PDS Seminars and Competency Areas, fall 2007-present

On Demand Events

Leadership
  N/A
Communication
Fall 2011-present Writing Federal Research Proposals Ms. Jaine Place PDS
Career Development
Fall 2011-present How to Handle a Phone Interview, Part 1 The PFL Team PDS
Summer 2012-present The Informational Interview Dr. Rhonda Sutton OPA/PDS
Summer 2012-present Preparing for the Job Interview Dr. Rhonda Sutton OPA/PDS
Summer 2012-present Writing an Effective Cover Letter Dr. Rhonda Sutton OPA/PDS
Self-Awareness
  N/A
Professional Adaptability
Fall 2011-present How Business Ideas are Born Mr. Marshall Brain PDS

Fall 2012

Leadership
8/24/12 Leading Better by Knowing your Personality Type Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS
Communication
8/20/12-8/24/12 How to Write a Scholarly Introduction (online) Dr. Mike Carter PDS
8/23/12 Literature Reviews Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy PDS/Libraries
8/28/12, 9/11/12 Business Emails that Work Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
9/7/12 Speaking Skills for Success Dr. Larry Nielsen PDS
9/7/12, 9/24/12 Write More: Tools for Increasing your Productivity as a Writer Ms. Brandy Grabow PDS
9/21/12 Professional Communication: Workplace Trends and Social Media Ms. Daun Daemon/Ms. Jamie Larsen PDS
10/16/12 Getting your Research Published Dr. Shawn Utsey PDS/IMSD
Career Development
8/31/12 Adapting your Job Search Materials to Industry & Government Positions Dr. Patricia Phelps PDS/IMSD
9/10/12 Business Etiquette: The Polish of Professionalism Ms. Cecilia Budd Grimes PDS/IMSD
9/25/12, 9/27/12 How to Handle a Phone Interview, Part 2: In Person Workshop Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
10/9/12 The Tech-Savvy Academic Job Search Dr. Hugh Crumley PDS
10/11/12 Sell Yourself: CV and Cover Letter Writing for Academic & Research Based Positions Dr. Brian Rybarczyk PDS
11/12/12 Applying for Nationally Competitive Postdoc Funding: The NASA Postdoctoral Program Ms. Sandra Myers PDS
Self-Awareness
8/24/12 Leading Better by Knowing your Personality Type Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS
8/27/12 Procrastination: Why People Use it and How to Stop it Dr. Peter J. Adams PDS
11/2/12 The Impostor Syndrome Dr. Valerie Ashby PDS/IMSD
Professional Adaptability
9/14/12 Alternative Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion Dr. Camile Grubor, Dr. Jill Hesse, Dr. Joshua Hall, Dr. Kelly Oten & Dr. Julia Barzyk PDS/IMSD
11/14/12 Preparing for Career Opportunities at US National Laboratories Dr. Basil Hassan PDS

Summer 2012

Leadership
  N/A
Communication

5/21-5/25, 6/11-6/15

How to Write a Scholarly Introduction (online) Dr. Mike Carter PDS
Career Development
5/15/12, 6/26/12 How to Handle a Phone Interview, Part 2: In Person Workshop Dr. Melissa Bostrom/Mr. Bryan Hoynacke PDS
6/5/12 Interview Skills for International Job-Seekers Mr. Bryan Hoynacke PDS
Self-Awareness
  N/A
Professional Adaptability
5/22/12 Protecting your Intellectual Properties as a Student, an Inventor, and an Entrepreneur Dr. Reza Jafari PDS

Spring 2012

Leadership
2/6/12 Leadership in the Corporate Sector Dr. Vivian Doelling OPA/PDS
3/28/12 Best Practices for Today's Leaders: Skills for Success Dr. Kevin Rice OPA/PDS
Communication
1/20/12 How to Write a Scholarly Introduction Dr. Mike Carter PDS
1/23/12 Cross-Cultural Communication: A Key to Success at NC State & Beyond Dr. Tim Flood OPA/PDS
2/2/12 Writing for Graduate School and Beyond: Creating an Effective Writing Group Ms. Brandy Grabow PDS
2/13/12 Adapting your Research Presentation to U.S. Industry Culture Dr. Tim Flood OPA/PDS
3/22/12 Presentation Skills for Corporate Culture Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS/OPA
Career Development
1/18/12 The Academic Job Search: Guidance from Department Heads and Senior Faculty Dr. Margo Daub, Dr. Chris Gorman, Dr. Christine McGahan & Dr. Michael Paesler OPA/PDS
1/25/12 Academic Job Search: Perspectives from Recent Assistant Professor Hires Dr. Hong Wang, Dr. Chase Beisel & Dr. April Fogleman OPA/PDS
1/27/12 Interview to Impress Dr. Woody Catoe PDS
2/9/12, 2/23/12, 3/26/12 How to Handle a Phone Interview, Part 2: In-Person Workshop Dr. Melissa Bostrom/Mr. Bryan Hoynacke PDS
2/22/12 Personal Branding: Your Career "Value Add" Ms. Kelly Welch OPA/PDS
2/29/12 LinkedIn: Your Networking Linchpin Ms. Kelly Welch OPA/PDS
Self-Awareness
1/17/12 Time Management Ms. Angel Johnson PDS
1/19/12 Finding your Passion Ms. Marcy Bullock OPA/PDS
2/14/12 Emotional Intelligence: A Different Type of Intellect Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/OPA
3/21/12 Faculty Work-Life Balance: A Panel Discussion Dr. Ana Maria Staicu, Dr. Rajade Berry-James, Dr. Christian Maltecca, Dr. Pam Arroway, Dr. Michelle Harrolle, Dr. Fay Cobb Payton & Dr. Eric Stone BFF /OPA
Professional Adaptability
1/26/12 Transferable Skills: The Key to Career Reinvention Ms. Dara Wilson-Grant OPA/PDS
2/28/12 Insights into Entrepreneurship Dr. Ann Black, Dr. Steven Michelsen & Dr. C.L. Niblett OPA/PDS
3/1/12 Suggestions for Successful Lab Management Ms. Melissa Cox & Mr. David Black PDS/OPA
4/3/12 Industry Careers in Research and Beyond Dr. Justine Li & Dr. Steve McColl PDS

