Braided River

Braiding your River: CIRES Career Development Series

Braiding your River: CIRES Career Development Series

The CIRES Career Development Series supports personal learning and provides inclusive opportunities for CIRES researchers to connect and grow together by offering a monthly 1 hour workshop focused on developing diverse professional skills.

Previous Workshops 

September 7th, 2022: The CIRES Mentoring Program: A Panel Discussion with Andrea Ray (NOAA PSL), Jimena Ugaz (CIRES Admin), Sunil Baidar (CIRES/NOAA CSL), and Bianca Baier (CIRES/NOAA GML)

Come and learn about the 2022-2023 CIRES Mentoring Program from prior mentors and mentees, and ask any questions you have before you sign up this month! 

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March 11th, 2022: Times Up! Time Management Workshop with Tommy Acierno

There’s no shortage of time management strategies out there in the world. Why, then, are we not masters of time management? Because we’re not approaching time management from the INSIDE OUT! We start with our attitudes about time first and then master time management with effective goal-setting strategies.

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September 9th, 2021: The CIRES Mentoring Program: A Panel Discussion with Katy Human (CIRES Administration), Mimi Hughes (NOAA Scientist), Aleya Kaushik (CIRES Postdoc), and Ryan Cassotto (CIRES Research Scientist)

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July 15th, 2021: Building a Meaningful Support Network with Christine Wiedinmyer (CIRES Associate Director of Science, Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) leadership)

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June 17th, 2021: Collaborative, Interdisciplinary, Team Science with John Crockett (Associate VP of Research Advancement, San Diego State University, The Center for Research, Excellence and Diversity in Team Science (CREDITS) co-PI)

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May 13th, 2021: Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers with Dana Stamo (STEM Routes) and Rebecca Batchelor (CIRES E&O, GEO-REU Network) 

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Other Potential Topics

Time management; effective communication; building industry partnerships; project management; meaningful education and outreach; innovation and entrepreneurship; safety and inclusion in the field; writing effective proposals.

What would you like to learn in support of your career journey?

Contact us with other ideas.

Why Braiding Your River?

From this piece by CIRES authors and colleagues, the braided river framework allows us to perceive varied pathways into and within STEM careers and to better appreciate evolving occupational goals, and opportunities for lifelong continuing education. We aim to normalize the idea of individuals changing pace and direction as circumstances and opportunities arise, and create support structures that accommodate and empower people.


Braided River

Batchelor, R. L., H. Ali, K. G. Gardner-Vandy, A. U. Gold, J. A. MacKinnon, and P. M. Asher (2021), Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river, Eos, 102, Published on 19 April 2021.

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Phone: 303-492-5670
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CIRES Center for Education, Engagement and Evaluation
University of Colorado Boulder
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Boulder, CO 80309-0449

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