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Susan Basalla, author of "So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia," will keynote the Graduate Student Forum.

April 23: Graduate Student Forum

Presentations, prominent speakers to be featured at Graduate Student Forum


10:53 a.m., April 9, 2014--The fourth annual University of Delaware Graduate Student Forum will be held from 1-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Clayton Hall and will explore the question “so what are you going to do with your graduate degree?”

The forum’s theme, “Making Your Research Matter, Within and Beyond the Academy,” will delve into issues presented by a competitive job market and encourage UD graduate students to apply their research talents both inside and outside academia.

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Sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and UD Graduate Student Government (GSG), the forum will feature more than 120 presentations by doctoral and master’s students, with representation from each of the University’s seven colleges. 

Students will share their work in both conventional mini-lecture and poster formats, as well as present creative work through displays of visual art and student entrepreneurship projects. 

Susan Basalla, author of So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia, will be the keynote speaker.

A principal at Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, a higher education executive search firm, Basalla earned her doctorate in English from Princeton University and writes regularly for the “Beyond the Ivory Tower” column in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The evening plenary session will feature Emanuel (Manos) Hatzakis, director of client strategies at UBS Wealth Management Americas. 

He helped develop and validate the sovereign debt restructuring proposals put forth in early 2012 which successfully reduced the sovereign debt of the Republic of Greece by 100 billion euros. He holds a doctorate in operations research from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has written op-eds for The New York Times and The Financial Times.

Following Hatzakis’ plenary talk, selected student presentations will be made, highlighting interdisciplinary projects with significant public impact. In addition to the University community, industry and community partners are welcome to attend. 

“We wanted to unite graduate students around one single topic and decided on this one, as all students want a job at the completion of their degree,” said Alexander Ames, GSG vice president of internal affairs. “The forum challenges graduate students to answer the question ‘what does my research mean to the broader world?’ and to think about their research in new and innovative ways.” 

Graduate students should register for the forum at this website.

All others should register at this site.

Registration is open until April 18.

For more information, visit the Graduate Student Government website or contact with any questions.

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