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The Coffee Exchange Network

You are cordially invited to join the meetings of our Coffee Exchange Network!

This informal get-together forum lets you benefit from the RS community and invited experts. Share your own experiences, knowledge and views in active discussions on relevant topics in research and beyond! Your questions and concerns will be the driving force in every meeting.

Most of our Coffee Exchange Network meetings take about 90 minutes. In some cases, the scheduled duration is longer. Please check the individual descriptions below.


Coffee Exchange Meetings 2017

Going to the US

Going to the US: What are the questions I need to ask if I would like to go to the US and how do I find the answers?
An opportunity to ask questions and to think about the questions you should be asking

 

Time: Thursday, June 22, 13:30- 15:00 pm, Location: TBA

Before applying/leaving for a research position in the US there is much you should know about the research group, the institution/university and the community. To find the answers you must first think of the questions:

  • Is my group cooperative/supportive and who will advise me?
  • How do people cooperate? What is the "american style" of working?
  • Will I be expected to work with undergraduates?
  • What kind of people are in my group?
  • Is the institution/university welcoming and supportive of foreigners?
  • What is the institution’s/university’s philosophy?
  • Will I be in a large city or small town?
  • Will I need a car?
  • How do I find housing?

After questions are formulated, the answers can be found by direct and indirect means.

Facilitator: Sarah Fowler, M.Sc. Microbiology, former professor at Springfield College, Springfield, MA and Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA and certified biology teacher.

Teaching in the US

Teaching in the US: What you should know

 

Time: Thursday, July 13, 13:30- 15:00 pm; Location: TBA

Teaching as a post-doc, instructor, or faculty member in a US university, college, community college or school may be an interesting opportunity.

  • How to find and successfully apply for these positions? What are the part-time possibilities?
  • How to give a successful “teaching talk”? What are the expectations? How does a specific institution view the role of an instructor? What not to do?
  • How to work successfully with American students?
  • How is this all different than the situation in Germany?

These questions and more will be addressed. There will also be the opportunity for a follow-up meeting during which individuals may present “teaching talks” for feedback.

Facilitator: Sarah Fowler, M.Sc. Microbiology, former professor at Springfield College, Springfield, MA and Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA and certified biology teacher.


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