Fall 2011

Leadership
9/2/11 Leadership in the Scientific Sector Dr. Nick Hamon PDS/OPA
10/28/11 Leading Better by Knowing your Personality Type Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS
Communication
8/30/11 Managing your Research Using the Libraries Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy PDS/Libraries
9/9/11 Communicating in Teams Dr. Joann Keyton PDS
10/13/11 Conveying Confidence: Tips for Interviewing, Networking & Public Speaking Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/OPA
10/24/11 Speaking Skills for Success Dr. Larry Nielsen PDS
10/27/11 Business Emails that Work Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
Career Development
8/31/11 Women in Bioscience Ms. Christine Warrington PDS/OPA
9/12/11 How to Conduct an Informational Interview Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/OPA
9/16/11 Dress for Success Ms. Kelly Fishburne & Ms. Pattie Santos PDS
9/23/11 Writing an Effective Resume (and How it Differs from a CV) Mr. David G. Smith PDS/OPA
9/26/11 Selling your Skills: Creating a Cover Letter Dr. Woody Catoe PDS
10/12/11 Street-Savvy Science: Hunting for a Job in Down Economy Mr. Dave Jensen PDS/OPA
10/12/11 Job Offer Negotiation Strategies for the Scientist Mr. Dave Jensen PDS/OPA
10/13/11 Networking: A Tool for Exploring Careers & Building Professional Relationships Ms. Dara Wilson-Grant PDS/OPA
10/26/11 How to Handle a Phone Interview: In Person Workshop Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
Self-Awareness
8/26/11 Procrastination: Why People Use it and How to Stop it Dr. Peter J. Adams PDS
10/28/11 The Elements of Assertiveness Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/OPA
10/28/11 Leading Better by Knowing your Personality Type Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS
Professional Adaptability
9/28/11 Alternative Careers in the Sciences: A Panel Discussion Dr. Karen Cole, Dr. Brandon Conover, Dr. Leah Tinfo & Dr. Leah Zorrilla PDS/OPA
10/12/11 Street-Savvy Science: Hunting for a Job in Down Economy Mr. Dave Jensen PDS/OPA

Summer 2011

Leadership
  N/A
Communication
6/2/11 Communicating in U.S. Industry Culture Dr. Timothy Flood PDS/OPA
7/15/11 Practical Steps to Completing your Thesis or Dissertation Dr. Wendy Carter PDS
7/19/11 Speaking About Science Mr. Scott Morgan PDS/IMSD/OPA
Career Development
5/24/11 Creating your Online Brand with LinkedIn Ms. Kelly Welch PDS/OPA
7/20/11 Interview Skills Mr. Scott Morgan PDS/IMSD/OPA
Self-Awareness
7/15/11 Practical Steps to Completing your Thesis or Dissertation Dr. Wendy Carter PDS
Professional Adaptability
  N/A

Spring 2011

Leadership
2/8/11 Leadership in the University: A Path from Assistant Professor to Provost Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler PDS
Communication
1/14/11, 2/28/11 Presentation Skills for Corporate Culture Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
2/7/11, 3/28/11 Writing a Research Introduction Dr. Michael Carter PDS
2/14/11 Grant Writing 101 Ms. Jaine Place PDS
2/25/11 How to Make a Successful Poster Presentation Dr. George Hess PDS/AGEP
3/23/11 Grant Writing: Suggestions for Success Dr. Paul Franzon, Dr. Dean Hesterberg, Dr. Alex Smirnov & Dr. David Threadgill PDS/OPA
4/13/11 Pump Up your Professionalism: Key Communication Strategies for Interviewing and Networking Ms. Sharon Hill PDS/OPA
Career Development
1/19/11 How to Handle a Phone Interview Mr. Nicholas Mueldener PDS
1/31/11 Interview to Impress Ms. Carol Schroeder & Dr. Woody Catoe PDS
2/23/11 Put Your Science To Work:  Practical Advice and Proven Techniques to Land the Job of Your Dreams Dr. Peter Fiske PDS/IMSD/OPA
3/18/11 Networking for Industry Careers Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS/OPA
3/22/11 Postdoc or Professional: Which Path Will You Choose? Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/GEW
4/6/11 Beyond Academia: Alternative Careers for PhDs Dr. Emmanuel Agamloh, Dr. Janice Allen, Dr. Julia Barzyk & Dr. Timothy Barzyk PDS/OPA
4/13/11 Pump Up your Professionalism: Key Communication Strategies for Interviewing and Networking Ms. Sharon Hill PDS/OPA
Self-Awareness
1/24/11 Time Management Ms. Angel Johnson PDS
3/29/11 Conflict Resolution Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/OPA
3/30/11 Faculty Work-Life Balance: A Panel Discussion Dr. Pam Arroway and Dr. Eric Stone & others TBA PDS/BFF
4/18/11 The Impostor Syndrome Dr. Valerie Ashby PDS/OPA/IMSD
Professional Adaptability
2/11/11 How Business Ideas are Born Mr. Marshall Brain PDS
2/17/11 Transitioning from Academia to Industry Dr. Vivian Doelling PDS/OPA
2/23/11 Put Your Science To Work:  Practical Advice and Proven Techniques to Land the Job of Your Dreams Dr. Peter Fiske PDS/IMSD/OPA
4/6/11 Beyond Academia: Alternative Careers for PhDs Dr. Emmanuel Agamloh, Dr. Janice Allen, Dr. Julia Barzyk & Dr. Timothy Barzyk PDS/OPA

Fall 2010

Leadership
10/1/10 Leading Better by Knowing your Personality Type Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
11/2/10 Managing and Supervising Employees Tony Mostek PDS/Analytics
Communication
8/20/10 Managing Your Thesis or Dissertation Research Using the Libraries Josh Wilson, Reference Librarian PDS/Libraries
9/8/10, 10/18/10 Business Emails that Work Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
9/20/10 Communicating Science Dr. Joann Keyton PDS/OPA
9/28/10 Demystifying Dissertation Writing for STEM Disciplines Dr. Patrick Brandt & panel of recent completers PDS
10/25/10 Speaking Skills for Success Dr. Larry Nielsen PDS
Career Development
9/3/10 Dress for Success Kelly Fishburne & Pattie Santos PDS
9/17/10, 10/20/10 Selling Yourself: Effective Résumés and Cover Letters Ms. Carol Schroeder & Dr. Woody Catoe PDS
9/22/10 What to Look for When Searching for a Postdoctoral Fellowship: A Perspective from  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dr. Linda Harris PDS
9/24/10 Building Your Fan Base: How to Establish High-Value Interpersonal Relationships that Can Further Your Career Dr. Kristin Murphy PDS
10/11/10 Great Salaries and More: Scientific/Engineering Job Offer Negotiations Dave Jensen PDS/OPA
10/14/10 How to Handle a Phone Interview Mr. Nicholas Mueldener & Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
11/3/10 Museum Careers Dr. Margaret Lowman OPA/PDS
Self-Awareness
10/1/11 Enhancing Your Leadership by Understanding Your Personality Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
10/26/10 Relax and Be at Your Best: Improving Your Performance through Professional Self-Awareness Dr. Lisbeth Borbye, Dr. Jeffrey Brantley, & Mr. Phil Sheridan PDS
Professional Adaptability
8/3/10 Leading an Interdisciplinary Research Team: Exploring The Forbidding Natural World of The Amazon & African Wilderness  for Medicinal Cures Dr. Eloy Rodriguez IMSD/PDS
9/24/10 Building Your Fan Base: How to Establish High-Value Interpersonal Relationships that Can Further Your Career Dr. Kristin Murphy PDS
10/26/10 Relax and Be at Your Best: Improving Your Performance through Professional Self-Awareness Dr. Lisbeth Borbye, Dr. Jeffrey Brantley, & Mr. Phil Sheridan PDS

