“iBiology announced the release of its new free online course Planning Your Scientific Journey. The course is built by scientists for life science trainees, and it aims to teach trainees how to choose a good scientific problem as well as how to plan their journey ahead. By the end of the course, students will have (1) criteria to evaluate a research question, (2) a plan for how to approach their scientific question and other research goals, and (3) an agenda for a meeting with their mentor to get feedback on their plan. The course starts October 2, 2017, and is targeted to advanced undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.”
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is hosting a Webinar on ‘Job Hunting: Compensation Negotation’ on Sepember 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The description reads “After you land a job offer for an industry scientist position, how do you know if the compensation package is competitive, and how do you ask for more? In this webinar, you will learn how to positively accomplish these tasks. Content will be relevant to other career paths, although the presenter will focus on industry scientist positions.”
The American Society for Cell Biology has posted an interview with a medical science liaison.
May 22, 2017
NSF has identified improvement of graduate student preparedness for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce as one of its priorities. As part of this effort, a supplemental funding opportunity is available in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019 to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities and has historically encouraged principal investigators (PIs) to include such activities in research proposals to NSF. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes new commitments and funding opportunities at NSF to ensure graduate students are prepared for the 21st-century STEM workforce.
Steven Hyman at the Broad Institute writes in the journal Nature that independent professionals advance science in ways faculty-run labs cannot, and that staff scientist positions keep these talented people in research.
Read the full article on the Nature website.
BGS students who are interested in attending the Sino-American Pharmaceuticals Professional Association Greater Philadelphia (SAPA-GP) Annual Conference or in its mentorship program can contact BGS student, Nan Lin. Nan is able to register the first 50 students or post-docs who contact her about the conference FOR FREE.
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iBiology announces the release of the beta version of its new course Planning Your Scientific Journey. The course aims to teach life science trainees how to choose a good scientific problem as well as how to plan their journey ahead. By the end of the course, students will have a plan for how to approach their scientific question and other research goals, and an agenda for a meeting with their mentor to get feedback on their plan. The course starts June 5, 2017. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to apply to become beta testers; advanced undergrads, faculty as well as career and professional development practitioners are also invited to become beta testers. “Planning Your Scientific Journey” is a free online course that is funded by NIGMS.
Navigating the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?
Joshua E. Allen, Ph.D., BMB , 2012 (El-Deiry)
Vice President, Research and Development, Oncoceutics, Inc.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
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Networking is one of the most important career building activities a person can undertake. Many people think networking involves formal events, however in her iBiology talk, Joanne Kamens discusses how this is often not the case. There are opportunities to build connections everywhere you go, and Kamens gives strategies and advice on how to build and maintain relationships in a variety of ways. This seminar was co-sponsored by the American Society for Cell Biology Committee for Postdocs and Students.
Joanne Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene (https://www.addgene.org), a non-profit global plasmid repository that collects and distributes plasmids and other research reagents for scientists. Before joining Addgene, Dr. Kamens received her PhD from Harvard University, and spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Dr. Kamens founded the Massachusetts chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and has a particular interest in training scientists to be effective mentors and mentees. She gives numerous talks on career advice for scientists at universities, events and conferences.