This is a great opportunity to start collaborating with your fellow Warnell graduate students. We'll give you 3-5 minutes to introduce an idea you have for a project and pitch it to fellow students. These ideas can be for side-projects that involve research outside of your thesis or dissertation or for community or campus engagement/improvement projects.
A few examples:
- I really want to understand bark beetle population dynamics, but in terms of being able to use any of the existing models, I lack expertise and a lot of basic data on bark beetles has yet to be collected. So, next week I'll give a little more elaborate pitch to try to recruit some students who might be interested in writing a grant (bark beetle sampling is expensive) and working on a project together.
- Students from my Master's institution got a grant funded to install rain gardens on campus to improve stormwater management with green infrastructure.
One of the best things about Warnell is its people (and a lot of them are grad students), so take advantage of your time here and build working relationships that can continue through your career.