The Collaborative Seminar Series (CSS) is typically the first of the three-pronged plan for GRAD-MAP. When in session, graduate students and faculty from the UMD astronomy and physics departments will visit local MSIs for a one-hour seminar followed by a thirty-minute poster and networking session. During the seminar portion, students and faculty at the MSI will hear about the Winter Workshop, have two talks by UMD professors on their current research, and have graduate students give a presentation describing how to get involved in research, important preparation for graduate school applications, and graduate student life. Undergraduates and faculty at the visited school will have opportunities to ask questions of the full group during the seminar, and then of individuals during the poster and networking session. Some graduate students will present their own research in posters, and all graduate students and faculty will be available for more questions and discussion both about research and graduate school.

Typical Collaborative Seminar Series Schedule

Background image: the 25th Anniversary Hubble Image of star-forming region Westerlund 2credits NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team


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GRAD-MAP is generously funded by the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences and the Departments of Astronomy and Physics, and the NSF Career, PIRE (Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen), and AAG programs.