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SC65 Preparing for Successful Careers with SCISMIC

Whether it was an undergraduate trying to identify the best graduate school and lab, or the recent graduate student or postdoc who is on the market for their first "real' job, Elizabeth Wu and Danika Khong recognized the need to prepare students for a career path in the sciences and developed a SCISMIC solution. Join in this week's conversation to learn more about their exciting and entrepreneurial journey beyond the bench. Visit their website to complete the "Lab Seeker" or the "Job...


SC64: Entrepreneurship and Mentoring Lesson from Babson College

A conversation recapping the Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators highlights important topics that are applicable in every aspect of our lives and careers. In this episode with Latane Brackett, we discuss how entrepreneurial thinking has a direct relationship with mentoring, feedback and conflict resolution. Follow Latane Brackett on Twitter @enatal3


SC63: January Means Goals and Mentoring

Happy New Year! January marks the season of goal setting and mentoring. This hot topic explores and sets a charge for us to achieve those goals through the use of a mentor.


SC62: Mentoring Moments with Dr. Beronda Montgomery

January is National Mentoring Month and mentoring expert Dr. Beronda Montgomery shares thoughts on mentoring from her two unique perspectives: a principal/primary investigator (PI) and a biologist who shares 'life lessons from plants". We discuss: --the importance of delineating the role of the PI into mentor and advisor --the effectiveness of formal mentoring programs --tips on cultivating mentoring relationships Referenced in this episode: Vanguard STEM with Jedidah Isler National...


SC61: Your Gift To You

Tis the season for giving, and that includes making sure that you gift yourself something too. If you don't invest in yourself, you can't expect anyone else to do so. How do you determine the best gift for you this year? It's simple, but will require you to reflect on some things.


SC60: Thoughts on the PNAS paper- Changing Demographics of Scientific Careers

In this hot topic I share a few thoughts on a paper published in the December 10, 2018 Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences entitled the Changing Demographics of scientific career: The rise of the temporary workforce. Click here to read full article


SC59: Darryl Williams' PhD Engineering Path to SVP of The Franklin Institute

It all began by pursuing a job posting on a bulletin board during his postdoc. Now, a little over 10 years later, he is the Senior Vice President of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest and premier centers of science in the country. Whether you are a student, postdoc or professional, this is a conversation that will shed much light and perspective on the critical skills needed along a career path. Learn about The Franklin Institute


SC58: Dr James Tarver PhD Chemist with MBA= No Career Constraints

What career would you have if there were no self-imposed constraints on what you could do or be? Dr. James Tarver challenges us in this week's conversation to be open minded and open to opportunities.


SC57: What Are You Known For?

Reflecting on conversations held at the 2018 ABRCMS meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Students wanted to know about a career in consulting. This also led to a discussion of ensuring that the brand you want speaks to the work you are doing. Establishing credibility and depth of expertise is important in the STEM field, especially when you want to your scientific voice as a platform to advocacy.


SC56 A 5 W Message to STEM Graduate Students

We learned about the 5 W's in grade school English as an approach to writing. A hallmark of a good story meant that we answered the Who, What, Where, When and Why questions. In this episode, I use simple 5 W questions to share advice, challenge and encourage those in STEM graduate programs. Why are you in graduate school? What are you willing to sacrifice? Who are you seeking guidance and counsel? When do you want to finish? Where are you going upon completion? Bonus: How are you...


SC55: Entropia Musings

True to Entropia's meaning, today's episode are random thoughts, but intended to be an encouragement to all who listen!


SC54: Sherry Marts PhD-From the Bench to Pioneering Harassment Training for Scientific Societies

She's always been about the SMARTs, so it's no surprise that Dr. Sherry Marts is doing what she has always done since her graduate school years at Duke- being an advocate. Over the past few years, Sherry has been raising the awareness about harassment at scientific meetings, and providing the training to organizations' leadership. Sherry realized early on that she wanted a career BEYOND THE BENCH. However, she credits her graduate and postdoctoral training, along with a series of...


SC53: Five Finger Rules for Careers

On a recent trip to the local library with my niece and nephews, I noticed a sign on the shelf entitled Five Finger Rule. Since children are often drawn to books because of pretty pictures and bright colors on the cover, this guide is used to help the young [new] readers determine appropriate books for their reading level. If the child is simply reading the book and doesn’t know the words, all they are doing is flipping pages and never fully enjoying everything the book has to offer. What...


SC52: From PhD Biology Research to Leading a Team of Industry Science Communicators

Dr. Karita Ambrose spent her entire undergraduate career doing research and continued on to receive a PhD in Biology. Her thoughts were on a life in academia and teaching and found the perfect post-doc that combined her love of research and teaching. But then, she did what many of people shy away from when it comes to their career--she was open to an opportunity. She left her postdoc early and began her career in industry. Starting out as an entry level bench scientist, then transitioning...


SC51: Labor Day Week Hot Topic Rebroadcast-Prioritize the Priorities

Enjoy this rebroadcast of one of the more popular episodes--How do you prioritize your priorities?


SC50: Who Are you Listening to for Career Advice?

Beware of the naked man who offers you his shirt. The African proverb is as appropriate for your career as it is any other area. Who are the people you seek advice and counsel on as it relates to your career? Are they people who have traveled the path in which you seek? A quick thought-provoking STEMulating hot topic to end the month of August!


SC49: Your LinkedN Driving Instructor-Elisse Wright Barnes, JD, PhD

Your LinkedIn profile is more than a resume with a picture. Whether you are preparing to graduate and seeking your first job or you are an experienced professional who is now on the job market, LinkedIn can be a valuable tool to assist in your pursuit. Elisse Wright Barnes, JD, PhD shares actionable tips on how to make sure you are getting noticed by your target audience. About Elisse Wright Barnes


SC48: I Am Not My Hair

It's 2018 and we are still having conversations about hairstyles and fashion choices as a career differentiator or limiting factor in the workplace. We say that we embrace diversity and are inclusive, but are we? When we produce websites, brochures and other material that showcase the people who work at our organizations, do they reflect the people who we say we are trying to attract?


SC47: Are You Ready

This Hot Topic episode asks a simple, yet thought provoking question that will help you both assess and prepare for being promoted to the next level.


SC46: Preventative Maintenance is Not Just for Vehicles

This is the kickoff of Year TWO of Beyond the Bench: STEMulating Career Conversations. We perform preventative maintenance for our vehicles, but do we do it for our careers? In this episode we explore 4 key items that should be on your Career Preventative Maintenance checklist.