Spring 2010

Leadership
4/8/10 Leadership in the Private Sector Lauch McElhaney PDS
Communication
1/22/10 Presentation Skills for Corporate Culture Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
1/26/10 How to Write a Research Introduction Dr. Mike Carter PDS
2/26/10 Communicating in Teams Dr. Joann Keyton PDS
Career Development
1/29/10 Professional Etiquette: The Interview & Beyond Ms. Sharon Hill OPA/PDS
2/19/10 Interview to Impress Ms. Carol Schroeder & Dr. Woody Catoe PDS
2/25/10 Social Networking 101: Are You LinkedIn? Dr. Patrick Brandt OPA/PDS
3/9/10 Getting Your Research Published Dr. Shawn Utsey IMSD/PDS
3/11/10 Postdoc or Professional: Which Path Will You Choose? Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS/ Grad.Ed. Week
Self-Awareness
3/26/10 Emotional Intelligence: A Different Type of Intellect Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS
4/8/10 The Impostor Syndrome Dr. Valerie Ashby IMSD/PDS
Professional Adaptability
2/9/10 Hard Conversations: How to Handle Them Dr. Christie Knittle-Mabry OPA/PDS
3/5/10 Clues to Corporate Culture Dr. Lynda Aiman-Smith PDS

Fall 2009

Leadership
10/2/09 Enhancing Your Leadership by Understanding Your Personality Type Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
11/6/09 Leading, Learning and Working in a Global Community Dr. Jo-Ann Robinson PDS
Communication
9/21/09 Can You Read Me Now? Effective Writing at Work Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
10/12/09 How to Make an Effective Poster Presentation Dr. George Hess PDS/AGEP
10/19/09 Grant Writing: Demystifying the Process Dr. Ken Adler OPA/PDS
10/26/09 Communicating Science Dr. Victoria McGovern OPA/PDS
Career Development
9/14/09, 10/5/09 Selling Yourself: Effective Résumés Ms. Carol Schroeder & Dr.  Woody Catoe, Career Center PDS
10/30/09 The Postdoc Experience: Is It Right for You? Dr. Matt Braby, Dr. Karen Cole, Dr. Laura Reed & Dr. Leah Zorilla PDS
11/2/09 Networking for Industry Careers Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS
Self-Awareness
9/18/09 Enhancing Your Leadership by Understanding Your Personality Type Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
Professional Adaptability
9/18/09 Managing Your Time for Success Ms. Angel Johnson PDS
11/6/09 Leading, Learning and Working in a Global Community Dr. Jo-Ann Robinson PDS

Spring 2009

Leadership
3/27/09 Enhancing Your Leadership by Understanding Your Personality Preferences Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
Communication
2/17/09 Grant Writing 101 Ms. Jaine Place PDS/OPA/UGSA
2/19/09 Presentation Skills for Corporate Culture Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
Career Development
2/24/09 Networking: An Important Part of the Career Process Dr. Jerry Baker, Dr. Leesa Deterding & Dr. Jennifer Ingram PDS/OPA
3/18/09 The Tenure Process Dr. Katie Perry PDS/OPA
Self-Awareness
2/9/09 Strategies for Balancing Work and Life: A Panel Discussion Mr. David Drooz, Ms. Angela Shores, Dr. Rhonda Sutton & Dr. William Winner PDS/OPA/UGSA
3/27/09 Enhancing Your Leadership by Understanding Your Personality Preferences Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
3/31/09 Emotional Intelligence: A Different Type of Intellect Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS
Professional Adaptability
4/14/09 Tales from Both Sides of the Bench: Suggestions for Managing a Lab Dr. Barbara Sherry, Dr. David Bird & Dr. Paul Maggard PDS/OPA

Fall 2008

Leadership
10/27/08 Scholars as Leaders Dr. Leila Gonzalez-Sullivan PDS
11/05/08 Leadership in the Private Sector Mr. Lauch McElhaney & Mr. Marc Hubble PDS
Communication
10/24/08 Speaking Skills for Success Dr. Larry Nielsen PDS
11/06/08 Creating a Win-Win Situation: Effective Negotiation Dr. Bill Watson PDS
Career Development
9/22/08 Using the Career Center to Support Your Job Search Ms. Carol Schroeder & Dr. Woody Catoe PDS
Self-Awareness
9/30/08 Understanding Your Preferences by Understanding Your Personality Type Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk PDS
Professional Adaptability
10/27/08 Scholars as Leaders Dr. Leila Gonzalez-Sullivan PDS

Spring 2008

Leadership
2/8/08 Effective Leadership Ms. Tierza Watts PDS
2/29/08 Leadership in the Private Sector Mr. Lauch McElhaney PDS
Communication
1/24/08 Writing Federal Grant Proposals Ms. Jaine Place PDS
2/15/08 Copyright and Your Thesis/Dissertation Ms. Peggy Hoon PDS/RCR
2/28/08 Can You Read Me Now? Effective Communication at Work Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS
3/28/08 Conflict Resolution Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS
Self-Awareness
3/28/08 Conflict Resolution Dr. Rhonda Sutton PDS
Professional Adaptability
2/1/08 Grant Processing Mr. Matt Ronning PDS/RCR

Fall 2007

Communication
10/25/07 Can You Read Me Now? Effective Communication at Work Dr. Melissa Bostrom PDS

On Demand

How Business Ideas are Born [PA]
Mr. Marshall Brain, founder of HowStuffWorks.com

Marshall Brain started the website HowStuffWorks.com as a hobby in 1998; less than 10 years later, he sold the site to Discovery Communications for $250 million. In these recordings, Mr. Brain shares his perspective on how he developed this business and others, and provides interactive opportunities for participants to brainstorm business ideas. Learn from an NC State graduate alumnus how to develop and implement your own business ideas.

How to Handle a Phone Interview Part 1 [CD]
Nick Mueldener, Molly Hartzog Storment, Sarah McKone, Dr. Rhonda Sutton, & Dr. Melissa Bostrom

With ongoing shifts in the economy and continued globalization of the marketplace, phone interviews have become standard in the process of job placement, whether in industry or academia. In this series of podcasts, we explore the variations of phone interviews (one-on-one, conference calls, and Skype), provide tips on how to make the most of your time on the line, and give you a chance to practice the skills you learn.

