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Monday, September 19, 2016

Lightning Round

This week's Procaffeination Hour is titled, "Lightning Round," where students can chat, share ideas, and reach out to potential collaborators. We will be meeting on Wednesday, Septemeber 21st from 9:00-10:00am in room 4-132, refreshments provided.

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. 

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