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Career Development Workshop Series

This year-long series of informal presentations and interactive workshops covers a variety of career exploration & professional development topics to help graduate students succeed in (and beyond) grad school!



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September 13, 2023 | Mark Schmitt, PhD, Dean | 12 p.m. | WH 3113
Learn strategies to communicate effectively with your advisor and colleagues in order to take ownership of your career. Learn negotiating techniques for having difficult conversations, communicating your career intentions with your PI and discussing your professional development opportunities.
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/tEGajKAz7F

September 20, 2023 | Barbara Stevens | 12 p.m. | Zoom
When we are stressed or emotionally overwhelmed we are more likely to misread other people, send confusing or off-putting nonverbal signals, and lapse into unhealthy knee-jerk patterns of behavior. This has an enormous effect on our work and personal interactions.This sixty minute interactive presentation will provide practical exercises designed to help participants constructively engage in communication in an empowering and persuasive manner.
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/vKEKVxF0x3

October 4, 2023 | Alumni Panel | 12 p.m. | Zoom
Alumni Panelist: Adam Pack, PhD, Utica College, Sami Noujaim, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Jason Goky, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Vanderbuilt Medical College.
Strategies to secure a academic leadership position: With ever-increasing competition for more permanent institutional or university academic posts, this workshop/webinar provides insights and strategies to enhance and improve the potential to secure an assistant/associate professorship/ lecturer/research group leader position. Working ‘smart’, generating independence and improving productivity, engaging with collaborators and harnessing networking opportunities are just some of the key topics covered in this very popular and interactive session.
Register at:  https://forms.office.com/r/2RBMtxGPNk

October 11, 2023 | Patricia Kane, PhD | 12 p.m. | WH 3113
Learn some tips and tricks from Professor Kane as she shares her experiences.
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/zHNij5Tmeq

November 8, 2023 | Alumni Panelist | 12 p.m. | Zoom
Alumni Panelist: Ashley Sweeney-Ambros, Cell biologist passionate about scientific communication, Amber Papillion, Scientist, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Jeanine Pignatelli, Director, Head of Biology, Mestag Therapeutics and Mei Yun Lin, Scientist, Oncology, Foghorn Therapeutics Inc.
The non-academic job market: Many PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are unaware of the wide variety of careers on offer to PhD-qualified bioscientists. In this workshop/webinar, participants are exposed to a wide range of jobs within various career sectors in which they are able to use their PhD knowledge and skills directly, indirectly or where they can transfer them into other non-science roles. They will learn about what skills and competencies these employers are looking for and how to convince them of their suitability for the job. They will find out how to search for, research and identify different types of careers of interest to them, as well as how to approach employers and present themselves effectively.
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/LMeYS8DkmS

November 15, 2023 | 2014 Alumna, Laura Prestia | 12 p.m. | Zoom
Laura Prestia, 2014 alumna of the Neuroscience Department will share her experiences.
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/3AzntRSSRn

December 6, 2023 | 2017 Alumna, Mansi Babbar, PhD | 12 p.m. | Zoom
Mansi will share her experience as an investigator at GSK.
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/AsGmX3deS6

December 13, 2023 | Christopher Neville, PT, PhD | 12 p.m. | WH 3113
“Innovate Upstate has become the branding name for our collective efforts to grow Entrepreneurship and Innovation here at Upstate Medical University. InnoveUpstate includes the Industry Research Office (IRO), the Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator (CNYBAC), and the Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Together we provide a pathway for moving industry collaboration forward. Students are a vital part of that effort by providing the curiosity, insight, and energy to advance scientific discovery. Dr. Christopher Neville, Director of the IRO, will share insights and take questions about student centered opportunities within the InnovateUpstate ecosystem.”
Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/DaM80Y2F7q


