SAMSI Professional Development

Date: September 14, 2016

Location

Room 150, SAMSI, RTP, NC.

Part I: 10:00am – 11:15am

Title: Preparing Your CV for the Job Market

Description
Writing effective application materials is crucial to any job search. In this first part of the workshop, participants will learn creating effective CVs for printed and online versions. Time will be reserved to work on your documents, so please feel free to bring a job description and your CV. Dr. Witelski will feature live demos of CVs available online drawing examples of CVs from candidates from leading math and stat departments. This session will address considerations for participants applying to academic positions.

Presented by: Prof. Thomas Witelski, Duke University (SAMSI)

Part II: 11:15am – 12:00pm

Title: NSF Expectations for a Successful Proposal

Description
Writing creative and effective grant proposal is challenging as it requires balance between intellectual merit and broader impact of the grant proposal. In this second part of the workshop, drawing upon his experience as a former NSF program director, the Dr. Ghosh will share the “Do’s and Don’t s” of writing grant proposal, primarily focused on NSF style proposals (e.g., CAREER grants).

Presented by: Prof. Sujit Ghosh, NC State University (SAMSI)

NOTE: Lunch will be provided at noon in the 2nd Floor Lounge


Date: October 19, 2016

Location

Room 150, SAMSI, RTP, NC.
10:00am – 12:00pm

Title: Interview Skills

Description
Interview Skills is designed to help statisticians and researchers make a strong impression during job interviews. This highly interactive seminar highlights the most common questions that candidates are likely to face (both behavioral and technical) and how to formulate the best response. Topics include: selecting examples, speaking in imagery, hints for Skype interviews, and negotiating skills.

Presented by: Scott Morgan, The Morgan Group


Date: November 9, 2016

Location

Room 150, SAMSI, RTP, NC.
10:00am – 12:00pm

Title: University Faculty Member Panel

Description
A panel consisting of faculty members from the partner universities will discuss about the faculty hiring process at a math/stat department. The panelists will introduce themselves with introductory remarks about their own departments. The panel will then open into a Q&A session on discussing the details on the faculty and postdoc hiring process at a math/stat department.

Presented by:

**To view Merlise Clyde’s presentation click HERE

Moderated by:
Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI Deputy Director & NC State University

NOTE:Lunch will follow at 12:05pm in the SAMSI 2nd floor lounge.


Date: November 30, 2016

Location

Room 150, SAMSI, RTP, NC.
10:00am – 12:00pm

Title: Industry and Government Scientists Panel

Description
A panel consisting of scientists from local industry and government agencies will discuss the job opportunities and recruitment process at industry and government agencies. The panelists will introduce themselves with introductory remarks about their own work. The panel will then hold a Q&A session discussing the details of the work environment at industry and government agencies.

Panelists:

  • Fang Chen, SAS Institute
  • Elizabeth Mannshardt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Herman Mitchell, Rho, Inc.
  • Bo Zhang, IBM

Moderated by:
Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI Deputy Director & NC State University

About the Panelists:

  • Fang Chen: A Senior Research Statistician at SAS Institute;http://www.sas.com/. Among his responsibilities are development of Bayesian analysis software and MCMC procedure. He has written about Bayesian modeling using the MCMC procedure and taught continuing education course on Bayesian computation at JSM. Prior to joining SAS, he received his degree in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004.
  • Elizabeth Mannshardt: Earned her PhD in Statistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at SAMSI, then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at North Carolina State University under the Statistics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (STATMOS) research network. Elizabeth is now a Statistician at the US Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at NC State. She works at The Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards: https://www3.epa.gov/airquality/ and her Group’s website is: https://www.epa.gov/air-trends
  • Herman E. Mitchell, PhD: An Epidemiologist/Biostatistician, Senior Research Scientist, and Vice President of Rho. He is also adjunct Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina (UNC-CH) School of Public Health. He has over 30 years of experience leading National Institutes of Health national and international multi-center research projects www.rhoworld.com.
  • Bo Zhang: A senior data scientist at IBM. Bo’s mission is to design and implement statistical models and machine learning algorithms on big data, write codes to deploy these models to create real time actionable insights and present where and how these insights can help the business users to drive and grow businesses. Before coming to IBM, he worked for SAS and EMC. After finishing his BS and MS in mathematics, Bo discovered that his passion is to make sense of real-world data, which led him to spend 3.5 more years pursuing an MS and a PhD in statistics at North Carolina State University. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/imbozhang.

NOTE:Lunch will follow at 12:05pm in the SAMSI 2nd floor lounge.