2018 Student Workshops & New Event for Undergrads

This year, VSS is exicited to offer two workshops for students and postdocs, as well as a special mixer for undergraduates.

VSS 2018 Student and Postdoc Workshops

The workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advanced registration.

Getting that Faculty Job

Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

David Brainard, University of Pennsylvania

Michelle Greene, Bates College
Tim Brady, UCSD
Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania
James Elder, York University

A key transition on the academic career path is obtaining a faculty position. This workshop will focus on the application process (optimizing CV, statements, letters), the interview and job talk, handling the two-body problem, and post-offer steps such as negotiation about start-up funds, space, and teaching responsibilities. Panelists include junior scientists who have recently obtained a faculty position as well as more senior scientists who can offer perspective from the hiring side of the process.

The Public Face of Your Science

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Jeff Schall, Vanderbilt University

Allison Sekuler, McMaster University
Frans Verstraten, University of Sydney
Morgan Ryan, SpringerNature

Your research has several potential audiences. In this workshop, we will focus on the general public. When should you tell the world about your latest results? Always? Only if you think it is particularly noteworthy? Only when someone else asks? How should you communicate with the public? Social media? Press releases? How can you attract attention for your work (when you want to) and what should you do if you attract attention that you do not want? Our panel consists of two vision scientists, Allison Sekuler and Frans Verstraten, who have experience in the public eye and Morgan Ryan, the editor for SpringerNature, who handles the Psychonomic Society journals (including AP&P, PBR, and CRPI). Bring your questions.

More Information about the Student and Postdoc Workshops


Undergraduate Vision Researchers Mixer

Everyone is welcome. No registration is needed for this special event.
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:15 – 5:00 pm

Lynne Kiorpes, NYU (VSS Board member)
Nestor Matthews, Denison University (Council for Undergraduate Research, Psychology Division)

This meet-and-greet event will enable informal interaction among our undergraduate attendees. In addition, faculty will be present to learn about the concerns and priorities for undergraduates attending VSS so that relevant programming can be planned in future years. Refreshments will be served.

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