Additional Opportunities & Resources
The Office of Career Development is open! If you would like to talk about options, career planning, CV/resume review or other topics related to career & professional development, please email Mary at email@example.com to schedule a virtual appointment.
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Events This Week
It’s UTHSA Spirit Week! Check the website for all activities:
NIH OITE webinars: Virtual NIH Graduate Partnerships Program Information Session
Wed, Oct. 13, 1-3pm CT
Are you interested in completing all or part of your graduate research at the National Institutes of Health? The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a collaborative PhD program that allows graduate students to perform dissertation research at the NIH while completing coursework at and receiving their degrees from a US or international university. Learn more about the GPP and meet with Partnership Directors at our upcoming virtual information session!
(If you currently work/study outside NIH, create a guest account here.)
Beyond the Professoriate Webinar: 3 ways to fight back against imposter syndrome in your job search
Thu, Oct. 14, 11am CT
Are you reading job advertisements and feeling overwhelmed by all the things you DON’T know? We get it. Starting a new career can mean starting over, learning new tools and developing new skills. The good news is that you love learning, and you know how to research solutions to a problem!
In this webinar, L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) will provide you with tips and strategies for overcoming feeling like an imposter as you explore new career fields and begin applying for jobs outside of academia. After attending this webinar you’ll be able to:
• Describe imposter syndrome and its negative impacts on your job search.
• Develop strategies to counter the negative effects of imposter syndrome.
• Manage your own self-doubt and imposter syndrome.
All graduate students and PhDs are invited to attend this webinar with Dr. L. Maren Wood, founder of Beyond the Professoriate.
Free for all attendees. Replay available.
SACNAS and GSBS OCD Career Exploration Talk with Dr. Katie Serafine
Thu, Oct. 14, 12noon
Speaker Dr. Katie Serafine, Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join the UTHSA SACNAS chapter and the GSBS Office of Career Development on Thursday, Oct. 14th at 12noon to hear from Dr. Katie Serafine, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at El Paso. Research in Dr. Serafine’s behavioral pharmacology laboratory focuses on the different factors that contribute to individual differences in vulnerability to drug abuse. To investigate these factors, Dr. Serafine uses preclinical models to investigate how factors such as age, sex and diet impact sensitivity to drugs of abuse like cocaine.
Register at: www.utbiomed.com/serafine to get your personal Zoom link. Registration will remain open through the time of the event.
UTSA Seminar: Career Story - Dr. Katherine Wainwright
Thu, Oct. 14, 4pm CT
Dr. Katherine Wainwright will lead this Career Story session - Once A Researcher Always A Researcher - to share how she used the knowledge she gained as a Behavioral Researcher in the UTSA Psychology Doctoral Program to become a User Experience Researcher at Google. Join her October 14 to hear about the experiences that shaped her future and be inspired through Q&A to take control of your own.
NIH OITE webinars: Workplace Dynamics II - Conflict & Feedback
Fri, Oct 15, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (ET)
Rooted in the Thomas and Kilmann Conflict Grid, this workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management and giving and receiving personal feedback. Participants learn how to have difficult conversations often associated with conflict within research groups, like leadership struggles and peer-interactions. Speaker: Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services.
Read more about the Workplace Dynamics series.
EnventureSA Meet and Greet
Fri, Oct. 15th, 7pm CT
Enventure is a Houston-based nonprofit with programs designed to support life science innovators at every stage of the process, from needs finding, to business model development, to clinical strategy, and beyond. In doing so, we also provide our pool of advanced degree candidates with hands-on experience and opportunities to build professional networks in life science industries. Since 2012, Enventure has served over 3000 students and 45 startups. Sign up to come join us and meet members of our San Antonio branch in person on Friday, October 15th at 7pm, and to find out more about the programs we offer. Be sure to check out https://www.enventure.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/enventuremed/ for more information. For questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Events Next Week
Oct. 19, 22 Nov. 2, 5, 4-6pm CT, ALTC 2.220
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) sponsors a workshop series to introduce effective strategies for the successful mentoring of diverse trainees. Proven approaches to the development and enhancement of effective mentoring relationships are explored in four 2-hour sessions. This workshop series is available to postdoctoral trainees, advanced graduate students, and faculty. A certificate is provided upon completion. To receive a certificate, attendance is required at all four sessions.
NRMN Career Development Webinar Series: The All of Us Research Hub: A Deep Dive Into NIH's All of Us Research Program
Tue, Oct. 19, 12pm CT
The All of Us Research Program is an ambitious effort to gather health data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research that may improve health. In this webinar, you'll learn how the All of Us Research Program benefits researchers and how you can access program data online through the Research Hub. There are also many funding opportunities shared within the program. Join us to find out how you can contribute to All of Us as a participant and how to sign up!
