April 19, 2015


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Project: Shaping and Understanding Career Choices in Education, Science and Self

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.

Science Chair: Bill Reznikoff, MBL Director of Education

CommitteePaloma Gonzales-Bellido, Ona Bloom, Jonathan Gitlin, Roger Hanlon, Anne Hart, Barbara Jones, Kristine Johnson, Dave Johnston, Jen Morgan, Joel Smith, Meg Tivey, Ann Stuart, Steve Zottoli

Scribe:Esther Pearl

Contact: Kristine Johnson, MBL Director of Planned Giving and Special Gifts, kjohnson@mbl.edu, 508-289-7766

Format: Attendees are to gather in the Meigs Room for an opportunity to learn from the career experiences of senior scientists and guests. A buffet lunch will be provided at 11:30 AM and programs will commence promptly at noon and end at 1:00 PM.


Success Workshops

1. WHY DO WE FARM OYSTERS ON CAPE COD?  Finding career goals and developing strategies to achieve them
Workshop Notes
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Panel Leader: Bill Reznikoff, PhD, MBL Director of Education
Panelists: Anne Hart PhD, Brown University; Rob Phillips PhD, California Institute of Technology; Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado PhD, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

  • The mentoring program is a series of career-aiding workshops.  Among the topics covered are issues you will have to deal with in order to have a career in science, including how to build a network of mentors, both peer and faculty, across the time span of your career, life goals, time management and gender/family issues.


2.  CHOOSING YOUR CAREER: Academia and other Not-for-Profits
Workshop Notes
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Panel Leader:  Steve Zottoli PhD, Williams College
Panelists:  Andre Fenton PhD, New York University; Ed McCleskey PhD, Senior Scientific Officer, HHMI; Jen Morgan PhD, MBL Associate Scientist

  • Research in non-institutional settings
  • Bioinformatics
  • Forensics
  • Medicine
  • Shaping public policy
  • Consulting
  • Etc.


3. CHOOSING YOUR CAREER: Industry and Corporate
Workshop Notes
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Panel leader: Renu Kulkarni MBA, University of Chicago
Panelists: Dave Johnston PhD;  Jim McIlvain PhD, Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC

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


4.THIS IS AN AUDITION:  Your Resume and the Job Market
Workshop Notes
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Panel Leader:  Jen Morgan PhD, MBL Associate Scientist
Panelists:  Dave Johnston PhD; Matthew Kittelberger PhD, Gettysburg College; Lisa Mahnke MD, PhD, Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacology at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

  • The importance of your resume in a job search
  • Constructing your resume for a particular job search (please bring a copy of your c.v. (resume)
  • What a search committee looks for in a resume
  • Preparing for phone interviews and on-site interviews
  • How to gauge one’s audience so that one gives a talk geared to it, ensuring it is understood


Workshop Notes
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Panel Leader:  Ann Stuart PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Panelists:  Ron Vale PhD, University of California, San Francisco; Steve Zottoli PhD, Williams College

  • 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


Workshop Notes
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Panel Leader:  Roger Hanlon PhD, MBL Senior Scientist
Panelists:  Hans Hofmann PhD, University of Texas at Austin; Julie Huber PhD, MBL Associate Scientist; Liz Jonas MD, Yale School of Medicine

  • 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 will be 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
Workshop Notes
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Panel Leader:  Jonathan Gitlin MD, MBL Deputy Director Research & Programs
Panelists:  Meg Tivey PhD, WHOI; Paul Malchow PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • 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