Events in the Professional Development Series can help students evaluate and prepare for the range of career options open to master's- and PhD-prepared professionals. This series is designed to broaden graduate students’ career perspectives and develop competencies in communication, self-awareness, professional adaptability, leadership, and professionalism.
Programming is offered on a two-year cycle and change each semester; over the course of two years, the series includes opportunities to learn about career paths in each of the five major career sectors available to alumni of The Graduate School: academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofit.
Fall 2021 Events
During Fall 2021, The Graduate School will partner with the Office of Postdoctoral Services to offer programming in several series. Visit the websites for these series for a full list of events in each of these themes.
- Friday, August 27, 202112:00 pm to 12:45 pm
This workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve already developed in graduate school or your postdoc experience, brainstorm opportunities to continue growing your skills, and connect with tools to help you plan for further development.
- Monday, August 30, 202112:00 pm to 12:45 pm
This workshop will help you make the most of your master's experience at Duke by connecting you with the most important campus resources and strategies to build your career and professional development.
- Wednesday, September 1, 202112:00 pm to 12:45 pm
Turn your research acumen to the task of exploring your career options. This workshop will introduce key tools that help you identify potential career alignment opportunities and learn about them in depth.
- Friday, September 3, 202112:00 pm to 12:45 pm
Learn how to leverage the Duke Alumni Network together with LinkedIn to maximize your career research and possibilities for connections. Find out how you can put that knowledge into action through informational interviews with professionals in organizations and careers of interest.
- Thursday, September 9, 20213:00 pm to 4:30 pm
How can you establish supportive mentoring relationships? What is the role of good mentoring in your success as a graduate student? Join in the conversation in this interactive workshop. The goal of the session is to empower members of the graduate student community to become partners in the mentoring process, making it a deeply rooted part of the Duke experience. Registration for this workshop is now full.
- Tuesday, September 14, 202110:00 am to 11:30 am
In order to help create a culture of respect and civility, we need to learn how to “step in” when we see harmful or disrespectful behaviors. Through presentation, discussion, and role plays, we’ll consider barriers to intervening, explore different ways we can intervene, and then share tips for moving forward. This workshop will be rescheduled for spring 2022.
- Tuesday, September 21, 20213:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. Registration closes Monday, September 13 at 11:59 am.
- Wednesday, September 22, 20211:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. Registration closes Monday, September 13 at 11:59 pm.
- Thursday, September 30, 202110:00 am to 11:30 am
Your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students can shape the rest of your career, and there are strategies and resources that can increase your chances of getting what you came for. During this program, participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them.
- Tuesday, October 5, 20211:00 pm to 1:45 pm
You’ve heard that you should use Duke OPTIONS to plan your professional development, but you’re not sure where to start. Join this workshop to learn about Duke OPTIONS and other online professional development resources available to you as a Duke Ph.D. student.
The Academic Job Search Series
- Thursday, September 9, 202111:00 am to 11:30 am
New Faculty Zoom with Lauren Slosky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota
As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we'll feature Lauren Slosky, PhD, an incoming Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota.
- Tuesday, September 28, 20213:00 pm to 4:30 pm
A teaching portfolio is more than a collection of documents: it is set of claims about your teaching and evidence to support them. In this workshop, you will examine how claims and evidence can be framed in way that allows you demonstrate your skill (or potential) as a university instructor in a teaching statement supported by materials created by you.
- Wednesday, September 29, 20211:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Join a panel discussion featuring Duke Ph.D. alumni currently in postdoctoral roles to gain insights on navigating the application process for these positions, as well as making the most of your time in a postdoc.
- Thursday, September 30, 20211:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Alum Zoom: Five Career Questions with Annie Jeong, Ph.D.’17, Assistant Director of Education and Diversity, University of Pennsylvania
As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs, we'll feature Annie Jeong, PhD'17 (Genetics & Genomics). Annie serves as the Assistant Director of Education and Diversity for the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology, an NSF-funded, multi-institutional Science and Technology Center based at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, Annie directs the center’s undergraduate and STEM outreach initiatives and strives to make a more inclusive and cohesive graduate and postdoctoral community through trainings, mentorship, and recruitment.
- Wednesday, October 6, 202111:00 am to 11:30 am
New Faculty Zoom with Kate Ostevik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, University of California Riverside
As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we’ll feature Kate Ostevik, PhD, Assistant Professor of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology at the University of California Riverside.
- Thursday, October 7, 202111:00 am to 11:30 am
New Faculty Zoom with Crystal Reynaga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Bryn Mawr College - Postponed
As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we’ll feature Crystal Reynaga, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at Bryn Mawr College since June 2020 and former Duke postdoc in the Patek lab, Biology. This event will be rescheduled and registrants will be informed of the new date when available.
- Tuesday, October 12, 202111:00 am to 12:00 pm
Many employers--not just colleges and universities--have made a commitment to hiring and retaining a diverse and inclusive staff. As part of that approach, many job applications ask that you include a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (or DEI Statement) in your application materials. But what exactly is a DEI statement, and what goes in it? We will address these and other questions in this workshop.
- Wednesday, October 20, 20211:00 pm to 1:30 pm
New Faculty Zoom with Rachel Gevlin, Ph.D.’20, Assistant Professor of English, Birmingham-Southern College
As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we'll feature Rachel Gevlin, PhD'20 (English), Assistant Professor of English at Birmingham-Southern College.
