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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Reflecting on ComSciCon-Cornell

BESTies Kristin Hook and Robert MacDonald organized the ComSciCon Cornell 2015 event which took place in May. Read their thoughts about the experience and consider organizing the workshop for 2016.

The regional workshop for upstate New York was inspired by their attendance at the national Communicating Science Conference of 2014. The culminating session had one goal in mind: appeal to attendees to hold a local version of the workshop back at their home institutions. This goal was necessary, given that at the time approximately 850 STEM graduate students from around the country had applied for a mere 50 slots available at the national workshop. With guidance and support from Cornell's BEST Program, Kristin and Rob successfully led and staged a complex event, from organizing the logistics (venue, food, travel, etc.), rallying for support (team members to help organize, money, etc.), communicating with participants (inviting and hosting speakers), to soliciting and selecting applicants to attend. This is more than leadership training, these skills are learned by doing: something BESTies are getting used to.

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