February 10, 2016



Science Chair: Bill Reznikoff, MBL Director of Education

Scott Allen
Paloma Gonzales-Bellido
Ona Bloom
Jonathan Gitlin
Roger Hanlon
Barbara Jones
Kristine Johnson
Dave Johnston
Renu Kulkarni
Shalin Mehta
Jen Morgan
Ann Stuart
Meg Tivey
Steve Zottoli

2014 Workshop Info


Shaping and Understanding Career Choices in Education, Science and Self

2015 Workshops

Mission: The mentoring program is a series of career development workshops. Among the topics covered are issues you will encounter while developing a career in science, including how to build a network of mentors, both peer and faculty, across the time span of your career.

You may download each of the workshop notes separately per the links below or download the zip file with all notes here.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Panel Leader: Bill Reznikoff, PhD, MBL Director of Education
Panelists: Art Sussman, JD, University of Chicago
Jennifer Morgan, PhD, MBL Associate Scientist
Huntington Willard, PhD, MBL President and Director

2. CHOOSING YOUR CAREER: Academia and other Not-for-Profits
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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Panel Leader: Ed McCleskey, PhD, Senior Scientific Officer, HHMI
Panelists: Steve Zottoli, PhD, Williams College
Jeff Bowen, PhD, Bridgewater State University
Christine Field, PhD, Harvard Medical School

  • Research in non-institutional settings
  • Bioinformatics
  • Forensics
  • Medicine
  • Shaping public policy
  • Consulting
  • Small college teaching and research
  • Et alia

3. CHOOSING YOUR CAREER: Industry and Corporate
Wednesday July 1, 2015
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Panel Leader: Jim McIlvain, PhD, Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC
Panelists: David Johnston, PhD, Sigma Aldrich
Matthew Stoltz, Essen BioScience
Heather Goldstone, PhD, Cape and Islands NPR Station

  • Science journalism/writing/communications
  • Policy and regulatory affairs
  • Legal, intellectual property, patents, etc.
  • Biotechnology
  • Toxicology
  • Imaging, engineering, etc.
  • Clinical safety
  • Consulting
  • Government organizations
  • Public health
  • Et alia

4. THIS IS AN AUDITION:  Your Resume and the Job Market
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Panel Leader: Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Panelists: Matthew Kittelberger, PhD, Gettysburg College
Keith Trujillo, PhD, California State University San Marcos
Meg Tivey, PhD, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

  • The importance of your resume in a job search
  • Constructing your resume for a particular job search (please bring a copy of your resume)
  • What a search committee looks for in a resume
  • Preparing for phone interviews and on-site interviews

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Panel Leader: Ron Vale, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Panelists: Andre Fenton, PhD, New York University
Liz Jonas, MD, Yale School of Medicine
Jared Leadbetter, PhD, California Institute of Technology

  • The importance of presentation skills
  • How to give a great talk
  • How to gauge one's audience so that one gives a talk geared to it, ensuring it is understood

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Panel Leader: Julie Huber, PhD, Marine Biological Laboratory
Panelists: Dyche Mullins, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Paul Malchow, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dianne Newman, PhD, California Institute of Technology

  • How to get funded for study and research
  • Who decides and what determines whether a research proposal is fundable? History shows us that a number of groundbreaking ideas and scientific accomplishments may not be supported initially. For example, Dr. Judah Folkmann's pioneering research on angiogenesis was not funded early on even though it provided a major step forward in our understanding of the spread of malignant tumors. Thus, in this session strategies and processes are discussed to help beginning researchers navigate towards the successful funding of their best ideas.

7. WHAT MAKES A GOOD MENTOR: How to find one and how to keep one
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Panel Leader: Roger Hanlon, PhD, Marine Biological Laboratory
Panelists: Maria Gomez, PhD, Marine Biological Laboratory
Ann Stuart, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Rob Phillips, PhD, California Institute of Technology

  • The importance of a mentor in a successful scientific career
  • Finding teachers and researchers who are inspiring (look inside & outside of your institution)
  • Various ways to approach potential mentors
  • Distinguishing different kinds/levels of mentors
  • Qualities to look for in a potential mentor
  • What to do when your mentor does not match your needs