Preparing for the Job Interview [CD]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Note: This video is available via the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs' Mediasite page. Please login with your Unity ID and password to access the video; Internet Explorer works best.

The Informational Interview [CD]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dr. Brooke Bissinger

The informational interview is a powerful tool for exploring career options and creating a network. This video provides a model of a successful informational interview. Note: This video is available via the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs' Mediasite page. Please login with your Unity ID and password to access the video; Internet Explorer works best.

Writing an Effective Cover Letter [CD]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Note: This video is available via the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs' Mediasite page. Please login with your Unity ID and password to access the video; Internet Explorer works best.

Writing Federal Research Proposals [COM]
Ms. Jaine Place, Director of Research Proposal Development, Proposal Development Unit

This seminar, led by an expert NC State grant-writer, will help you identify ways to prepare your federal grant proposal—from planning to drafting, to writing and editing. Ms. Place has won hundreds of millions of dollars in successful grant applications over her career. After viewing this recording, you'll be ready to write a winning grant proposal.

In-Person

Adapting Your Job Search Materials to Industry & Government Positions [CD]
Dr. Patricia Phelps, Deputy Director, Office of Intramural Training & Education, NIEHS

Dr. Phelps’ background working in government, industry, academia, and nonprofit makes her expertise unique among our career development speakers. She can help you “translate” your skills and experience from graduate school or your postdoctoral fellowship into the language that hiring committees in industry and government understand. Even more importantly, she’ll provide you with tips that help you design your application materials to make it through the human resources screening procedures, so that your application reaches hiring managers.

Adapting Your Research Presentation for U.S. Industry Culture [COM]
Dr. Tim Flood, Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

To find success in your discipline, you’ve learned the standards for effective academic presentations . But how do you sell your research to those in the private sector? This seminar will teach you how to prepare and present your research in a manner that appeals to those in the U.S. corporate world. Whether you’re an international or domestic graduate student or postdoctoral scholar, this seminar can help you succeed in industry interviews.

Academic Job Search: Guidance from Department Heads and Senior Faculty [CD]
Dr. Margo Daub, Department Head for Plant Biology; Dr. Chris Gorman, Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Christine McGahan, Department Head for Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Michael Paesler, former Department Head for Physics

Want to know more about the academic hiring process for faculty positions?  Join our panel of department heads and full professors as they share information regarding the faculty interview process as well as what they are looking for in their new faculty hires.

Academic Job Search: Perspectives from Recent Assistant Professor Hires [CD]
Dr. Hong Wang, Physics; Dr. Chase Beisel, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Dr. April Fogleman, Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences

Last week, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offered a panel discussion on the academic hiring process featuring the perspectives of department heads and senior faculty.  This week there is an opportunity to hear from recently hired assistant professors who can share what worked for them in terms of how they approached the faculty interview process.  The panelists will share their own experiences regarding their job search, their interviews and their negotiation strategies.

Alternative Careers in the Sciences: A Panel Discussion[PA]
Dr. Camile Grubor, Technical Grant Writer, Advanced Liquid Logic, Inc.
Dr. Joshua Hall, Director of UNC PREP and Science Outreach, Office of Graduate Education, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Dr. Jill Hesse, FAS at GenoLogics
Dr. Kelly Oten, Forest Health Specialist, NC Forest Service
Dr. Julia Barzyk, Scientific Researcher III, Bowhead Systems Management

Each panel member is a scientist who currently works in a non-faculty position, whether in industry, government, or academia. They will discuss how they landed their current positions why they sought careers outside traditional faculty roles. In addition, the panelists will discuss their current positions and offer insights into what you can expect in alternative careers.

Applying for Nationally Competitive Postdoc Funding: The NASA Postdoctoral Program [CD]
Ms. Sandra Myers, Program Manager, NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)

As you consider your options beyond your Ph.D. or your current postdoc, you may consider applying for a nationally competitive fellowship. The prestige of opportunities such as the NASA Postdoctoral Program can open the door to a variety of career paths, including academia, government research, or industry. This presentation will give participants insight into strategies for making a successful application for competitive postdoctoral fellowships.                                                          

Are You LinkedIn? Social Networking 101 [CD]
Dr. Patrick Brandt, Associate Director of Biomedical Graduate Training Initiatives at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Brandt will show attendees how to use the online professional networking tool LinkedIn. The workshop will be most effective if you have registered for and started your own LinkedIn profile prior to the workshop. Tasks that will be demonstrated include:
• How to set up your profile for maximum visibility and impact
• How to add publications, PowerPoint presentation and even video to your profile
• How to import contacts from webmail, outlook or your Mac address book to build your connections
• How to find relevant LinkedIn groups and make contacts through a group
• How to perform reverse employer searches to prepare for interviews
• How to establish yourself as an expert on LinkedIn

Best Practices for Today’s Leaders: Skills for Success [L]
Dr. Kevin Rice, Director for Training and Organizational Development, NC State University

Do you plan to manage or supervise people in the future? Do you envision yourself in some type of leadership role in your career? If so, are you aware of the most important skills you will need to be successful? Join Dr. Kevin Rice, Director for NC State University's Training and Organizational Development Unit, as he shares the best practices used by leaders today.

Building Your Fan Base [CD, PA]
Dr. Kristin Murphy, Head of Global Competitive Intelligence, SAS

We live in an increasingly interconnected world. With applications like Facebook and Twitter, there are so many options today for connecting with people. How can you determine the value of these relationships? What other ways beyond social media can you use to build these connections? Most importantly, why are these relationships with others so important for your success in your career and beyond? In this workshop, Kristin Murphy will address these questions and challenge preconceived notions of the term "networking." She will provide you with some practical tips that erase the anxiety of establishing networks and will introduce the concept of "building a fan base." Workshop attendees will walk away with some helpful strategies for establishing and evaluating the relationships that matter most for furthering their career, enriching their personal development and uncovering new opportunities to explore.

Business Emails that Work [COM]
Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Director of Graduate Academic & Professional Development, The Graduate School

Email is one of the most challenging communication media, especially at work. This session will provide strategies to get your message across quickly while maintaining an appropriate tone for your request, allowing you to get the job done while building relationships with your recipients. We’ll analyze sample messages to see what works and what doesn’t, and the interactive session will end with the chance to try your own hand at writing a message.

