How to network in graduate school?

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Networking: You always hear this is one of the most important things to do, but how do you actually do it?

  1. Be in charge of your department's Brownbag or Speaker series because you have the opportunity (excuse) to contact all those researchers you want to network with.
  2. A professor once told me to try networking with graduate students, not just faculty. It seemed like strange advice at first, but fellow grad students are more receptive (they are in the same boat as you), and beyond giving you an introduction to their mentor, one day they may be a faculty member and your colleague.
  3. When attending an academic conference, try to attend as many "social hours" as possible. These are fun opportunities that allow you to establish relationships with potential future employers or collaborators. You never know who you might meet.
  4. When attending an academic conference, introduce every person you know to every other person you know. If you are generous in this way, others will do the same for you.

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