October 1, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Career Day, Oct. 5

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Including a Free Career Pathways Luncheon

The College of Arts & Sciences holds its first Graduate Student Career Day on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Baker Center.

The career event includes a LinkedIn session at 11 a.m., free lunch and networking at noon, followed by breakout sessions from 1 to 2 p.m. Graduate students can choose which events to attend.

  • RSVP for Graduate Student Career Day. Seating is limited; sign up by 9 am on Sept. 28 to ensure a spot.
  • Free luncheon (Baker 242)
  • Attend two breakout sessions and choose from experts about government, nonprofit, post doc pathways, digital humanities and being an entrepreneur.

“We will be focusing on the career preparation needs of our graduate students, those who are looking to pursue careers in academia and those looking to move into the public or private sectors,” said Lisa Cohen, Director of External Relations for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Participants also can get information about the 3-Minute Thesis® competition. Biological Sciences graduate student Silvana Duran Ortiz, winner of the 3MT will share her research and and why she benefited from investing time to share her research concisely and simply.

Breakout Sessions include:

  • 11 a.m Maximizing LinkedIn and Handshake
  • 1 p.m. Career Outcomes for STEM Ph.Ds (Baker 240)
  • 1 p.m. Innovating in the Humanities (Baker 239)
  • 1 p.m. Government Career Pathways for Graduate Student (Baker 237)
  • 1 p.m. Opportunities in Startup Ventures (Baker 235)
  • 1:30 p.m. Nonprofit Career Pathways for Graduate Students (Baker 237)
  • 1:30 p.m. Collaborating Across Disciplines: STEM and the Digital Humanities (Baker 239)
  • 1:30 p.m. The Future of Science Begins with You (Baker 240)
  • 1:30 p.m. The Art & Science of Entrepreneurship (Baker 235)

Speaker and Breakout Session Information

11 a.m. Maximizing LinkedIn and Handshake | Baker 240

Kacey Schaum, portait taken outdoors

Kacey Schaum

If you are in a job search, you are more than likely searching for positions online. Similarly, employers are looking for candidates online. During this session in Baker University Center Room 240, Kacey Schaum will review LinkedIn and Handshake and demonstrate how to utilize these online tools in the job search.

Schaum serves as the Assistant Director for the Career and Leadership Development Center for the College of Arts & Sciences. She works with students—including graduate students—on career and major exploration, resume reviews, mock interviews, leadership development, graduate school preparation, and internship/job search strategies. She also works with employers to recruit A&S students for internship and job opportunities.

Come to this career preparation discussion and then join other graduate students for a free lunch followed by various breakout sessions to inform graduate students career progression.

  • A free luncheon, held in Baker 242, will take place at 12:00.

1 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Students can choose two. The sessions begin at 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Adriana Bankston, portrait

Adriana Bankston

Adriana Bankston is Associate Director of Fundraising and Strategic Initiatives at Future of Research, an organization that champions, engages and empowers early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor.

Bankston earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University. Prior to her role at Future of Research, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Louisville, where she developed an interest in improving training and policies affecting graduate students and postdocs at the national level. She became involved with Future of Research in 2016, conducting research on the national landscape of postdoctoral salaries and the policies surrounding it. Through her experiences at Future of Research, she has gained a comprehensive view of the issues faced by early career scientists in the current scientific enterprise, and continues to be an advocate on their behalf.

Her sessions, which will be held in Baker 240, are:

  • 1 p.m. Career Outcomes for STEM Ph.D.s—In this presentation, Bankston discusses the current landscape of career outcomes for STEM Ph.D.s across U.S. institutions. She describes the challenges associated with studying career trajectories for young scientists, and provides details on efforts from multiple groups advocating for increases in academic transparency.
  • 1:30 p.m. The Future of Science Begins with You—In this presentation, Bankston discusses the latest trends in the biomedical research enterprise affecting young scientists currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees. In this context, she describes goals and recent efforts of the non-profit organization Future of Research, which advocates for change in the enterprise to benefit the next generation of scientists.
Kristen Lillvis, portrait

Kristen Lillvis

Kristen Lillvis ’06 (M.A. in English) is Associate Professor of English and Director of Digital Humanities at Marshall University, where she teaches courses on digital humanities and contemporary American and African American literature. Her research explores issues of identity in diverse texts across a range of media, with specific attention made to works of electronic literature. Her publications include the scholarly monograph Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination (University of Georgia Press, 2017) and the co-edited collection Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers (Rowman, 2016).

