Professional Development Events

Upcoming Events for  2014

Title: GMS OPDPA Professional Development Seminar: Future of Research Symposium-Keeping the Conversation Going
Open to:  Graduate Students and Postdocs
Speakers:  Olga Novikov MD/Ph.D. Candidate, Sarah Mazzilli, Ph.D., Amanda Watkins, Ph.D., Isabel Dominguez, Ph.D.
Date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014
Location:  L-203  BU School of Medicine Instructional Bldg.
Time:  4:00-5:00 PM
Additional Information: Email: yolanta@bu.edu to RSVP Refreshments will be served

DescriptionTo fix something you must first understand why and how it is broken.  On October 2nd-3rd, 2014, a symposium was held at Boston University organized by post-docs from Boston-area universities.  The objective was to discuss the future of academic research-not just in a vague, big-picture manner, but pin-pointing the questions and problems to better answer them and make them actually solvable.  Our panel will focus on highlighting the main questions and problems brought up at the symposium.  In addition, we will relay the solutions proposed.

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Title:  What to Expect…. When You Start Graduate School
Open to:  Graduate Students
Speaker:  Heather S. Duffy, Ph.D.
Date:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Location:  L-214  BU School of Medicine Instructional Bldg.
Time:  12:30 – 2:00 PM
Additional Information: Email: yolanta@bu.edu to RSVP. Lunch will be served.

Description As a new graduate student things can look pretty overwhelming! Everyone else seems so busy and sure of themselves. You know you have a lot to do but how do you get started? This presentation lets you know what to expect during the first months to a year of graduate school and then how your graduate school career is likely to change in the coming years.  We will start by talking about the balance between coursework and your new laboratory requirements and then begin to discuss identifying your future lab, setting up committees and picking the best group of mentors for you. In addition tips for insuring that you have successful laboratory experiences whether you rotate in several labs or just stay in one. Finally this seminar will give you the Professor’s view of what a successful graduate student looks like to us and how we know who will succeed and who is less likely to move on in science.  The types of questions answered will include everything from “What if I hate my lab choice” to “How do I deal with different lab personalities” to insure success in your graduate career.

Learning Objectives

  • Setting a graduate school career plan
  • Identifying the right mentoring style for you
  • How to pick committee members that will help you the most
  • What Professor’s look for in a graduate student

Bio:  Heather Duffy, PhD is an internationally known cardiovascular researcher who began to develop trainee career development workshops as a way to enhance her student’s career trajectories. The workshops were so successful, with her students winning top prizes in academic competitions, that she expanded the series to other groups. To date these workshops have been presented locally, nationally and even at international conferences. Dr. Duffy got her PhD in neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She went on to her first independent faculty position at Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians where she worked on cardiac arrhythmias. After being recruited to Harvard Medical School Dr. Duffy became involved in the Harvard Leadership Program and was active in the development of workshops and curricula designed to maximize student and postdoctoral potential in the Cardiovascular Department. This work expanded over time has become a primary focus for Dr. Duffy.  Dr. Duffy is the author of over 50 publications and is a renowned speaker both nationally and internationally with dozens of talks under her belt.

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Title: GMS OPDPA Speaker Series: Scientific Storytelling:  Pitch your Research to the Public & Scientific Peers
Open to:  Graduate Students and Postdocs
Speaker:  Rafael Luna, Ph.D. CEO of Scientific Storytelling
Date:  Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location:  L-201  BU School of Medicine Instructional Bldg.
Time:  12:30 – 2:00 PM
Additional Information: Email: yolanta@bu.edu to RSVP. Lunch will be served.

Description:  Communicating the “So What?” of your scientific research is imperative to your success as a scientist. Describing your research in a compelling way to different audiences, from the public to policy-makers to funding agencies and scientific peers, is a skill that can be learned. It will not only encourage others to support science, but will also enrich your own engagement with the questions that drive you.

This interactive workshop will provide instruction on how to communicate your scientific research using the structural aspects of a story…the narrative arc and will utilize the elements of narrative craft to help you polish your pitches and effectively communicate your research to scientific peers and the public.

Dr. Rafael Luna is the CEO and Founder of Luna Scientific Storytelling, LLC, which promotes the communication of science in a narrative format. Dr. Luna is a dynamic speaker and has given scientific storytelling workshops for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard University.

