2013 Annual Meeting Career Events: What Will You Learn…?

From putting potential students in touch with top biophysics programs, to resume critiques and 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

The 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 for Those Who Hate to Network, offering attendees tips and tricks to help make the most out of the Meeting.

Once you’ve attended the workshop on Sunday, February 3, 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 many events, such as:

  • Postdoctoral Breakfast; Sunday, February 3, 7:30 am–8:30 am
  • Graduate Student Breakfast; Monday, February 4, 7:30 am–8:30 am
  • Undergraduate Student “Breakfast”; Monday, February 4, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
  • Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources & Opportunities; Tuesday, February 5, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

If you miss the Sunday networking workshop, it will be presented again on Tuesday. There are endless opportunities to network!

… how to share your science

Part of successful networking is the ability to communicate the research you’re working on. For tips on communicating through your writing, check out How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published, Monday, February 4, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm. Moderator Da-Neng Wang will lead a panel of speakers including Les Loew, Editor-in-Chief, Biophysical Journal, Michael Edidin, Associate Editor, Biophysical Journal, and Lara Szewczak, Editor at Cell Press, in a discussion about the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in publishing, and will provide information on the do’s and don’ts of submitting research manuscripts.

The Public Affairs Committee is sponsoring a Communicating Science workshop, Sunday, February 3, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm. Attendees will learn about the role of the media in the vaccine-autism controversy from Paul Offit, an infectious disease expert from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and author of Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. Attendees will also learn about strategies to educate the public and the media about science research.

… how to get a job

Do 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 one of our career experts. 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 as soon as you can! If you don’t get a spot, come back on Wednesday for a last chance at one of 12 additional 15-minute, one-on-one reviews.

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 head to the Career Center to post your CV to the Biophysical Society job board and apply for positions. Employers with job openings can advertise positions in the Career Center, and some companies will even conduct on-site interviews!

If you’re unsure where you’d like your career to take you (mentally or physically), BPS workshops can help you decide! Weil’s workshop, Who am I? Self-Reflection as a Career Tool, Sunday, February 3, 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. If you’re not sure where you’d like to work geographically, check out the Early Careers Committee panel Early Career Opportunities Outside of the US. Panelists who have worked all over the world will share their experience and recommendations for working abroad. If you think a career abroad is for you, Weil will also present Building Cross-Cultural Competence: Beware of the “Iceburg,” Monday, February 4, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm, where you can learn how to navigate the unique cultural differences between your home country and adopted country.

Careers in Academia

If you’re looking to academia for your current or future career, stop by one of these sessions:

  • Securing Your First Faculty Position: The Pespective of the Search Committee; Sunday, February 3, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Panelists who have served on faculty search committees, including Ian Thorpe, University of Maryland; Casey Londergan, Haverford College; and Brian Salzberg, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the hiring process from their point of view. Hosted by the Early Careers Committee.
  • Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon; Tuesday, February 5, 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. Registration is required. Fee includes lunch.
  • Teaching Science Like We Do Science; Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
    If science consisted only of 8:00 am lectures, there would be far fewer scientists. For many, the exciting part comes in the lab–so why don’t we teach it that way? This workshop will highlight examples of successful integrations of teaching and research, and discuss funding opportunities for developing unique undergraduate courses. Speakers Karen Fleming, Johns Hopkins University and Gina MacDonald, James Madison University, will present courses they have developed to incorporate biophysics education into undergrad curriculums. 
  • Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions; Tuesday, Feburary 5, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
    Faculty at PUI can find it difficult to establish or maintain an active and productive undergrad research lab. This session, hosted by the Eduction Committee, will feature speakers Gina MacDonald, James Madison University; Scott Brewer, Franklin & Marshall College; and Myriam Cotton, Hamilton College, discussing how PUI faculty can find funding sources.

Careers in Industry 

Looking for tips on a career in industry? Look no further than these workshops presented by career expert Joe Tringali:

  • Beyond the Bench: Preparing for Your Career Transition in the Life Science; Sunday, February 3, 9:00 am–10:00 am, Monday, February 4, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
  • Selling Yourself to the Life Sciences Industry; Sunday, February 3, 12 NOON–1:00 pm
  • Ten Tough Industrial Interview Questions (and Ten Pretty Good Responses); Sunday, February 3, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm;  Monday, February 4, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

New for 2013, this session will help you prepare for those tricky interview questions you may not be ready for in an industrial interview.

… how to get & keep a grant

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, Tuesday, February 5, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm. Jean Chin, NIGMS, NIH, and other NIH staff will also answer questions about the changes at NIH and the best ways to communicate with funding agencies both before and after submitting a proposal. Sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee, this session is appropriate for grant-seekers at all levels. If you already have a grant and you’re worried about getting it renewed, check out the CPOW-sponsored session, How to Get Your Grant Renewed. Knowledgeable panelists, including Donald Schneider, Senior Advisor, NIH Center for Scientific Review; and R. John Solaro, Head, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois, Chicago, will discuss the best ways to ensure your research continues to receive funding.

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 5, 10:00 am–11:00 am. Bring your career questions to the Annual Meeting and see what you can learn!


BPS thanks the following 2013 Annual Meeting sponsors: Asylum Research, Bruker, Bruker BioSpin Corp., Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Forte Bio, Molecular Devices, Nanion Technologies, Photometrics, Photon Technology International, Sutter Instruments

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