By Yolanta M Kovalko

Building Your Personal Brand: A Workshop for Postdocs

November 29th, 2011 in General News, Postdocs

Please join us on January 25th at 12:00 noon for a workshop presented by WEST’s Executive Director, Ilene Fischer. She will lead the program which she developed while working with management guru, Tom Peters.  This program is based on Mr. Peters’ work, “The Brand Called You.”


Title: Building Your Personal Brand

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Time: Noon – 1:50 P.M.

Location: Room L-112, 72 East Concord St.


Registration Required: Email:


Additional Information:   Supplementary material will be distributed   at the workshop.
In this program you will:

•Understand branding and its importance

•Create and define your personal brand

•Design a strategy that increases your distinction and inspired performance

•Discover what you want to be known for and how to express and be recognized for your talent at work

Refining your Resume for Industry 2/23

November 29th, 2011 in Academics, General News

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs “Speaker Series” aims to provide BUSM postdocs with information and resources to succeed here on campus and beyond. The series encourages the exchange of ideas and the intellectual enrichment of the postdoctoral community. This month’s event is: Refining your Resume for Industry. The guest speaker, Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers

Title:  Refining your Resume for Industry
Date:  Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Location: Room L-201/L203, 72 East Concord St., BU School of Medicine Bldg
Registration Required:    Email

Workshop Description:
Lauren Celano will talk about the differences between industry resumes and academic CV’s and best practices for writing a cover letter. She will focus on format, areas to highlight, what companies look for, the importance of tailoring your documents, and other tips so that your details stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs.
In this program you will:

  • Focus on industry formatting for resumes
  • Learn best practices for cover letter preparation
  • Learn about what companies look for in a resume and cover letter and what they value
  • Learn how to highlight your experience
  • Learn why it is important to tailor your documents
  • Tips on how to differentiate yourself with your resume and cover letter

Diverse Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion – December 6.

November 9th, 2011 in General News

Our diverse careers panel discussion  held on 12/6/2011 was well received with over 50 doctoral, masters and post-doctoral fellows in attendance. Introductions were made by Linda Hyman, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the panel was moderated by  Lauren Celano, MBA, Founder and CEO, Propel Careers.

Other panelists include :

  • Stephanie Seidl, Ph.D., Product Scientist, Cell Signaling
  • Phill Jones, Ph.D. Editorial Director, Journal of Visualized Experiments
  • Cissy Young, MBA, Ph.D., Director, Strategy and Business Development, Cerulean Pharma Inc.
  • Jim Gould, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Fellows, Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine

For further details of this successful  event view the Program and Bios of the Panelists.

Pathways to U.S. Permanent Residence for International Postdocs December 8.

November 1st, 2011 in Academics, General News, test

Title: Pathways to U.S. Permanent Residence for International Postdocs 

Description: Workshop is intended for international postdocs in the United States in nonimmigrant classifications. Will cover long-term immigration alternatives, strategies and timing considerations for postdoctoral researchers preparing to apply for U.S. Lawful Permanent Residence and will also provide an overview of BU sponsorship policies and procedures. 

The session co-sponsored by the BUMC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the BU International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).

Date:                      Thursday, December 8, 2011 

Time:                      1:30 – 3:30 PM 


Location: 72 East Concord Street (BU School of Medicine Bldg.) Room Evans 120, Wilkins Board Room

Sharryn E. Ross is the Senior Partner in the firm of Ross Silverman LLP in Boston, MA. She practices exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law, with an emphasis on business immigration.  Ms. Ross has over 30 years of experience in immigration law, and has extensive experience representing companies, hospitals, and universities. She served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for 12 years, and has chaired numerous national committees within AILA.  She is currently the Vice-Chair of AILA’s Department of Labor Liaison Committee.  She is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of issues in the immigration field.  Ms. Ross has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyer in the field of immigration law.

Jeanne E. Kelley is the Director of the Boston University International Students and Scholars Office and has been in the field of international education for over 18 years. She advises international students, scholars and university departments on immigration issues and specializes in non-immigrant employment matters and federal compliance. Jeanne obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University in International Relations and a Master of Science degree from Boston University in International Communication.

Lab Time Management: a Practical Perspective

October 25th, 2011 in General News, test

From a practical perspective, one of the most daunting challenges for beginning investigators is learning how to cram an impossible load of new obligations into a 24-hour day.   Finding ways to manage the conflicting demands on your time can be a key to developing a successful career and a rewarding personal life. Our recent  Postdoctoral Affairs Speaker Series Seminar held on 10/27/11 addressed this issue.

Time Management.postdoc

One of the postdoc who attended said this about the event and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs:

“Thanks so much for organizing the time management workshop. The speakers had really helpful advice and offered good perspective on what to prioritize and how to do so. I appreciated that this, like all of the workshops you’ve  coordinated that I have attended, was really well-focused  on postdocs.”

Thank you Drs. Nikolajczyk and Weiss  who have agreed to work with postdocs to present similar workshops on this subject in the future.


Industry Exploration Program

June 30th, 2011 in Academics, Postdocs

Come to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Monthly Speaker Series to hear all about the initiative developed by the MassGeneral Postdoc Association, MassBioEd Foundation and local companies who partnered to provide postdocs with an opportunity to spend a day at local biotech companies to discuss career tracks within the company, network, engage in scientific discussions, and learn how to prepare for a career in the biotech industry.

Paper published by Science magazine about this program

Postdoc Speaker Series: Work/Family Balance 5/19

May 12th, 2011 in General News, Postdocs

Figuring out how to juggle any career with the non-work part of life can be challenging but for a working scientist, there never seems to be a way to do it all.  The goal of this program is to give you some things to think about that could make a real difference in your success at work and happiness in general.  And sometimes it just helps to meet with others and realize that you are not alone.  Come to listen and share your ideas for enjoying both work and home.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

8:30 – 10:00 AM

L109A, 72 East Concord Street, School of Medicine

To Register email:

Breakfast Provided

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Social Friday, 2/18/11 at 3 pm

February 17th, 2011 in Postdocs

Celebrate the Launching of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Join the Staff of OPA and Fellow Postdocs for:
An Afternoon of Celebration
Learn About the OPA’s Support & Resources
Meet Our Staff and Other Postdocs

Friday, February 18 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Boston University Medical Campus
72 East Concord Street, Room L-109A
Refreshments and Raffle

Contact Us: or 617-638-5244