Career Development Event

Event Organizers: Christopher Heinen, UConn Health Ctr., and Timothy O'Connell, Univ. of Minnesota

Before you dig into the nitty-gritty of the very best molecular biology and biochemistry at the ASBMB annual meeting, join your peers for a day of networking, exploring careers and developing professional skills.

REGISTRATION: Registration is required for non-ASBMB travel awardees, and online pre-registration is full. Limited registration on-site will be offered but is dependent on space availability. You may register on-site at the registration desk during check in on Saturday morning. This entire event is required for recipients of all ASBMB graduate and postdoctoral travel awards. The ASBMB will complete your registration for you.

RECOMMENDED HOMEWORK: We recommend you complete the "Assessment" and "Consider Career Fit" portions of the my IDP program before attending these sessions. While we will not collect this information, completing it will allow you to fully engage in the session and get the most out of attending. 

Friday, April 21  

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Networking reception (ASBMB travel awardees only)
Hyatt McCormick Place, DuSable room     

Saturday, April 22 

8:00 a.m.
Professional development program check in begins
Outside McCormick Place, W183c

8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Career Options: The Bench, the Boardroom or in Between?
McCormick Place, W183c
Speakers will briefly share their stories of finding fulfilling industry, academic and non-research careers.

    Confirmed speakers
    Suzanne Barbour, Dean, Graduate School, The University of Georgia
    Peter Gin-Fu Chen, Director, U.S. Medical Lead, Blood Disorders, Shire
    Vimbai Chikwana, Research Biochemist, Dow AgroSciences
    Cindy Encarnacion, Senior Director of Science, Saint Louis Science Center
    Gregory J. Gatto, Scientific Leader, Biology, GSK
    Sarah Heimovics, Asst. Prof. of Biology, University of St. Thomas
    Sarah K. Martin, Senior Regulatory Science and Policy Analyst, American Association for Cancer Research
    Marc Mendillo, Asst. Prof. of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Rajendrani MukhopadhyayManaging Editor, ASBMB Today, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    John R. Swart, President, Exemplar Genetics

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel discussions
McCormick Place
Speakers will host Q&A panel discussions on industry (room W184d), academic (W184a) and non-research careers (W185a).

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Networking Luncheon
McCormick Place, W183ab  
Speakers will join participants for continued discussion over lunch. Register to sit with your preferred speaker during morning check in.

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Career development workshop
Participants may choose among four skills-building workshops:
    Constructing Your Elevator Pitch (McCormick Place, W184a), presented by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee
    Identifying Transferable Skills (McCormick Place, W185bc), presented by Danielle Minteer
    Networking 101 (McCormick Place, W184d), presented by Erica A. Siebrasse
    Why do Science Outreach? (McCormick Place, W185a), presented by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee 

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Career development workshop II
Participants will select a second workshop from the choices listed above.