Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series

This workshop series for doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees focuses upon a range of career development topics critical to professional career success.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Transitioning from a postdoc to positions in industry, government, scientific writing and many other avenues outside of academia can seem challenging and confusing. Join us as Dr. Julie Cramer and a panel of former postdocs describe how their training, as well as the proven tools of networking, specializing and volunteering successfully led them to their current positions outside of academia. After a brief PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Cramer and the panelists will provide insight that will help you take the necessary steps to find opportunities that will lead you to the next position in your career.

Moderator

Julie Cramer, PhD | Learn More >

Scientist, NanoVision Diagnostics, Inc.

Panelists

Marissa Kuzirian, PhD

Executive Associate, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

Kelly Picchione, PhD

Research Investigator, Knopp Biosciences

John Watkins, PhD | Learn More >

Senior Electrochemist, LumiShield Technologies


Add to Calendar 04/13/20107 03:00 PM 04/13/2017 05:00 PM America/New_York Life After Postdoc: Pathways to Careers in Industry and Other Fields DPCD Workshop S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower 04/13/2017 Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:30am - 11:30am
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

This workshop will begin with a brief introduction by Dr. Julie Phillippi describing traditional postdoc career pathways in a research institution as well as highlighting other lessor known career paths in academia that are available to PhDs. She will be joined by several panelists who will share how their education, training, and professional skills prepared them to successfully compete for their current positions in academia. The majority of the session will be spent addressing questions from the audience. 

Moderator

Julie A. Phillippi, PhD | Learn More >
Assistant Professor,

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Panelists

Phillip D. Palmer, PhD, MS | Learn More >
Assistant Dean
Affiliated Faculty

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University

Kimberly Payne, PhD
Lecturer

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Valerie L. Reeves, PhD | Learn More >
Research Program Coordinator,
Concussion Research Lab

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

Add to Calendar 02/23/2017 09:30 AM 02/23/2017 11:30 AM America/New_York Life After Postdoc: Career Opportunities in Academia DPCD Workshop S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower 02/23/2017 Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

This workshop will discuss whether or not to do a postdoc -- the benefits of choosing a postdoc, as well as the critical consideration when selecting a postdoc position vs. another type of position. In addition, a host of candidate position parameters that will help you to determine the optimal environment to support your individual career success will be discussed, such as how to find opportunities to advance your own research area, as well as the importance of a good fit with a PI/Mentor and research group who will be instrumental to your career plans.

Speakers

Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH | Learn More >
Associate Professor, Center for Aging and Population Health

Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health

Yamnia I. Cortes, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC | Learn More >
Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health

Add to Calendar 01/25/2017 03:00 PM 01/25/2017 05:00 PM America/New_York To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc: How to Choose Wisely DPCD Workshop S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower 01/25/2017 Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
John D. Merriman, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, School of Nursing

The development of a Career Development Plan (also known as an Individual Development Plan –IDP) is a critical component of your advanced training. Join a panel of your peers as they share how they used their career development plans to stay focused upon their career goals. A significant portion of the session will be devoted to addressing questions posed by members of the audience.

Add to Calendar 11/17/2016 03:00 PM 11/17/2016 05:00 PM America/New_York Career Development Plan: A Purposeful Approach to Achieving Your Career Goals The development of a Career Development Plan (also known as an Individual Development Plan –IDP) is a critical component of your advanced training. Join a panel of your peers as they share how they used their career development plans to stay focused upon their career goals. A significant portion of the session will be devoted to addressing questions posed by members of the audience. S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower MM/DD/YYYY aNhizTZmrziWHUSRwmVQ18446

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Brooke LaFlamme, PhD
Senior Editor, Nature Genetics

This presentation will provide an overview of the editorial process at Nature Genetics, including how they prioritize papers in their current focus areas and how the publication process works at scientific journals more generally. Dr. LaFlamme will discuss how to best organize and present your manuscript prior to submission, from an editor’s perspective.

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Add to Calendar 10/26/2016 03:00 PM 10/26/2016 5:00 PM America/New_York The Scientific Publication Process: An Editor's Perspective This presentation will provide an overview of the editorial process at Nature Genetics, including how they prioritize papers in their current focus areas and how the publication process works at scientific journals more generally. Dr. LaFlamme will discuss how to best organize and present your manuscript prior to submission, from an editor’s perspective. S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower MM/DD/YYYY aNhizTZmrziWHUSRwmVQ18446

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Joan J. Anson, MS Ed, PC
Director of Career Services, Student Affairs
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. 

