iBiology’s Science Communication Lab (SLC) has produced a three-part video series titled, “Background to Breakthrough,” featuring Dr. Esteban Burchard of the University of California, San Francisco. The series details Dr. Burchard’s own research and the influential role his own ethnic and cultural background has held in his career path. The series explores the consequences of underrepresentation in research and medicine and ultimately questions, “How can we ensure that the future of biomedical and clinical research is inclusive?”
A program funded by an NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) award at the University of California, San Francisco has developed a useful career development tool – the Career Exploration Road Map. This Inside Higher Ed article highlights some of its features.
The map is intended to be revisited throughout career exploration, in recognition that the processes of practicing self-assessment, investigating careers, and implementing change are each highly iterative. The map is complemented by a YouTube video titled, “The Fantasy, The Ideal, and The Reality of Career Exploration.”
iBiology carries two videos by Alexandra Schnoes, formerly of UCSF, about using internships to explore careers and make career decisions. Dr. Schnoes provides much in the way of useful details. UCSF, moreover, has been at the forefront of obtaining quantitative information regarding outcomes, some of which she shares in the videos (see as well Schnoes, A.M. et al., Internship Experiences Contribute to Confident Career Decision Making for Doctoral Students in the Life Sciences, CBE – Life Sciences Education, 17:ar16, 1–14, Spring 2018.)
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.
About the Speaker
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.