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​As part of the Graduate Division's commitment to the growth and development of all of the graduate students and postdocs that we support, we offer regular, structured professional and career development programming.  This is one way the Division answers the call of the NIH Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report to provide training and support for many different potential career paths for our trainees, given that the majority of biomedical science trainees pursue careers outside of that of a tenure-track faculty member focused on research.  Our approach to professional and career development takes many forms: biweekly talks or workshops, quarterly career essentials series (Jumpstarts), skills bootcamps, peer support, and one-on-one guidance from Graduate Division staff.


For more information about our full range of Professional and Career Development programming, please contact Lauren Easterling at easterli@iu.edu.



Upcoming Workshops and Seminars


Wednesday,

January 16

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Career Exploration Group Pilot Orientation and Kick-Off

Presenter: Lauren Easterling, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  R2 E101

In 2019 we will pilot Career Exploration Groups.  These groups will be collections of graduate students and postdocs who explore together specific career paths.  These groups will meet and organize around a structured exploration of a career path in any sector (academic, for-profit, not-for-profit, government, outreach), and will work towards presenting what they learn at the Career Exploration Group Expo in early May 2019.  We are looking to pilot three groups this spring; if you are interested, please complete the following interest form: http://go.iu.edu/284m


Friday,

January 18

10:30am – 12:00pm

Career Talk: Dr. Bill Smith, Gilead Bioscience, Inc.

Location:  Walther Hall (R3) C203 Auditorium

Join us for a career talk by Dr. Bill Smith from Gilead Biosciences.  He is currently the Senior Director of the Drug Metabolism Group, Giliead Sciences, and has previously worked in Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Metabolism, and began his career in industry bench science.  He will share more about his current and previous role, and provide advice and answers to questions about starting off in and succeeding in science in industry settings.

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28ph


Friday,

January 25

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Career Skills: Am I Really Qualified For That Job?  Assessing One's Skills For A Job Search

Presenter: Lauren Easterling, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  R3 303/305

Have you ever looked at a job posting and wondered “Am I qualified for this position?"  This session will lead participants though how to examine and make decisions about job descriptions/postings, how to make the decision about how to apply, and how to evaluate both your job-specific and transferable skills.

Register: http://go.iu.edu/288Q


Monday

January 28

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Science Stories Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, Session 1

Presenter: Various

Location:  Chancellor's Restaurant, University Tower (smaller group) or R3 303/305 (larger group)

This spring the Graduate Division and Diversity Affairs at the IU School of Medicine will be offering a spring Science Stories Book Club, to meet three times in early 2019.  The book club is open to anyone interested in reading and discussing a book that considers science in its real-world contexts.  This year we will be reading The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, by Ben Barres, PhD.  This is a posthumously released autobiography from a acclaimed neuroscientist who advocated for the rights of women and gender minorities in the sciences.

The Science Stories Book Club will meet three times in early 2019 to discuss this book.  One-third of the book will be discussed at each session.  If you cannot attend any of the sessions, you are still welcome to attend any of the other sessions.

  • Monday, January 29, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read the Foreward, Introduction, and pages 3-38
  • Monday, February 25, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read from the bottom of page 38 (Postdoctoral Years) through 62, review notes and appendices
  • Monday, March 25, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read page 69-115

Register: http://go.iu.edu/288q


Tuesday,

January 29

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Roadmap to Entrepreneurship in Science

Presenter: Dr. Mervin Yoder

Location:  Distinguished Professor Emeritus, IU School of Medicine; Entrepreneurship, IU Health

Dr. Yoder will introduce attendees to the entrepreneurship process from understanding what constitutes intellectual property (IP), to disclosures, identifying who is an inventor, to pathways for licensing IP, and considerations for starting a company.

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28pm


Wednesday,

February 6

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunchtime Career Workshop: Your Academic CV

Presenter: Lauren Easterling, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  Glick 103

Come and learn more about different ways to approach creating a CV, discuss how and when to use different forms of a CV, and practice revising and critiquing CV samples.  Bring your CV!

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28po


Wednesday,

February 6

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Career Talk: Patent Agent, Ashley Sloat, PhD, Co-Founder, Aurora Consulting

Ashley is a USPTO-registered patent practitioner who specializes in the development and management of patent portfolios for startup ventures and emerging growth companies. She takes a hands-on approach with each client, partnering with Engineering and Management teams to intimately understand each client's business, competition, and product vision. Armed with this knowledge, Ashley is able to increase the value of her clients' patent portfolios while reducing overall legal costs.

Ashley has significant experience building patent portfolios directed to a diverse array of technologies. Previously, with Silicon Valley's Hudak Consulting Group LLC, a Schox Patent Group spin off, Ashley drafted and prosecuted patent applications for robotic systems, intracardiac devices, wireless healthcare technologies, physical activity equipment, biotechnologies, surgical training systems, and other medical and consumer product devices. In this role, she also performed patent landscape analyses and patentability searches for healthcare technology companies.

Ashley earned her Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in the biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan. In addition to her research in immune-mediated disorders, Ashley also worked as a technology transfer fellow in the Office of Technology Transfer at the U of M. There she analyzed nascent technology for commercialization potential (marketability, challenges, competitors, potential licensees) and patentability.

After earning her Ph.D., Ashley served as a patent infringement researcher for the U of M and a regulatory writer for an Ann Arbor-based, early stage pharmaceutical company, in particular, drafting documents for approval by the European Medicines Agency.