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Add to Calendar 09/20/2016 03:00 PM 09/20/2016 5:00 PM America/New_York CV to Resume: What Employers Look For This workshop will reveal and explore strategies used to effectively prepare and market oneself to those in industry, government and non-profit organizations. S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower MM/DD/YYYY aNhizTZmrziWHUSRwmVQ18446

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center - Dining Room
Judy L. Cameron, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Pitt Science Outreach
Director, Working For Kids: Building Skills
University of Pittsburgh
This workshop will provide strategies and tips for presenting posters to a wide audience. You will learn how to engage your audience, emphasize your message, and deliver your poster as an easily understandable story. Developing your confidence with these skills is critical to communicate your story efficiently and effectively to advance your career. 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Alethea Wieland
Managing Director of North American Operations
SCOPE International USA, Inc.
Tom Smithgall, PhD
William S. McEllroy Professor and Chair
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh
Your CV or résumé can get your foot in the door but a successful interview will secure your entry to land the job. This workshop will explain the interview process for both academic and non-academic careers. Learn the importance of interview preparation and examine strategies for excelling during your interview.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine
Director, Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development
Make your connections work for you! This workshop will explore best practices for developing and expanding your network and how you can utilize your contacts to enhance your career experience. Learn how you can be a “Connector” to facilitate networking between your colleagues and friends, and how this can help your own career development.
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.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center - Dining Room
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.

 

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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Satdarshan (Paul) Monga, MD
Nick Giannoukakis, PhD

This is a continuation of the previous workshop, "Developing a Successful Grant Application: A Primer for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Sciences," held in April 2015. It will further provide a comprehensive overview on the process of the F32 grant writing and review process with a special emphasis on structure of grant proposals, how reviewers score the grants, and how decisions on funding are made. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants should be able to appreciate the scientific features of an outstanding grant proposal, thus allowing them to write a successful F32 grant application. This workshop is intended for participants who attended Part 1; however, new registrants are welcome.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Satdarshan (Paul) Monga, MD
Nick Giannoukakis, PhD

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview on the process of the F32 grant writing and review process with a special emphasis on structure of grant proposals, how reviewers score the grants, and how decisions on funding are made. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants should be able to appreciate the scientific features of an outstanding grant proposal, thus allowing them to write a successful F32 grant application.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center - Ballroom
Natasha Tokowicz, PhD

In this workshop, we will discuss ways to overcome the difficulties associated with being productive in writing, focusing on the issues that are identified by the audience as most problematic. We will also discuss the critical step of editing one’s writing.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl BST
Richard Bodnar, PhD

We will briefly discuss some career options that do not benefit from time in a postdoc position.  We will primarily focus on the preparation for successful transitioning to a postdoctoral position and the critical consideration when selecting this position.  This requires consideration of your longer term career plans and a host of candidate position parameters that will help you to determine the optimal environment and fit to support your individual career success. 

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
O'Hara Student Union - Dining Room
Todd W. Reeser, PhD
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 BST
Rita Sostrin, Esq.
Genevieve D. Cook, PDSO, RO

United States immigration laws can be a complex series of paths to navigate.  This program will discuss the possible US immigration options after completing academic training.

"Making a Case for the Extraordinary Scientist” - R. Sostrin (2011)

 

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

Make your connections work for you! This workshop will explore best practices for developing and expanding your network and how you can utilize your contacts to enhance your career experience. Learn how you can be a “Connector” to facilitate networking between your colleagues and friends, and how this can help your own career development.

In preparation for the upcoming Dec 5th workshop on Networking, all attendees are being asked to complete the following brief exercise by Dec 4th.  We want to leverage the collective wisdom of the group and demonstrate the wide diversity of networking resources that exist.

 

  • Identify one networking tip that you find most interesting and creative.  This can be from an online resource, book, or personal advice. 
  • Email DPCD@pitt.edu by Dec 4th including a  summary of the tip and the source of the tip.

 

These tips will be discussed in table groups at the workshop with each table reporting their top tips.   

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
Carol DeArment, Ed D
Kevin R. Craig

Do you remember your favorite instructor? Chances are that person made learning an interactive and thought-provoking experience. Learn strategies that will take your lesson plans to the next level; incorporate innovative technology to illustrate your objectives and facilitate discussion within the classroom. This workshop is designed to equip you with the basic skills needed to create an engaging and successful learning environment. 

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center-Ballroom
Jennifer Woodward, PhD

You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you can! During this interactive session, participants will identify the benefits of negotiating for both professional and personal success; learn the “dos” and “don’ts” of negotiating; and develop a tool-kit of tips and strategies for negotiating successfully. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice negotiating to learn how to effectively communicate with their boss, colleagues, and staff. 

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S120 BST
Joan Anson, MS Ed

First impressions are always important and so is strategy. This workshop will offer tips designed to help you navigate career fairs in general and be better prepared to attend the Fall 2014 Career Fair on September 24, at the Petersen Events Center.  Learn how to introduce yourself using the one-minute commercial and how to use the fair as a networking opportunity.  This workshop will equip you with the tools needed to make a lasting impression and build a network that will enhance your job searching experience. 

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
S120 Starzl BST
Tom Koloc, MEd, LPC, NCC
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

Balancing a career and personal life can be difficult. This workshop will examine strategies to define personal and professional priorities, and techniques to claim control of your life. Discover habits that will strengthen personal resilience to effectively manage your career and personal life. Resources available to the University community, such as work/life referrals and confidential counseling will also be highlighted.

*This session is for postdocs and faculty.*

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Webinar
Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH

Researchers are familiar with the NIH and NSF when applying for a grant, but there are a multitude of other funding resources where you can submit your application to advance your science. Discover the differences and similarities between types of funders, searching methods for locating these opportunities, and alerting services that can keep you up to date on selected funding announcements.

