New semester at CIDD: a guide for incoming students

This week marks the start of a new semester for graduate students at the CIDD. For new students: welcome! CIDD and the broader Penn State community have a lot of ongoing events, activities and available resources that CGSA wants to makes sure you are aware of. Here’s a guide to some of the most important things to keep on your radar:

The CIDD graduate student association (CGSA)

CGSA is a student-run organization that serves the needs of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at the CIDD. These broad “needs” include maintaining a snack cabinet in the second floor kitchen of MSC, hosting professional development events (past events: how to give a good talk, how to prepare for a career in admin), facilitating discussions and round-table events (past events: Climbing the Ivory Tower, science communication), organizing workshops to build programming or data visualization skills (past events: R workshop), and providing a group of peers to use as a resource for practicing talks before conferences or committee meetings/defenses, and editing manuscripts.

How do you get involved with CGSA? Subscribe to our listserv (L-CIDD-GRADS) and follow us on twitter @CIDDGRADS. We have regular meetings during the semester, so stay tuned for meeting dates and times and come with ideas for what else CGSA can do for you. Officers also write regular blog posts on our website, so check back here for summaries of past events or updates on topics in infectious disease biology.

Seminars and talks (to attend)

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. we have CIDD seminars. This is the most important weekly event to attend at the center. Speakers are usually high profile researchers in the broad field of infectious disease biology. Grad students and post-docs at the CIDD have the opportunity to set up one-on-one meetings with the speaker before or after the seminar and there are also drinks with the speaker at a local bar around 5 p.m. on the day of the seminar.

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. is the Millennium Cafe on the third floor lounge of MSC. Talks are short (~15 minutes) and come with free coffee and pastries. Usually one presenter is from the life sciences and one from the material sciences.

Biology department seminars (Tuesdays at 4 p.m.) and entomology department seminars (Fridays at 11 a.m.) often also host speakers on topics relevant to members of CIDD. The biology seminar calendar is listed here, the entomology seminar calendar, here.

Seminars and talks (to present your work)

CGSA hosts CIDD seminar once per semester. Just like normal CIDD seminar, the CIDD grad student seminars are held Thursdays at 11 a.m. in W-203 Millennium Science Complex. This year’s (2017-2018) seminar dates are October 12 and March 15. We need three graduate students to present at each event to give a 15 minute talk. Please contact one of our officers if interested.

Climate and Diversity Resources

CIDD is a welcoming place. We strive to foster positive working relationships between all members of our community. If you are having an issue: someone makes you feel uncomfortable about your identity, you overhear comments or conversation that make you feel uncomfortable, or you feel that the mental/physical health of you or one of your co-workers is in danger, speak up! Please contact an omsbudperson who can help. The CGSA has a list of people to contact within CIDD and within related departments on our Climate and Diversity resource page.





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1 Response to New semester at CIDD: a guide for incoming students

  1. Pingback: Guide for CIDD students, Part II: ‘Life at CIDD’ | Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics Graduate Student Association

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