NPA Webinar: U.S. Immigration and Visas in the Age of COVID
Wed, Oct. 20, 12noon CT
This webinar will discuss visa and immigration issues that have come to the fore during COVID. This will include a discussion on the administrative and procedural changes within United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the pandemic as well as the current state of play in international travel. We will also discuss how the immigration landscape has changed with regards to the different visas that are applicable to the postdoctoral community and describe how international postdocs can navigate the different avenues in front of them as they determine the next career path to explore. This will also entail a discussion over how best to utilize the different options that may be available to them in exploring U.S. permanent residency and how they may be able to apply their professional credentials and attributes to strengthen their application when the time is right.
UT Health San Antonio is a sustaining member of the NPA, so students can join as affiliate members for free.
NIH OITE webinars: Becoming a Resilient Scientist Training Series
Thu, Oct. 21, 12noon CT
The NIH OITE is pleased to offer a series of webinars and small group discussions to help you develop the confidence and resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in school, work, and life. The series will consist of five webinars, each followed by a small group discussion the following week. The drop in group discussions will be held at 12pm CT the Thursday of the following week. (Note: Information on closed groups for specific training programs and cohorts is forthcoming.)
The webinars will highlight strategies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers. We will discuss the cultivation of skills to help you realize resilience and identify and deal with obstacles that get in your way. The material discussed will be helpful to individuals when starting out, transitioning to their next experience and when mentoring others. While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Data shows that trainees who attended most of the Becoming the Resilient Scientist series felt that they have become more resilient and were better able to handle stress and conflict in their lives.
The workshops and group discussions in the series are:
Unit 3. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists, Thursday October 21, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CT
The drop-in discussion group will be held on the following Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT.
Unit 4. Developing Feedback Resilience, Thursday November 4, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The drop-in discussion group will be held on the following Thursday, November 10, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT.
Unit 5. Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships, Thursday November 18, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CT
The drop-in discussion group will be held on the following Thursday, November 22, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT.
More info and to register: https://www.training.nih.gov/events/view/_2/6169/RTP2021
Beyond the Professoriate Webinar: Leaving academia? Here’s what you need to do to prepare.
Thu, Oct. 21, 12noon CT
Leaving academia can feel overwhelming. It’s a big decision, and you want to make sure that you’re making the right choice. Plus it takes a lot of time (about 6 months to find a job). You want to make sure you’re planning and preparing well in advance so that you can make a successful career transition from your current position to a new, meaningful, career where you can be paid for your education and training. Join L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) for this interactive webinar so that you can be confident in your decision and knowledgeable about the steps you need to take.
More info and to register: https://beyondprof.com/upcoming-events/
STEM Circuits 2021-22 Kickoff: Strategize Your Job Search
Thu, Oct. 21, 6pm CT
STEM Circuits, sponsored by Chicago Women in STEM Initiative, will kick-off virtually this fall on October 21, 2021 with an informative discussion on strategizing your job search. The session will be led by Dr. Tracy Costello, a career coach and professional development trainer across various platforms, who will discuss the job search process. Afterwards, we will open the floor to the audience for a Q&A session with the speaker. Event Description: Career exploration and the job search process may feel like a rollercoaster but understanding the big picture will help you navigate it successfully. For many facing an upcoming career transition, it is natural to look at the vast landscape of career opportunities and worry about how to choose or prepare. This lecture focuses first on strategies for networking, including tips for virtual conferences and to make your online profile stand out, and second, strategies for a successful job search. The job search can be broken into four primary steps: 1. identification of opportunities, 2. preparation of application materials, 3. interviewing, and 4. negotiation. We’ll discuss resources, best practices, and tips to connect with opportunities and present your best self to impress hiring managers.
ASCB webinar: Too Creative for Science?
Mon, Oct. 25, 2pm CT
Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a family of artists and then end up a scientist? What does thinking like an artist offer the scientist? Can the blending of art and science encourage a more diverse population of students to pursue science, and improve the public understanding of science? In this webinar you will learn, the benefit of the arts in science, particularly in the science classroom and its advantages with increasing public engagement. Ahna Skop, Professor in the Department of Genetics and an affiliate faculty member in Life Sciences Communication and the UW-Madison Arts Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give you an exciting glimpse into her life and how she has impacted science, education and the public with her two passions: science and art.
