Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday’s Professional Development for Trainees program is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have registered in advance during the Experimental Biology meeting registration process.  See below for event registration specifics. (**)

Begin the morning exploring an array of career options that could inspire your future professional endeavors at the bench or beyond.  Continue the discussion with our panelists over lunch and network with fellow attendees who may help you land your first, next or future job.  Afternoon workshops focus on career development issues facing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in today’s professional environment with ample opportunity to get your questions answered. 




9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This career session features presentations and a panel discussion with audience participation.  Presentations will address careers in the following fields: academia, translational medicine, science policy, teaching in high school, industry and technical sales. 

Andrea Carnegie, Center for Clinical and Translational Science University of Illinois at Chicago
Careers for Ph.D.s in Orchestrating Translation Science

Irene Nunes, Merck
Place for Scientific Broadening   

Walter Nakonechny, Farmington High School
Teaching High School: From Protein Folding to Chaperoning the Senior Prom 

Geoff Hunt, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved- How To Start Your Career In Science Policy

Kenneth Blumenthal, University of Buffalo
Striving and Thriving in the Academy (Inc.)

Joe Soughayer, IonOptix Scientific Instruments
In and Out of Academic Science: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to be (Careers in technical sales)





12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Invited presenters will join the trainees for continued discussion of career interests and issues while enjoying lunch. 




1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pathways to Your Own Lab: A Workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

A no-holds barred question and answer session on becoming a PI of your own lab.  There is no single right answer to how this is done, but through shared experiences of the panel and audience members already starting the process, participants at any stage of their postdoc should find helpful information to achieving success in academia. 

Christopher D. Heinen, University of Connecticut Health Center 

Kenneth Blumenthal, University of Buffalo 

Michelle Hamm, University of Richmond 

Advice for Surviving Graduate School: A Workshop for Graduate Students, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

This session will help students navigate graduate school by providing information and advice on how to take the next step.  Tables will be set up on individual topics, and students are encouraged to ask specific questions and get advice from the professionals.  Thirty-minute sessions will give participants the opportunity to explore multiple topics. 

Kimberly Dodge-Kafka, University of Connecticut Health Center
Balancing a life and career

Michael Kapiloff, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Applying for a postdoc: When to start, how to find one and how to prepare

Peter J. Kennelly, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Irene Nunes, Merck
Careers in industry

Timothy D. O'Connell, Sanford Health
Interviewing skills: presenting yourself and what to ask when on a post-doc interview

Clifton A. Poodry, NIGMS/NIH
Issues facing minority students



3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

At the conclusion of the afternoon workshops, attendees are invited to further network, socialize and continue the discussion of hot topics over a refreshment break leading up to the ASBMB 2011 Annual Meeting Opening Lecture, featuring George R. Stark, Cleveland Clinic, Genetic Analysis of Signaling Pathways in Human Cells 



Registration for Saturday’s program is available through the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting registration site only.  Sign up for this event when you register for the EB meeting.

ASBMB Travel Award recipients do NOT have to register for this event, but participation in Saturday's program is mandatory for ASBMB Graduate/Postdoc and Graduate Minority Travel Award recipients.  All other interested attendees must be registered in advance. 

Space is limited and registration will close when the event is fully subscribed.  There will be no onsite registration. 

Registration includes lunch and refreshments. 

$20 – ASBMB members
$25 – Biochemistry non-members
$30 – all other EB registrants







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