ESWN Leadership Board Meeting at Brown University
Brown University hosted our ESWN Leadership Board Meeting in May. ESWN contributed to the Young Scholars Conference, which was a professional development workshop designed for senior graduate students and postdocs who are interested in an academic career in the sciences (especially Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Ecology, Applied Math, and Environmental Engineering). Program activities included professional development, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet with Brown University faculty and administrators. ESWN Leadership Board members held a panel discussion, where Meredith Hastings moderated a discussion about getting on and succeeding on the tenure track, with Tracey Holloway, Emily Fischer, Becca Barnes, and Erika Marin-Spiotta. Representing both large research universities (University of Wisconsin—Madison and Colorado State University) and a small liberal arts college (Colorado College), the panel was able to share personal stories, lessons learned, and behind-the-scenes tips. With a lively question-and-answer format, the panel addressed questions such as “what are search committees really looking for?” “how do you design a research program?” and “when is the right time to go on the job market?” The panel got great reviews from attendees, and it was a lot of fun for the ESWN Board!
While together at Brown, ESWN’s Leadership Board had productive meetings about fundraising and exciting future ESWN activities. Thank you to Brown University for hosting!