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[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: Changing Challenges to Opportunities
19 Jul 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Omnia El-Hakim
Facing challenges can be unnerving, especially when the outcome is unknown. Commonly, we imagine overcoming the challenge by thinking, “if only I can accomplish this task,” or “when I pass my exam,” everything will get easier. This “I just have to get through this and then things will be easier”...
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: Navigating Academia and Personal Life in a Dual Career Couple
18 Jul 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Amy Wagoner-Johnson
At various stages in your career you may pause to reflect on where you are professionally and where your career is headed. Having traveled what is considered a less conventional path for an academic, Amy will share her perception in retrospect of how she came to be where she is today and the...
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: The Infamous Career Decision: Academia or Industry
18 Jul 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Katherine Rogers Davis
0Academia or industry after graduate school?..Or both? Kate Rogers Davis, who currently serves as both a software engineer at PowerWorld Corporation and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois, will speak to her pursuit of industry and academia and how she became interested...
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: The Value of Networking
18 Jul 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Marilyn Tears
Sometimes the key to success is not only what you know but who you know and the relationships that you develop. Networking is a tool that, if used effectively, can make a big difference in your career. Marilyn Tears, an Illinois Grad, and currently a Project Manager at the ExxonMobil Development...
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: Science Mom, An Unconventional Balancing Act
20 Jun 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Jackie Kunzler
Do you ever feel “busy”? Do you ever feel like you need 100 hours in a day? Time management is a coveted skill and is important when pursuing high-pressure, dynamic careers like those in STEM areas often are. Jackie Kunzler has a lifetime of experience with juggling a myriad of professional,...
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: Discussion Panel
20 Jun 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Marie-Christine Brunet, Amy Chervenak, Ann Peedikayil, Cassandra Rutherford
weSTEM (Women Empowered in STEM) will provide a forum through which current and future STEM leaders can motivate and inspire each other to excel at the frontier of scientific advancement and develop solutions for the next generation of technical challenges.
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: Combining Interests and Expertise to Shape Your Career
14 Jun 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Roshni Kasad
A common misconception among graduate students is that people believe they must stick to the same technical research area in which they earned a Ph.D. in order to find a job. While it might be more difficult to switch research areas or to switch fields entirely, it is possible to make this career...
[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: Managing your Goals in the Face of Uncertainty
14 Jun 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Nina Tandon
In a recent interview for the Lavin Daily, “You Don’t Have To Be One Thing: Nina Tandon On Pursuing Many Interests,” Nina describes the value in pursuing a variety of interests even when working towards an advanced degree in a specified, technical area. “Don’t worry about being that one thing,”...