| Student Perspectives on the Meeting|
2013 Annual Meeting was especially useful since I am starting a
postdoc: I was able to see interesting things relevant to my PhD
research and to my new projects. It is also nice to have so many people
working on similar subjects.
—Anne-Florence Bitbol (Early Career)
meeting gave me the opportunity to become aware of the latest studies
and to learn a lot of new information. It also gave me food for thought,
concerning my further education, specifically—which field of research
is the most interesting for me to do PhD. Thanks for this meeting!
—Svetlana Kotlyarova (Student)
2014 Annual Meeting Career Events
From putting potential
students in touch with top biophysics programs, to assisting job seakers
with resume critiques and providing panel discussions for mid-career
professionals, this year’s Annual Meeting will feature a wide variety of
career enriching events for Meeting attendees at every career level and
on every career path.
… how to network more effectively
Annual Meeting is a wonderful place to meet new friends and make new
career contacts, but knowing how to network is key to taking advantage
of this opportunity. Career expert Monica Weil will teach Networking Now: How to Maximize Success at BPS 2014, offering attendees tips and strategies to help make the most out of the Meeting.
you’ve attended the workshop on Saturday, February 15, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm,
or Sunday, February 16, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm, use what you learn to network
through the rest of the meeting—presenting your poster, attending
luncheons, meeting the speakers and at other committee-sponsored events,
- Postdoctoral Breakfast, Sunday, February 16, 7:30 am–8:30 am
- Graduate Student Breakfast, Monday, February 17, 7:30 am–8:30 am
- Undergraduate Student Pizza “Breakfast”, Monday, February 17, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
- Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources & Opportunities, Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
… how to communicate your science
of successful networking within the scientific community is the ability
to communicate the research you’re working on, whether in a poster
presentation, platform session, or scientific paper. For tips on
communicating through your writing, check out How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published, Monday, February 17, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm. Moderator Olaf Andersen, Weill Cornell Medical College and member of the Publications Committee, will lead a panel of speakers including Leslie Loew, Editor-in-Chief, Biophysical Journal, Alicia Wallace, Dartmouth Journal Services, Katharina Gaus, Editorial Board Member, Biophysical Journal, and Lukas Tamm, Associate Editor, Biophysical Journal,
in a discussion about the practical issues involved in publishing a
scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in writing,
reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the ‘dos
and don’ts of submitting research manuscripts.
… how to get a job
you hope to work in a university? Or is a career in industry more your
speed? Regardless of your career goal, BPS has put together a session or
workshop to help get you there.
Stop by the Career Center and sign up early for a 30-minute, one-on-one resume critique session with a career expert. Monica Weil or Joe Tringali
will review your resume and offer suggestions to strengthen and tailor
it for your individual career goal. These critiques fill up fast, so
make sure to sign up early! If you don’t get a spot, come back on
Wednesday for a last chance at one of 12 additional 15-minute,
Once your resume is ready to go, stop by the Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair
and put your new networking skills to work meeting representatives from
more than 40 institutions with biophysics programs. You can also post
your CV to the Biophysical Society job board at the Career Center and
apply for posted positions. Employers with job openings and scientists
seeking postdocs will be conducting on-site interviews.
If you’re unsure where you would like your career to take you, BPS workshops can help you decide. Weil’s workshop, Career Catalyst: Understand Who You Are to Get What You Want,
Sunday, February 16, 10:30 am–11:30 am, will give you tools and
techniques that can help translate a reflective understanding of self
into making meaningful career choices. Once you know yourself, get to
know how others can help you in your job search. Weil will present The Power of GROUPS: How to Help Others Help You Succeed,
Tuesday, February 18, 9:30 am– 10:30 am. This workshop will offer tips
on how to tap into the individual and collective wisdom already
If you’re looking to academia for your future career, stop by one of these sessions:
- Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon, Tuesday, February 18, 12 noon–2:00 pm
Are you finishing up your postdoc and applying to (or getting ready to
apply to) academic faculty positions? Bring your questions for this
experienced panel of new faculty and recently tenured professors. The
Q&A, hosted by CPOW, will answer your questions and offer tips for
CV and interview preparation, job negotiation, and getting started in
your new role. Pre-Registration is suggested by January 8, 2014. Fee
includes lunch. For the registration form go http://www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/Program/SpecialFunctions/CareerPrograms/tabid/4260/Default.aspx.