UTHSA GSBS Nuts & Bolts Admissions Series
Wed, Oct. 27, 6pm CT
Thinking about a PhD program? Please join GSBS for the October installment of the Nuts & Bolts Admissions Series. This month GSBS will be hosting a Faculty Ask Me Anything (AMA). If you have any questions you'd like to submit before the event, please send submit them here:
Register in advance for this meeting: https://uthscsa-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-morTIoG9PeWdgtDceIkEn...
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
ASCB webinar: Building Simple Microscopes for Schools: Leveraging Hands-on Activities for Effective Science Engagement
Thu, Oct. 28, 12noon CT
For science engagement enthusiasts, have you ever wondered how to plan for simple, interactive activities with a broad reach of participants? Dr. Bob Goldstein, James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor of Biology at UNC Chapel Hill, will share his experience using hand-made microscopes for science outreach.
In this webinar, Dr. Goldstein will introduce us to his curiosity-driven journey from smartphone-based magnifiers to hand-made microscopes. He will describe how he transitioned this activity from college lecture halls to elementary school classrooms, and the successes/challenges along the way. ASCB Public Engagement Grant awardees and team members, Dr. Quyen Aoh, Molly Gordon, and Dr. Kristin Kirschbaum, will join the second half of the webinar for a moderated panel discussion with live questions.
SAVE THE DATE: UP Event – Medical Writing
Fri, Oct 29, 4-5p.m., Virtual
Join the UTHSA Postdoctoral Association (UP) for Dr. Anand Devasthanam, a medical writer to give a talk on "Unfolding your Opportunities: Becoming a Medical Writer.” Dr. Devasthanam, Associate Director, Medical Strategy, 21GRAMS will discuss initial thoughts about medical writing, what is medical writing and what do medical writers do all day and will also provide input on where you should begin, but conceptually and tactically.
2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Grants Administration and Program Funding
Mon, Nov. 1 – Thu, Nov 4, 2021
Why Attend? Learn about NIH grant processes, policies, and programs; Interact with NIH program, grants management, review and policy staff; Gather resources to use and share with colleagues; and Engage and network with your peers. If you are an administrator, researcher, early-stage investigator, graduate student, or anyone new to working with the NIH grants process, then this seminar is designed specifically for you.
More info and to be notified when free registration opens, click here https://grants.nih.gov/2021-nih-virtual-seminar.htm.
Postdoctoral Opportunities at Baylor College of Medicine
Are you interested in exploring your options for postdoctoral training? Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Science (PROS) at Baylor College of Medicine allows you to meet faculty and trainees from multiple labs and learn about our resources in the Texas Medical Center. We facilitate the matching between you and faculty with aligned interests and we provide you with guidance and support throughout the exploration process. Candidates should anticipate completion of Ph.D. degree by May 1, 2022. A list of interested faculty who are currently seeking postdoctoral candidates is here. Candidates are expected to meet virtually with at least 3 prospective faculty mentors during the month of November.
Baylor College of Medicine provides:
- Collaborative basic, clinical and translational research
- Access to state-of-the-art resources throughout the Texas Medical Center
- Extensive career development services
- Dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and active Postdoctoral Association for the 500+ postdocs at BCM
All of this while living in Houston – an affordable and highly diverse city.
The application is due by October 20, 2021.
Visit https://www.bcm.edu/education/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/postdoctoral-affairs/prospective-postdocs/postdoctoral-research-opportunities-in-scienceContact for more information or email the BCM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
CHOP Gateway to Pediatric Research Program: A Postdoctoral Diversity Initiative
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the Gateway to Pediatric Research Program will take place virtually on Nov. 17, 2021.
Part I: Nov. 17, 10am to 3:30pm CT
Part II: Spring 2022
Part I of the Gateway to Pediatric Research Program introduces research at CHOP to promising senior graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows. Individuals from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, life experiences, research experiences, and employment backgrounds are encouraged to register. This includes individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and women underrepresented in their scientific disciplines.
Participants from across the nation are invited to learn about the breadth of research and state-of-the-art facilities at CHOP and hear from current CHOP postdocs about life and research in Philly. Opportunities to apply for relocation awards and funded fellowships will also be discussed. More info at https://www.research.chop.edu/events/chop-gateway-to-pediatric-research-program-0 and please contact email@example.com with questions.
Registration is now open! Register here
St. Jude’s Graduate Student Symposium & Future Fellow Research Conference
Be nominated by October 14th!
