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Career Toolkit for Graduate Students: Identifying and Choosing Research Topics

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Boettcher Room

Registration is required. There are 21 seats available.

Identifying and Choosing Research Topics

 Choosing the right research topic is one of the most important steps in research, yet this is the aspect of research that we sometimes pay little attention to. There is, of course, no algorithm for picking the right rsearch topic, and the concept of a perfect research topic can be poorly defined. In this panel discussion with creative researchers we explore their process for identifying research topics and the many considerations that they use for choosing at topic.

This panel will be led by Roel Snieder. Roel Snieder is Professor of Professional Development Education at the Colorado School of Mines. Over the years he has counseled many people in this process and developed and taught classes on Wellness and on Science and Spirituality at Mines. Roel wrote a book on living a harmonious and fulfilling life for scientists and engineers, The Joy of Science: Seven Principles for Scientists Seeking Happiness, Harmony and Success. He received the Beno Gutenberg Medal for his research from the European Seismological Society. He received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Ange Melagro Prize of the McBride Honors Program at the Colorado School of Mines for his outstanding class Science and Spirituality.


Please register in advance. Lunch will be provided for preregistered attendees.

This workshop is part of the Career Toolkit for Graduate Students workshop series. Career Toolkit for Graduate Students is a workshop series aiming to provide early career researchers with tips, tools, and best practices across the research lifecycle as well as prepare students for life beyond school.

The series is hosted weekly by Seth Vuletich, Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Roel Snieder, Director of the Center for Professional Development Education.

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Career Toolkit for Graduate Students: Identifying and Choosing Research Topics


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Seth Vuletich


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Seth Vuletich


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