Grad Skills Seminar: Graduation

Presenters: Jay Johnson and Dr. Ben Treweek

Friday, February 15 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

You put so much work into your courses and research as a graduate student, but at the end of the day, how can you exchange that effort for a degree? This week, Jay and Dr. Ben will detail the milestones you will need to hit and the logistics necessary to obtain a graduate degree from UT Austin.

First, Jay (M.S. 2017) will go over the procedure for obtaining a Master’s degree, and how to then apply for doctoral candidacy. Dr. Ben (Ph.D. 2019) will follow Jay with an overview of the procedure for graduating with a Doctoral degree.

Graduate Skills Seminar: Travel Funding

Presenters: Current Officers and Guests
Friday, September 28 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Attending a conference is a great way to get your new research out to the community, see cutting edge research from around the world, and make professional connections that can boost your career prospects. However, airfare and hotels aren’t free, so this week we will be discussing various grant opportunities for travel funding. We will cover a number of funding opportunities available to graduate students in acoustics, including grants from the Acoustical Society of America and UT Austin.

Grad Skillz Seminar: External Funding and Fellowships

Presenters: Current Officers and Guests
Friday, September 21 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150
External funding opportunities include government and endowed fellowships that can pay your tuition and stipend so that your adviser doesn’t have to! Having your own money is a great way to take control of your graduate career and give you the freedom to pursue the research that interests you most.

We will discuss a number of funding opportunities available to graduate students in acoustics. Focus will be on the NDSEG, SMART, NSF, and Hertz Fellowships.

The slides from the meeting are available here.

Grad Skillz Seminar: Automated Testing

Presenter: Colby Cushing
Friday, April 13 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Do you ever need to run a careful experiment but it takes too long or you need to continually move your transducers and don’t want to recalibrate your position every time? Build a robot to do it for you! Come learn how this Friday as Colby gives us a brief introduction to automated testing in the lab.

We will also spend a few minutes at the start of the hour discussing courses available this fall that are relevant to acoustics students.

Grad Skills Seminar: Certainly Uncertain

Quantifying Uncertainty in Experimental Measurements
Presenter: Randy Williams
Friday, March 23 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

No matter the measurement, there is always uncertainty. But by understanding the sources of uncertainty, how they affect each other, and how to quantify them you can make much stronger claims from your measurement (and maybe even convince other scientists as well!) Come hear Randy give us an introduction into the world of uncertainty quantification in this week’s Grad Skills Seminar.

Graduate Skills Seminar: Learning Git – A Basic Introduction to Version Control

Presenter: Jay Johnson

Friday, November 17 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Do you write code? Do you ever wish you could remember what your code used to look like or did you make a change that broke everything? Do you collaborate with others on your code? If you answered yes to any of these then you need version control. Come by this Friday when I give a very brief introduction to Git. Git is the most widely used distributed version control software used by coders today.

I will be walking everyone through setting up their first repository. If you would like to work along with me, feel free to bring your laptop to the meeting and take a minute to download the git software (here) and make a free account at gitlab.com (or bitbucket.org would work fine too).

Graduate Skills Seminar: Citation and Reference Management Software


Presenter: Jay Johnson

Friday, October 13th at 3pm,
in ETC 4.150

It is essential to locate and organize references for any research project, large or small. This requires keeping up with relevant publications and remembering what you read. In this talk, I’ll give a few ideas and tips from more experienced graduate students on how to keep up-to-date on literature using alerts and reference management programs. I will also talk about how these programs interface with Word and LaTeX to make citations and bibliographies a lot simpler.

Graduate Skills Seminar: External Funding and Fellowships

Presenters: New and Old ASA Student Chapter Officers

Friday, September 22 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Come hear past and present officers speak about different funding opportunities available to graduate students in acoustics. External funding is a great way to take control of your graduate career and give you the freedom to pursue the research that interests you most. We will focus on the SMART and NDSEG fellowships but also cover other large fellowships such as the NSF, NPSC, and Hertz.

Regards!

-Jay, Chair