Passion Projects for Smart People: Turn Your Intellectual Pursuits into Fun, Profit and Recognition

Passion Projects for Smart People: Turn Your Intellectual Pursuits into Fun, Profit and Recognition

by Michael R. Wing


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Passion Projects for Smart People: Turn Your Intellectual Pursuits into Fun, Profit and Recognition by Michael R. Wing

You loved your college major. You worked hard to earn your degree. And now your day job doesn’t fully use your education, engage your mind, or feed your soul. But there are still limitless opportunities to do intellectually serious work—work that will win you professional recognition, travel opportunities, and even publication in peer-reviewed journals. All you have to do is create your own academic opportunities, and Passion Projects for Smart People will show you exactly how to do it.

The perfect career guide for the era of the Ph.D. barista, the underpaid adjunct, and the gig economy, Passion Projects for Smart People will help you take charge of your career and your life. Written by a high school science teacher who has done field work on five continents, published in professional journals, and worked with NASA, Passion Projects for Smart People details how to turn side projects into career-development opportunities. Passion Projects for Smart People shows you how to develop your own research and creative projects; form collaborations with universities and public agencies; apply for grants and professional experience opportunities; travel around the world for free; and develop your career as a teacher and mentor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610353069
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 1,202,074
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael R. Wing earned his Ph.D. in earth sciences at the University of California at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is currently a science teacher at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California. Wing’s research projects include running North America’s highest altitude garden; designing a desert microbiology project that has been deployed on five continents; a study of elephant seals; and several other projects. Wing has done fieldwork in the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Finland, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, Namibia, and the United Arab Emirates. He has worked in collaboration with NASA, the University of California, the Mars Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Park Service. Wing lives in Kentfield, California, with his wife and children.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Have Projects

A horticulture project

A trees project

A microbiology project

A history/archaeology project

Profile: D. S. (Dewey) Livingston, historian

A wildlife project

A trash project

Profiles: Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, Artists

Natural experiments and free data

Chapter 2. Have Affiliations and Collaborate

Profile: Richard V. Wing, classicist

University extension schools

Profile: William E. Motzer, expert witness

Profile: Raymond “Bones” Bandar, collector

Chapter 3. Apply for Things

Profile: Lindsay Knippenberg, polar traveler

Chapter 4. Travel with Purpose/Travel for Free

Profile: Kevin Witte, Geographer

Home exchanges

Profile: William Schmoker, birder

Chapter 5. Teach and Mentor

Best teaching practices

Adjunct teaching at universities

Profile: Sharon Barnett, naturalist

Chapter 6. Citizen Science Programs

Profile: Gretchen LeBuhn, professor

Profile: John Wade, Farallon Patrol skipper

Chapter 7. Publish Your Work

Profile: Ralph C. Shanks, anthropologist

Poets have always been Hackademics

Profile: Prartho Sereno, Poet Laureate

Chapter 8. How Projects fit into Happiness Theory

Profile: Charlotte Torgovitsky, native plant propagator

Projects and your Family




Appendices :

Teacher Travel Programs web sites

University Extension Schools web sites

Citizen Science Program web sites

A Successful Application: National Science Foundation’s PolarTREC Professional Development Program for Teachers

A Successful Application: National Geographic Society’s Waitt Grant for Research

A Successful Application: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Guardian School Program

A Query Letter to an Agent or Publisher

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