Agenda:
12:30-12:45 pm: Registration, Networking, and Lunch
12:45-2:00 pm Presentation by Dr. Luna

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Title: GMS OPDPA Career Development: Job Searching Tips Deep Dive
Open to:  Graduate Students and Postdocs
Speaker:  Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers
Date:  Monday, November 17, 2014
Location:  L-110  BU School of Medicine Instructional Bldg.
Time:  4:00-5:20 PM
Additional Information: Email: yolanta@bu.edu to RSVP.

Description:  In this seminar, Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers, will demonstrate how to prepare and conduct an effective job search. The presentation will provide tips on how to identify and research organizations through on-line searching, LinkedIn, conferences, press releases, new sources, networking and other sources. Examples will be provided on how to reach out to companies via email to learn about or apply to roles. Additional advice will be provided regarding how to create a job search checklist and the value of formally tracking your progress over time to maintain focus and accelerate the search. The presentation will discuss the “hidden job market” to identify roles that may not be posted, but ones that organizations could be hiring for.  This presentation will also cover how companies and recruitment firms use resume databases and LinkedIn to connect with talent. Lastly, the seminar will cover the importance of tailoring a resume and cover letter for each job; the value of a referral when applying for a job; and job search timeframes including when to start looking and how long you have to make a decision on an offer once you receive one.

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Title: Be More Productive Without Working Longer Hours
Open to:  Graduate Students and Postdocs
Speaker:  Dora Farkas, Ph.D.
Date:  Thursday, December 11, 2014
Location:  L-201  BU School of Medicine Instructional Bldg.
Time:  12:30 – 2:00 PM
Additional Information: Email: yolanta@bu.edu to RSVP. Lunch will be served.

Description: Do you work long hours, give up time with friends, and still not feel productive enough?

Many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows work to the point of exhaustion for years, but they are not as productive as they would like to be.  It turns out that the work habits that are necessary for success in college are actually counter-productive in a research environment.

In this seminar you will learn how to:

  •  Break habits that make life unnecessarily difficult
  • Relieve stress and prevent burn-outs
  •  Stay motivated and focused
  • Increase productivity without working more hours
  •  Make consistent progress in your research
  •  Get support from your supervisor
  • Create more time for recreation

Speaker’s Bio: Dora Farkas completed her PhD in the De­partment of Biological Engineering at MIT, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Senior Scientist for sev­eral years. Over the last 5 years Dora provided thesis and career coaching to nearly 200 graduate students and postdoc­toral fellows to complete their theses and pursue careers they are passionate about.

For more information, please visit  www.finishyourthesis.com or contact Dora directly at dora@finishyourthesis.com

 