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28ss​ 

Monday

February 25

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Science Stories Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, Session 2

Presenter: Various

Location:  Chancellor's Restaurant, University Tower (smaller group) or R3 303/305 (larger group)

 

This spring the Graduate Division and Diversity Affairs at the IU School of Medicine will be offering a spring Science Stories Book Club, to meet three times in early 2019.  The book club is open to anyone interested in reading and discussing a book that considers science in its real-world contexts.  This year we will be reading The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, by Ben Barres, PhD.  This is a posthumously released autobiography from a acclaimed neuroscientist who advocated for the rights of women and gender minorities in the sciences.

The Science Stories Book Club will meet three times in early 2019 to discuss this book.  One-third of the book will be discussed at each session.  If you cannot attend any of the sessions, you are still welcome to attend any of the other sessions.

  • Monday, January 29, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read the Foreward, Introduction, and pages 3-38
  • Monday, February 25, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read from the bottom of page 38 (Postdoctoral Years) through 62, review notes and appendices
  • Monday, March 25, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read page 69-115

Register: http://go.iu.edu/288q

 

Friday,

March 15

8:30am – 1:00pm



Careers 101: Planning Your Career Journey

Presenter: Lauren Easterling, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  IU Technology Innovation Center (TK 100)

This 4.5 intensive session is designed for postdocs and graduate students as an introduction to thinking about careers, specifically careers where one can apply a PhD in the biomedical sciences.  This session will be hands-on, will require a small amount of pre-work, and is limited to 15 people.  This session will be repeated every 3-4 months, and is targeted to those new to understanding the career preparation and search process. Topics to be addressed will be: knowing your strengths and interests; career sectors, contexts, and options; ways of exploring career options; and next-steps for career preparation.  Attendees will be expected to attend the entire session if registered, and please RSVP by Wednesday, February 20.  Lunch will be provided in a working-lunch format.

Registerhttp://go.iu.edu/283F


Monday

March 25

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Science Stories Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, Session 3

Presenter: Various

Location:  Chancellor's Restaurant, University Tower (smaller group) or R3 303/305 (larger group)

This spring the Graduate Division and Diversity Affairs at the IU School of Medicine will be offering a spring Science Stories Book Club, to meet three times in early 2019.  The book club is open to anyone interested in reading and discussing a book that considers science in its real-world contexts.  This year we will be reading The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, by Ben Barres, PhD.  This is a posthumously released autobiography from a acclaimed neuroscientist who advocated for the rights of women and gender minorities in the sciences.

The Science Stories Book Club will meet three times in early 2019 to discuss this book.  One-third of the book will be discussed at each session.  If you cannot attend any of the sessions, you are still welcome to attend any of the other sessions.

  • Monday, January 29, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read the Foreward, Introduction, and pages 3-38
  • Monday, February 25, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read from the bottom of page 38 (Postdoctoral Years) through 62, review notes and appendices
  • Monday, March 25, 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Read page 69-115

Register: http://go.iu.edu/288q



Friday,

March 29th

TBD




Save the Date - Making a Statement, a four-part day-long series of workshops on writing teaching, research, and diversity statements for an academic job search
Presenters: Various
Location: R3 303/305

Wednesday,

April 10

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunchtime Career Workshop: Your Industry Resume

Presenter: Lauren Easterling, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  Glick 103

Come and learn more about different ways to approach creating a resume, how it differs from a CV, different forms and layouts, and practice revising and critiquing resume samples.  Bring your resume, or your CV if you don't have a resume!

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28pu


Friday,

April 19

8:30am – 12:00pm

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) and Test, Step I - For IUSM Graduate Students and Postdocs

Presenter: Brandy Boyer-Wood, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  Daly 186

MBTI Step I is a powerful, versatile personality type assessment that provides the foundations for a deep understanding of personal motivations and group interactions. It can be applied to multiple personal and business issues, and revisited over time as new challenges arise. In this session, participants will verify their MBTI Type, review their understanding of personality types and the Myers-Briggs framework, develop greater self-awareness and awareness of others, and identify ways to use personality differences constructively to improve personal interactions and team performance. NOTE: Participants will be responsible for completing an online assessment prior to attending the class.

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28ps


Wednesday,

April 24

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunchtime Career Workshop: Social Media, Your Career and Marketing Yourself

Presenter: Lauren Easterling, IU School of Medicine Graduate Division

Location:  Glick 103

Are you interested in increasing the effectiveness of your social media usage in the job search?  Come to this session with your own device (laptop/tablet) with your questions.

Register: http://go.iu.edu/28pv


Monday-Friday

May 15-17

Various

Jumpstart to Teaching (series)

Organizer/Week Lead: Lauren Easterling
Presenters: Margaret Bauer, Lauren Easterling

Location:  Glick 103 (M, W, Th, F) and R3 303/305 (Tu)

Graduate students and postdocs at IU School of Medicine who are interested in developing or improving their skills and abilities as a teacher/instructor are highly encouraged to attend this session.  During this session you will learn more about how to prepare a quality lesson/lecture, and some tested, quality methods for helping your future students learn.  Also, you will have an opportunity to create a short lesson (10-15 minutes), practice it with your peers and trained facilitators, and receive feedback to improve the lesson and your ability as an instructor.


Monday-Friday

June 10-14

Various

Jumpstart to Industry Careers (Series)

Presenters: Various

Location:  TBD