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CIERA Connections

The purpose of this series is to provide junior researchers exposure to career opportunities outside academia.

We invite speakers with a graduate degree (e.g. in physics, astronomy, or related fields) to talk about their chosen non-academic careers. Events include opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to meet one-on-one or in smaller groups with the speaker before or after the talk.

CIERA Connection topics are intended to cover a wide range of career paths, such as Research Computing, Data Science, and more.

CIERA Connections events have included:

  • May 6th, 2024: “Navigating the Cosmos: Lessons Learned for a career in Astrophysics, Planetary Science, and Aerospace Industries”
    • Dan Abramov, Propulsion Engineer at Blue Origin
  • April 15th, 2024: “STEM Careers in the Public Sector: from National Labs to Police Accountability to the Federal Government”
    • Eve Chase, Data Scientist in the Public Sector
  • May 22nd, 2023: “Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Balanced Life”
    • Harry Kraemer, Kellog School of Management Professor and former CEO of Baxter
  • April 10th, 2023: “Careers in Data Science: The Product Analytics Track”
    • Ben Nelson, Senior Data Scientist at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • May 17th, 2022: “Careers in Research Computing Services”
    • Scotty Coughlin, Computational Specialist in the IT Research Computing Services Department at Northwestern
CIERA Connections Committee

Members: Peter Anglada, Kari Frank, Fulya Kiroglu, Elena Gonzalez Prieto, Sanaea Rose,

When and Where?

Dates & times vary throughout the academic year


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