On May 12, the Department hosted the third annual Professional Development Lunch Conversation for Female Academic Professionals and Students. The goal of the meeting is to provide graduate student women with professional development opportunities that they might not otherwise receive through traditional course work and research opportunities. Alessandra Voena and Manasi Deshpande hosted the Zoom event, and there were approximately 40 participants. Students submitted questions in advance, which were used as a starting point for a broader debate about three main topics: expectations for different years in the Ph.D. program, advice for selecting an advisor and committee and ensuring productive communication with them, and ways in which the job market is changing. Participants reported that they appreciated the organization and opportunity.



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