- Teaching Science Like We Do Science, Sunday, February 16, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
This session will feature speakers who have been successful in
obtaining funding for the development of undergraduate courses and
programs. In addition to discussing these funding opportunities,
speakers will also comment on national initiatives focused on STEM
- Career Opportunities at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Finding a Job & Finding Success, Tuesday, February 18, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
This session will provide graduate students, postdocs, and current
faculty with information and resources on career options at PUIs.
Speakers are faculty members at PUIs who have been successful in their
- Moving on from your Postdoc Position: Negotiating the Transition, Sunday, February 16, 1:00 pm– 2:30 pm
Panelists who have recently obtained faculty positions will provide
advice on how to find a permanent position after you’ve completed your
postdoctoral training in this session, hosted by the Early Careers
Looking for tips on a career outside of academia? The Early Careers Committee has a session planned for you.
- PhD Careers Beyond the Bench, Tuesday, February 18, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Have you ever wondered how you can apply the skills learned during your
PhD in a career away from the bench? The Early Careers Committee will
sponsor a panel to discuss the plethora of career options that exist
beyond the bench, such as publishing, science writing, patent law,
policy, marketing, etc. Panelists involved in a wide variety of careers
will share their personal experiences.
If you’re looking to work in industry, check out these workshops:
- Beyond the Bench: Preparing for Your Career Transition in the Life Sciences
- Sunday, February 16, 9:00 am–10:00 am
- Monday, February 17, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
- Selling Yourself to the Life Sciences Industry, Sunday, February 16, 12 noon–1:00 pm
- Ten Tough Industrial Interview Questions (and Ten Pretty Good Responses)
- Sunday, February 16, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
- Monday, February 17, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
… how to get funding
Learn from veteran NIH grant reviewers what panels look for when they read and assess proposals in the Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal,
Monday, February 17, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm. Speakers will also answer
questions about peer review at NIH and the best ways to communicate with
funding agencies both before submitting a proposal, and after its
review. Sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee, this session is
appropriate for grant-seekers at all levels.
Curious about funding sources outside the government? In Funding: If Not from Federal Agencies, from Where?,
Sunday, February 16. 2:30 pm–4:30 pm, experts representing foundations,
nonprofits, universities, and business will discuss non-federal sources
of research funding, how to pursue them, and whether they present a
viable substitute for lost or decreased government funding sources. The
panelists will also discuss if and how their funding strategies have
changed in response to federal funding, how scientists can effectively
forge relationships with industry and foundations, and how universities
are responding to the changing funding landscape. If you are looking for
general advice or have questions not covered by any of these sessions, Monica Weil and Joe Tringali will host a Career Open Forum/Career Q&A Session on Monday, February 17, 10:00 am–11:00 am. Bring your career questions to the Annual Meeting and see what you can learn!
… how to keep advancing mid-career
How can you continue to develop your career AFTER having
secured a job and AFTER having established a lab? Learn how to increase
your impact and to widen your scientific influence beyond the bench.
Mid-Career Interactive Forum: The Art and Perils of NETWORKING,
Sunday, February 16, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm, sponsored by CPOW, will center
on the value of a supportive professional network and will include do's
and don’ts of professional interactions.
At this point in your career, you should begin to add to your existing
network of advisors, mentors, and advocates. Having a strong network
will help with your next step. Experienced panelists, including
department chairs, society
leaders, and senior editors will each speak briefly about their own
experiences, leading into an extended question-and-answer exchange with
the audience. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have a
chance to interact with the panel in small groups and one-on-one, to ask
specific questions and get individualized feedback. Space for this
event is limited—pre-register by January 8 to reserve your spot. The fee
to register includes lunch. For the registration form go to http://www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/Program/SpecialFunctions/CareerPrograms/tabid/4260/Default.aspx.
- The session, What to Do When You
are Tired of Doing What You are Doing: A Unique Interactive Workshop for
Workers, will be offered on Tuesday, February 18, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm, in
the Career Center. This session will offer tips and techniques for
dealing with late-career issues—from lost funding to dissatisfaction
with your position. Thinking about switching careers? Just want to stay
up to date on biophysical techniques outside of your area?
101: X-Ray Crystallography, Monday, February 17, 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm, will
continue a series of symposia initiated by the Education Committee to
educate meeting attendees at all levels about biophysics techniques with
which they may not be familiar.