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Report from GECC at HSS Meeting in Cleveland January 19, 2012

Posted by museumatt in Uncategorized.

GECC and the Mentorship Program


The Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) seeks to address the concerns and issues of graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers. As an official committee of the HSS, GECC offers a mentoring program and sponsors a session and social events at the annual meeting. The chairs and officers are graduate students and early career members of HSS, who act as liaisons between the standing committees of HSS and the student/early career constituency.

For HSS, and the Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) in particular, the 2011 annual conference can be seen as an overwhelming success.  GECC sponsored several programs.  Our two sessions attracted large audiences, with standing room only if you came in late.  The mixer for 4S, SHOT, and HSS graduate students and early career professionals was also extremely well attended, giving graduate students and early professionals in the three societies a chance to mingle in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.  Thanks to all of you who bought raffle tickets in support of GECC, your purchases helped make our events a wonderful experience!


All of our events generated a lot of positive feedback, but perhaps our mentorship program produced the most effusive praise.  Darryl Brock, a PhD candidate at Fordham University who was paired with Dr. Stuart McCook (University of Guelph), commented that the mentorship experience was “successful beyond anything I could have imagined.”  Dr. Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (University of Minnesota) met with her mentee, Jenna Tonn a graduate student at Harvard, for over two hours at the opening reception.  As they discussed many of their intersecting topics at the reception, Dr. Kohlstedt was able to introduced Jenna to other historians who had related interests.  At the same time, Dr. Kohlstedt said she received good insights in graduate student concerns that she could use to further student success as department head at the University of Minnesota.  All in all, Dr. Kohlstedt said it was “a terrific experience.”  Clearly, both mentors and mentees had valuable experiences in Cleveland this year.  Scott Printser, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin who was paired with Dr. Richard Kremer (Datmouth), perhaps said it best when he wrote afterwards “I hope that we’ll continue this program in the future, because my classmates are jealous that they didn’t sign up!”  We certainly will, Scott!  Special thanks to Rachel Mason Dentinger and Cera Lawrence for coordinating this year’s mentorship program.  If you’re interested in being mentored or being a mentor at next year’s HSS meeting in San Diego, please contact hssmentorship@gmail.com for more information.


Be sure to stay in touch with GECC by following our webpage (hssgecc.wordpress.com) or liking us on Facebook (History of Science Society Graduate and Early Career Caucus).  GECC leadership for 2012 will stay intact, with Nathan Crowe (co-chair), Melinda Gormley (co-chair), Rachel Mason Dentinger (mentorship coordinator), and Matt White (communications officer) all returning to serve another year.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, feel free to contact any of us through our GECC email, hss.gecc@gmail.com.  At the moment, we’re still looking for session ideas for the 2012 annual meeting and would welcome any and all suggestions.


The panel of the GECC sponsored Author's Workshop. David Kaiser of MIT, Karen Darling of the University of Chicago Press, Audra Wolfe of Outside Reader, and Marguerite Avery of MIT Press. Friday, November 4, 2011. For more photos of GECC Sponsored Events at the HSS Meeting see the Graduate and Early Career Caucus's Facebook page.


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