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Career Development Award - Call for Applications


The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is offering 5 awards of $400 each to assist postdoctoral scholars in pursuing career development opportunities beneficial to the career goals of each individual postdoc. This award could be used to pay for conference registration, cover the cost of travel to courses or conferences, help pay for tuition for courses, or registration for a seminar, just to name a few examples.

This award is targeting all members of the University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association (postdoctoral associates (job code 9546), postdoctoral fellows (job code 9560), and research associates (job code 9702)) who are looking at additional career development opportunities for academic, industry, or other careers.

To apply please send a two-page Letter of Application detailing your career goals and your proposal along with a two-page version of your curriculum vitae to

In your Letter of Application (two-page max):
1. clearly state your career goals
2. clearly define the conference, course, seminar, etc., that your are requesting funds for, including dates of the specific course to be taken or specific conference to attend
3. provide a clear and detailed budget proposal, including a table detailing the costs, and
4. clearly justify how you would use this award, and detail how this will help you in pursuing your specific career goals.

The description of these 4 criteria to be included in your 2-page Letter of Application will be the basis for the scoring metric in selection of these awards, as evaluated by the PDA's panel of postdocs and faculty. Please note that your 2-page curriculum vitae of past accomplishments will not be scored, but will be used by reviewers a reference to help evaluate your Letter of Application in the context of your future plans in your discipline.

For questions regarding this scholarship email

HHMI Mentorship Opportunity

With the new school year starting up, I am very pleased to announce that we will be supporting the HHMI Research Mentor Program again for the 2012-2013 academic year. The HHMI Research Mentor Program is a new initiative to promote undergraduate research opportunities for transfer students that was implemented for the first time last year. Last year's student participants had a wonderful experience, and I am excited to see the incoming transfers students grow during the 2012-2013 year.

We seek applications from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in serving as an undergraduate research mentor for transfer students in the College of Biological Sciences for Spring 2013. Mentors will be selected based on the suitability of the proposed research project for completion by undergraduates within a semester and their statement about how this experience will help them develop skills they will need in future positions.

If you think this would be a good fit for any of the senior graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in your lab, please forward this information on to them and have them fill out the attached mentor contract. Additionally, you can have interested parties contact Kelaine Haas ( for more information or follow-up questions about the program.

Program Overview: Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to be selected as HHMI Research Mentors. Upon selection into the program, the Mentor will present their research project to new transfer students. Students who are interested in working on the project will interview with the Mentor for the opportunity to work with the mentor. Mentors can select one to three students to work with during spring semester. In addition to mentoring these research students, mentors will attend a workshop to help them develop and improve their mentoring skills.

Compensation: The graduate student/postdoctoral fellow serving as the HHMI Research Mentor will receive $500 compensation ($600 for 2 students and $700 for 3 students) and their corresponding lab will receive $250 per student for supplies. Student mentees will receive $500 after the completion of a brief research proposal at the beginning of the semester and completion of a final research poster at the end of the semester. If approved by the Principle Investigator, the student mentee can also register for Directed Research credit.

A copy of the HHMI Research Mentor Contract is attached to this email for you to look over if you or any of your students are interested in participating in the program. Completed contracts need to be sent in by November 2nd to be considered for the program. Please do not hesitate to contact Kelaine Haas ( if you have any more questions about the program.

Bio Careers' Invitation for Bloggers/Columnists

I would like to reach out to some new contributors/writers/bloggers transitioning to several career paths. Currently, our blog has over 50 contributors sharing from their career experience with the peers coming behind: We provide the topics, have an editor who makes the articles publishing ready and promote the blogs/articles in social media and our newsletter. This would be a free form of exposure to a very good recruiting source.

The particular career paths we are looking for are (those in bold):

Education: public secondary schools, private secondary schools
Entrepreneurship: Incubator
Finance and VC: Mutual Funds
Law and Tech Management: Biotech Mgmt Office, US Patent Office
Non-profit: Juvenile Diabetes
Public Health: Institute of Medicine (NAS)
Science Policy: Policy Analysts (Congress), Professional Organizations' office of Regulations, DC Thinktank, State level Agency
Chemistry: Energy Corporations, Pharmaceutical Companies
Environment: Consulting and Remediations Firm, Cleantech, Biofuels and Alternative Energy
Consumer Products: Government
Biopharma Manufacturing: Process Engineering
Academia: Caltech, UPenn, Columbia - currently working as assistant professors

Columnists/bloggers need to be 3-7 years post degree, have an MD or PhD/MS in the life sciences and currently work in the field that they will write about.

In case you know anyone interested in the exposure to our recruiting site, feel free to send an email to introduce me and the writing opportunity. You can cc me. I would surely appreciate your recommendations.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Marina Enachi
Online Marketing Manager

Bio Careers
The #1 Jobs Board for Life Science PhDs
T: 877-862-4656, x. 116

Career Networking Breakfast

Career Networking Breakfast
for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Alumni
Career Networking Breakfast

Registration Link

Friday, April 13, 2012
9-11:30 a.m.

University Hotel Minneapolis - Ballroom
615 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Participating Colleges and Programs: Allied Health Programs; Biological Sciences; Dentistry; Design; Education & Human Development; Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences; Law School; Liberal Arts; Management; Medical School; Nursing; Pharmacy; Public Affairs; Public Health; Technology; and Veterinary Medicine

Sponsors: The Career Development Network Graduate and Professional Student
Committee, The Graduate School, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Business Relations, Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS), Postdoctoral Association, and Council of Graduate Students (COGS)

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