Past Events

DATE EVENT
1-20-14 GMS OPDPA Career Development Semiar:  Informational Interviewing an Excellent Way to Enhance Your Career Search
10-15-14 GMS OPDPA Speaker Series: Difficult Discussions and Conflict Resolution in the Work Place
10-9-14 GMS OPDPA Professional Development Seminar:  Overview of myIDP
10-6-14 GMS OPDPA Training for the Mentees and Mentors
9-30-14 GMS OPDPA Speaker Series:  Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
9-22-14 GMS OPDPA Career Development Seminar: Networking Deep Dive
9-19-14 GMS OPDPA Speaker Series: Surviving Academia
9-4-14 New Experiential Learning Opportunity:  An Industry Scout Looking for New Technologies
8/12/14 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Acing the Interview Deep Dive
8/7/14 GMS OPDPA Speaker Series:  How to Ask the Right Questions When Transitioning from Academia to Industry
7-3-14 GMS OPDPA Professional Development:  Lab Time Management:  A Practical Perspective
7-23-14 GMS OPDPA Career Development Seminar:  How to Identify Internships, Externships and Fellowships to Build Experiences Outside of Your Scientific Training
7-8-14 GMS OPDPA Career Seminar:  LinkedIn Deep Dive
7-2-14 GMS Professional Development Seminar:  Presentation for Public Speaking
6-26-14 GMS OPDPA Diverse Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion
6-23-14 GMS OPDPA Professional Development:  Scientific Teams:  Goal Building and Accomplishing Your Mission as a Team Members
6-10-14 GMS OPDPA Career Development Seminar:  Industry Salary Negotiations
5-13-14 GMS OPDPA Professional Development Seminar:  Conversation with Sarah Cardozo Duncan on Mentoring
5-6-14 GMS OPDPA Career Development Seminar:  Looking Your Best on Paper:  Building a Resume and Cover Letter for Industry
4-29-14 GMS Professional Development Seminar:  Personal Qualities and Career
4-22-14 GMS Diverse Careers in Science Speed Networking Event
4-10-14 GMS OPDPA Professional Development Seminar:  Teaching Opportunities at BUSM
4-1-14 GMS OPDPA Career Development Seminar:  Following Up and Maintaining Your Network After You Land a Job
3-25-14 GMS Professional Development Workshop:  Immigration Presentation for International Trainees
3-19-14 GMS Professional Development Seminar:  Enriching Your Mentoring Relationships
3-4-14 GMS Career Seminar:  Becoming a Leader – Cultivating Leadership Skills for Career Advancement
2-19-14 Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
2-12-14 GMS Professional Development Seminar Series:  Research Networking:  Using BU Profiles and ORCID to Advance Your Career
2-4-14 GMS Career Development Career Seminar:  Acing the Interview:  Tips to Excel During an Interview
1-30-14 Career Development Seminar:  Networking Insights 2
1-22-14 GMS Professional Development Seminar:  Overview of myIDP (Individual Development Plan)
12-12-13 GMS OPDPA Diverse Careers in Science:  A Panel Discussion
12-10-13 GMS OPDPA Postdoc & Ph.D. Students Leadership Development Series:  Transition from Individual Contributor to Leader/Manager
12-9-13 GMS OPDPA Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Building Your On-Line Personal Brand Using LinkedIn, Blogs, and Other Social Media
11-21-13 MD/PhD Thursday Seminar Series:  Meet Dr. Dan Remick, Chair of the Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine
11-19-13 GMS OPDPA Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Informational Interviewing:  An Excellent Way to Enhance Your Career Search
11-14-13 GMS OPDPA Luncheon with Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff
11-13-13 OPDPA Leadership Series:  Becoming a Leader: Cultivating Leadership Skills for Career Advancement
11-5-13 OPDPA Professional Development Series:  Publish or Perish:  Writing a Research Paper
10-29-13 MD/PhD Seminar Series
10-24-13 GMS OPDPA Luncheon Series with Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff:  Elevator Pitch
10-16-13 GMS OPDPA Postdocs & Ph.D. Students Leadership Development Series: Of Science and Strategy Seminar
10-10-13 GMS OPDPA Postdoc Journal Club:  Star Your Own Company
10-7-13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Job Search Process:  What Companies Look for When Evaluating Talent
9/23/13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Networking Insights: An Overview of Networking Events and Organizations Useful for Career Searches
9/19/13 GMS National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Seminar:  Communication Styles
9/18/13 GMS National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Seminar:  Scientific Storytelling
9/17/13 GMS National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week: Ice Cream Social
8/27/13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Evaluating Transferable Skills
8/13/13 OPDPA Speaker Series:  Influence Without Authority
7/9/13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Career Search Strategy:  Identifying Opportunities and Roles
7/1/13 OPA Speaker Series:  The World Beyond Your Bench
6/24/13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Building a Resume and Cover Letter for Industry Boot Camp
6/18/13 Diverse Careers in Science:  A Boston University Alumni Panel Discussion
5/29/13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: Job Search Boot Camp – Tips and Advice for how to Organize your Job Search and Identify the Right Opportunity for you
5/7/13 Scientific Storytelling:  Pitch Your Research to the Public and Scientific Peers
with Rafael E. Luna, Ph.D.
