Mentoring, Webinars and Workshops

SSA hosts webinars, workshops and mentoring sessions for our community. Most are complimentary with an SSA membership.

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SSA Mentoring

Are you looking for some guidance about your career in seismology? Curious how to get ahead in your field? Interested to know more about a seismologist’s day-to-day work? Join SSA Connects – a virtual meet-up and opportunity to get advice from SSA members.

These one-hour events are complimentary for SSA members, but registration is required. Find registration links here.

How to Grow a Career over the Long-term
Wednesday, 18 May, 10-11 a.m. Pacific
Mentors: Delaine Reiter; Applied Research Associates, Inc.; Lisa Schleicher, U.S. Geological Survey; Seth A. Stein, Northwestern University
Whether you are at the beginning of your career or have been in the workforce for a while, this session will give you the tools to build a healthy and successful career. Registration closes 17 May at Noon Pacific. Register.

Proposal and Grant Writing
Tuesday, 14 June, 3-4 p.m. Pacific
Mentors: Luciana Astiz, National Science Foundation; Cynthia J. Ebinger, Tulane University; Gabi Laske, University of California, San Diego
Writing effective proposals is key to advancement and the funding of your research. Bring your questions to our panel of successful grant and proposal writers. Registration closes 13 June at Noon Pacific. Register.

Virtual Webinars and Workshops

SSA offers a series of trainings to help members fine-tune skills that will help them collaborate, find jobs and move their careers ahead, as well as workshops that explore how we can advance our goal of achieving an inclusive and diverse community. All workshops allow plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.

Conversation with Congressional Staff on Reauthorizing NEHRP and NVEWS
Wednesday, 26 January, 10-11 a.m. Pacific
Join us for a conversation with Congressional staff on the plans for reauthorizing the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS). Our speakers will provide insight into the procedure of reauthorizing the legislation, what to expect in the coming Congress and how SSA members can positively impact the process.
Speakers: Aaron Thiele, Legislative Assistant for Senator Murkowski; Chris Griffin, Legislative Assistant for Senator Murkowski; and Hally Stone, Knauss Policy Fellow for Senator Schatz. Registration closed.

Workshop: Land Acknowledgment Statements
Part A: Thursday, 10 March at 10-11:15 a.m. Pacific, Part B: Thursday, 17 March at 10-11:15 a.m. Pacific
In this two-part workshop, attendees will learn about land acknowledgement statements and have the opportunity to write their own statement to include in upcoming abstracts or presentations. This workshop is recommended for all SSA members, including those who will be presenting at SSA 2022 in April. A land acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the relationship between your research and the location where it takes place by respecting indigenous peoples’ relationship specific area, acknowledging the history of a land, reflecting on your place within that history and taking action to honor the indigenous communities. Registration closes 9 March at Noon Pacific. Register.
Leaders: Camille Louis, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Jenny Nakai, University of New Mexico; Mario Ruiz, Instituto Geofísico de la Escuela Politécnica Nacional; Ericka Alinne Solano, Universidad del Mar; John Townend, Victoria University of Wellington (SSA president); Carlos Alberto Vargas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Part A: Thursday, 10 March at 10-11:15 a.m. Pacific

  • Workshop leaders will explain the importance of land acknowledgements and teach the process for how to write land acknowledgement statements. Attendees will be provided with a toolkit and given one week to draft their own statement as it relates to their research. This session will include both large and small group discussion.

Part B: Thursday, 17 March at 10-11:15 a.m. Pacific

  • Attendees will have the opportunity to share the draft of their land acknowledgement statement in a small group discussion to receive feedback from workshop leaders and fellow attendees.

Bystander Training
Wednesday, 23 March at 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific
This interactive workshop, organized by ADVANCEGeo, describes academic practices and institutional structures that allow for sexual harassment, bullying and other hostile behaviors to persist, discusses initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct and provides training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be empowered to: identify different ways in which sexual and other types of harassment can manifest in research environments, intervene safely as bystanders, and utilize resources for cultural change in academic institutions and professional societies. Registration closed.

