What Can You Be with a PhD?

A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention

November 4-5, 2017


About the Convention

A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention
Description

Supported by a New York City regional consortium of colleges and universities and recognized as a nationally preeminent career convention. What Can You Be With A PhD? A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention is a unique opportunity to connect the private and public sector, industry and academe with the rising generation of scientists and engineers who will become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.

Here’s a Glance at 2017’s Agenda

Time, Location, and Session Name
Daily Schedule:

Session 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am
Lunch | 11:30am - 12:30pm
Session 2 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Coffee Break | 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Session 3 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Keynote Address | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

November 4, 2017

10:00am - 11:30am

Location: Farkas

Bench Science in Private Industry

The pharmaceutical industry draws on a variety of expertise to fill variety of positions. Our panelists will shine a light on the road into a career in the pharmaceutical industry and what to expect if you get there.

10:00am - 11:30am

Location: Alumni B

Careers in Teaching and Education

Teachers are essential to engage students to foster a scientifically informed public and inspire the next generation of scientists, policy makers, and informed citizens. This panel will cover teaching careers at the college level.

10:00am - 11:30am

Location: Alumni A

Careers in Finance & Equity Research

The bioscience industry is built on life science innovation but money is the means to development. If you have an interest in how money flows to investments and enjoy a high-intensity work environment being a financial analyst may be the career path for you. In this panel, we will hear from professionals who have made the leap from evaluating bio data to engrossing themselves in financial data and learning how the industry operates.

10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Coles 101
Careers in Non-Profits and Foundations

From philanthropy to government, explore careers looking for science-trained professionals to help guide the use of public and private resources.

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Farkas

Non-Research Industry Careers

Many students and postdocs assume that transitioning to industry means they’ll just be pipetting in a fancier setting and getting a bigger paycheck. But most PhDs working in private industry don’t do bench research, and this session sheds light on the wide range of non-research careers open to you in the corporate world. From communications to regulatory affairs to education, and beyond, the options for your future are far greater than you might have thought.

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Alumni B

Careers in Data Science, Analytics & Visualization

Many PhD trained scientists have used analytic tools to extract meaning from large amounts of experimental data. These skills can be translated from research to do predictive analytics and data mining. This panel is made up of scientists that have evolved from academic researchers to data scientists

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Alumni A

Nature Jobs Publishing Workshop

Asking for what you want can be challenging--if you’re not prepared. Learn how to address salary questions during an interview, strategies to approach a salary negotiation, and how to manage potential negotiation factors.

Instructor:
Bernadette So PhD

Director of Graduate Student Career Development

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Coles 101

Patent Law and Tech Transfer

Regeneron has grown tremendously over the last few years, and many of our former students and postdocs have found careers with them. This session will highlight some of the diverse career paths available within this vibrant company that you might not know much about. This goes beyond the bench scientist in industry we all think we know, and will open your eyes to the breadth of possibilities at Regeneron and other pharmaceutical companies.

Moderator:
Lyndon Mitnaul, PhD

Regeneron, Director, Program Management

Speakers:
Brandy Lee Bennett, PhD

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc Manager Program Direction

Alison Crawford, PhD
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Staff Scientist

Ronald Totong, PhD
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Associate Scientific Business Analyst

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Coles 109

Schmooze or Lose Workshop

Social settings often intimidate otherwise accomplished professionals. Mary Mitchell discusses business event etiquette concerns such as, address introductions, handshakes, small talk, gender differences, and Miserable Moments - forgetting names, breaking into a group, alcohol protocol, and a host of others. You’ll be given an opportunity to practice these skills.

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: Farkas

Consulting Careers

If problem solver, creative and analytical thinker, and team player describe you well, then you may find a career in consulting and related fields a good match. Panelists will cover consulting and related careers where those transferable skills you picked up in graduate school becomes your number 1 asset.

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: Alumni B

Careers in Science Outreach and Informal Education

A career in the publishing world can be incredibly rewarding and exciting, but as the world of publishing changes it can be hard to know what roles will be played by PhDs in the future. Our panel of publishers will explain the breadth of possibilities, what skills are most needed, and what is the best way for a PhD to make the transition.

