Schedule for Research Week 2014 career development panels

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

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

Monday, May 5, 3 to 4 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

This interactive discussion will focus on the myriad of factors that can ultimately determine an entrepreneur’s success. The presentation is designed to provide entrepreneurs examples of difficult situations and suggestions on how to avoid them by taking preemptive action. The discussion will specifically detail some scenarios including the “perils of co-founding,” strategies for aligning business expectations, equity compensation, and emergency financial planning. Left un-discussed in the early stages of a company’s lifecycle, these types of central issues can threaten a company’s ability to overcome start-up challenges. Hosted by Dennis McNannay, executive director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, and Andrew Watson, director of Technology Transfer and Business Development at OHSU.

How to survive grad school

Tuesday, May 6, 10 to 11 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

It’s one thing to get into graduate school. It’s another to survive it. Our panel of postdocs and senior grad students 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 Julia Maxson, Ph.D., Knight Cancer Institute; Lillian Klug, Ph.D. candidate, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences; and John Harkness, Ph.D. candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience.

How to get a postdoc position

Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Old Library 211

Learn from our panel of postdoc experts about 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: Hillary McGraw, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology; Andrew Gunderson, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience.

Non-academic careers for scientists

Tuesday, May 6, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Professionals from various industries join us to give an insider’s look at life beyond the academic landscape. Particular focus will be on career trajectory from graduate school onward, what each occupation entails, and other life lessons learned along the way. Panelists included Jim Austin, Ph.D., editor of Science Careers, a publication of Science magazine and AAAS; OHSU graduate Mike Rosen, Ph.D., division manager at the Portland Bureau of Environmental; and OHSU graduate Trish Pruis, Ph.D., business development associate in Technology Transfer and Business Development.

How to establish and manage a mentoring relationship

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

Establishing expectations and boundaries can be the most important step in ensuring a successful mentoring relationship, but this step is often missed at the beginning of a relationship with a mentor or mentee. This panel discussion will provide advice and tips on how to go about setting expectations to get the most out of mentoring. Learn from experienced mentors and mentees about what you can and should not expect from a mentor/mentee relationship, how to clarify roles and to set boundaries, and tips regarding 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; and mentees to mentors. Facilitated by Cynthia Morris, panelists include David Jacoby, M.D., professor of medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine;  Karen Eden, Ph.D., associate professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology;  Wilmon Grant, Ph.D., M.C.R., postdoctoral Fellow, OHSU/Portland VA Medical Center; Julia Maxson, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Knight Cancer Institute; Rajarshee Mazumder, M.D./M.P.H. student; and Marilynn Chow, Ph.D. student, Cancer Biology Program.

Finding your first faculty job

Thursday, May 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to attend this informal Q&A panel led by three recently hired faculty members. The panelists will share their job search experiences as well as provide insight on how to prepare for interviews. Panelists include Michael Cohen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology; Mary Logan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., who is finishing up his postdoctoral fellowship at in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience.

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