Implicit Biases: Why we have them and how they impact STEM
Thursday, 12 May at 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific and at 4-6:30 p.m. Pacific
Implicit biases are automatic, subconscious cognitive predispositions that silently impact our understanding, actions and decisions in a wide range of contexts. Left unexamined, these biases can impact our decision-making processes in ways that cause us to act against our own beliefs. For example, did you know that even women geoscientists write stronger letters for male candidates, and were found to prefer equivalent job candidates with male names? Organized by ADVANCEGeo, this 2.5-hour workshop will invite participants to engage in a confidential, respectful environment in which to learn about the concept of implicit biases and the ways in which those biases operate. Several examples will be shared about how implicit biases have negatively impacted marginalized groups in STEM. Most importantly, the workshop will describe concrete, specific steps that individuals can take to minimize the impacts of implicit bias in STEM. Registration closes 11 May at Noon Pacific. Register for the session at 10 a.m. Pacific or 4 p.m. Pacific.

How to Apply for Jobs with Alaina Levine
Tuesday, 24 May at 9-10 a.m. Pacific
This webinar will focus on all of the different components of a successful job application, including the application itself (when there is one), cover letter, resume/CV, and statements needed for academic positions such as the research, teaching and DEI statements. We will also discuss how to read a job advertisement to learn the organization’s language so you can use this and reference its culture and needs specifically in your application to advance beyond initial computer filtering systems. This event will be helpful for those interested in academia, governmental jobs and careers in industry. Registration closes 23 May at Noon Pacific. Register.

Virtual Interviewing: Champion Yourself Through Storytelling with Alaina Levine
Wednesday, 22 June at 3-4 p.m. Pacific
Interviewing is about demonstrating how your experience, skills and enthusiasm are aligned with the employer’s needs. To show decision makers that you can add value and move their agenda forward, you want to build verbal bridges. This takes place in the form of stories. In this webinar, we will discuss how to: leverage virtual platforms; craft and deliver stories before, during and after the interview; adjust different elements of a virtual experience (such as light and sound); and deliver an oral presentation—such as a job talk or a colloquium—using virtual methods to indicate your knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. Registration closes 22 June at Noon Pacific. Register.

Networking for Scientists with Alaina Levine
Tuesday, 19 July at 9-10 a.m. Pacific
Networking is built on a spirit of generosity. At its core, networking is all about crafting win-win alliances where both parties provide value. You may think that networking can only take place in person, but in fact, most networking takes place from afar. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies and tactics for finding new collaborators and building mutually-beneficial partnerships with professionals across the globe. We will also practice our networking and you will discover actual wording and questions to use to spark meaningful conversations. You will emerge more confident and comfortable in your networking-now that you know exactly how to do it. Registration closes 18 July at Noon Pacific. Register.

In-person Workshops

Advance your career at an SSA 2022 Annual Meeting workshop, discounted for student and early-career members! Registration for these events will open with Annual Meeting registration in February 2022.  These workshops will be conducted in-person in Bellevue, Washington. 

Introduction to Machine Learning
Tuesday, 19 April, 9 a.m.–Noon Pacific
A hands-on look at how to use machine learning concepts in seismological research.
Instructors: Karianne Bergen, Brown University; Qingkai Kong, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Youzuo Lin, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Machine Learning II: Advance your Skills
Tuesday, 19 April, 1–4 p.m. Pacific
Attendees with prior machine learning experience may register for this workshop, where instructors will demonstrate more advanced techniques.
Instructors: Karianne Bergen, Brown University; Qingkai Kong, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Youzuo Lin, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Publishing: How to Review and How to Be Reviewed
Tuesday, 19 April, 1–4 p.m. Pacific
Learn how to review a scientific paper and how to respond effectively to reviews of your own work.
Instructors: Allison Bent, editor-in-chief of SRL; John Ebel, Boston College; P. Martin Mai, editor-in-chief of BSSA

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