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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 their professional futures. Career- and leadership-related topics highlighted in this program are varied and aim to help prepare our junior researchers for the diversity of career goals they hold.

Spring 2015 Programs

Please register for the sessions at the bottom of this page.

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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
noon – 1 PM,
Location: Towne Bldg 225, Raisler Lounge
Rosette Pyne, Senior Associate Director, Career Services
Rosanne Lurie, Senior Associate Director, Career Services

Career Services for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Find out how you can get help with your career planning, internship and job search efforts.  This informative, informal presentation will provide an introduction to Penn's Career Services: Rosette Pyne and Rosanne Lurie will provide an overview of the many programs and resources available through our office, and how Engineering Master's, PhDs and Postdoctoral Researchers have successfully used our resources during different stages of their time at Penn to pursue their career goals. We will be sure to save time during our session to answer your questions.

Note: The session will focus on resources applicable to Engineering students and postdocs, but participants from any Penn School are welcome to attend.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Noon – 1 PM
Location: Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Room 035
Jayatri Das, PhD, Chief Bioscientist, The Franklin Institute

At the Interface of Science and Society

Science museums have always had a goal of improving public understanding of science. Yet there is a growing movement towards transforming this mission into increasing public engagement with science, where the public's values and priorities play an important role in a two-way conversation about the societal impact of science. Dr. Das will discuss how this shift can help develop more effective science communication skills and influence scientists' perceptions of their own work. She will also share her experience with transitioning careers from the lab bench to the museum floor.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Noon – 1 PM
Location: Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Room 035
Alan Barstow, PhD, Director and Senior Scholar, Organizational Dynamics Program

Assessing Organizational Culture: Two Useful Frameworks

All organizations have a culture. Whether it is consciously designed, managed and understood is another matter. In this session we will explore the concept of organizational culture - how people relate to one another in an organization. We will focus on understanding and becoming aware of the current patterns of thought, behavior and values. I will offer two frameworks to help you assess organizational culture. In the long term, they may be helpful in influencing and changing the culture, but in the short term, having a deeper understanding of your organization's culture will enable you to be more effective and get things done.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Noon – 1 PM
Location: Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Room 035
Adam Greenspan and Peter Melley, University City Science Center

Pathways beyond the Bench

In this challenging and increasingly dynamic market for scientific talent, many traditional employment pathways have drastically changed or are increasingly becoming less viable. Meet Peter Melley and Adam Greenspan from the University City Science Center and hear their stories about pursuing emerging stage technology commercialization as an alternative career path.


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  January 29, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  February 26, 2015, 12:00pm 1:00pm
  March 25, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  April 28, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm




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