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SMS: Collaboration and Team Science - CANCELED

**IMPORTAND NOTICE: In light of recent COVID-19 developments and the university’s guidance around social distancing, we have reviewed our upcoming program offerings and determined this program is not suitable for the Zoom format. For this reason, this program has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding.

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Dr. Michelle Bennett, Director, Center for Research Strategy at National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Creativity in Research

Our most innovative research is driven by creativity and excitement, but in crossing from the known to the unknown, we frequently get stuck. In this workshop, we will explore how to design for deep work, how to manage and increase our energy and motivation, and how to organize workdays and develop strategies to get unstuck.  Working alone and in pairs, we will use prototyping to help us test ideas early, seek out feedback on unfinished work, and enhance our progress.

Collaboration and Team Science - CANCELED

**IMPORTAND NOTICE: In light of recent COVID-19 developments and the university’s guidance around social distancing, we have reviewed our upcoming program offerings and determined this program is not suitable for the Zoom format. For this reason, this program has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding.

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Dr. Michelle Bennett, Director, Center for Research Strategy at National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Teaching Opportunities BBL - Pre-Collegiate Studies, Learning Circles, International Opportunities, and more!

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers a variety of summer residential and academic year enrichment programs for academically talented middle and high school students, and provides many teaching opportunities, both at Stanford and overseas, for those interested in building or deepening their instructional skills. Options range from smaller commitments of only a few hours per week, to developing and teaching an intensive three-week course that reflects the instructor’s passions and expertise.

Academic Chats: The "Dark Search Phase" of Your Academic Job Search

There are several times during your postdoc when you are not yet ready to explicitly apply for an academic position but when you can still make yourself know to potential colleges and universities without explicitly. This is known as the "dark search phase" of your exploration, and we will discuss how to manage it in the most effective and efficient way.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Sofie Kleppner, Associate Dean, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Dr. Tanya Evan, Assistant Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Designing Your Postdoc

In this session, you'll have an opportunity to apply design thinking to your postdoctoral training and reflect on who you are, where you are going, and how you can get there.

You'll identify resources and plan to apply them to your training in the right place at the right time. The work we do together will support a thoughtful and balanced individual development plan.

Academic Chats: University Leadership: The Role of the Department Chair, Dean, Provost, and Others

Every academic institution is structured differently. What do you need to know as a new faculty member to negotiate and work effectively with the leadership at your new institution?

Guest Speakers: Dr. Jim Plummer, Professor, Electrical Engineering and (by courtesy) Materials Science & Engineering and Dr. Thomas Ehrlich, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education

Pedagogy Journal Club: Active Learning Methods Can Significantly Impact the Success of Underrepresented Students in STEM

Required Reading: Theobald, E.J., Hill, M.J., Tran, E., et al. (2020). Active learning narrows achievement gaps for underrepresented students in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math. PNAS,117(12); pp. 6476-6483. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1916903117 -- LINK

Designing Your Postdoc

In this session, you'll have an opportunity to apply design thinking to your postdoctoral training and reflect on who you are, where you are going, and how you can get there.

You'll identify resources and plan to apply them to your training in the right place at the right time. The work we do together will support a thoughtful and balanced individual development plan.

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