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Expectations of CBB Graduate Students

CBB is investing in the next generation of accelerator scientists.

We believe in diversifying the pipeline of future scientists and actively recruit faculty, graduate students, and postdocs from diverse backgrounds. An aspect of CBB's mission is providing students with the skills and training needed to become leaders in their chosen field.

The collaborative activities, leadership opportunities, and mentoring experiences gained by CBB members build skills that provide an advantage when applying for jobs. Some past CBB graduate students went on to their dream jobs and attribute their success to the team science skills they gained during their time with CBB.


Student Expectations Timelines

To meet this objective all students are expected to participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in all mandatory professional development workshops
  • Attend all theme and grad-to-grad meetings and present research results at theme meetings, Grad-to-Grad meeting, CBB annual meeting, and national and international conferences
  • Publish work in scientific journals (see our Publications)
  • Participate in education outreach activities to develop science communication skills
  • Participate in Harvard's Project Implicit testing to identify possible biases related to gender and research
  • Create an individual development plan through MyIDP, and update each year.
  • Complete an Annual Report summarizing research activities, completion of required activities, and plans for the coming year. A sample annual report template can be downloaded. (This is due late winter/early spring each year)
  • Acknowledge NSF Award PHY-1549132 in all CBB-related publications, talks, posters, and slides.
Student Expectations Checklist

Specific Expectations for the CBB Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting is the one time each year that everyone comes together for three days of workshops, research meetings, pedagogical talks, student talks, and a poster session. The schedule of events is available on CBB's Indico and the format is similar each year. 

  • All students are expected to present a poster during a judged poster session. An example of a past winning poster can be seen here.
  • Each student will give a 60-second research blitz. This is typically in person and should provide an elevator-style research pitch that gives an overview of your research that is understandable by a non-expert. An example of a past research blitz can be seen here.
  • All students are expected to actively participate in all workshops.

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