All Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Joan Anson, MS Ed
Director of Career Services, Student Affairs
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

How does one prepare written documents that communicate relevant experience to those who offer employment outside of the Academy? This workshop will reveal and explore strategies used to effectively prepare and market oneself to those in industry, government and non-profit organizations.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
S123 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Gerald T. Montano, DO
Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh


Title of This Month's Talk:

"Parent-child Relationships in Sexual Minority Youth"

To learn more about the speaker, click here.

Postdoc to Postdoc is a forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs. These are scheduled monthly, and complimentary lunch and soft drinks are provided for those who register in advance.


Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion, Schenley Park

Postdocs and their families are invited to network and socialize at this UPPDA picnic event. A variety of free activities for the whole family including caricature drawings, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, games, etc. This event requires advanced registration.

A free shuttle from campus will be making a continuous loop beginning at 4:45 p.m. Last return trip will be 8 p.m.

The shuttle route is to be determined. A map of the route will be provided at that time.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Alumni Hall
Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA
Executive-in-Residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG)
CEO of bioStratica, LLC

This interactive workshop, presented by the Office of Academic Career Development–Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association, is designed to bolster the professional development of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing practical input for discovering emerging opportunities in today’s job market. The featured guest speaker, Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) and bioStratica, LLC, will be joined by professionals from science-related fields who will facilitate roundtable discussions about career prospects in a variety of settings.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Anne Thompson, MD
Vice Dean, School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Whether you are a clinician-investigator, an investigator-educator, or clinician-educator, this workshop will define the general guidelines of obtaining tenure for each pathway, how to prepare a portfolio, where you should be at the mid-point, and strategies to stay on target. Join us as the members of the School of Medicine Tenured Faculty Promotions and Appointments (TFPA) committee describe what they look for when considering a candidate for tenure.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Darlene F. Zellers, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
Director, Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
Director, Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, School of Medicine

Mentoring is well recognized as contributing to career success across disciplines. Like many other interpersonal interactions, mentoring relationships take time and effort to flourish.  This workshop will help you develop strategies to cultivate and manage productive mentoring relationships that will contribute to your professional success and personal satisfaction throughout your career.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Industrial Engineering and Clinical and Translational Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) primary grant mechanisms for supporting new and mid-career investigators is the Mentored Career Development Award (a.k.a. K Award). This workshop explores the range of K Award options available, provides an overview of the K Award application process and review criteria, and includes a step-by-step guide to preparing an outstanding and successful application. With the exception of the K99/R00 mechanism, K award applicants must be citizens of the US or permanent residents.


Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Paula Davis, MA
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Diversity
University of Pittsburgh
Genevieve Cook, PDSO, RO
Director of International Services
University of Pittsburgh

While expertise in your field is certainly critical to success, quite often career development and goal attainment are impacted by the capacity to form a team, become a part of a team, or to leverage networks.  This workshop will explore individual differences, the impact of those differences on workplace culture and consideration of when the two are a difficult fit.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Bruce A. Freeman, PhD
Irwin Fridovich Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Peter A. Friedman, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Academics, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Securing research funding in the present economic climate requires more than producing good science – you must communicate transformative objectives within the context of a highly competitive research proposal. This workshop takes the mystery out of grant preparation and provides a pathway for success.