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					          Networking
      Maria Gini                      Tauhida Parveen
     Dept of CSE              Department of Computer Sciences
University of Minnesota        Florida Institute of Technology
  gini@cs.umn.edu
                                      tparveen@fit.edu



         CRA-W Graduate Cohort, March 27th, 2009
                      1
Background of Tauhida Parveen

 Ph.D. Student, Computer Science, Florida
  Institute of Technology, FL, 2010
 M.SE., Software Engineering, Florida
  Institute of Technology, 2005
 B.Sc. Computer Science, Georgia Southern
  University, GA, 2003
 Research in software engineering, software
  testing, SOA, and cloud computing
Background of Maria Gini

 Faculty at the University of Minnesota for
  more than 20 years
 39 faculty in the Department
 Large undergraduate program (~550
  students, 130 graduates/year) and large
  graduate program (~200 PhD students, 15-
  20 graduates/year)
 Research in AI, robotics, multi-agent
  systems
Networking
   Networking is about making connections
   Graduate students: a way to move you to the next step in
    your life
   Professional benefits –
      Opens opportunities for great jobs, scholarships
      Collaboration for research, paper
      Makes you well known
   Other benefits –
      Gets you out of your comfort zone
      Makes you an extrovert
      Makes you knowledgeable in different areas
Who should you network with
 EVERYONE…You never know where the
  future will take you
 My network – different roles
     Professional
     Academic
     Social
Professional Network
 Internships, jobs, grants, scholarship,
  fellowship
 Internships plays an indispensible role in
  your career
     Leads to full time positions
     Recommendations
     Grants, scholarships
     Project/dissertation ideas
     Networking for life
Professional Network: How
 Network with managers, co-workers,
  directors, other areas of the company,
  recruiters
 Show interest in projects related to your
  project and meet those people
 Follow 80% – 20% rule for networking
 Attend all intern activities, team activities,
  company activities, and TALK TO PEOPLE
  YOU KNOW AND YOU DON’T KNOW
 Make an intern list, join different email list
  and contribute
Professional Network: How
 Initiate weekly 1-1 session with manager
  and mentor and have a list of questions for
  them
 Attend tech talks
 Towards the end of the internship,
  volunteer to give a presentation to your
  team or at director level
 Towards the end of the internship, let
  people know you are leaving, give them
  your contacts, get their contact information
 After the internship, keep in touch
My Professional Network
 Internships at Sabre Holdings, Progressive,
  Yahoo! Inc.
 Helped in my dissertation topic
 Resulted in 2 papers
 Networking at internship paid for my
  Grace Hopper 2008 conference
Academic Network
 Advisor, classmates, labmates, professors
 Researchers in your area – e.g. Software
  Engineering, Software testing, cloud
  computing, SOA
 Conference / workshop / seminar
 Graduate Student Assistantship (TA, RA)
 Student chapters
Academic Network: How
   Discuss your research whenever, wherever
     Have an elevator talk that is short and sweet
      and will draw the person’s attention
   Attend conferences:
    papers/posters/presentations, volunteer
     Be  active, confident, cheerful, ready to
      present yourself – SMILE 
     Be visible – wear badge, talk to people,
      attend activities
     Take notes, follow up – It is YOUR job to
      follow up
Academic Network: How
   Attend seminars/talks – university, community
      Know the speaker, talk to him, give him your card
      Volunteer to give a talk
   Propose workshops at conferences
      Great way to attend a conference
      Great way to be visible and network
   Be an active member of your student chapters like ACM,
    SWE etc.
   My academic network helped me -
      Internship at Yahoo!
      Track chair at STAREAST 2008, 2009
Social Network
 Outside your profession, research zone
 Volunteer activities, friends, neighbors
 Helps you in your career and social life
     Helps you come out of your comfort zone
     Helps you network with the people you might
      never meet otherwise
My Social Network

             Aerobics instructor/personal trainer
                 Meet faculty, staff
             College theatre
                 Taught me how to play the role of a person
                  I am not
                 Learned about things that are not in my
                  area – e.g. Astrophysics, Marine biology
             Community theatre
                 Be in the newspaper for 5 weeks
                 Lighting and sound effects
                 Learn about real estate
                 Met the city council of the town I live
Tips for networking
 Networking is an investment
 YOU need to initiate and create your
  network
 Little things goes a long way – business
  card, resume, email, phone call,
  compliments
 Dress well – It will never hurt
 Invite new people to lunch, coffee, or for a
  drink
 Always have some questions to ask, a topic
  to discuss
What not to do
 Don’t ever burn bridges
 Don’t have a low tolerance or take things
  personally
 Don’t treat your network as a dumping
  ground for your personal problems
 Don’t use network as a gossip ground
  (especially professional network)
 Don’t use too much of people’s time
  (conferences)
Act I: meet a researcher at a conference

     Scenario: You are at a conference presenting a
     poster. A famous researcher stops by your
     poster.

    Each will play two roles:
        Student
        Researcher
    Work in pairs. Find a person with a paper of a
     different color. Each will play the top role listed
     on the colored paper you are given. We will then
     switch roles.
    We will wrap this up with some discussion
Where to submit a paper
   There are many types of meetings with different
    levels of selectivity:
       Workshops/Symposia/Conferences
       National or international meetings
       Society conferences (ACM, IEEE, SIAM, AAAI, etc)
        and for profit conferences
   Your advisor is the best judge of the quality of
    the conference and its relevance.
   Don’t choose a conference because of the
    location
   One important caveat: do not submit unless you
    plan on attending if your paper is accepted
What to do when a paper is accepted?

  Celebrate your accomplishments!
  Read carefully the reviewers comments,
   make final revisions to the paper, and
   submit the final version of your paper.
  Make plans for attending the conference
   and presenting your work.
What to do when a paper is rejected?

  Rejections hurt, but forget your pride and
   take constructive actions. If you cannot
   accept rejections, you are not cut for
   research.
  Learn from the reviewers comments.
  Discuss with your advisor what to do next.
  Try again.
Prepare for the conference
   Prepare your talk or poster
      Prepare your presentation (powerpoint or pdf)
      Make it professional (no spelling errors, no funny color
       combinations, no funny fonts, large enough fonts)
      Practice your presentation
          In front of a mirror. Time yourself, look at your body language.
          To a group of fellow students. Look at them as you talk. Learn to
           understand your audience. Learn to answer questions.
      Have  a backup of the talk (memory stick)
   Prepare to interact with researchers at the conference
      your elevator pitch
      a longer more technical description of your work
      your career plans
Act II: Networking in a professional setting

     Imagine you have just been put in a team
      of 5 people to start a project. You have 5
      minutes to get to know your team
      members. Talk to the members and quickly
      try to grasp as much valuable information
      as you can. At the end of this exercise you
      will gather
       Contacts of each of the team members
       Understand their background
       Know a little bit about their current
        project/research
Summary
 Networking is an investment, treat it like the
  stock market
 You can’t go very far without networking
 Work on building the brand “YOU”
 Rules of Networking – be ambitious, be
  enthusiastic, and be out of your comfort
  zone
 You are what you make of you - it is your job
  to take and make use of opportunities
 Don’t let an opportunity slide just because
  you are shy

				
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