Her sessions, which will be held in Baker 239, are:

  • 1 p.m. Innovating in the Humanities—In this presentation, Lillvis discusses how graduate students in the humanities can appeal to employers and admission committees by being innovative in their scholarship. Drawing on her past work as a Director of Graduate Programs in English, Lillvis provides examples of student innovation and its benefits.
  • 1:30 p.m. Collaborating Across Disciplines: STEM and the Digital Humanities—In this talk, Lillvis examines the relationship between STEM disciplines and the arts and humanities, discussing possibilities for collaboration across disciplinary lines. Lillvis describes her experience as Director of Digital Humanities and the projects she has worked on with faculty and students in Computer Science, Math, and other STEM fields.

Lillvis’s sessions will be available for livestream viewing at this link.

Lisa Maatz, portrait

Lisa Maatz

Lisa Maatz ’89 (Sociology, Political Science and WGSS) is a much-respected policy adviser and advocate for women and girls in Washington, D.C., and also at OHIO. As a nationally recognized leader in the progressive movement, Maatz is a sought-after speaker and commentator. Featured in the book Secrets of Powerful Women, she is also a contributor to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, a bipartisan anthology named an Amazon “#1 Hot New Release.” Hundreds of media outlets have featured Maatz’s expert commentary on social, political, and policy matters. A dynamic and experienced non-profit leader, Maatz has a reputation for her bipartisan and strategic approach to public policy, government relations, communications, grassroots advocacy and organizational development at all levels.

In addition, Maatz has held adjunct appointments at major universities and was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Her advocacy career began when she was the Executive Director of Turning Point, a domestic violence program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Maatz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University and has two master’s degrees from Ohio State. She was named to the College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni. (See “Notable Alumni | Lisa Maatz Is a Respected Advocate, in D.C. and at OHIO.”)

Her sessions, which will be held in Baker 237, are:

  • 1 p.m. Government Career Pathways for Graduate Student—In this session, Maatz will demystify the process of getting a job with the federal government. She will discuss the ways an Arts & Sciences degree can be marketed to the federal civil service, the political ranks, as well as at the state and local level. Hint: patience and networking are key!
  • 1:30 p.m. Nonprofit Career Pathways for Graduate Students—Interested in doing well by doing good? The nonprofit sector is the place for you! Communities have a host of non-profit organizations that provide a wide range of opportunities and services to specific populations and the community-at-large. From think tanks to rape crisis lines, from Teach for America to the United Way, your dream job could be waiting for you.
John Glazier, portrait

John Glazier

John Glazer created an award-winning career in venture development and entrepreneurship, with a dedication to economic development initiatives in underdeveloped regions of the United States and abroad. As TechGROWTH Ohio Director since 2008, he oversees the Ohio Third Frontier program at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where he is deeply engaged in entrepreneurial coaching, early-stage investing, fund management, technology commercialization, and venture development services for startups in Southeastern Ohio. He serves on the boards of several portfolio companies and in executive roles in multiple nonprofits, social enterprises, and community development organizations.

He also serves as Technical Director in the SEE (Social Enterprise Ecosystem) project at the Voinovich School funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. And he is an adjunct instructor at Ohio University’s College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Glazer holds an M.A. and ABD Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he taught in interdisciplinary programs.

His sessions, which will be held in Baker 235, are:

  • 1 p.m. Opportunities in Startup Ventures. This session addresses how and why degrees in Arts & Sciences are in demand among early-stage companies, the roles critical thinking and problem-solving skills play in the process of new venture development, a concrete sense of what it is like to work in a start-up, a basic understanding the typical start-up trajectory, specific advice for finding and winning roles in entrepreneurial enterprises, and the value of entrepreneurial experience in career development. Whether you start your own company or join a startup founded by others, the opportunities are diverse and plentiful. He’ll try to convey a concrete sense of what this pathway is like.
  • 1:30 p.m. The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship. This session describes the financial side of an entrepreneurial career path, how the money works in a startup, where it comes from, how positions in early-stage are paid for and incentivized, how risks and rewards are distributed, the upside potential of joining a startup team. Entrepreneurship is an investment of your time and talent to build a valuable enterprise, and we’ll explore the risks and rewards of participating in this creative endeavor.

About the 3-Minute Thesis® Competition

The 3-Minute Thesis® was founded by the University of Queensland in 2008. Competitions are now held at more than 200 universities and colleges across Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Europe, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Central and South America, and Middle East.

Competitors have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. Competitors must consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Eligibility: Any doctoral candidate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) enrolled at Ohio University that has been admitted to candidacy (e.g., passed comprehensive exams) and whose culminating project is a research-based dissertation.

  • Must be enrolled as a student during the semester in which the competition takes place
  • Cannot already have defended his or her dissertation

Any master’s candidate enrolled at Ohio University that has completed significant work toward his or her culminating project

  • Must be enrolled as a student during the semester in which the competition takes place


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animation, or “movement” of any kind); the slide must be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media is permitted.
  • No additional props are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes; competitors exceeding this time limit will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are spoken word only.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

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