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CS 396: Meeting 5 – Graduate School

Dear students,

Today, Hannah Miller of the University of Minnesota will share with us about a different sort of future: graduate school, which may lead to academia, a research scientist position, or who knows what.

Hannah and I collaborated on a research project several years ago. Our mission was to build a social network for individuals with aphasia. On that project, I felt like we were actually doing good directly for the world. It was a great feeling. Hannah graduated from UWEC, landed a gig at the University of Minnesota, and is somewhere on her path to a PhD. Just don’t ask when she’ll finish. Never ask that of a graduate student.

Here’s your TODO list for next time:

  • Our theme for next week is the tension between collaboration and isolation in our workplaces. Please read the following articles:
  • Discuss these articles in your small group Slack channel. Consider answering these questions:
    • What ideas from the readings are most interesting, disturbing, confirming, or life-changing?
    • Are there points you disagree with? Initiate a respectful debate.
    • What experiences from your life align or do not align with the articles?
    Please make at least two separate posts sharing your own coherent thoughts. Additionally, respond to at least three of your channelmates posts. Complete these before next Tuesday at noon.

See you next class!

Sincerely,

P.S. It’s time for a haiku!

The workforce needs me
Like volcanoes need virgins
Hey look, lunch is free

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