NSF logJoin the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) tomorrow for two free workshops: one on navigating the NSF system in the morning (0900h-1200h) and one on networking in the afternoon (1400h-1700h). Both will take place in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Golden Gate A room. They are open to all Fall Meeting registrants, not just women.

How do you identify the most appropriate NSF program for application? Once you do that, how do you write the best possible proposal, presenting a clear and concise picture of your work to reviewers and program officers? There are always new initiatives starting at NSF, beyond core programs. How do you identify and apply for these opportunities? Hear program officers’ take on these questions and more, while meeting in small groups. This first workshop will be particularly helpful for early-career to midcareer participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding for the first time.

chairs in a circleNetworking is an extremely important scientific skill, and one that’s sometimes overlooked. Effective networking helps connect you with jobs, collaborators, funding, mentors, and recognition for your work. Person-to-person connections also lead to a more rewarding professional experience, reducing feelings of isolation and helping to build support systems and friendships. During the second workshop, an expert panel of networkers will advise on how to cultivate mentors, including your peers and colleagues; to use social media and online tools to boost your image and perceived expertise; and to communicate effectively on personal and professional levels to a variety of audiences. This workshop is targeted to early-career to midcareer scientists, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty.

–          Bethany Holm Adamec, Coordinator, Education and Public Outreach