- Wednesday, October 27, 20211:00 pm to 1:30 pm
New Faculty Zoom with Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D.’21, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Denver
As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we'll feature Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D. '21, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver.
- Tuesday, December 7, 202111:00 am to 12:00 pm
Graduate school and postdoctoral training can make you an independent scientist, ready to tackle pressing questions and drive cutting-edge research. But running your own research lab involves more than applying your scientific skills; it requires managing both people and projects. In this workshop we will discuss approaches to being a leader and a manager, and how to guide and mentor the students, postdocs, and staff that will eventually comprise your team.
Careers Beyond Academia
- Thursday, September 2, 202111:00 am to 11:30 am
Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Ron Temple, ’90, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Equities and Co-Head of Multi-Asset Investing at Lazard Asset Management
Join The Graduate School for a series of conversations with alumni reflecting on the role that their Duke education played in their careers. On September 2, we'll feature Ronald Temple, ’90, a managing director and co-head of multi asset and head of U.S. equity at Lazard Asset Management LLC in New York. He is responsible for oversight of the firm’s multi asset and U.S. equity strategies as well as several global equity strategies. Mr. Temple will be joined in conversation by Travis Dauwalter, Ph.D. candidate in the joint Public Policy and Economics program.
- Wednesday, September 15, 202111:00 am to 12:00 pm
Interested in pursuing a career beyond the bench? Join this informational recruitment session to learn more about PRI Healthcare Solutions, which encompasses a dynamic group of scientists, clinicians, and pharmacists who work in a collaborative fashion to create and deliver engaging, innovative content for our pharmaceutical and biotech clients.
- Thursday, September 16, 202112:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Are you curious about how you can apply your research skills in a consulting career? Join us for this workshop offered in collaboration with the APD Consulting Club (Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club) to learn about careers in management consulting. In addition to hearing an overview of the sector, participants will have the chance to meet in breakout rooms with PhD students and recent graduate alumni from humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines who have succeeded in the hiring process with Big Three firms.
- Wednesday, September 22, 202111:00 am to 11:30 am
Alum Zoom: Five Career Questions with Jacob Jacobsen, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Evecxia Therapeutics
As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs, we'll feature Jacob Jacobsen, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Evecxia Therapeutics (former Duke postdoc, Cell Biology). In addition to discussing his work, Jacob will tell us about the open PhD-level positions at Evecxia Therapeutics.
- Friday, October 8, 20213:00 pm
From Google to Moderna, PhD and advanced degree holders have been at the forefront of innovative start-ups that are shaping our future. How can PhD students begin to think about utilizing their academic training in the start-up world? What are their competitive advantages? Speaker Deep Sran, Ph.D., Esq., will share his experience founding a well-known learning technology company. This free webinar is available to students through The Graduate School's subscription to VersatilePhD.
- Wednesday, October 13, 20211:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Alum Zoom: Five Career Questions with Jennifer Israel, Ph.D.’15, Senior Genomics Data Scientist at Kriya Therapeutics
As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs, we'll feature Jennifer Israel, Ph.D.'15 (Genetics & Genomics), Senior Genomics Data Scientist with Kriya Therapeutics. Dr. Israel will discuss the path to her current role as well as open positions for Ph.D-.level scientists currently available at Kriya Therapeutics.
- Friday, October 15, 20212:00 pm to 2:30 pm
If you’ve ever received a healthy meal kit or a shipment of reagents for your research, you know how important it is to protect what’s perishable. As Chairman and CEO of TemperPack, Dr. Bob Beckler '83 leads a company founded to break away from Styrofoam and bring its plant-based, recyclable ClimaCell insulation material to customers around the world. Join us to hear about Dr. Beckler’s career as a leader in the packaging and chemicals industry in this conversation with Courtney Johnson, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry.
- Friday, October 22, 20214:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join a panel of graduate alumni reflecting on their professional lives since departing Duke, featuring Adolfo Rodriguez, Ph.D.'03 (Computer Science), SVP Technology Transformation, Advance Auto Parts; Erik Vogt, Ph.D.'14 (Economics), Quantitative Researcher, Citadel LLC; and I-hung Shih, Ph.D.'00 (Biochemistry), Global Industry Analyst / Portfolio Manager-Biotech, Wellington Management. Ron Temple ’90, M.P.P. of Lazard Asset Management will moderate the conversation. An opportunity for networking with the speakers will follow the conversation; registration closes October 21 at 12 noon.
- Wednesday, November 3, 202110:00 am to 2:00 pm
In this workshop, you'll explore careers in startups, private industry, and beyond, then learn how you can find opportunities—and practice marketing yourself to best highlight your skills and experience. The session will include a keynote on negotiation skills by Dara Wilson-Grant, a workshop on transferable skills, and breakout sessions with alumni who have been successful in innovative careers post-PhD.
- Thursday, November 4, 202111:00 am to 12:00 pm
Explore your Australian opportunity–just a fast-track visa away! Join us for a webinar on Australia's Global Talent Visa Program, a streamlined visa for highly skilled professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to live and work in Australia. In 2021-2022, there are 15,000 places available under the program, all with a STEM focus.
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Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School