February 2019 P2S Symposium Sessions

Making an Impact through Social Entrepreneurship

Kaiton Williams, Ph.D. ’17, Information Science

Dr. Kaiton Williams is a product developer and researcher at Promise, a decarceration startup offering technology-driven augmentation and scaling of community supervision alternatives such as pretrial release. He is also a cultural technologist at Impact American Fund, a venture capital firm investing in technology-enabled businesses aimed at addressing the needs of low-to-moderate income communities. [Opening Plenary]


Keep Moving Forward – Understanding Motivation

Travis Winter, LCSW-R

Motivation is simply the desire or willingness of someone to do something, but how do you maintain motivation throughout your graduate program? Join us to learn about your own values, how motivation works, and different types of motivation. Determine what strategies you can employ to keep your motivation and, equally important, what to do if your motivation starts to wane. As simple as motivation is, you need to be prepared that graduate study is not a sprint, but a marathon. [Concurrent Session A1]


Planning a Large Writing Project

Michelle Cox, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle Cox has led programs for faculty and student writers and currently directs Cornell’s English Language Support Office. During this workshop, she will walk you through strategies for planning large writing projects, such as journal articles, grant proposals, theses, and dissertations. Be sure to bring a laptop computer to participate in the activities. [Concurrent Session A2]


Careers Within Academia Beyond the Professoriate

Kimberly Holloway, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research Development, Cornell Office of Sponsored Programs

Marin Clarkberg, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Planning, Cornell University

Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.

Director of the Language Resource Center, Cornell University

W. Marcus Lambert, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life, Assistant Professor of Education Research in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

James Lance, Ph.D.

Senior Editor, Cornell University Press

[Luncheon Panel Discussion]


Exploring & Preparing for Careers Beyond the Professoriate in the Humanities

Anne Krook, Ph.D. ’89, English Language and Literature

Dr. Anne Krook is the owner of Practical Workplace Advice. She began her career as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she taught for seven years. After a stint in restaurant bartending, she spent 13 years at Amazon.com in various roles in US and international website development, program management, internal audit, and infrastructure. She then worked as VP of Operations at a startup, Mindbloom, followed by at Synapse, a product design engineering company in Seattle. She currently chairs the board of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.

As a former academic who transitioned successfully to the corporate and nonprofit workplaces, Dr. Krook helps graduate students and postdocs transition to non-academic positions. Her workshop will be tailored for those in Humanities and Social Sciences and will address topics such as: 

  • How to read a non-academic job posting
  • How to describe your skills in a job letter for non-academic job applications (and some specific phrases you should not use)
  • How to be your best during the interview
  • References
  • How to make the transition out of academia. [Concurrent B1]

How to Avoid Pitfalls When Visualizing Your Data

Erika Mudrak, Ph.D.

Dr. Erika Mudrak is a senior statistical consultant at Cornell’s Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU) and has taught workshops on data visualization since 2014. During this workshop, she will discuss ways to use data visualization to communicate your research findings with various stakeholder groups.  She will also cover appropriate uses of common chart types and how to add details to maximize interpretability and impact. [Concurrent B2]


Taking Proper Care of Your Data

Wendy Kozlowski, M.S.

Wendy Kozlowski is the Data Curation Specialist at the Cornell University Library, and coordinator of the Research Data Management Service group. In this session, she’ll teach you key elements for keeping your research data organized, well-documented and secure throughout the research process, from proposal preparation through analysis to publication and preservation. It will be useful to have a laptop to participate in this session. [Concurrent B3]