Events

Upcoming SciPhd Events

SciPhd, a professional development services firm that has held career events at major research universities nationwide, including Rutgers, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Stanford. Due to the popularity of this event, BEST will host several events during the 2017-2018 academic year in collaboration with SciPhd. These events require advance registration due to limited space. Learn more about SciPhD.

SciPhD Bootcamp: It's all about the team

8 a.m - 5 p.m., May 21 & 22, 2018
Margherio Family Conference Center, Scott Hall, School of Medicine

This rigorous, hands-on bootcamp is open to doctoral trainees or postdoctoral scientists committed to making a successful transition to a career in business and industry. It will be conducted by SciPhD, a nationally recognized professional development services firm.

The program will focus on the skills that industry demands in order to be successful in the first 18 months of a new position which will distinguish you from the competition and prepare you for a leadership position. Download detailed description. Topics include:

  • Successful communication
  • Building effective teams
  • Developing your people
  • Six leadership styles
  • Project management for scientists
  • Finance principles
  • Putting it all to work

Download a detailed description of topics, activities and outcomes.

***Advance registration required***
Regular registration $45 until May 11
Nonrefundable - credit card or e-check accepted.

Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on both days and a comprehensive portfolio of resources. There will be a business card competition and also for any registrant who would like one, a professional photograph for her/his LinkedIn profile, free of charge!

Wayne State students – Use the registration link below:

WAYNE STATE STUDENT REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Non-Wayne State students only – Use the registration link below:

NON-WAYNE STATE STUDENT REGISTRATION IS CLOSED


BEST-sponsored mini-grant events

Non-Academic Careers for PhD Students and Postdocs

2 - 5 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018
Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rm 240/241, School of Medicine

The Department of Communication will host an interactive panel discussion on how you can use your graduate school skills for a nonacademic career in industry, nonprofits or government. The panel will be followed by a hands-on workshop on resume writing for nonacademic job applications. View event flyer with panelist details. For more information about this event contact Rahul Mitra at Rahul.mitra@wayne.edu.

Register online

Read more about the BEST mini-grants for 2017 and 2018

Cardiovascular Research Institute [CVRI]/BEST Program
Thinking Outside the (Academic) Box: Career Opportunities in Cardiovascular Sciences

Tuesday, May 8
12 noon to 1 p.m. - Joint seminar
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Roundtable and trainee lunch
Margherio Family Conference Center, School of Medicine

CVRI will sponsor a seminar about careers at the National Institutes of Health for doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff. Click here for the flyer about this event.

The presenters include Dr. Tish Murphy, a distinguished cardiovascular scientist and head of the Cardiac Physiology Section at NIH, and Dr. Li-Shin Huang, Program Director in the Office of Research Training and Career Development, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at NIH.  

Following the seminar will be a trainees-only roundtable discussion and lunch, starting at 1 pm.
Trainees who would like to attend the roundtable and lunch, please submit your RSVP here: http://nihlunch.rsvpify.com
Contact Dr. Karen Przyklenk, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, at karinp@wayne.edu, or her assistant, Kayla Gilmore, at kgilmore@med.wayne.edu.
 

Dept. of Communication/Detroit Revitalization Fellows/BEST Program
Nonacademic Careers & Skill Development for Ph.D. Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

May 15-17, 2018
Techtown Detroit, Midtown

The Dept. of Communication, in partnership with the Detroit Revitalization Fellows, is pleased to offer a 3-day workshop for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars. Up to 15 students will be accepted in this free workshop, to be held in TechTown Detroit in Midtown.  Workshop participants will learn how to use their graduate training in urban resilience and community engagement efforts, network with representatives of key regional organizations, and help design applied research projects to serve local communities. Applicants must be doctoral students enrolled full-time at Wayne, or postdocs, in any field of study. We hope to select a diverse and interdisciplinary cohort of workshop participants. See this flyer for more detailed information on how to apply. Queries should be sent to Rahul.mitra@wayne.edu


2017-2018 Phase II Program

These workshops provide and opportunity to learn more in-depth about a particular career area in the course of a daylong or half day Saturday session. This experience should be viewed as preparation for a career exploration in that area. Read more about BEST program components.

Phase II presenter bios

Phase II Workshop: Communication - RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 14

This workshop will be rescheduled later in the spring.

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center  

This is a half-day careers event sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] program in the Graduate school for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in learning more about careers in science communication and publishing via discussion and hands-on activities. 

Presenters include:
Christine Chow, Ph.D., Professor, WSU Dept. of Chemistry; faculty facilitator
Judith Moldenhauer, Professor, WSU Dept. of Art and Art History; faculty facilitator
Aaron Burr, Ph.D., Medical Writer, MMS Holdings
Corinne Williams, Ph.D., Science Editor, American Society for Clinical Investigation

Light breakfast and lunch are provided. Business casual attire is recommended. Bring business cards if you have them.

Note: Prospective attendees should have attended the Phase I seminar in this career track (Communication) last fall or else viewed the video online PRIOR to attending this Phase II workshop. For more information, contact BEST@wayne.edu.

Phase II Workshop: Business - RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 14

This workshop will be rescheduled later in the spring.

