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Below, you will find a list of professional development and social activities planned for the summer 2020 program.  REU students and mentors will have influence over our final program schedule. 

Weekly events
(1) REU student research
(2) Mentee-mentor meetings
(4) REU student dinner with Alan
(5) Professional development workshop

Professional development workshops
(1) Tips for a successful REU experience and ethical issues in science
(2) ePortfolio development
(3) Career paths in science academia, government, industry
(4) Preparing resumes and developing an academic portfolio
(5) Peer review of resumes and how to identify graduate fellowship opportunities
(6) Peer review of mid-term oral presentations
(7) How to identify and contact a potential advisor and apply to a graduate program
(8) Elevator speech and tips for effective research presentations
(9) Peer review of draft student poster presentations
(10) NSF GRFP workshop

Formal presentations
(1) Lightening round midterm oral presentations (recorded and peer-reviewed)
(2) One-minute elevator speech (recorded and peer-reviewed)
(3) Five-minute research-focused outreach talk (recorded and peer-reviewed)
(4) Final project poster presentations

Field trips
(1) Camping on FL coast
(2) Okefenokee Swamp tour (tentative)
(3) Tours of New Orleans spillway and Tulane fish collection

Social events
(1) Multiple cookouts with other REU Sites at Auburn Univ
(2) Outreach projects led by students 


mentor spotlight

Nathan Whelan

Dr. Nathan Whelan