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Agenda

An array of events and workshops have been planned in accordance with the Broadening Participation in Materials Undergraduate Student program.

Monday, April 17

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Student Mixer. Network and mingle with fellow MRS student members.  Features hands-on demonstrations and information about volunteer opportunities with MRS.

Tuesday, April 18

(Required for accepted students)

7:15 am – 8:15 am

Mentoring Breakfast. Meet with your mentor/mentee and participate in a workshop meant to develop your poster presentation and networking skills.

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Poster Presentation Success. Preparing a poster presentation offers a great opportunity to connect with potential collaborators and employers. The key is optimize your time before, during and after the session, and really take advantage of all the eyeballs on your poster to develop strong networking alliances and job leads. In this workshop, you will discuss the elements of a successful poster and, even more importantly, how to deliver a meaningful, effective poster presentation. Discover how to follow up and leverage the connections you make in order to develop partnerships and utilize social media to build buzz around you and your research endeavors.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Public Speaking and Communications. Communications expert Alaina G. Levine has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over a decade. For a variety of reasons, communicating your research with non-experts is an important skill. Learning effective speaking techniques, the proper use of non-verbal communication,  how to fine-tune your message, and how to effectively utilize PowerPoint (but not rely on it) are valuable lessons that build effective communications. In this session, you will learn the elements of how to deliver a speech, presentation or any kind of public talk with confidence and poise.

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Career Fair. Explore MRS’ Career Fair, which provides opportunities for mentors, mentees and top employers to discuss career opportunities.  The Career Fair will feature recruiters and on-site interviews, career development sessions, and resume critiques and mock interviews.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Students report to Poster Hall in the Phoenix Ballrooms to hang posters (exclusive poster presentation competition for students in the Broadening Participation in Materials Program).

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Undergraduate Student Poster Competition. Apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve been working on when presenting your poster to a panel of judges.  Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Marketing Your Value. No matter what job you are in or what career you choose, you will always have to market yourself and "sell" your ideas – you will have to appropriately and clearly articulate what your innovations are and how you will bring value to an organization.  Learning to stay on message and communicate your mission in terms of the overarching goals of the team and institution - explaining why you are a worthwhile investment - is a valuable skill that will prove important in many aspects of your professional life.  In this seminar you will learn about strategies for communicating your ideas, brand, and promise of value as a scientist or engineer. In marketing yourself appropriately, you will be able to find and mine new and potentially hidden opportunities for career advancement.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Negotiation Skills. Did you know that the salary of your very first job after graduation determines your salaries for the rest of your life? Being able to clarify your needs and wants, in addition to those of the other party are key.  In this seminar, learn how to develop a negotiation strategy that will enable you to create a win-win situation and negotiate from start to finish in both your professional and your personal life.  Compare different negotiation tactics and techniques and learn the roles that speech and non-verbal clues, such as body language, play in negotiation.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Networking For Nerds. It’s elementary—networking is an absolute necessity in any career, and especially in science and engineering, and math. In fact, networking is not only critical to advancing your own career, but also to advancing scholarship itself. But what exactly is “networking”? It’s more than just saying hello at a conference! Learn how to appropriately promote yourself and build a network. Attendee will discover how to "work a room", start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory. The importance of and use of social networks will be emphasized.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Career Fair. Explore MRS’ Career Fair, which provides opportunities for mentors, mentees and top employers to discuss career opportunities.  The Career Fair will feature recruiters and on-site interviews, career development sessions, and resume critiques and mock interviews.

Contact

To learn more or to get involved, please contact Natalie Larocco, Volunteer Affairs Assistant, 724-779-2744 or email Mentoring@mrs.org.