Moderator:
Francisco Carmona, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Research Fellow

Speakers:
Cesar Berrios-Otero, PhD

F1000, Outreach Director

Paul-Andre Genest, PhD
Elsevier, Associate Publisher

Sebastien Thuault, PhD
Nature Neuroscience, Associate Editor

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: Alumni A

Careers in Marketing

Being a scientist is certainly not easy for anyone, but there are many additional challenges for women scientists. This panel will discuss the challenges and provide advice on overcoming them. Hear from three wonderful panelists at different career stages and in different career paths, share your own experiences, and network with other audience members.

Moderator:
Jeanne Garbarino, PhD

The Rockefeller University, Director of Science Outreach

Speakers:
Diala Habib, PhD

Healthcare Consultancy Group – Health Science Communications, Senior Medical Director

Lisa Kozlowski, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University, Associate Dean

Joan Lakoski, PhD
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chief Science Officer; Vice President of Research and Graduate Education

2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Coles 101

Medical Communications

Many students and postdocs assume that transitioning to industry means they’ll just be pipetting in a fancier setting and getting a bigger paycheck. But most PhDs working in private industry don’t do bench research, and this session sheds light on the wide range of non-research careers open to you in the corporate world. From communications to regulatory affairs to education, and beyond, the options for your future are far greater than you might have thought.

Moderator:
Kamila Sip

NYU School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Program Assistant Director

Speakers:
Emily Bauer

PhD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Associate Director, Immuno-Oncology Marketing, Biomarkers

Anastacia Berzat, PhD
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Scientific Program Manager

Jaime Blais, PhD
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Director of, Global Medical Affairs

4:30pm-6:00pm

Type: Keynote Speaker
Location: Farkas Auditorium

Melanie Sinche, Ph.D.

Rush D. Holt, PhD, became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world’s largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society.

Over his long career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. From 1987 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. At PPPL, Holt helped establish the lab’s nationally renowned science education program. From 1980 to 1988, Holt served on the faculty of Swarthmore College, where he taught courses in physics and public policy. In 1982, he took leave from Swarthmore to serve as an AAAS/American Physical Society Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill. The Fellowships program, dating to 1973, places outstanding scientists and engineers in executive, legislative, and Congressional branch assignments for one or two years; by early 2015, the program had served nearly 3,000 alumni working worldwide in the policy, academic, industry, and nonprofit realms. Holt has said that his AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship was “life changing,” and served as a springboard to his role in Congress. He also served as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department, where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In 1981, Holt was issued a patent for an improved solar-pond technology for harnessing energy from sunlight.

Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. In Congress, Holt served as a senior member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. He served on the National Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (known as the Glenn Commission), founded the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, and served as a co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus. Holt served eight years on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, from 2007 to 2010, chaired the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, which worked to strengthen legislative oversight of the intelligence community. His legislative work earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Scientific American magazine’s “50 National Visionaries Contributing to a Brighter Technological Future” and a “Champion of Science” by the Science Coalition. He has also received awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Professors, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the American Geophysical Union, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Holt is also a past recipient of two of AAAS’ highest honors: the William D. Carey Lectureship Award (2005) and the Philip Hauge Abelson Award (2010).

From December 2014 to February 2015, Holt was appointed a Director’s Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he holds M.A. and PhD degrees in physics from New York University. He is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi, and he holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University, Rider University, and Thomas Edison State College. He is married to Margaret Lancefield, a physician, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.



November 5, 2017

10:00am-11:30am

Location: Farkas

Business of Science: Preparing for an Industry Career

Adapting to industry jobs can be a significant challenge for scientists coming from academia. Industry values and even requires skills that go beyond the traditional scientific/technical competencies. Having an awareness of your skills and an ability to express those skills in business terms provides a significant competitive advantage in landing an industry job and being successful in that job. This workshop introduces 24 business competencies valued in industry, relates them to academic research experiences, and demonstrates how to identify those competencies and relate them to job ads and descriptions.

10:00am-11:30am

Location: Alumni B

Government Careers

Working for the government involves a wide variety of career options, from running a basic research lab to working on science policy and everything in between. This panel will shed some light on the kinds of opportunities most available to recent Ph.D. graduates, and provide insight into how to find the right fit for you.

