Standing Out from the Crowd: Building Your CV/Resume

August 10
2:00 PM EDT

In this second part of the two part webinar series, participants will learn more about getting involved with committees, judging panels, and the editorial process; volunteering at the ESA Annual Meeting; and how to give your best presentation at your next meeting.



Justin-McMechanAnthony “Justin” McMechan recently received his Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in entomology under the supervision of Dr. Gary Hein. The combination of these doctoral programs allowed Justin to take an interdisciplinary approach to risk assessment of the wheat-mite-virus complex. In addition, the DPH has provided experiences in extension programming, incorporation of technologies for disseminating information, and the development of software to demonstrate movement of mites. Justin has received multiple student oral presentation awards at ESA regional and national meetings.

Participants will learn:

  1. Think of your research in terms of a story

  2. Reduce text and invest time in the graphics of your presentation

  3. Practice with those that don’t know your research


Marianne-ShockleyMarianne Shockley received a B.A. in Biology from Georgia College and State University (1997), M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees from the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. She is an Academic Professional focusing on program development in outreach and service-learning. Dr. Shockley’s research and teaching interests include entomophagy, forensic entomology, distance and international education. She currently teaches Entomology Outreach & Service-Learning, Entomology for Teachers, Forensic Entomology and Insect Natural History in Ecuador.

Participants will learn:

  1. It’s never too soon to become involved in an ESA committee – on the Society level or local Branch or Section level. Connecting with your Section and Branch leaders is a great way to learn what’s available and to get involved. 

  2. Volunteering can be a great way to network with other ESA members. Each year volunteers are needed to help run the annual meeting. In addition there is a Teacher’s Workshop or a community Insect Expo associated with each meeting for a more experiential volunteer opportunity.


Phyllis-WeintraubPhyllis G. Weintraub is a Research Entomologist with the Agricultural Research Organization based at the Gilat Research Center, Israel. She completed her PhD at UC Davis on host-parasitoid-pathogen interactions. Her research is on physical and biological control of pests of greenhouse vegetables, and control of plant pathogen vectors. She served on the General Council and as a Vice President for the International Organization for Biological Control. She served as a Subject Editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology and Phytoparasitica for 10 years before becoming the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Insect Science, but still reviews manuscripts for other journals.

Participants will learn:

  1.  Usually there is a section on your resume for editorial-related affairs; for example, what journals do you reviewe for, what have you edited (abstract book, books, etc.), are you a subject/associate editor, or Editor-in-Chief?  Being a reviewer means that you are recognized in your field.  STEPs are at the top of their game because they are so completely aware of the literature in their field and being a reviewer is a good place to start.  

  2. Great learning experience reading other manuscripts:  is there a hypothesis?  Is the narrative expressed logically and unambiguously?  Are the results presented clearly and properly analyzed? Does the author discuss the results as opposed to simply re-presenting the results and comparing them to the results of others?  A good reviewer will strengthen their own thought processes and writing.

  3. Good place to get new ideas, see how others deal with different situations, etc.



Lunch with the Editors ICE Monday 26 September noon to 1:30 PM.

The editors or their representatives will be at this event.  

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