Nominations are open now through October 14 for select PhD students to participate in the annual National Graduate Student Symposium and Future Fellow Research Conference. At each, students present their work, meet St. Jude faculty and learn about the institution’s research and facilities. Students may apply only if they’ve received an invitation from St. Jude or are nominated by a faculty advisor.
Learn more at http://ow.ly/dNbC50Ge7yU
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Deadline to apply: October 29, 2021
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 22nd year, is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.
Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows' appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.
Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.
The 2022 session of the Mirzayan Fellowship will begin on March 7 and conclude on May 27, 2022. Learn more about the fellowship & eligibility at https://mirzayanfellow.nas.edu/.
NCATS/FDA Translational Science Interagency Fellowship
The Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (TSIF) program is jointly sponsored by NCATS and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and aims to provide training in both translational science and regulatory science. Fellows will be trained in preclinical translational science, technology development, and regulatory research and review. By combining training in translational science and research-related regulatory review, this program will enable fellows to build awareness of regulatory requirements into the early stages of medical product development, making both the development and review processes more efficient. Fellows in this program will develop skills of value to future careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and government. View more details, eligibility & how to apply at https://ncats.nih.gov/training-education/training/TSIF. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2021, for an early September 2022 start date.
If there are any questions, please contact: Brittany M. Haynes, PhD, Scientific Program Specialist, Education Branch, TSIFellowship@NIH.gov
UTHSA Fight Club
Submit Topics now – sessions start in January
As you may have experienced, current medical and graduate education do not provide sufficient space for students to engage in important, difficult conversations over science and policies. To address this need, we have partnered with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics to pilot a new initiative called “Fight Club.” Fight Club will serve as a space for students at UTHSCSA to learn how to engage in healthy inquiries on controversial topics in science, medicine, and policies.
We plan to begin Fight Club sessions, in-person, starting in January 2022. Sessions will be hosted on a monthly basis. For each session, a student facilitator will select an article, podcasts, etc. on a controversial topic and generate discussion questions. During Fight Club, the student facilitator will be given 15 minutes to briefly summarize the highlights of the article(s). The facilitator will then lead a discussion on the topic, which is expected to last roughly 1 hour.
quality discussions take time to prepare, so we are looking now looking for spring Fight Club facilitators! If you would like to lead a session, please fill out this short form. If you are interested in facilitating but do not have a topic in mind yet, please still fill out the form – we can help you select and refine your topic!
21st Annual New England Science Symposium
Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022, Virtual
On behalf of the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP), we wish to invite you to submit an abstract for the 21st annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held virtually on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022. Program flyer can be found here.
The deadline to submit abstracts: January 14, 2022.
To submit abstracts: http://www.NewEnglandScienceSymposium.org
NEW! Please join us for the Abstract Feedback Session on December 4, 2021. This will be a closed session for individuals who wish to submit an abstract in small groups to receive feedback from advisors and peers. If you are interested in, please prepare your abstract and submit your application. Participating in this session is not required, nor does it guarantee acceptance. Deadline to submit your abstract for the session is November 16th.
Please have your ABSTRACT ready BEFORE beginning the application.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Rodolfo Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow us on twitter: @NESS_News
Pathways to Science
Pathways to Science has programs and resources for prospective and current STEM graduate students -- including funding opportunities and professional development programs and resources. Check it out at https://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx
The Science of Mentorship Podcast, S2
NASEM is excited to announce the release of Season Two of The Science of Mentorship, a podcast from the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). We all want to discover the passion that drives our dreams. Often, we need help to find it. In STEMM careers, students need mentors, sometimes multiple mentors, to support them as they find their way and choose their career and academic paths.
Third episode now available: The Impact of Effective Mentoring on Family
For many students in STEMM, family life is a top priority. However, some students have found tension when it comes to balancing family life and their STEMM careers, from both faculty and colleagues. For mentoring relationships to be effective, mentors must acknowledge students as whole people with priorities, responsibilities, and important personal decisions that exist outside of STEMM. In this episode, we hear from students who have juggled raising children and new family milestones as they simultaneously researched and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees. They share about the challenges of balancing family life and career, the moments they needed to ask for support, and how mentors can support students with families without the student suffering repercussions.
To learn more about the Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM report, and for a guide to implementing best practices at your institution, visit NAS.edu/mentoring.
Nature Podcast: How COVID-19 Changed Scientific Mentoring
In a Sept. 22 Working Scientist podcast produced by Nature Careers, Julie Gould interviews Jen Heemstra, a chemist from Emory University, as they explore how COVID-19-induced physical restrictions caused many mentors to rethink their approach to mentoring. The podcast and transcript can be found here.