10:00am-11:30am

Location: Alumni A

Medical Science Liasion Careers

Our ability as a society to support the scientific enterprise depends on a bright and dedicated group of science-trained individuals who can recommend policies to lawmakers, granting agencies and other influential groups. From stem cell research to teaching science in public school, sound policy requires thoughtful and insightful individuals to create the structure under which we operate. Our panel will discuss the different ways to apply your scientific training in ways that affect the way science is done.

Moderator:
Ursula Koniges, PhD
NYU Graduate Student Researcher, Doctoral Candidate

Speakers:
Heather Dean, PhD

National Science Foundation, Associate Program Director

Barbara Natalizio, PhD
National Science Foundation, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Yvette Seger, PhD
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Director of Science Policy

10:00am-11:30am

Location: Coles 101

Entrepreneurs: From Science to Startup

What do all the companies and organizations here at the career fair have in common? People who were entrepreneurial started them all. In this session entrepreneurial individuals share how they made an impact with their innovations and how you could too.

10:00am-11:30am

Location: Coles 109

International Science Visa Workshop

The bioscience industry is built on life science innovation but money is the means to development. If you have an interest in how money flows to investments and enjoy a high-intensity work environment being a financial analyst may be the career path for you. In this panel, we will hear from professionals who have made the leap from evaluating bio data to engrossing themselves in financial data and learning how the industry operates.

Moderator:
Arthee Jahangir, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

Speakers:
Shiva Bolourchi

STC Biologics Inc, Project Manager and Business Development Associate

Raheleh Hatami, PhD
RA Capital, Associate

Anamaria Sudarov, PhD
Credit Suisse, Research Associate

12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Farkas

Careers at Regeneron

Regeneron has grown tremendously over the last few years, and many former NYU students and postdocs have found careers with them. This session will highlight some of the diverse career paths available within this vibrant company that you might not know much about. This goes beyond the bench scientist in industry we all think we know, and will open your eyes to the breadth of possibilities at Regeneron and other pharmaceutical companies.

12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Alumni B

Choosing a Traditional or Non-Traditional Postdoc

Graduate students considering their next career move usually look at doing a postdoc, and that makes sense for many. But not all postdocs are created equal, and more and more innovative programs are appearing that can give you postdoctoral experience in a more specialized setting that will prepare you more completely for the ultimate career of your choice. Join us for a discussion of a few examples, and hear about why a non-traditional postdoc might be the best career move you can make.

12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Alumni A

Non-Faculty Careers in Academia

Converting your CV to a resume is a much bigger challenge than most people expect. One of the biggest difficulties in finding a position outside of academia is getting an interview, and your resume is critical to overcoming this barrier. This session will help you understand what a resume is, and what it is not, and teach you how to turn your experience into a resume that gets noticed.

Speaker:
Zach Marks

Oystir, Co-founder and COO

12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Coles 101

Technology and Business Development

Research institutions are the source of many ground-breaking discoveries and inventions with the potential to save lives or preserve world around us. If you aspire to help turn those discoveries into products or businesses then a career in technology & business development may be for you. In this panel we will hear from professionals who have moved from the bench to work at the interface of science and product development.

12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Coles 109

Resume Workshop

Converting your CV to a resume is a much bigger challenge than most people expect. One of the biggest difficulties in finding a position outside of academia is getting an interview, and your resume is critical to overcoming this barrier. This session will help you understand what a resume is, and what it is not, and teach you how to turn your experience into a resume that gets noticed.

2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Farkas

Faculty Positions in Academia

Public, private, research, liberal arts: there are many options for those who are looking for a faculty position, but with the varying expectations of faculty at different institutions, what should you be doing now to increase your chances of landing a faculty position?

2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Alumni B

Careers in Science Policy

Our ability as a society to support the scientific enterprise depends on a bright and dedicated group of science-trained individuals who can recommend policies to lawmakers, granting agencies and other influential groups. From stem cell research to teaching

2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Alumni A

Careers in Publishing

A career in the publishing world can be incredibly rewarding and exciting, but as the world of publishing changes it can be hard to know what roles will be played by PhDs in the future. Our panel of publishers will explain the breadth of possibilities, what skills are most needed, and what is the best way for a PhD to make the transition.

2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Coles 101

Interview/Negotiations Workshop

Asking for what you want can be challenging--if you’re not prepared. Learn how to address salary questions during an interview, strategies to approach a salary negotiation, and how to manage potential negotiation factors.

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