Business Etiquette: The Polish of Professionalism [CD]
Ms. Cecilia Budd Grimes, President, Etiquette Matters              

It is not always about performance, as vital as that may be. Performance can be taken to the next level by the "soft skills," the "knowing how" to treat people called etiquette. A polished professional has a competitive edge with clients and colleagues. It may be a slight edge, but in today's economy, anything that enhances the total person becomes paramount in gaining and maintaining a career in the business arena. A little bit of polish always helps, and never hurts. Topics may include, but are not limited to Correct Placement of Name Badges (not only where but why), Proper Handshakes and Correct Introductions, Remembering Names, Forms of Address and Honorifics (written and oral), Business Protocols vs. Social Etiquette; Communications Etiquette, Telephone Courtesies (office and mobile), Common Faux Pas: Missteps To Avoid, Polished Small Talk vs. Conversation Taboos, R.S.V.P's, Grammar Flags.

Clues to Corporate Culture [PA]
Dr. Lynda Aiman-Smith, Associate Professor, Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Interviewing for a job or starting a new position bring with them the challenges of learning what your new or prospective company values. With an understanding of these values and the corporate culture, you can assess whether a prospective employer would be a good fit , and plan your accomplishments on the job so that you’ll earn recognition and the potential for promoting your career.

Communicating in Teams [COM]
Dr. Joann Keyton, Professor, Communication

Teams present special communication challenges. Whether you’re part of a team in the lab, at your job, or for a class project, you need to find ways to communicate respectfully with your teammates while maximizing your productivity and minimizing duplicated efforts. Our speaker literally wrote the textbook on group communication.

Communicating Science [COM]
Dr. Victoria McGovern, Burroughs-Welcome Fund

You know how to do science—but do you know how to communicate it?Dr. McGovern will share insights on how to find the stories within your science and use them to communicate as well as to sharpen your thinking skills.

Communicating in U.S. Industry Culture [COM]
Dr. Timothy Flood, Associate Professor, Management and Corporate Communication, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Over the course of your graduate school or postdoctoral career, you have become an expert at communicating in U.S. academic culture. If you’re considering a career in industry after graduation or completing your postdoc, you may wonder how to best communicate in that new environment. This seminar will introduce you to strategies that can help you communicate effectively within the industry culture of the United States. Dr. Flood is the author of MBA Fundamentals: Business Writing, and he specializes in cross-cultural and cross-border business communication strategies. He has consulted with the World Bank/IFC and Egyptian Institute of Directors on issues of corporate governance and educational outreach.

Conflict Resolution [COM, S-A]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The stress of graduate school and postdoctoral fellowships creates many opportunities for conflict, whether it's in your lab, with a classmate or colleague, or at home. This interactive seminar will provide you with strategies to resolve those conflicts and minimize your stress, leaving you more focused and productive.

Conveying Confidence: Tips for Interviewing, Networking, and Public Speaking [COM]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

When we have to speak about ourselves, we often do not feel very comfortable doing so – and that is a normal feeling. However, there are ways to overcome this anxiety and convey to the listener confidence about who you are, what you do and what you can offer. Learn important strategies for how to convey confidence in interviews, when networking or when speaking to the public in this interactive and informative seminar. You will leave with a better sense of how to speak about yourself with assurance!

Copyright and Your Thesis/Dissertation [COM]
Peggy Hoon, Special Assistant to the Provost for Copyright Administration

Have you ever wondered how to handle copyrighted material in your thesis or dissertation? Or are you thinking about copyrighting your own research when your thesis or dissertation's complete? Come learn about copyright issues and how to handle them in this interactive seminar.

Creating Your Online Brand with LinkedIn [CD]
Ms. Kelly Welch, YES Career Services

Recruiters and hiring managers can learn about you long before you meet for an interview by researching your online presence. Your LinkedIn profile is a key component of your professional image online, and a strong profile can boost your success in networking and interviewing. This workshop will help you strengthen your LinkedIn profile and use the networking tool strategically. We’ll also address other ways you can create a professional online presence, and avoid mistakes that could cost you the interview or the job offer.

Creating a Win-Win Situation: Effective Negotiation [COM]
Dr. Bill Watson, PowerServices

This seminar will teach you how to approach a negotiation from planning through execution to a successful conclusion. You’ll learn to identify what you want from a negotiation, assess other people’s positions in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, successfully use leverage, and determine your walkaway positions (what you must have) through case studies.

Cross-Cultural Communication: A Key to Success at NC State and Beyond [COM]
Dr. Tim Flood, Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

While you’re at NC State, you’ll have the chance to interact with other graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well as faculty and staff from around the world. How can you work effectively with people from other cultures and backgrounds to succeed in your role at NC State? More importantly, how can you transfer the skills you develop to your career? This seminar will focus on cross-cultural communication skills that both international and domestic participants can use to succeed in our increasingly globalizing world.

Demystifying the Dissertation for STEM Disciplines [COM]
Dr. Patrick Brandt, Associate Director of Training Initiatives, UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Peter Broglie, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNC School of Medicine Center for Infectious Diseases, Mr. Brandon Conover, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, & Dr. Justin Kennemur, Postdoc Research Associate, Chemistry

Completing a dissertation can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a doctoral degree. It can also be one of the most challenging aspects. In this session Dr. Brandt will break down the steps involved in the dissertation process and provide tips, strategies, and encouragement to ensure that the one or two (or more…) years you spend on your dissertation are productive and enjoyable. This session focuses especially on topics relevant to doctoral students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. A panel of recent NC State PhDs and late-stage “dissertators” will share their experiences and expertise as well.

Dress for Success [CD]
Ms. Kelly Fishburne, Store Manager, Brooks Brothers, Crabtree Mall & Ms. Pattie Santos, Assistant Manager, Brothers, Crabtree Mall

Your clothing and accessory choices can communicate a lot to the people around you. Are they sending the message you want? If you’ve ever wondered how to dress for an interview, what the term “corporate casual” means, or how to judge when you’re overdressed, this session is for you. All attendees will receive Brooks Brothers coupons and can take part in a drawing for a free Non-Iron Dress Shirt!

Elements of Assertiveness [S-A]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we could have done a better job communicating what we wanted, or where we felt our ideas were not well received. Perhaps we sounded too timid, or maybe too demanding. Perhaps the others involved in the exchange were distracted, angry or simply unwilling to listen. These situations call for assertive communication, which is very different from passive or aggressive communication. Assertiveness is a skill most of us need to learn and many of us do not easily use. This workshop will provide participants with the basic elements of assertive communication as well as how to utilize these in different situations that are unique to postdocs and graduate students. Whether the situation involves communicating with a PI, a lab colleague, an outside collaborator, or a potential employer, this program will outline the transferable assertive techniques to use in these interactions.

Emotional Intelligence: A Different Type of Intellect [S-A]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

You might know your IQ, but do you know your emotional intelligence "score"? This seminar will introduce you to the core elements of emotional intelligence and teach you how to “increase” your intelligence to benefit your health, relationships, and work. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how your emotional intelligence can improve your leadership abilities.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Grant Process But Were Afraid to Ask [PA]
Matt Ronning, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Administration and Director of Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS)

What do terms like overhead and cost share mean when writing a grant? How do you navigate the grant process through university offices like SPARCS? What do you need to know to eventually set up your own lab as a PI? Get answers to these questions and more from an expert. 

