June 2012 - AAS 220th Anchorage Meeting Session-- Straight Talk About an Astronomical Career: A Professional Development Session.
If you are interested in attending this workshop session, please send email to dnorman at noao.edu ASAP. On line registration via AAS is closed and we cannot guarantee lunch to walk-ins who have not registered.
- Mentoring of ALL young researchers early in their careers is essential for retaining them as active members of the astronomical community. This is particularly important for underrepresented scientists who often face additional barriers to their success in science. As part of the mission of the CSMA, we will sponsor a special session luncheon as part of the June 2012 AAS meeting in Anchorage, AK to introduce junior to more senior astronomical researchers in order to help build and strengthen mentoring connections as these scientist move through their careers. We intend for the discussions to be largely guided by audience participation. Students and recent PhDs are invited to discuss topics that include challenging advisors, difficult or confusing professional situations or other topics like "impostor syndrome”. During this informal, interactive session a panel of professional astronomers will be on hand to present information and strategies relevant for building a career as a professional astronomer. We can also discuss the academic paths leading to a degree in Astronomy and/or Astrophysics and the various trajectories that can be taken on the way to a career that makes the most of that degree. We will give tips for applying for postdoctoral positions, and suggest techniques for making the most of your time at each stage along your career path.
- Tuesday, June 11, 2012 at lunchtime (12:45 -2:00pm).
About the CSMA
The Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) is a standing committee of the American Astronomical Society. The mission of the CSMA is to enhance the participation
of underrepresented minorities in astronomy at all levels of experience. Learn more about the CSMA, what we do, and how to get involved.