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center  

This is a half-day careers event sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] program in the Graduate school for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in learning more about careers in business and industry via discussion and hands-on activities.

Presenters include:

Christine Chow, Ph.D., Professor, WSU Dept. of Chemistry; faculty facilitator
Judith Moldenhauer, Professor, WSU Dept. Dept. of Art and Art History; faculty facilitator
Ethan Eagle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, WSU Dept. of Engineering
Evelyn Jabri, Ph.D., Founder, E&A Innovation Group
Heinz Plaumann, Ph.D., former Technology Manager/Director, BASF; Founder, QuantumQik Careers

Lunch is provided. Business casual attire is recommended. Bring business cards if you have them.

Note: Prospective attendees should have attended the Phase I seminar in this career track (Business) last fall or else viewed the video online PRIOR to attending this Phase II workshop.  For more information, contact BEST@wayne.edu.

Phase II Workshop: Teaching

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center  

This is a full-day careers event sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] program in the Graduate school for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in learning more about careers in undergraduate and community college teaching via discussion and hands-on activities.

Presenters include:
Andrew Feig, Ph.D., Professor, WSU Dept. of Chemistry; faculty facilitator
Patrick Mueller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, WSU Dept. of Physiology, faculty facilitator
Jeanne Andreoli, Ph.D., former science faculty, Marygrove College
Marcus Dickson, Ph.D., Professor, WSU Dept. of Psychology
Tonya Whitehead, Ph.D., Assistant Director, WSU Center for Teaching & Learning; adjunct faculty, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

Downloadable teaching resources:

Aligning learning outcomes worksheet
Blooms Taxonomy
Course design resources
Tips for creating effective video lectures
Peer instruction presentation slides
Learning outcome examples

Phase II Workshop: Government

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center  

This is a half-day careers event sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] program in the Graduate school for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in learning more about careers in government via discussion and hands-on activities.

Presenters include:
Christine Chow, Ph.D., Professor, WSU Dept. of Chemistry; faculty facilitator
Karen Beningo, Ph.D., Assoc Prof Biology, faculty co-facilitator
Ken Massey, Ph.D., Senior Director of Venture Development, WSU Office of Technology Commercialization; Mayor of Farmington Hills, MI
Toby Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities

Light breakfast and lunch are provided.  Business casual attire is recommended.  Bring business cards if you have them.

Note: Prospective attendees should have attended the Phase I seminar in this career track (Government) last fall or else viewed the video online PRIOR to attending this Phase II workshop.  For more information, contact BEST@wayne.edu.

Phase II Workshop: Research Administration

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Scott Hall - Margherio Family Conference Center  

This is a full-day careers event sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] program in the Graduate school for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in learning more about careers in research administration via discussion and hands-on activities. 

Presenters include:
Christine Chow, Ph.D., Professor, WSU Dept. of Chemistry; faculty facilitator
Karen Beningo, PhD, Assoc Prof Biology, faculty co-facilitator
Patrick Brandt, Ph.D., Director of Career Development and Training, Office of Graduate Education, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers, Ph.D., Director of Research Priorities and Partnernships, York University (CN) Lassonde School of Engineering

Light breakfast and lunch are provided.  Business casual attire is recommended.  Bring business cards if you have them.

Note: Prospective attendees should have attended the Phase I seminar in this career track (Research Administration) last fall or else viewed the video online PRIOR to attending this Phase II workshop.  For more information, contact BEST@wayne.edu.


Graduate School/BEST co-sponsored GPPD Seminars

Landing a career with LinkedIn

building an online network badgeJune 2018 - date TBD

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.
 


Past Events

Business card competition

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

McGregor Memorial Conference Center

Bring your business card to the symposium and drop it in the BEST box in the McGregor reception area by noon on Tuesday, March 6 to enter. Judges will select up to three cards to win $25 gift cards to be announced duing the awards ceremony at 3:45 p.m.. Sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] Program. Open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

2018 business card competition winners

What makes a good business card?


Medpace recruiting event

School of Medicine, Margherio Family Conference Center
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 4 to 6 p.m.

 
Medpace is a global clinical research organization that works with small to mid-size pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies to run clinical trials for FDA or other regulatory body approval. This event, led by Brian McQuade, CRA manager, and Brooke Ball, HR generalist at Medpace, will primarily be focused on recruiting Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), but the Medpace team will be able to answer questions about other career opportunities with Medpace.  

This recruiting event is sponsored by BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training), an NIH-funded program designed to assist doctoral trainees in the biomedical and life sciences explore multiple career options.

Download the Medpace presentation


2017-2018 Phase I Program

Download the poster for Phase I 2017

Download Phase I panelist bios

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

Download research administration panelist bios.

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:
Andrew Feig, Ph.D., WSU Faculty Facilitator - Associate Dean of the Graduate School - Professor of Chemistry
Marcus Dickson, Ph.D., WSU Professor of I/O Psychology Coordinator of I/O MA Program and APORG
Sheila Smith, Ph.D., U of M Dearborn Associate Professor of Chemistry
Jeanne Andreoli, Ph.D., 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

Download teaching panelist bios.

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

Download business/industry panelist bios.

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

Download government panelist bios.

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

Download communication panelist bios.


 

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