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Colman Leadership Program for Doctoral Students

The Colman Leadership Program invites you to apply to be a part of the 25-30 PhD student co-hort who will participate in an intensive 4-day program focused on providing skills and knowledge to support their development as leaders in graduate school and beyond. Consideration will be given to applications from PhD students from all backgrounds (domestic and international).

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BEST & ASAP Present: Science Cabaret/Science Communication Workshop

This exciting science communication workshop will feature the following topics: professional online presence of scientists, training speakers for public engagement, emerging digital platforms, and the messaging triangle. This will be an informal workshop and formatted as a science café. ASAP will be cohosting the event with Mark Sarvary from the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and Kitty Gifford, co-instructor of the Applied Science Communication course. The event will include beverages and refreshments. Additional details to come.

BEST & ASAP Present: Mark Dighton: Introduction to Practicing Law Institutes Patent Bar Review Course

ASAP will be hosting a Skype discussion with Mark Dighton who will be sharing information on how to enter into the field of intellectual property and what steps are required to pass the patent bar exam. He is the Director of Law School Relations and the Administrative Director of the Patent Office Exam Course. This is a joint event between ASAP and the law school’s Intellectual Property and Technology Student Association, and therefore the event will be targeted for law students. However, graduate students are also strongly encouraged to attend. Cookies and refreshments will be served.

CIRTL Online Workshop: Leveraging Open Source Principles and Resources for Teaching and Learning in STEM

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of open source educational materials and sample two platforms with hands-on activities. Learn more

  • Friday, November 10 and Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 pm ET
  • Registration: October 2-November 3. Enrollment cap: 50
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CIRTL Online Workshop: Introduction to STEM Project Based Learning

In project-based learning, students investigate relevant, complex scientific situations to learn new concepts. Learn how to design project-based learning activities in this workshop. Learn more

  • Thursday, November 9 and Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 8:00-9:30 pm ET
  • Registration: October 2-November 3. Enrollment cap: 28
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CIRTL Online Workshop: Integrating Civic Learning into the STEM Classroom

Civic learning intentionally prepares students for informed and engaged participation in their communities. Learn how to develop civic learning assignments and learning goals in this workshop. Learn more

  • Thursday, November 2 and Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 2:30-4:00 pm ET
  • Registration: October 2-23. Enrollment cap: 25
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