join John Bugg *07 (Professor of English, and Director of Graduate Studies at Fordham University) to learn how to approach Skype and other virtual interview formats, particularly on the academic job market.

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3:15pm LinkedIn Rock Your Profile Webinar

Build and refine your LinkedIn profile with personal guidance from the pros at LinkedIn, social media consultants and members of the GradFUTURES team.

Following the webinar, Princeton Graduate Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a 1/1 evaluation of your LinkedIn profile.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

9:00am A Conversation with Ali Nouri *06, President of FAS

Join Ali Nouri *06, President of the Federation of American Scientists, for a conversation about graduate education, public policy, and the role of PhD-trained scientists in our current moment.

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12:00pm Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Graduate Education

Join Rodney Priestley, the inaugural Vice Dean of Innovation for an overview of his vision for ways graduate students across all divisions can transform their research into solutions for society via immersion in Princeton's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as part of their professional development. Introduction by Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School. 

From 1:00-1:30 pm, Dr. Priestley will be joined by Udit Batra *96, CEO of Millipore Sigma, for a fireside chat. They will discuss Dr. Batra's leadership of MilliporeSigma in finding a treatment for COVID-19, as well as his career journey, and advice for current graduate students. 

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2:45pm LinkedIn Rock Your Profile Sessions

Build and refine your LinkedIn profile with personal guidance from the pros at LinkedIn, social media consultants and members of the GradFUTURES team.

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4:00pm Ph.D. Career Diversity - Graduate Alumni Panel

Join a panel of graduate alumni from diverse fields who will discuss the ways they are using the skills and competencies gleaned through their doctoral training to lead and accelerate change within their organization or industry. Moderated by current Princeton graduate students. 

Confirmed panelists include:

Allison Simi *18, CBE. Postdoctoral Fellow in the large molecule organization at Janssen (J&J).

Benjamin Sacks *18, HIS. Associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. 

Joe Tylka *19, MAE. Research Scientist at Siemens.

David Dankworth *91, Scientific Portfolio Advisor for Collaborative Research with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton and ExxonMobil Research.

Dave Krohn *10, PHY, Executive Director of Research (PDT Partners)

Zoe Buonaiuto *18, HIS, COO (Stealth)

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Friday, May 1st 2020

9:00am Framing the GradFUTURES initiative: Visible, Valuable and Viable

Join Eva Kubu, the inaugural Associate Dean of Graduate Student Professional Development and Director of the GradFUTURES initiative for an overview of the vision for making professional development a transformative and intrinsic part of graduate education at Princeton.  

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9:30am Industry Roundtable: Preparing Ph.D.s for Diverse Professional Pathways

Join industry leaders from partner organizations including Siemens, Ithaka S&R, L’Oreal, Exxon Mobil, Mathematica, Mars & Co., and Hotspot Therapeutics as they share the range of diverse Ph.D. opportunities within their organizations, how to develop marketable professional competencies and skills, and the importance of networking. Moderated by current Princeton graduate students.  

Confirmed panelists include:

Colette Johnson, *18, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Ithaka S+R

Virginie Maillard, Vice President, Siemens Corporate Technology.

Kenneth Lee ’99, (Ph.D., University of Texas); Global Customer Solutions Manager at ExxonMobil.

Stephen Wittels, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Mars & Co.

Seyma Aslan, Ph.D., Manager, L’ORÉAL Research & Innovation.

David Jones, Associate Director of Health Policy Assessment, Mathematica 

Graham Hones *16, Manager Library Build, Hotspot Therapeutics

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10:30am Graduate Student Leader Panel: Clarity, Confidence, Competencies & Connection

Join graduate student leaders who will share personal stories regarding their professional development experiences, how they are building professional skills and competencies, their leadership of community-based initiatives, and their future aspirations. Moderated by current graduate students.  

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12:00pm Hi-Phi Nation Podcast with Barry Lam *07

Join Ph.D. alumnus Barry Lam *07 for an inside look at the next episode of his nationally acclaimed Hi-Phi Nation podcast. Hi-Phi Nation is the first to weave philosophy with narrative storytelling, investigative journalism, and sound design. Introduction by Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School. 

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1:30pm Podcasting 101 Panel

Podcasting Panel (moderated by Wright Seneres, the host of Princeton Spark.)

Join us for a discussion of how graduate students can translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes.

Panelist include:

Barry Lam *07, host of Hi Phi Nation

Margaret Koval, Director of Special Projects, Office of Communications 

Tiger Gao '21, Host of Policy Punchline podcast

Olek Niewiarowski, Ph.D. candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering and University Administrative Fellow, Keller Center; currently creating a podcast with fellow UAF Cory Isaacs

B. Rose Huber, Communications Manager & Senior Writer, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs


Dave Hopkins, Senior Manager, Video Production Support, Instructional Support Services, Princeton

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3:00pm LinkedIn Rock Your Profile Webinar

Build and refine your LinkedIn profile with personal guidance from the pros at LinkedIn, social media consultants and members of the GradFUTURES team.

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4:30pm Keynote Fireside Chat with Ann Kirschner *78

Join Ann Kirschner *78, University Professor at The City University of New York and Faculty Fellow at the Futures Initiative, for a fireside chat regarding the future of graduate education, the importance of professional development and exposure to diverse career paths —what we’ve learned and where we go from here. Ann Kirschner is a Princeton University Trustee and co-chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council for the Graduate School. Ann Kirschner will be joined by Sree Sreenivasan, Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation, Stony Brook School of Journalism and former Chief Digital Officer of New York City; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Columbia University. Introduction by Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School. 

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