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SC37 Hot Topic: Celebration, Motivation, Vacation!

Celebrating the success of others can serve as a motivator.


SC36: Dr. Gloria Thomas- Researcher, Leader, Mom and Teacher

Keeping an open mind is one of the things that has been critical to the successes of Dr. Gloria Thomas. A series of professional and personal events led her back to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she has expanded her STEM wings and now serves as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University. This superwoman mom is a prime example of how marketable and valuable a STEM degree is. She is also a member of a distinct group of scientists who have...


SC35:Dr. Melissa Vaught-the Biochembelle of Social Media

Dr. Melissa Vaught, known on social media platforms as @biochembelle, started her STEM journey at a community college in Virginia with initial hopes of going into a medical field. However, she fell in love with chemistry and her career path took a turn which led her down the road to a PhD, two postdocs, and two very rewarding positions--one on the East Coast, the other on the West Coast. Listen in as @biochembelle not only shares her STEM journey beyond the Bench, but also talks about why...


SC34: DEA Laboratory Director Mr. Darrell Davis

When Darrell Davis completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry, he had aspirations of teaching. However, a networking connection at a NOBCChE conference temporarily altered that path, and he began his career as a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Though several years of hard work and being open to opportunity, he became the laboratory director for the South Central District of the DEA. He became an expert in clandestine laboratories, and he made sure he...


SC33: The Truth About STEM Diversity and Inclusion

How do you give meaning and action to Diversity and Inclusion? It's not simple, and it will make most uncomfortable. If we truly want to become more diverse and inclusive in the STEM community, we must provide opportunities to and take risks on those who are not mirror images of ourselves. @drqualls on Twitter


SC32: The Wright STEM Career Transitions- Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually and Physcially.

In Episode 22, we met the newly minted PhD Dr. Melody Wright and she shared her joys of landing her first role outside since obtaining her degree. She transitioned into a role that was atypical for someone with her background, but with hard work and determination, she landed the role. Fast forward 3 months, and she gives an update that she has resigned from that position. Stress seriously impacted her mental, emotional, and physical well being. Her message as to why and what prompted her...


SC31 Hot Topic: Growth Areas

When you look back over your career journey, what are the areas that you can see personal and professional growth?


SC30 Hot Topic: 28 Days of Growth

February is Black History Month but did you know it was also Growth Month?


SC29 Hot Topic: February 1 is my PhD Anniversay!

February 1st marks the anniversary of my journey Beyond the Bench. In this episode, I share advice on the STEMulating conversations I would have liked to have had as a graduate student.


SC28: Started in the Academy and Now Back Again with Dr. Yaihara Fortis

When she started graduate school, her plans were to be in the academy. However, after having conversations with her labmate and networking with fellow alumni of her institution, the journey beyond the bench took a different course. Dr. Fortis was open to opportunity which led her to a AAAS policy fellowship, the National Science Foundation, New York Academy of Science, and now as the director of postdoctoral affairs at Memorial Sloan Kettering. We also discuss how Hurricane Maria has...


SC27: Who is @HeyDrWilson?

A Mississippian, an HBCU graduate, a PhD immunologist with postdoctoral training from an Ivy League institution, yet he sums up his journey beyond the bench with a simple phrase: be good to the people around you; be good to the people you care about, but most importantly be good to yourself! Dr. Caleph Wilson shares his journey from the bench to a career in industry--first as a research scientist at an emerging biotech/biopharm, and now as a technical sales specialist and consultant for a...


SC26: The Journey from Durham to DC: Kenneth Gibbs Jr., PhD

If you've ever wondered about a career in the policy world, this week's guest shares his journey from the North Carolina School of Math and Science to his current role at the National Institutes of Health. He also gives candid, yet helpful advice for those who are conducting job searches. Follow Dr. Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. on Twitter at: @KennyGibbsPhD @STEMPhDCareers Also mentioned in this episode: Meyerhoff Scholars at University of Maryland, Baltimore County Leadership...


SC25 Hot Topic: Finish Strong

Closing out 2017 and preparing to usher in 2018.


SC24 Hot Topic: Setting SMART Goals

This week's episode is a rebroadcast of a very popular 2016 Lunchtime webinar on setting Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic and Time Bound (SMART) goals. Tips on not only how to create them, but also how to ensure that you attain and achieve them.


SC23 Active versus Passive Netowking

This week's episode is a rebroadcast of a 2016 lunchtime webinar on Active and Passive networking. We explore the definition of network, and pose challenging questions to unearth they type of networking that most of us engage. We discuss several examples to allow you to see a clear difference between passive and active networking.


SC22: The First Job After the PhD with Dr. Melody Robinson

Is working in industry really that different from working in an academic research laboratory? How can you transfer the skills learned while training for a PhD into real time application? These are just two of several areas of insight that this newly minted PhD guest shares on her journey from the bench to the workplace. Mentioned on the show: Twitter: @Being_Melody Instagram: @brokeonpurpose Broke On Purpose


SC21 Hot Topic: Staying Ready

If someone asks how can they help you, what would be your response? You never know when this may happen, so if you stay ready, you will never have to get ready.


SC20 Hot Topic: Invest In You

As we prepare to spread love and cheer to others in this season of giving, be sure that you make it a priority to Invest in You.


SC19: Retaining Scientist Identity Outside the Lab with Dr. Lamont Terrell

Is your scientific identity determined by the number of experiments you run each day? Do you somehow lose the ability to be a scientist when you choose to utilize your scientific training and skills outside a laboratory environment? Today's guest, Dr. Lamont Terrell, is a trained PhD synthetic organic chemist who had a very successful career as a bench scientist. Now, he's taking his talents to the 'other' side of the business and making an impact in identifying talent for the R&D...


SC18: A GEM of STEM in Dr. Howard G. Adams

Dr. Howard G. Adams is a mentoring guru. He is a leading expert on developing people through mentoring and strategic career/life planning. He has written, lectured, and consulted extensively on effective strategies for career, educational, and personal development. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar presenter, having spoken at over 650 colleges/universities, numerous national conferences, and conducted training for a number of fortune 500 companies. From 1978 to 1995 Adams...


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