Faculty Work-Life Balance: A Panel Discussion [S-A]

If you're considering a faculty career, you may wonder how professors balance the demands of research, teaching, and service with their personal lives. This panel discussion will include an opportunity to hear from several NC State faculty members about their own strategies for balancing work and life.

Finding Your Passion[S-A]
Marcy Bullock, Director, CALS Career Services

How can you incorporate more of your passion in your personal and professional life? Passion is not just for zillionaires. You do not have to mash your nose to the grindstone. This workshop will help you identify your values, mission and genius. You will learn steps to take to identify and pursue what matters most to you. Today is not a dress rehearsal. Get started finding more meaning and feeling more fulfilled.

Getting your Research Published [COM]
Dr. Shawn Utsey, Professor, African American Studies and Psychology and Chair, African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Utsey will discuss strategies for getting your research published from the perspective of a journal editor. As former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology, Dr. Utsey brings a wealth of experience in seeing both successful and unsuccessful papers, and he will share his expertise in this seminar.

Grant Writing: Demystifying the Process [COM]
Dr. Ken Adler, Professor, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Adler has brought in millions of dollars of research funding from the National Institute of Health and several pharmaceutical firms.Dr. Adler also speaks nationally on how to successfully write grants.He will share his insights and suggestions on strategies for writing successful grant proposals.

Great Salaries and More: Scientific/Engineering Job Offer Negotiations [CD]
Presenter: Dave Jensen, "Tooling Up" Columnist and Former Moderator, AAAS ScienceCareers.Org

Working up a job offer is always difficult when you are attempting this tricky negotiation for the first time, whether it is for an industrial position or for a tenure-track appointment in academia. In this presentation, "Tooling Up" columnist Dave Jensen will discuss how important it is to understand all of the issues surrounding that prospective job offer, from both sides of the fence. By putting yourself in the shoes of your potential employer, you’ll be able to see exactly how issues like time, budget and personality fit into the equation. In an exercise showing how one Assistant Professor applicant moves through the process, Jensen will guide each audience member to see clearly where each of the possible stumbling blocks are; the speaker will help you maximize your job offers to suit your needs. There are lots of take home lessons provided in this 90 minute workshop, including fifteen tips for better negotiations at home and at work.

Hard Conversations: How to Handle Them [PA]
Dr. Christie Knittle-Mabry, Executive Coach &  Director of Leadership Development at Biogen Idec

We all need to have difficult conversations with people in both professional and personal realms.  These can include asking for a promotion, talking to someone about a difficult matter, or an interaction where emotions run high and opinions can vary.  Christie Knittle-Mabry will share insights on how to effectively conduct “crucial conversations,” those discussions that are a necessary part of both professional and personal life but can cause angst, stress, and conflict.

How to Conduct an Informational Interview [CD]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Have you ever heard of the informational interview? The informational interview is an important career tool as well as an important way to network with others who are working in positions that are of interest to you. This interactive seminar will provide you with the structure and approach needed to conduct successful informational interviews.

How to Handle a Phone Interview: In-Person Workshop [CD]
Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development, The Graduate School

This workshop provides an opportunity for you to practice the skills you've learned from the On-Demand seminar "How to Handle a Phone Interview." Please note that all attendees to this workshop must have completed the On-Demand seminar prior to participating in this in-person workshop. Please bring a copy of your résumé or CV with you to the workshop.

How to Pick a Postdoc [CD]
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

As you consider life after your doctoral degree, you may wonder whether to pursue a position as a postdoctoral scholar as a stepping stone on your career path. Dr. Rhonda Sutton will share her perspective as Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs on the reasons you might choose a postdoc position, how to select the right postdoctoral research experience, and how to make the most of your postdoc.

How to Write a Scholarly Introduction [COM]
Dr. Mike Carter, Associate Dean, Graduate School and Professor, English                                                      

How do you make the case for the originality of your research contribution? And how can you convince readers of the value of your research? The research introduction of your thesis, dissertation, or grant proposal can benefit from this seminar. Dr. Carter is an expert in teaching scientific writing and has been principal investigator on two projects funded by the National Science Foundation to study ways to teach students science writing. Participants who register for this workshop will receive details regarding online participation the week before the seminar begins.

How to Make a Successful Poster Presentation [COM]
Dr. George Hess, Associate Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources

How can you use your poster to draw in colleagues to talk about your research? What’s the appropriate balance of visuals and text? And how should you organize information to draw in your readers’ eyes? If you’ve ever wondered about these questions, this presentation is for you.

The Impostor Syndrome [S-A]
Dr. Valerie Ashby, Professor and Chair, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Other people perceive you as an intelligent, capable person—a successful student, postdoc, or faculty member—but you doubt your own abilities. You chalk up your successes to luck rather than your talents, and you fear taking up challenges because you do not believe in yourself. Most of us experience these feelings at one time or another, especially in the stress of an academic environment. Dr. Ashby's talk will help participants overcome these negative self-perceptions and self-doubts to achieve personal, academic and career goals.

Industry Careers in Research and Beyond [PA]
Dr. Justine Li, Director, Strategic Marketing, BASF
Dr. W. Steve McCall, Agricultural Research Chemist III, BASF

Perhaps you’re considering a career in industry, but you still want to maintain a strong research program. You may wonder how you can plan and manage your career to maximize your growth and learning while finding opportunities to expand your skill set. Drs. Li and McCall will share their industry experiences from working at BASF, discuss the kinds of opportunities available in industry research careers, and provide advice on developing your career. Our speakers will also be available to talk with participants interested in learning more about BASF at the end of the seminar.

Insights into Entrepreneurship [PA]
Dr. C.L. Niblett, Dr. Ann Black, Dr. Steven Michelsen and Dr. Ginger Rothrock

Have you ever thought about owning your own business?  Do you have a research idea or invention you could envision taking to market?  Are you interested in finding out what it means to be an entrepreneur?  Attend this panel discussion to learn about the skills, challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Interview Skills [CD]
Scott Morgan, Director, The Morgan Group

It is designed to help scientists make a strong impression during a job interview. This seminar will focus on the most common questions that students are likely to be asked and how to formulate the best responses.

Interview Skills for International Applicants [CD]
Mr. Bryan Hoynacke, Preparing Future Leaders Graduate Assistant and President, University Graduate Student Association

Are you an international student looking to improve your English communication skills? This workshop will focus on speaking skills that international students should have if they are seeking jobs in the United States. In addition, the seminar will provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to openly discuss, analyze, and improve the English communication skills they use in their research, in the classroom, in emails, and in person with their faculty, peers, and students.