Writing a successful coverletter
Wednesday, Jan. 18 at noon, WH 3113

Kelsey Moody, PhD, CEO of Ichor Life Sciences, Inc.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 at noon, WH 3113
Kelsey will share is career path and experiences as CEO of Ichor Life Sciences

Career as a Researcher, Animator, Illustrator.
Wednesday, March 08 at noon on zoom
Come meet Margot Riggi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Janet Iwasa, Animation Lab at University of Utah Health

How to write a successful cv
Wednesday, March 15 at noon, WH 3113

LOTTE Biologics, Michael Hausladen, General Manager
Wednesday,  April 5 at noon, WH 3113d
Come meet and listen to General Manager, Michael Hausladen as he shares his experiences as a General Manager of LOTTE and opportunities within the company. 

Practice your interviewing skills
Wednesday, April 12 at noon, WH 3113

SUNY Upstate Medical, Human Resources talks about applying for Postdocs positions
Wednesday, April 19 at noon, WH 3113

Regenxbio, Inc. with alumna Danielle Stiler and Tracy Merrell, Human Resources Representative.
Wednesday, April 26 at noon on zoom
Come hear from alumna Danielle Stiler about her career path, why she chose Regenxbio and her from human resources, Tracy Merrell, talk about what Regenxbio looks for in individuals, possible opportunities, benefits of working for Regenxbio.

Go Beyond Your Fears to Negotiate Your Salaries
Wednesday, May 3 at noon, WH 3113
Negotiating your salary or a pay raise is never an easy topic, being prepared is a crucial step. Learn how to be prepared and learn your worth. 

Building Your LinkedIn Profile & Learning How to Develop Your Career Network
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM | Weiskotten Hall 3111

Come meet the newest addition to the Grad Studies Staff! Shaunna Arnold - Coordinator of Career Development & Special Events - will teach you how to update and promote your account, search for job opportunities and find the best way to employers.

Postdoctoral Training Opportunities with the Federal Government
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM | Weiskotten Hall 3111

Adam Waickman, PhD, shares his experiences working for Walter ReedArmy Institute of Research but also did his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Adam will share the processes he took, his experiences and the advantages and disadvantage of the industry.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Weiskotten Hall 2231
The 3-Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that challenges students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes.

Eain Murphy
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Eain shares his experiences in industry and academia. If you missed this session, you can view here.

Presenting a Scientific Poster
Wednesday 2/04/2022| 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Morgan Pimm, PhD Candidate, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Graduate Studies

Alternative Career Paths
Wednesday 1/12/2022| 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Author, Intellectual Property Prosecution/Litigation Associate at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Professional Genealogist

How to Prepare a Postdoctoral Application and Make Your CV Stand Out From the Crowd
Wednesday 12/8/2021|12:00 Noon| WH 3105
Mariano Viapiano, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology

The Tech Industry: A Career in Data Science at FaceBook
Wednesday 11/3/2021| 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Jie Peng, PhD, Data Scientist at Facebook

Selecting your Advisory Committee
Wednesday 10/13/2021|12:00 Noon| WH 3105
Mark Schmitt, PhD, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Publication 101
Wednesday 9/29/2021 | 12:00 Noon | WH 3105
Patricia Kane, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

3 Minute Thesis Competition 
Wednesday 7/14/2021 | 12:00 Noon | NAB 4414BC
Judges: President Dewan, Dr. Schmitt, Dr. Amberg
Featuring: 15 students in the College of Graduate Studies

3MT Preparation 
Wednesday 6/16/2021 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Glenn Wright, Director, Graduate School Programs, Syracuse University

Transitioning from Teaching as a Grad Student to a Career in Teaching
Wednesday 5/12/2021 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Elizabeth Hamilton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Onondaga Community College

Preparing for a Career in Teaching
Wednesday 3/17/2021 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Aaron Glass, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Health Professions
Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Finding Funding and Applying for Fellowships and Grants
Wednesday 2/10/2021 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Jennifer A. Rudes, MSDirector of Research Administration Sponsored Programs Office 
Katie Keough, MPA, CRA, Director, Research Development

