Tricks of the Trade: Preparing for a Career in Energy and Environment

Your career will be more successful by mastering certain “non-academic” skills that enable you to work more effectively. The goal of this seminar series is to help students become more effective researchers, communicators, and project collaborators. Each seminar will cover a key skill, drawing upon the experience of faculty and guests. We will use real situations to build experience and confidence.

Seminar Topics

  • How to write an irresistible abstract.
  • How to review a technical paper
  • Presenting your research results … in 1 minute, 3 minutes, and 30 minutes.
  • How to write a research proposal
  • Getting the most value from a conference
  • Finding successful – and compatible – research partners
  • How to speak (and listen) to industry and businesses
  • So you need venture capital?
  • Working with international agencies and committees
  • How to get help


Energy Graduate Group/Transportation Technology and Policy students or permission of instructor.

Spring Quarter 2018

Dates: April 6, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1

Time:  10am – 11am

Location: UC Davis West Village – 1605 Tilia Street Main Conference Room


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Organized by Alan Meier, Energy Graduate Group, Environmental Science & Policy