Interview to Impress [CD]
Dr. Woody Catoe, Assistant Director, University Career Center

How do you leave a strong impression during a job interview? In this session, the Associate Director of the University Career Center will share tips and strategies that he’s learned from employers about the best way to present yourself as a job candidate. The session will include the chance to practice what you learn from the presentation in a mock interview.

Job Offer Negotiation Strategies for the Scientist [CD]
Mr. Dave Jensen, "Tooling Up" Columnist and Forum Moderator, AAAS ScienceCareers.org

Working up a job offer is always difficult when you are attempting this tricky negotiation for the first time, whether it is for an industrial position or for a tenure-track appointment in academia. In this presentation, "Tooling Up" columnist Dave Jensen will discuss how important it is to understand all of the issues surrounding that prospective job offer, from both sides of the fence. By putting yourself in the shoes of your potential employer, you will be able to see exactly how issues like time, budget and personality fit into the equation. In an exercise showing how one Assistant Professor application moves through the process, Jensen will guide each audience member to see clearly where each of the possible stumbling blocks are, and he will help you maximize your job offers to suit your needs. There are lots of take-home lessons provided in this 90-minute workshop, including 15 tips for better negotiations at home and at work.

Leadership in the Corporate Sector [L]
Dr. Vivian Doelling, Consultant and Principal at Innovalyst

With a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Purdue University, Dr. Doelling found great success in the corporate sector serving as a Manager, Director, Senior Director, and Vice-President in the Research & Development departments of companies such as Embrex and Pfizer. She’ll share leadership lessons from her 20 years of senior executive experience in industry.

Leadership in the Private Sector [L]
Mr. Lauch McElhaney MS ’77, Channel Manager, Starbucks Foodservice
Mr. Marc Hubble BA '93, Market Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company

What does it take to succeed as a leader in the business world? Lauch McElhany and Marc Hubble, both NC State alumni, explain how their professional behavior connects with corporate values to exemplify leadership. In his portion of the presentation, Mr. McElhaney shares the leadership principles that have paved his career path, which started with an MS in Rural Sociology from NC State and wound its way to his current position in Seattle with Starbucks. This seminar will include a Starbucks coffee tasting for all participants.

Leadership in the Scientific Sector [L]
Dr. Nick Hamon, Vice President of Sustainability, Bayer CropScience

Join Dr. Nick Hamon, Vice President of Sustainability for Bayer CropScience, as he discusses his personal experiences with the types of leadership skills scientists need when working within the private sector. Currently, Dr. Hamon leads the global sustainable development initiative, "Protecting Tomorrow Today." He has over 25 years experience in the agricultural chemical and environmental science industry, with broad exposure to all parts of the business managing teams, projects, processes and facilities, as well as operated in both the technical and business arenas. In addition to his work at Bayer CropScience, Dr. Hamon is an adjunct professor of Entomology at NC State University.

Leadership in the University: A Path from Assistant Professor to Provost [L]
Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, Provost and Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University

Dr. Tiefenthaler will share her experience of moving from an Assistant Professor of Economics at Colgate University to her current position as Provost at Wake Forest University. Her story illustrates opportunities for future faculty to take leadership roles and connect their career goals with those of their home institutions. As part of her presentation, Dr. Tiefenthaler will share her insights on successful interviewing strategies for faculty candidates.

Leading Better by Knowing Your Personality Type [L, S-A]
Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk, Career Consultant
Ms. Tierza Watts, Associate Director, Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service                                      

Have you ever wondered how your personality shapes the way you interact with other people? Do you prefer quiet time alone or interacting with a lot of people? Do you like to be highly organized or fly by the seat of your pants? This seminar will help you learn not only about your own behaviors and preferences but also how people with different types might perceive those behaviors and preferences.

Leading an Interdisciplinary Research Team: Exploring the Forbidding Natural World of the Amazon & African Wilderness for Medicinal Cures [L]
Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, James A. Perkins Endowed Professor, Environmental/Ethnobotanical Medicine & Pharmaceutical Studies, Cornell University, New York

Early human inhabitants of the Amazon basin tropical jungle were completely dependent on the biodiversity of jungle for survival and combating an endless supply of infectious microbes and parasites.  In this presentation, Dr. Rodriguez will recount the many journeys he and a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students took into the Amazon and African Wilderness to learn about the remedies indigenous tribes use to treat virulent diseases, malaria, deadly snake bites, neural disorders, and madness. This type of natural history research may seem out of fashion today, in a world dominated by virtual realities, but Dr. Rodriguez will explain the relevance of such scholarship in new biological discoveries and the advancement of pharmacology.

Leading, Learning and Working in a Global Community [L]
Dr. Jo-Ann Robinson, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Diversity, Office for Diversity and Inclusion

The 21st Century scholar will interact with people from around the globe. Whether your leadership roles involve supervising others in your lab, leading a team on a course project, or taking charge of an initiative at work, you'll probably need to work effectively with people from many backgrounds. How can you leverage the diverse perspectives of your team members to achieve your goal? And how can you avoid pitfalls that would keep your team from functioning at its best?

LinkedIn: Your Networking Linchpin [CD]
Kelly Welch, Career Coach and Branding Strategist, YES Career Services

Are you familiar with LinkedIn and do you have a LinkedIn profile?  This tool is essential for your career success! This seminar will provide you with guidance on how you can use LinkedIn to approach networking in your career.

Literature Reviews [COM]
Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy, Life Sciences Librarian

Join NCSU Librarians and campus partners to learn about important research skills for graduate students and postdocs doing research. In this session, you will learn tactics and tips for conducting literature reviews. Along the way, learn about library services you may not know about, and connect with librarians in your subject area for more in-depth help finding information later.

Managing and Supervising Employees [L]
Mr. Anthony Mostek, Outreach Coordinator, Institute for Advanced Analytics

This will be a very interactive session covering a variety of topics:
• Five Functions of Management (Planning, Organizing, Coordinating, Directing, and Controlling)
• Principles of Organization (Span of Control, Functional Grouping, Delegation of Authority)
• Five Rules of Supervision (Get Involved, Open Channels of Communication, etc.)
• Delegation (Four steps of delegation, Common Mistakes, Tasks not to delegate, etc.).
• The seminar will include some short case studies and a question-and-answer session.

Managing Your Thesis or Dissertation Research Using the Libraries [COM]
Joshua Wilson, Reference Librarian                           

In this workshop you will learn how to conduct and manage your research effectively using several online tools and the Libraries' website. Topics of discussion include:
• Maximizing your use of the specific databases tailored to your field of research.
• Learning tips and tricks, such as setting up search alerts, using interlibrary loan, managing your research with RefWorks, and making use of library services.
• Connecting you to the reference librarians and collection managers in your subject area for more in-depth research help later.