Careers Beyond Academia 
Wednesday 1/13/2021 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Susi Varvayanis, Executive Director, Careers Beyond Academia/BEST, Cornell University

Preventing a Burnout
Wednesday 12/16/2020 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Holly Vanderhoff, PhD, Co-Director, Student Counseling Services

How to Select a Postdoc Advisor
Wednesday 12/9/2020 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Mariano Viapiano, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience & Physiology

Evolving from a Bystander to an Upstander
Monday 11/30/2020 |11:15 AM| Room 3111 WH 
Mark Schmitt, PhD, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Writing a Scientific Manuscript
Wednesday 10/14/2020 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Dimitra Bourboulia, PhD, Assistant Dean for UME and GME Research

Academic Strategies
Wednesday 9/23/2020 | 12:00 Noon | ZOOM
Katie Daley, Academic Support, CON, COGS, CHP

Maintaining an IDP and Academic CV
Wednesday 6/24/2020 |12:00 Noon| ZOOM
Mark Schmitt, PhD, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

PhDs in Medical Affairs
Wednesday 5/27/2020 | 12:00pm Noon | ZOOM
William Soliman, PhD, Founder and CEO, Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA)

Student Counseling Services - Stress Management and Self-Care
Wednesday 5/13/2020 |12:00 Noon| ZOOM
Michael Miller, PhD, Co-Director, Student Counseling Service, SUNY Upstate Medical University

CNY Biotech Accelerator Overview
Wednesday 3/4/2020 |12:00 Noon| Room 3105 WH
Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, Executive Director, CNY Biotech Accelerator

The Basics of Budgeting, Credit and Banking
Wednesday 2/5/2020 |12:00 Noon| Room 3111 WH
Tanya Milazzo, Associate Director of Financial Aid, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Preparing for your Scientific Future
Wednesday 1/22/2020 | 9am, 12:00 Noon, 1:30pm | Room 3105 WH 
Josh Henkin, PhD, Founder, Stem Services

Fostering Community & Service - Volunteer Opportunities for Research Scientists
Wednesday 12/4/2019 | 12:00 Noon | Room 3111 WH 
Cindy Paikin, Program Coordinator, Center for Civic Engagement, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Literature Searching Advanced
Wednesday 11/20/2019 | 12:00 Noon | Room 3111 WH
Twanna Hodge, Reference and Liaison Services Librarian, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Non-academic Career Opportunities for PhD's
Wednesday 10/30/19| 12:15PM | Room 3111 WH
Ashleigh Jackobel, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, PhD

Alda Center for Communicating Science 
Wednesday 10/2/2019 | 9:00AM & 12:00 Noon | Room 1159 WH & 3509/3510 Setnor
Joshua Rice, MFA, Improvisation Lecturer, and Elizabeth Bojsza, MFA, Assistant Professor of Practice, Stony Brook University

Title IX Training
Wednesday 9/25/2019 | 12:00 Noon | Room 3111 WH 
Dr. Malika Carter, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Career in Industry for PhD's
Wednesday 6/5/2019 | 12:00 Noon | Room 3509/3510 Setnor
Dr. Kelsey Moody from Ichor Therapeutics
Dr. Marc Ridilla from Repair Biotechnologies

Publication 101
Wednesday 5/8/2019 | 12:00 Noon | Room 3509/3510 Setnor
Dr. Patricia Kane, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Presenting a Scientific Poster
Wednesday 2/27/2019 | 3:00PM | Room 103 Weiskotten Hall 
Cameron MacQuarrie, Anatomy and Cell Biology, PhD

Teaching at the College Level
Wednesday 2/1/2019 | 1:30PM | Room 3509/3510 Setnor 
Dr. Terri Provost, PhD, professor of biology at Utica College
Dr. Adam K Pak, PhD, professor of biology at Utica College