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2017 Management Boot Camp

Thursday, November 30, 2017 to Friday, December 1, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The NIEHS Office of Fellows Career Development has kindly invited Duke graduate students and postdocs to attend the 2017 Management Boot Camp. Management of people and resources is a key component to being successful as you move forward in your career. The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education has developed an intense course to give graduate students, advanced postdocs, and fellows an overview of common management concepts that are not often taught in a lab environment. The topics covered will be applicable to all sectors (academics, industry, non-profits, government, etc.). The workshop will include group activities and hands-on experiences related to working successfully in research team environments. Pre-work: All participants should complete an online MBTI Assessment through the OITE. The OITE staff will provide you with a link to complete the MBTI before the workshop.

This course requires a commitment of two full days.

Course Schedule

  • Unit 1: Managing you
    • Learning concepts: This session will encourage participants to assess how they interact with people, the environment, and projects to effectively manage workflows.
  • Unit 2: Managing staffing
    • Learning concepts: This session will explore staffing your unit and how diversity enhances the workplace.
  • Unit 3: Managing Interpersonal Interactions
    • Learning concepts: Effectively managing your interactions with others will help you build stronger relationships in the workplace and prevent the conflict that can undermine them. 
  • Unit 4: Managing the team
    • Learning concepts: Motivating a staff means knowing how to communicate project goals and expectations.  This session will define strategies to motivate staff and what to do when setbacks occur.

Applications due November 20, 2017, 5:00 pm

Candidate selection will favor those fellows leaving their institutions within a year and those who exhibit an enthusiasm for becoming a better manager. We recommend that you spend time on your applications to answer the questions completely and to also double check the quality of your answers.

Applications will include

  • Name and Affiliation
  • Your intended next job (assistant professor, R&D scientist, non-profit program manager, etc) and when you are expecting to leave your current position.
  • A 100-word statement of why you are interested in the course.
  • A 100-word description of an article you have read or workshop you attended that covered a management topic. Why was it (or was it not) interesting?

Candidates will be notified about course acceptance by Nov 22, 2017.

*Note: workplace dynamics is NOT required.

This event is sponsored by The National Institute of Environemntal Health Services Office of Fellows' Career Development. Questions? Contact Dr. Tammy R. L. Collins, Director of the Office of Fellows’ Career Development at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, at

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111 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709, in Rodbell Auditorium at NIEHS
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Event Category

  • Professional Development