New career development panels at OHSU Research Week

OHSU Research WeekNew this year at OHSU Research Week, we’ve planned a series of career development panels that are designed to spark conversation between students, fellows, and faculty on topics like developing a good relationship with you mentor, finding a job, and surviving grad school. OHSU Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to attend.

How to prepare for the job search and interview process

Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to attend this informal Q&A panel led by two recently hired faculty and one senior faculty member. Our new faculty panel members, Summer Gibbs, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Laura Heiser, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, will share their job search experiences as well as provide insight on how to prepare for the interview process. Senior faculty member Steven Shea, Ph.D., director of the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, will shed light on what employers are looking for during the job search process.

How to establish a strong mentoring relationship

Thursday, May 23, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

This panel discussion focuses on how to make the most out of a mentoring experience. Learn from experienced mentors and mentees about what you can and should not expect from a mentor/mentee relationship, how to clarify roles, and how to set boundaries. They’ll also provide tips on what has worked for each of them. This discussion is directed to a wide variety of participants, from students and postdocs to faculty; clinical researchers to basic scientists. Facilitated by Cynthia Morris, panelists include David Jacoby, M.D., professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Amie Peterson, M.D., MCR, assistant professor, Neurology; Karen Eden, Ph.D., associate professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and Wilmon Grant, Ph.D., MCR, postdoctoral fellow, OHSU/PVAMC.

How to choose a postdoctoral position

Friday, May 24, 11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Old Library 217

Learn from our panel of postdoc experts how they found and chose their postdoctoral fellowship. Students are encouraged to ask questions about any part of the process they are most interested in, such as how to identify and contact potential mentors, how to prepare for the postdoc interview process, and what to look for in a mentor. Panelists include: Jared Fischer, Ph.D., Molecular and Medical Genetics; Matthew Jones, Ph.D., Environmental and Biomolecular Systems; Kateri Spinelli, Ph.D., Neurology; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience.

How to survive graduate school

Friday, May 24, 1 to 1:55 p.m., Old Library 217

It’s one thing to get into graduate school. It’s another to survive it. Our postdoc experts will provide advice on time management, writing your first scientific manuscript, how to prepare for your thesis defense, and other topics. This discussion-oriented workshop is designed for graduate students at all stages. Panelists include Connie Nguyen-Truong, Ph.D., RN, Nursing; Julia Perederiy, Ph.D., Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research; Alain Silk, Ph.D., Dermatology; and Kristen Zuloaga, Ph.D., Anesthesiology.

Non-academic careers options for scientists

Friday, May 24, 3 to 4 p.m., Old Library 217

Professionals from various industries join us to give an insider’s look at life beyond the academic landscape. Included are a hydrologist from the U.S. Geological Survey, a member of the Environmental Services Bureau of Portland, a scientist at Invitrogen, and a patent lawyer at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP. Particular focus will be on career trajectory from graduate school onward, what each occupation entails, and other life lessons learned along the way.

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