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Career and Leadership Skills for Success in Science and Engineering

This program offers workshops and seminars on a variety of topics to help prepare graduate students and postdocs for the diversity of career goals they hold.

Fall 2015 Series

Pizza and beverages will be provided for each lunch-time session unless noted. To be sure the speaker has the full time allotted, please arrive a little before the start time to get settled with your lunch.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, noon - 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 221

"Careers in the Federal Government Beyond the Bench"
Stephanie A. Morris, PhD
Program Director, OCNR, NCI/NIH

Scientists flock to federal agencies for research funding opportunities. They are also increasingly looking towards these same agencies for careers. In this session Dr. Stephanie Morris, a program director in the Office of Cancer Nanotechnology Research at the National Cancer Institute/NIH, will describe her transition from research scientist to science administration in the federal government, and will provide an overview of such topics as job search resources, informational interviews, and relevant fellowship programs. She will also more generally discuss careers in government that are both at and away from the bench.

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Special Session: "NCI's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Program and Resources for Cancer Nanotechnology Research"
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015, noon - 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 035

"Designing your Developmental Network: Choosing from Hierarchical, Relational, Peer, or Reverse Mentoring"
Rajashi Ghosh, PhD
Associate Professor of Human Resource Development
School of Education, Drexel University

I will share some key ideas around different kinds of mentoring and the benefits of having different kinds of mentors in one's developmental network. I will then engage the attendees in a brief exercise that will require them to reflect and identify ways in which they can further build, expand, or sustain their networks for personal and professional growth.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, noon - 1 pm
Singh Building, Room 035

"Opportunities in Management Consulting and Innovation"
Vanessa Chan, PhD
Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company
CEO and Founder of Head First Ventures LLC

Dr. Chan, a Penn Materials Science and Engineering alumna who received her PhD in Materials Science from MIT, will discuss her career trajectory as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company to inventor/entrepreneur. She will share insights about opportunities to use a STEM background in the business sector and to develop broader community connections through involvement with a diverse set of organizations. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, noon - 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 035

"Intellectual Property and Innovation"
Tomás Isakowitz
Director, PCI Fellows Program
University of Pennsylvania

This session will provide an overview of intellectual property and its role in technology transfer. A brief overview of patents and their importance will be provided.  Dr. Isakowitz will also discuss how graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Arts and Sciences and Business can gain experience with the assessment of the commercial potential of new technologies through the PCI Fellows Program.


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