After Your PhD or Postdoc: Five Career Options and the Strategies You Need to Implement Them

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Friday, November 30, Giedt Hall 1003, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Speaker: Richard M. Reis
Consulting Professor, Stanford University
Author of Tomorrow's Professor - Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering

Host: Professor Bevan Baas


Most PhD students and postdocs want to begin their careers in a tenure track academic position but unfortunately this option has become less and less viable in recent years. We will look at this first possibility for those who are committed to pursuing it but will also consider four other career directions, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. The talk will briefly discuss all five options along with a single powerful career development strategy that can be applied successfully to each of them.


Richard Reis is currently a part-time consulting professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. He is the author of Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering (Wiley 1997) and the editor of the Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter, a bi-weekly electronic publication with over 1,200 postings sent to over 45,000 subscribers at over 750 institutions in over 100 countries.

Reis holds bachelor's degrees in physical geography (1964), and physics (1965), both with honors, and a master's degree in science education (1968) from California State University at Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA. He also holds a master's degree in geophysics (1969), and a Ph.D. in physics education (1971) from Stanford University, in Stanford, CA.

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About the seminar:
This seminar is part of the Fall EEC 290 seminar series and is open to all.