Standing Out from the Crowd: Promoting your Strengths and Meeting the Right People

July 27
2:00 PM EDT

Did you know your next job interview begins before you even walk in the door or submit your CV for consideration? In part one of Standing Out from the Crowd, we will explore how to meet the right people, and get them to remember you; tips and tricks to leveraging your graduate program to build on your personal development; and the steps to take to become involved in outreach and community service programs.

Rob Morrison

Dr. Rob Morrison is a post-doc at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV, where he researches the IPM of the brown marmorated stink bug. Originally from Mesa, AZ, he went on to get his B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College, and subsequently got his M.Sc. in ecology, evolution, and systematics from the University of Munich in Germany. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Michigan State University. Throughout his career, he has been heavily involved in 4H, Science Olympiad, the MSU Bug House and other outreach activities, reaching an estimated 13,000+ youth and adults.

Participants will learn:
  1. Outreach and community events help you focus your message and get in touch with how the public perceives your science field.

  2. Make your outreach involvement a tool for networking and enhancing your skillset.



Tom Eickhoff

Tom Eickhoff is the North America Agronomic Systems Lead for Monsanto Company.  His team is responsible for providing field based technical and organizational leadership to key stakeholders that deliver on current and future agronomic tools for farmers. Tom was raised on a farm near Fordyce, Neb., and received his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Turfgrass entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Participants will learn:

  1. How to leverage your graduate program to build on your personal development.

  2. Tips on being prepared for the job interview you did not know was happening.


Faith Oi

Faith Oi has had the good fortune of excellent mentors who guided her to a faculty position at the University of Florida’s Entomology and Nematology Dept. in Gainesville, FL. She started as a clueless undergraduate with a major in Zoology and was fortunate enough to land a student worker position washing dishes and cleaning up after the scientist who would one day become her major professor for her Ph.D. She currently leads Pest Management University and the Florida School IPM programs.

Participants will learn:

  1. Don't have a network? How to make your own. 

  2. Have a plan before you get to ICE.

  3. Have fun! (That really is part of creating a network — which also means have your talk done well in advance — don’t waste your time in your hotel room!)

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