*Prior to this event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar.*

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Joan J. Anson, MS Ed

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. 

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

This workshop will explore the strengths of different personality types and discuss appropriate tips that will allow you to make use of your strengths in networking environments while being yourself.

Too often it is assumed that outgoing and gregarious personality types are naturally effective at networking, and workshops typically advocate strategies that encourage other personality types to replicate these behaviors. In reality, people with a preference for introversion have distinct and valuable strengths that can make them extremely effective at networking when they apply strategies that are more natural for them.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Angus W. Thomson, PhD, DSc

Being a good mentee is about more than just listening to advice. This workshop will demonstrate the dynamic relationship between mentors and mentees, giving you the tools to get the most out of your experience. Gain valuable insight into behaviors you can develop to improve your communication with your mentor. Will also include strategies to expand your network of mentors.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Arthur S. Levine, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine

Learn about the variety of resources available to assist you in a successful and fulfilling postdoctoral experience professionally and personally.

In addition to welcoming remarks from Senior Vice Chancellor Arthur S. Levine, MD, presenters will cover topics including the Office of Academic Career Development resources, the UPPDA postdoc association, Office of International Services, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and information about living in Pittsburgh. Even if you arrived nearly a year ago, you will learn about additional resources.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Timothy M. Maul, PhD

Self-Promotion: you owe it to your science to promote yourself. When you attend workshops or seminars, or volunteer to be on a panel, to judge a poster contest, or to serve on a committee, you are not only becoming visible in your scientific community, you are putting the spotlight on your own scientific accomplishments. This informative and interactive workshop will highlight the advantages and the opportunities that can result when you effectively network and become known in your field of research.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S120 Starzl BST
Satdarshan (Paul) Singh Monga, MD
Nick Giannoukakis, PhD

Experienced faculty mentors will discuss strategies for successfully competing for a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (F32) through the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program. This workshop will also include mock reviews of a successful and unsuccessful F32 grant application. The purpose of this postdoctoral fellowship award is to provide support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators and to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. Please note that F32 awards are limited to US citizens and permanent residents. Click here for an overview of this postdoctoral grant mechanism.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Rita Sostrin, JD
Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP
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Charles L. Nieman, PhD
Office of International Services
University of Pittsburgh

United States immigration laws can be a complex series of paths to navigate. This program will discuss the possible US immigration options after completing postdoctoral training.

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 BST
Steven K. Wendell, PhD
Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Development
Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
Research Assistant Professor, School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

This workshop will enable you to apply essential tools to enhance your postdoctoral training experience and ensure you reach your professional goals. A career development plan represents a collaborative strategy of mentoring between a faculty mentor and postdoc at the initial stage of postdoctoral training. The expectations and milestones along the path to reaching career objectives will be outlined to ensure successful career development and a productive postdoctoral training experience for both the mentor and postdoc. Effective October 2011, postdocs in the schools of the health sciences are required to complete an annual career development plan.
See http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu/postdocprogress

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 8:30am - 10:30am
123 Victoria Hall
Alaina G. Levine
President, Quantum Success Solutions

Resumes and CVs don’t get you jobs, they get you interviews. Learn the secrets of making your resume or CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will actually be read and that it articulates your value to the organization. Discover what to absolutely include and what to absolutely omit from your resume and CV, and how to organize both using a skill inventory tool to better communicate your problem-solving abilities. The session will also discuss what documents go into a CV package, and how to discern when to use a resume vs. a CV, depending on the job opportunity (academia vs. industry). In addition, we will also discuss other critical tools needed for your career planning strategy, including effective networking techniques. Learn how to effectively promote yourself and build a network, discover how to “work a room”, start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain additional information that can set you on a path to career victory. The importance of and use of social networks will be emphasized.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 BST
Arthur S. Levine, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine

Learn about the variety of resources available to assist you in a successful and fulfilling postdoctoral experience professionally and personally.

In addition to welcoming remarks from Senior Vice Chancellor Arthur S. Levine, MD, presenters will cover topics including the Office of Academic Career Development resources, the UPPDA postdoc association, Office of International Services, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and information about living in Pittsburgh.  Even if you arrived nearly a year ago, you will learn about additional resources.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 3:00am - 5:00am
S120 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Steven K. Wendell, PhD

This workshop will enable you to apply essential tools to enhance your postdoctoral training experience and ensure you reach your professional goals. A career development plan represents a collaborative strategy of mentoring between a faculty mentor and postdoc at the initial stage of postdoctoral training. The expectations and milestones along the path to reaching career objectives will be outlined to ensure successful career development and a productive postdoctoral training experience for both the mentor and postdoc. Effective October 2011, postdocs in the schools of the health sciences are required to complete an annual career development plan.
See http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu/postdocprogress

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 3:00am - 5:00am
S120 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Kannu Sahni, SPHR, Human Resources, University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 3:00am - 5:00am
S120 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Charles L. Nieman, PhD, Office of International Services, University of Pittsburgh
Rita Sostrin, Partner, Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP

United States immigration laws can be a complex series of paths to navigate. This program will discuss the possible US immigration options after completing postdoctoral training.