How to Develop Social Support for Research & Writing


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  • Speaker: Rena Seltzer
  • Host Department: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • Date: 02/06/2013
  • Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM

  • Location: Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building map

  • Description:

    Target audience: graduate students , post docs, professors and researchers

    Registration required at:

    Academics understand that research and writing occur in a social context. Research builds on earlier progress and ideas, and every article includes a literature review that places the project in the academic conversation.

    For the most successful researchers, the cultivation of real-world connections in a variety of arenas provides many advantages. Benefits include opportunities for fruitful collaboration, access to information, both social and instrumental support, and the ability to build a national and international reputation. For people for whom networking comes easily, this workshop will provide additional tips and strategies, and for those who are “schmooze–adverse,” the workshop will identify methods to build connections in ways that suit one’s personality and style.

    This workshop will support participants to:
    1. Cultivate several mentors to match various needs for instrumental assistance and support.
    2. Connect with the leading researchers in their area of study.
    3. Share writing at both early and late stages of development.
    4. Negotiate with editors.
    5. Communicate effectively with program officers and granting organizations.
    6. Identify models of social support, including writing dates and action partners.

    Co-sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Rackham Graduate School.

    Rena Seltzer is the president of Leader Academic Coaching and Training and specializes in work with academics and physicians. Her workshops combine well-researched information with fun, interactive activities and practical tools that participants remember and continue to employ long after the workshops are over.

    Rena has presented to groups including Yale University faculty members, the Cornell University Women of Color Roundtable, the University of Virginia Professors as Writers Program, Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin faculty members, and the Women in Medicine annual conference.

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