BISI Professional Development Workshop Series Fall 2016

How to Start a Job Search...
or What do I do with this Ph.D.?

This workshop focused on identifying the skills, interests, and values of the participants and then assisted them in identifying careers that utilized their skills, were correlated to their interests, and met their "must have" values. 

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Workshop materials included:

Additional helpful materials can be found at the following references:

BISI Professional Development Panel (Spring 2016)

Scientific Communication: A Career Panel

(This panel was sponsored by the BISI Graduate Program and the Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics)

Dr. Andrea Basche joined UCS in the Food & Environment program. Her research focuses on the potential for agro-ecological farming systems to reduce the risk and costs of increasing drought. In addition to her work on the benefits of ecologically-based farm practices, she helps further UCS research into the links between agriculture and climate. Before coming to UCS, Dr. Basche earned her PhD in sustainable agriculture and crop physiology at Iowa State University. She served as a teaching fellow at Iowa State as part of a National Science Foundation-funded program working with a middle school classroom to implement environmental science-themed activities.

Emily Underwood is a staff writer covering neuroscience at Science. She has a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology Studies with a focus in neuroscience from Brown University. Between stints as a backpacking and river guide after college, she got hooked on science writing as an intern at High Country News. She has also interned at EARTH, and loves writing about water and energy resources, anthropology, science policy, environmental science, and biology.

Dr. Ian D. Simon brings expertise in biosecurity, health care policy, STEM education, and international science policy. Before joining STPI, he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Simon served as public health and science adviser to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while on the American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellowship. Dr. Simon began his career as a microbiologist and transitioned to science policy through the Henry Luce Scholarship, which enabled him to conduct international science policy research in South Korea. He earned his BS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park; and his MS degree and PhD in microbiology from Yale University, specializing in AIDS vaccine research and development.

Dr. Gili Marbach-Ad specializes in Science Education, and the implementation of active learning approaches in science courses. As Director of the Teaching and Learning Center through the College of Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences at UMD College Park, she organizes conversations on teaching and learning for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students (in coordination with the campus Center for Teaching Excellence), shares teaching innovations and discusses pressing issues in undergraduate science education. 

BISI Professional Development Workshop (Fall 2015)

Working for the Federal Government: What are those KSAs anyway?

This workshop provided students with guidance on all aspects of the federal job search, from identifying a position to preparation of a resume to making sure that your resume stands out to the HR professionals.

Facilitator:  Dr. Scott Goldie (Food & Drug Administration)
A copy of Dr. Goldie's powerpoint presentation is available here

Scott N. Goldie, Ph.D. is beginning his 11th year with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the US Food and Drug Administration. Currently, he is special assistant to the Director of the Office of Biostatistics in the Office of Translational Sciences. Dr. Goldie joined CDER in 2005 as a regulatory health project manager, facilitating the review of the Quality section of pre-marketing drug applications with the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) review team.  In 2012, he joined the Office of Strategic Programs’ Office of Program & Strategic Analysis as an operations research analyst on the Lean Management Staff (LMS). On the LMS, he collaborated with internal and external partners to implement quality management system principles and Lean management tools across CDER. Dr. Goldie organized, facilitated, and supported numerous process improvement efforts to streamline operational procedures and improve process effectiveness and efficiency. Dr. Goldie also led the development and coordination of professional development and leadership skills training programs for the Office of Generic Drugs.

Previously, Dr. Goldie served as a senior scientist with Pharmaceutical Analysis Shire Laboratories, Inc. (now Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) in Rockville where he developed and validated analytical methodologies in support of drug delivery formulation development. Dr. Goldie is a National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council Post‑Doctoral Fellow (2003) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, where he completed and presented experiments in the characterization of polymeric thin-film crystallization processes using near-field scanning optical microscopy. Dr. Goldie obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001. He specialized in picosecond laser spectroscopic methods to characterize condensed phase rotational dynamics, inter-molecular and intra-molecular energy transfer.

Currently nearing completion of a Project Management Professional (PMP) Masters Certificate from The George Washington University School of Business, Dr. Goldie completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Georgetown University in 2008. Dr. Goldie also formerly served as a Faculty Research Associate at the University of Maryland College of Chemical and Life Sciences.

BISI Professional Development Seminar (Spring 2015)

Spring Career Panel: Jobs in Education

This seminar/panel discussion focused on jobs in academia, excluding positions at large research institutions.  Students attending the panel got valuable information about getting a tenure track positions at liberal arts colleges, positions focused on STEM education, positions at private schools, and instructional positions at large universities.

The panel included:

  • Mr. Art DeJohn, Math & Science Teacher at Holton-Arms School
  • Dr. Bonnie Dixon, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland
  • Dr. Abby Kula (BEES alumnae), Assistant Professor at Mount St. Mary's University
  • Dr. Marcia Shofner, Lecturer in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland
  • Dr. Ernest Steele, Associate Professor at Morgan State University
  • Dr. Martín Zysmilich, Associate Professor of Chem Education at the George Washington University

Students were able to query the panel as a whole and then meet in smaller groups with the panelists.

Careers Outside of Academia: Symposium & Panel

This panel was held May, 2014.

A symposium focusing on non-academic careers for STEM Ph.D.s.


Dr. Matt Cimino, Owner, Great Shoals Winery
Dr. Sara Handy, Biologist, Food & Drug Administration.  Dr. Handy's Ph.D. is
Ms. Colleen Dixon, Project Manager, MedImmune
Dr. Zach Rosner, Environment, Science, Technology, & Health Officer, Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State.  Dr. Rosner's Ph.D. is in cognitive neuroscience from UC-Berkeley.


BISI Professional Development Seminar (Fall 2014)

Fall Career Panel: Jobs Outside of the Academy

Featured panel members:

The seminar included a panel discussion followed by one-on-one meetings with individual panelists.  

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships, Oh My!

This panel discussion was held Fall, 2010.

Dr. Francis Duvinage, Director of the National Scholarship Office at UMD, presented an overview of the fellowship including tips on writing a successful personal statement.  This was followed by a panel of NSF GRFP awardees that discussed their strategies for writing a successful proposal.  

The panel also discussed alternative funding sources (including crowdfunding for science).

BISI maintains a list of funding agencies on its website here.

Here are links that were provided by the panel and Dr. Duvinage that are useful for students that are writing NSF proposals (updated for 2015-16): 

What's the Big Deal about Patents: An Introduction to Patents for Scientists

This workshop was held in 2010.

Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Weiss McLeod, Esq., Partner, Life Sciences Patent Prosecution & Counseling
               Cooley LLP, Washington D.C.

The workshop focused on a broad array of topics including the requirements of patentability and inventorship to the role that patents play in the business strategies of exclusivity and freedom to operate.