SNR to offer professional development seminar series

The School of Natural Resources is set to offer a series of professional development seminars for students.
The School of Natural Resources is set to offer a series of professional development seminars for students.

The School of Natural Resources is set to offer a series of professional development seminars for students. The series begins Sept. 5 and takes place each Friday from 11-11:50 a.m. (excluding Oct. 17) in Hardin Hall (room 163) through Nov. 14.

Seminar material will include resume writing, finding a graduate position, finding a job, interviewing tips, research opportunities, study abroad, job survival and scholarships, among others.

"We started discussing the topics our students could benefit from and have said they want to learn more about," said Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, SNR recruiter. "In the end, the list was too big for just a few workshops in the fall. That led to the professional development seminar series."

The complete seminar schedule is as follows:

Lorrie Benson, lecturer
September 5
How comfortable do you feel meeting new people, whether professionally or personally? Effective networking can really enhance your career and add zest to your personal life. We'll learn and practice some basic skills to help you network effectively and comfortably.

Library Resources
Kent LaCombe, university libraries assistant professor
September 12
Learn more about resources available through the university libraries, including information about RefWorks, article searches and utilizing library staff.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, SNR recruiter
Student panel
September 19
Learn more summer research programs and UNL's UCARE program. This seminar will help students understand how to find and apply for undergraduate research experiences.

Applying for Jobs
Employer panel
September 26
Government and private sector employees will explain their job application process and provide tips. Representatives will talk about what they look for in an application letter. Learn about websites and resources to use for job searches.

Finding a Graduate Position
SNR faculty and graduate student panel
October 3
SNR faculty will explain how graduate school admission differs from the undergraduate experience. Get advice on applying for assistantships and finding a good program. SNR graduate students will tell how they found their graduate programs and answer student questions.

Creating and Presenting Award-winning Posters
Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology
Lorrie Benson, lecturer
October 10
Learn about effective research poster design and appropriate content for award-winning posters, regardless of discipline. We'll also share tips on effective networking and communicating during a poster session.

CV versus Resume
Joe Dauer, assistant professor of life science education
October 24
Curriculum vitae and resumes are ways to present your employment and academic history to future employers. Learn more about when it's appropriate to submit a CV and when a resume should be used. This seminar will also include tips on starting both types of documents.

Entrepreneurship in Natural Resources
Brandon O'Hare, SNR alum
Tom Field, Engler Entrepreneurship Program
October 31
There are a variety of options open to natural resources students who want to own their own full time or side business. Learn more about capitalizing on your skills.

Study Abroad and Domestic Discovery
Mark Pegg, fisheries ecologist and associate professor
Alison Poole, UNL education abroad coordinator
Student panel
November 7
Learn more about study abroad experiences offered by SNR and across the university. SNR students will share stories from their time abroad.

John Carroll, professor and SNR director
Laura Damuth, UNL director of national and international fellowships
November 14
Learn how to apply for Fulbright, Udall and other scholarships for current students.

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