The Business of Science: Your Guide to Career Success
A new training for fellows and graduate students preparing for their professional career transition
Starting in April—Register now!
We will offer this certificate program by SciPhD as a four-day course in April and May at the NIH. Enrollment will be open for 40 NICHD trainees.
The course is designed to help academic scientists prepare for their next positions in academia, industry, or government—research or non-research. Students will experience hands-on learning of the business and social skills necessary to succeed in the professional world.
At present, the course is also offered at highly respected research institutes, such as New York University, University of California San Francisco, University of California Irvine, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Ninety percent of the people who applied for jobs while taking the course reported that The Business of Science helped them land an interview or job offer!
Throughout the program, you will have the exciting opportunity to:
- Discover the many career paths in which having a PhD can make you a competitive job candidate
- Develop your professional communication, mentoring, project management and negotiating skills, as well as your financial literacy
- Research a job ad and identify the scientific, business, and social skills that the company is looking for
- Develop a targeted resume that demonstrates your specific qualifications
- Expand your science network
- Take part in mock interviews that will prepare you for your own job searches
Course instructors will hone into common research practices that academic scientists are already familiar with, to help in the understanding of business concepts, and to demonstrate how your own experiences can mold you into a competitive job candidate.
The certificate program schedule: four, full-day sessions (9 AM – 5 PM) as follows:
Business of Science, and Communications
Monday, April 1
Developing People, Negotiating with your Advisor, and Building Effective Teams
Monday, April 15
Applied Communication & Networking, and Financial Literacy
Friday, May 3
Negotiating Total Compensation & Leadership Styles, and Project Management, Wrap-up & Graduation
Monday, May 20
If you would like to register, please contact Dr. Erin Walsh (email@example.com).
Are You A Budding Photographer? Check This Out
firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details.The NICHD Office of Education is seeking a fellow with photography experience for the upcoming fellows retreat. Your photography of the event will appear in the retreat recap issue of The NICHD Connection this summer. If you are interested, please contact Nicki Swan (
Communicate Your Research to the Public
Did you know? The NICHD Office of Communications posts intramural research findings on the institute’s social media accounts. They’re looking for fellows to discuss their work and pose for pictures in the lab, to offer a behind-the-scenes look at research. If you are interested or have biomedical art images to share, please contact Linda Huynh, PhD, at email@example.com.
If you have an accepted manuscript that is potentially newsworthy for the general public, please email the office’s press team at firstname.lastname@example.org before the paper is published. Include a copy of the manuscript and a brief, plain language explanation on why the work is important.
NIH Grant Writing Course
Are you planning to apply for a NIH research grant in 2019? There are various application due dates for NIH grants, and we are offering a grant writing course that’s just for you!
In collaboration with three other institutes, we are offering an NIH Grant Writing Course for fellows this April and May. Led by Dr. Paula Gregory (Professor, Department of Genetics, Louisiana State University), this course will help students prepare a successful NIH grant proposal, with special emphasis on the career transition “K” grant series. With high reviews from past participants, NHGRI has offered this course for several years, and as a result, many of their fellows have been awarded NIH grants!
In a small-group setting, classes will combine didactic presentations with group discussions, assignments, and proposal writing. A distance learning component will allow you to submit writings between the in-person meetings and receive edits and valuable feedback. Participants will also conduct an NIH mock study section. During the process of scoring real grant applications, trainees will learn about the review process and the key aspects of a successful application.
Below is the schedule for this on-campus course (must attend all sessions):
- May 2: 1 PM - 4 PM
- May 3: 9 AM - 12 PM
- May 23: 11 AM - 4 PM
- May 24: 9 AM - 12 PM
- May 30: 1 PM - 4 PM
- May 31: 9 AM - 12 PM
There are four spots available for NICHD fellows.
If you would like to join this course, please email Dr. Erin Walsh at email@example.com and indicate which NIH grant you are planning to apply for.
Genetics Policy and Genetics Education Fellowship Opportunities
From the American Society of Human Genetics website:
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Genetics and Public Policy, and Genetics Education and Engagement fellowships.
These fellowships are cosponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
The Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to a policy career. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of policy experience: within NHGRI’s Policy and Program Analysis Branch; on Capitol Hill serving elected officials in the Legislative Branch; and at ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector.
The Genetics Education and Engagement fellowship program is designed for genetics professionals (or life scientists with substantial experience in genetics or genomics) who: have an advanced degree, are early in their careers, and are interested in developing and implementing genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, and/or professional development initiatives for audiences at all educational or career levels. The fellow will participate in rotations at the NHGRI and ASHG, and typically a third organization involved in genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, or professional development.
Judges Needed for Montgomery County Science Fair
Give back to the community by volunteering to judge!
From the Science Montgomery website:
The Montgomery County Science Fair is an opportunity for several hundred Senior High and Middle School students to think creatively, problem solve, learn how to carry out a science experiment, and have some fun while doing so. Our Fair’s success depends upon the many scientists who volunteer to judge at the Fair.
The Science Fair will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993.
Register to judge by Saturday, February 24. For more information, and to register, visit: Science Fair Category Judges.
Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students and Postdocs
The annual Clinical and Translation Research Course for PhD Students at the NIH Clinical Center is accepting applications beginning February 1, 2019, for this summer’s course, which will run July 8–19, 2019.
This course is ideal for graduate students or postdocs who are interested in learning about how PhD scientists can contribute to translational research. No prior clinical experience is required.
For a course overview, eligibility requirements, and selection process, please visit the course website (Clinical and Translation Research Course).