Events

2017-2018 Phase I Program

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Elizabeth Watkins, PhDBEST Program Phase I Orientation and Keynote Address

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., September 27, 2017
Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center

This is a 90-minute event that will address the overall aspects of the BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) Program for graduate, Ph.D. and postdoctoral scientists who are interested in exploring multiple career paths. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Watkins from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Watkins is the Dean of the Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs and Professor of History of Health Science.

Read Dr. Watkins full bio on the BEST Blog.

 

BEST Program Phase I Panel: Research Administration

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 2, 2017
Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center

This is a 90-minute panel event that will address employment in research administration for biomedical doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in exploring multiple career pathways.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Presenters include WSU faculty and alumni currently working in these domains. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Panelists include:

Dr. Christine Chow, WSU Faculty Facilitator - Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Phil Cunningham - WSU Associate Vice President Research Integrity
Dr. Patrick Gossman, WSU Deputy CIO, Community, Research and Special Projects, Executive Director, Community Telecommunications Network
Dr. Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers - Lassonde School of Engineering (Ontario, Canada) Director, Research Priorities and Partnerships
Dr. Jodi Wesemann, Assistant Director for Higher Education, American Chemical Society

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BEST Program Phase I Panel: Teaching

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 3, 2017
Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center

This is a 90-minute panel event that will address employment in undergraduate teaching (in PUIs and community colleges) for biomedical doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Presenters include WSU faculty and alumni who teach in these domains. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Panelists include:

Dr. Andrew Feig, WSU Faculty Facilitator - Associate Dean of the Graduate School - Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Marcus Dickson, WSU Professor of I/O Psychology Coordinator of I/O MA Program and APORG
Dr. Sheila Smith, U of M Dearborn Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Jeanne Andreoli, Marygrove College Associate Professor of Biology Director, Institutional Development Core for ReBUILDetroit Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Tonya Whitehead, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Office for Teaching and Learning

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BEST Program Phase I Panel: Business/Industry

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 4, 2017
Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center

This is a 90-minute panel event that will address employment in business and industry for biomedical doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in exploring multiple career pathways.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Presenters include WSU faculty, alumni, and scientists who will share their experiences in launching careers in business. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Panelists include:

Dr. Christine Chow, WSU Faculty Facilitator - Professor Department of Chemistry
Dr. John SantaLucia, WSU Professor Department of Chemistry
Dr. Kelly George, Principal Scientist L'Oreal Cosmetics
Dr. Jaime Curtis-Fisk, DOW Pharma & Food Solutions, Pharma R & D
Dr. Ashesh Saraiya, Product Marketing Manager NuGEN Technologies

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BEST Program Phase I Panel: Government

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 5, 2017 
Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center  

This is a 90-minute panel event that will address employment in government at the city, state, and federal level for biomedical doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in exploring multiple career pathways.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Presenters include WSU faculty, alumni, and scientists who will share their experiences in these domains. Q&A will follow the presentation. 

Panelists include:

Prof. Judith Moldenhauer, WSU Faculty Facilitator - Professor Graphic Design
Dr. Christine Chow, WSU Faculty Facilitator - Professor Department of Chemistry
Dr. Ken Massey, WSU Sr. Director, Venture Development VP Research - Adjunct Professor Pharmacology
James Williams, WSU Director of Federal Affairs
Dr. Irina Pala, Office of Naval Research
Dr. Dan Acosta, Deputy Director, National Center for Toxicology Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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BEST Program Phase I: Communication Panel

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., October 6, 2017
Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center

This is a 90-minute panel event that will address employment in communication and scientific publishing for biomedical doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in exploring multiple career pathways.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Presenters include WSU faculty and alumni who have pursued careers in this domain. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Panelists include:

Prof. Judith Moldenhauer, WSU Faculty Facilitator Professor Graphic Design
Dr. Pradeep Sopory, WSU Faculty Facilitator Associate Professor Communication
Dr. Donnie Sackey, WSU Assistant Professor Department of English
Prof. Karen Cheng, University of Washington Professor Visual Communication Design
Dr. Laura Pechta, Health Communication Specialist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Graduate School/BEST co-sponsored GPPD Seminars

BEST Program GPPD: Community Engagement

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., October 11, 2017
UGL - Community Room

This is a 90-minute seminar event that will address employment in the community for biomedical doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in exploring multiple career pathways.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Presenters include WSU faculty and alumni who have pursued careers in this domain. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Panelists include:

Dr. Marcella Wilson, President and Founder, Transition to Success
Dr. Tonya Matthews, President and CEO, Michigan Science Center
Dr. Shelly Tucker, former CEO of Corrections2Community
Dr. Chuck Jackson, President, Community Social Services of Wayne County

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OISS – BEST Phase III

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Undergraduate Library (UGL) Bernath

This is an informational session specifically for international students who are interested in applying for the BEST Program's Phase III Career Exploration or who have found a potential BEST career exploration site in 2018. 

Chamu Gowrishankar, Assistant Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Wayne State, will explain the eligibility, process, and regulations for obtaining work authorization (either Curricular Practical Training [CPT] and Optional Practical Training [OPT]) to participate in BEST's Phase III. 

There will be a Q&A following the presentation.

Presented by Chamu Gowrishankar, Assistant Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Wayne State.

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Landing a career with LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., November 28, 2017
Welcome Center Auditorium

According to a recent study by Jobvite, more than 90% of recruiters use social media as a part of the talent acquisition process, and 87% of the respondents are using LinkedIn. These staggering statistics imply a necessity for job seekers to have not only an active profile on LinkedIn, but one that stands out from the millions of users seeking the same jobs. In this seminar, participants will learn from career expert and social media professional, Jay Johnson, how to leverage the power of the online networking tool LinkedIn to identify, apply, and land the job of their dreams. The seminar will explore advanced methods of searching and identifying prospective career opportunities, connecting and engaging with key personnel and influencers, and building a profile that will get you noticed. This is a seminar you won't want to miss; your career could depend on it.

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