4/25/13 GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series:  Following up and Maintaining Your Network After You Land a Job with Lauren Celano, GMS Career Advisor, CEO Propel Careers
4/17/13 IRB 101 for BUMC Graduate Students IRB Submission with Mary-Tara Roth, Director, Clinical Research Resources Office (CRRO).  View video recording of this event.
4/9/13 Teaching Opportunities through the Biomedical Laboratory Clinical Sciences and BioScience Academy with Connie Phillips MA, MPH Program Director; Gloria Vachino M.S. Associate  Director; Stefan Doerre and Michael Panichas.  View the video of this event
3/21/13 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences sponsored 2-part Workshop Ethics in Science with Ara Tahmassian, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Research Compliance, BU and BMC Gregory Viglianti, Ph.D.,
3/19/13 GMS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Speaker Series Enriching Your Mentoring Relationships A How-To Workshop for Mentees and Mentors with Joanne Kamens, Ph.D.
3/18/13 Career Development Monthly Seminar Series March Seminar:    Becoming a Leader – Cultivating Leadership Skills for Career Advancement with Lauren Celano, MBA CEO Propel Careers
2/27/13 Engaging Effectively Across Differences: Diversity, Curiosity, and Questions David Joseph, VP of Programs, Public Conversations
2/5/13 Creating Your Individual Development Plan, Part II: Setting Goals for Scientific & Career Success Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UMASS
1/2013 The Business of Biotechnology Abdulmaged Traish, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Urology, BUSM & Carl Franzblau, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry, BUSM – 3 Part Workshop
1/31/13 Writing a Research Paper: Publish or Perish Department of Physiology and Biophysics Special Topics Students Seminar presented by Olga Gursky
1/23/13 Work/Life Balance Judith Jones, DDS, MPH, DScD, Professor and Chair, Department of General Dentistry, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
12/12/12 From Graduate Training to Green Card Roy J. Watson, Jr. , Watson Law Offices, Bedford, MA
12/4/12 Diverse Careers in Science:  A Panel Discussion Video Recording
12/3/12 Working in the Multi-cultural Lab: Communication, Reasoning, and other Cultural Differences Anne P. Copeland, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Interchange Institute, Former Associate Professor of Psychology, Boston University
11/14/12 Selling Yourself: it’s a dirty job but you can do it. Tobe Berkovitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Advertising, BU College of Communication
11/12/12 Creating your IDP – Finding the Right Career for YOU Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UMASS
11/6/12 Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: Informational Interviewing – An excellent way to enhance your career search Lauren Celano
10/24/12 How to Get Published Elsevier and Mass AWIS invite you to attend a presentation on “How to Get Published”.
10/17/12 Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: Building Your Online Personal Brand: Using blogs, LinkedIn, and other social media tools to build your brand.
10/2/12 From Academia to Entrepeneur: How to Start Your Own Company Discussion with Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D, winner of the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur award and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Science Exchange and with William Gunn, Ph.D., Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley.
9/20/12 Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Losing Control Meet Drs. Leslie Zebrowitz, Brandeis University, Barb Cohen, Arex Pharmaceuticals, and Valerie Weiss, Film Director whose research and characters are based on and featured in the film.
9/2012 Take Control of Your Financial Life TODAY! Rick Shaffer, a financial expert and real estate attorney, has hosted The Money Show since 1991. Sponsored by Association for Women in Science/ BU Women in Science and Engineering.
9/19/12 Have More Money $$$  “Financial Rules Of Thumb Workshop”
9/17/12 “Careers in Communicating Science: Journals, Blogs, Netcasts and Tweets” Vincent Raceniello and Alan Dove
9/12/13 Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: Building a Resume and Cover Letter for Industry Lauren Celano, MBA CEO Propel Careers
9/12/12 Personal Qualities and Career Stephen Brady, Ph.D. Director, Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine
8/14/12 Networking insights Lauren Celano, MBA CEO Propel Careers
6/12/12 How to Develop an Elevator Speech Isabel Dominguez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology Section, BUSM
5/23/12 Negotiating Work and Life Joanne Kamens, PhD , Executive Director, Addgene
4/17/12 Intellectual Property Patent Primer Michael Pratt, Executive Director, BU Business Development
4/2012 Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
3/2012 Tax Information for International Postdocs
2/2012 Refining your Resume for Industry
1/2012 Building Your Personal Brand
12/2011 Pathways to U.S. Permanent Residence for International Postdocs
11/2011 Meet BU Ombuds, Francine Montemurro and learn about the Office of the Ombuds
10/2011 Lab Time Management: a Practical Perspective
9/2011 National Postdoc Appreciation Ice Cream Social
8/2011 Skills for Successful Networking to Advance Your Career
7/2011 The Industry Exploration Program (IEP)
6/2011 Teaching and Mentoring Opportunities through Biomed Program and CityLab Academy