Tue, Oct. 30, 2018, 3:30pm
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, A32 Lecture Hall
Host: The Graduate Student Organization
From undergrad at a research university to full professor at an undergraduate liberal arts college…
As an undergraduate, I didn’t know what a PUI was or why anyone (student or faculty) would want to go to one. Twenty years later, I’m a full professor at a research-intensive undergraduate liberal arts college with an active (externally funded, well published) research program in photoresponsive organic dyes who has mentored 40+ undergrads and 4 high school students in research and taught nearly a thousand more in the classroom and teaching labs. I am so thoroughly convinced that I have the best job in the world that I’m the founding organizer of what is now ACS’s annual “Post-doc to PUI Prof” (P3) workshop (www.acs.org/p3) and a champion for helping students understand the full range of primarily undergraduate institutions out there. In this informal talk I’ll share my own story but also highlight other types of PUIs and give advice for deciding if my career path or one like it might be right for you, and provide some tips for how to pursue it if you are interested.