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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 2014 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
noon – 1 PM,
Singh Building, Room 221
Scott P. Lockledge, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Tiptek, LLC

Life in a Materials Science-Based Start-up Company

When you finish graduate school, where do you envision yourself working?  Today, the options for those with advanced technical degrees are greater than ever.  Come hear Scott P. Lockledge describe his career as a chemist, which has ranged from the deserts of the Middle East to the freezing cold of the arctic, from the Executive Office of the President to working in his garage pursuing a high technology materials science-based start-up company.  Hear as he describes his life's passion - working at the interface of discovery science and business.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Noon – 1 PM
Singh Building, Room 221
Alan Barstow, Ph.D., Director, Academics and Collaboration, Organizational Dynamics

Team Communication and Leadership

This session explores communication between those who develop plans and those who have to implement them. It also highlights helpful and not so helpful behaviors when planning, assigning or completing tasks within teams.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Noon – 1:30 PM
Singh Building, Room 313
Lubna Mian, Faculty Development and Equity Programs, and Ralph De Lucia, Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs

Unconscious Bias and the STEM Workplace

This session will summarize some of the unconscious bias literature and potential effects of unconscious bias on individuals building and advancing their careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Strategies for minimizing negative effects of unconscious bias during the job search, when hiring and managing teams, and during interactions with colleagues will be discussed.


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  February 12, 2014, 12:00pm 1:00pm
  March 18, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00pm
  April 30, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30pm




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