BioSurvival Skills

The BioSurvival Skills program helps students and postdocs develop skills that they will need to succeed in their future careers.  Past topics have included grant writing, presentations, and CV writing.  Is there any skill you would like help developing?  Contact Pam Carpentier.

Upcoming Events

Job Search Series

Whether you have planned out your career path or haven’t started to think about your options, this workshop is for you!  We will walk through the variety of databases you have access to in order to conduct a targeted search based on industries and organizations of interest. Learn how to access various industry-specific career guides and thousands of company profiles to help you answer questions like: Who are the companies to be aware of? What are the current industry employment trends? What are the typical roles available to someone with your level of experience? 

This workshop will be led by Elysse Longiotti, Assistant Director, Student Career Advising, Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) Please RSVP here if you are planning to attend.  Lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your lunch to the workshop.  Additional career prep workshops will be held throughout the year including:

  • October 23, 2019 - Exploring Careers in STEM           
  • November 20th, 2019 – Reading a Job Listing/Writing a Resume
  • January 15th, 2020 – Networking on- and off-line
  • March 11th, 2020 – Interviewing
This series will be held on the Evanston campus.  A similar series will be held on the Chicago campus starting in January.  Dates will be forthcoming.

Past Events

This is a sampling of previous events run as part of this series.  If you are interested in running these events again, or in hearing about new topics, please contact Pamela Carpentier.

Tips for Writing a Competitive NRSA

Sally McIver, PhD (Assistant Director of NUIN) presented tips and guiadance for preparing a competitive NRSA application.  The session will end with a Q&A with faculty member Geoff Swanson, PhD, who has served on NRSA study sections.

Working With (Not Against) Your Data

This two day workshop will provide best practices of collecting, analyzing, and managing your data in a reproducible manner.  Discussions led by Dr. Erik Andersen, Molecular Biosciences and Dr. Leah Welty, Biostatistics Collaboration Center.

Tailoring Your Application for the Job Description

Mearah Quinn-Brauner (Northwestern Career Advancement), Kristen Mighty (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs) and Pam Carpentier (DGP) will show students how to tailor a resume and CV based on the job description.  This will be a hands on workshop using a real CV and job descriptions.

Negotiations Workshop

You have a job offer, now what? In this workshop on negotiation we will discuss strategies for advocating for yourself in an informed and effective way. Topics covered will include determining your “worth,” negotiating things other than salary, and negotiation etiquette.  Presented by Mearah Quinn-Brauner at Northwestern Career Advancement.

Tips for Getting Your Paper Published

Pamela Carpentier, Assistant Director of the Driskill Graduate Program and former associate editor at The Journal of Cell Biology, will discuss choosing a journal, writing a cover letter, communicating with editors, and more tips for getting your paper published.

Writing Fellowships for Foundations

Michael Kelly and Traci Galbaugh from Foundation Relations will discuss targeting fellowship applications to foundations.