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Now Hiring! Where to Look for Summer Funding  
Jan 22, 2018 • Clay Tucker and Taylor Rowley

Graduate funding often matches the 9-month term that most professors hold, so not every graduate student has access to year-round funding. Perhaps you pick up a job at the local coffee shop, or maybe you move back home for three months, or maybe you have somehow saved enough money to have a white-knuckle... more

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The Way We Communicate: Forever Work in Progress  
Dec 29, 2015 • Dr. Gustavo Bisbal

Dr. Gustavo Bisbal


Throughout my professional career, whether during job interviews or in response to the curiosity of colleagues, junior professionals, or students, there is a recurrent question I have been asked many times: If you were to do it all over again, what would you change? The immediate reaction provides an easy answer that I can deliver almost automatically: “Just about most of it... more

Navigating Science and Advocacy  
Dec 14, 2015 • Scott Denning

Dr. Scott Denning discusses with Graduate Women in Science how to navigate advocacy as a professional scientist.

In a recent article, NASA Climate Scientist Gavin Schmidt explained that every scientist is an advocate, and asks provocatively what should we advocate for? The answer, all successful scientists must advocate for the use of resources to support their research, many of us... more

The Advantages of Not Being a Wallflower at Workshops  
Dec 7, 2015 • Clay Tucker

The lesser prairie chicken of Oklahoma and Texas. Photo: USGS

Here in the South Central region of the United States we are confronted with a slough of climate issues. The annual workshop for our regional Climate Science Center (SC CSC) was held this past November in Fort Worth, Texas. Annual workshops are designed to encourage collaboration among scientists and stakeholders within the South... more

Targeting 2 degrees Celcius in Paris, #COP21  
Nov 30, 2015 • Ambarish Karmalkar

Global CO2 emissions for four IPCC concentration pathways and corresponding temperature projections. Source: Global Carbon Project

The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) has convened in Paris this week to agree on global solutions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The goal is to achieve a legally binding international agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The last such treaty signed 18 years ago, the Kyoto... more

Thinking on glacial scales: Lessons learned from the NW CSC Boot Camp  
Nov 30, 2015 • Diana Gergel

Nisqually glaciers on Mt. Rainier.

Nisqually glaciers on Mt. Rainier. Photo: D. Gergel

Standing near the Nisqually glacier, listening to National Park Service geomorphologist Paul Kennard and geologist Scott Beason discuss the impacts of climate change on Mt. Rainier glaciers, I felt the effects of climate change in a deeply profound and different way. I had known glaciers were retreating, but hadn’t realized that this process had been underway since at least before the 1970s.... more

Migratory Birds: Linking Science & Management in a Changing Climate  
Nov 23, 2015 • Madeleine Rubenstein

Broad Tailed Hummingbird. Photo: USGS, http://gallery.usgs.gov/

I recently joined the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) as a Biologist through the Presidential Management Fellowship program (PMF). As a master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, I knew that I was interested in joining the federal... more

A Mental Marathon: How I Mastered My General Exams  
Nov 16, 2015 • Toni Klemm

Photo: Toni Klemm

Three weeks ago I passed my general exams (aka comprehensive exams or preliminary exams). It’s something Ph.D. students must successfully accomplish before advancing to candidacy, but achieving it requires more than just knowing stuff. Here, I would like to share my experience and maybe give some tips to everyone who still has to climb this mountain.

In my department at The University... more

10 Tips For Developing an Effective Management Style: A Discussion With Dr. Ellen Wohl  
Nov 9, 2015 • Rosie Records

Network event

Dr. Ruth Hufbauer of Colorado State University (top) and Graduate Women in Science members discuss tips for career success a Graduate Women in Science networking event, April 2015.

~ This post was written by Rosie Records and Dr. Ellen Wohl ~

Last year, a group of female graduate students at Colorado State University (CSU) co-founded a local chapter of the national non-profit Graduate Women In Science. This fall, we organized a series of casual lunchtime discussions with successful scientists at Colorado State... more

Where Did You Come From? Recognizing the Roots of Place and People in Stakeholder Relationships  
Nov 3, 2015 • Meaghan Guckian

NE CSC Fellows listening to Chris Caldwell, Director of Sustainability Development Institute at CMN | Photo: M.Guckian

Traveling to Suring, Wisconsin for the 3rd annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat marked the first for my time with the consortium institutions—I was a rookie if you will. As we crossed underneath the YMCA U-Nah-Li-Ya’s entrance arch, the excitement in the air was palpable; we were going back to camp, bunk beds and all. But no greeting was more welcoming than that... more

The Do's and Dont's of Making a Poster  
Oct 26, 2015 • Toni Klemm

AGU comes in December, AMS in January, AAG in April – the next big conference is always around the corner – and so might your poster presentation. Here are a few tips for a killer poster that will rock the place.

1) Figure this. Your poster is not a whole journal article printed on a large piece of paper. Avoid large pieces of text and use figures, tables,... more