Networking: An Important Part of the Career Process [CD]
Dr. Jerry Baker, Dr. Leesa Deterding, and Dr. Jennifer Ingram

This panel discussion will feature Dr. Jerry Baker, Executive Director of Sigma Xi; Dr. Leesa Deterding, Staff Scientist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; and Dr. Jennifer Ingram, National Vice President for Graduate Women in Science and Assistant Research Professor at Duke University Medical Center. Networking is a very useful tool in the career process, but it takes skill to network effectively. These speakers will share their perspectives on how to use networking to enhance one's career opportunities and goals.

Networking: A Tool for Exploring Careers & Building Professional Relationships [CD]
Ms. Dara Wilson-Grant, Career Counselor and Owner, Careers in Bloom

Networking is one of the most effective approaches to getting your career on the fast track. Yet, for a variety of reasons (e.g., shyness, negative perceptions), most of us fail to make networking an active part of our ongoing career development. In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to tactful networking along with easy-to-use strategies for face-to-face networking, corresponding via e-mail, and the appropriate use of
social media. This workshop is ideal for anyone interested in using networking as a tool for:
• Gathering information that can help you make better decisions about your career
• Develop the best course of action for moving you closer to your goals
• Building mutually beneficial relationships over time

Networking for Industry Careers [CD]
Ms. Shelly Hoover-Plonk, Assistant Director, MBA Career Center

If you’re contemplating a job in industry, you’ve probably heard that you need to network in order to succeed. You may be wondering how to find opportunities for networking, who you should meet, and what you can talk about. Learn strategies that can help you position yourself for success in your job search and your career.

Personal Branding: Your Career “Value Add”  [CD]
Kelly Welch, Career Coach and Branding Strategist, YES Career Services

Understanding and aligning your personal brand can make you a preferred candidate for the life of your career.  Learn more about how to create your own personal brand so that you can effectively convey to employers the value you can bring to their organizations.

The Postdoc Experience: Is It Right for You? [CD]
Dr. Matt Braby, Dr. Karen Cole, Dr. Laura Reed, Dr. Leah Zorilla

Are you considering a postdoc position after you complete your PhD? Our panel of current postdocs will discuss the benefits of a postdoc position for your career, finding a job as a postdoc, and the day-to-day experience of a postdoc. The panel includes postdocs from physics and genetics at NC State as well as a postdoc in reproductive toxicology at the EPA.

Practical Steps to Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation [COM]
Dr. Wendy Carter, TA-DA! Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished

You may have heard that there are two types of dissertations: a “good” dissertation and a “done” dissertation. If you want your thesis or dissertation to meet both of these descriptions, then this workshop is for you. Dr. Carter, who has presented workshops for graduate students across the United States, will address the following topics:
• Setting a Real Deadline: Time Management
• Understanding the Role of the Advisor
• Preparing for the Defense
• How Much? — Preparing for Unexpected Costs
• Overcoming Procrastination Issues

Preparing for Career Opportunities at US National Laboratories [PA]
Dr. Basil Hassan, Manager, Sandia National Laboratories

How does one prepare for a career at a US National Laboratory? Dr. Hassan, a graduate of NCSU’s Aerospace Engineering program, will discuss his experiences as a graduate intern, member of technical staff, and engineering manager at two US national laboratories: NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He will discuss how he leveraged both his undergraduate and graduate education at NCSU to successfully impact a variety of civilian space and national security programs.

Presentation Skills for Corporate Culture [COM]
Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development, The Graduate School

You may be an expert at delivering academic-style presentations, but are you prepared to give presentations in a U.S. business environment? You’ll learn tips for organizing your content, delivering with confidence, and complementing your talk with effective PowerPoint slides. The speaker is a former faculty member in Management and Corporate Communication at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Procrastination: Why People Use It and How to Stop [S-A]
Dr. Peter J. Adams, Counselor, Counseling Center

The beginning of the semester is a perfect time to plan out your work so you don’t get bogged down in sleepless nights at the end. Some people can stick to this plan and avoid the last-minute panic at midterm and finals times, while others procrastinate, despite the best-laid plans. This seminar will help you understand why people use procrastination and how they can stop this habit. By ending procrastination, participants can reduce their stress at the end of the semester and find a better balance between school and life.

Professional Communication: Workplace Trends and Social Media [COM]
Ms. Daun Daemon, Senior Lecturer, Professional Writing
Ms. Jamie Larsen, Senior Lecturer, Professional Writing

How do professionals communicate on the job? The Professional Writing faculty at NC State has gathered qualitative and quantitative data over the past 20 years that demonstrate consistent trends in workplace communication as well as changes over time. The first part of this seminar will discuss these trends and explain how graduates entering the marketplace can use this knowledge to be effective workplace communicators. One of the changes in workplace communication is the use of social media. How do employers take advantage of social media for external and internal purposes? What should an employee know about using social media in the workplace? The second part of this seminar will address these questions and offer strategies for managing social media use at work.

Professional Etiquette: The Interview and Beyond [CD]
Ms. Sharon Hill 

Interview situations present many opportunities to demonstrate proper etiquette: meeting new people, dining with your prospective boss, and communicating your thanks after the interview, to name a few. This seminar will offer you strategies for handling these situations so that you can keep the focus on your talents and abilities during interviews.

Professional Paths: Museum Careers [CD]
Dr. Margaret Lowman, Museum Director, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Have you ever considered the possibility of working in a museum? Join Dr. Lowman for this discussion regarding museums as well as how museums bring research scientists and their work into the public eye, better prepare science educators and students, and inspire young scientists.

Protecting your Intellectual Properties as a Student, Inventor, and Entrepreneur [PA]
Dr. Reza Jafari, PE, PTOE, President, Road Safety and Transportation Solutions, Inc.

You may have wondered how to protect the ideas you develop as a student or after graduation through patents, trademarks, copyright, and other mechanisms. Dr. Jafari’s presentation will address these topics through the lens of students, inventors, and entrepreneurs. As a recent student and current entrepreneur himself, Dr. Jafari brings a unique perspective to this talk.

Pump Up Your Professionalism: Key Communication Strategies for Interviewing and Networking [COM]
Ms. Sharon Hill, President of Sharon Hill International

The skills involved in creating a favorable impression are the same skills that make us confident at meeting people in any situation, whether at work or socially. If you know how to generate a favorable impression, have an impact on others and present yourself as an interesting and valuable person, you will be a winner more widely than just at a job interview. Your social presence will also be enhanced in a variety of situations. Sharon Hill, President of Sharon Hill International, will present a high-energy, interactive presentation focusing on:
• Dos and don'ts when interviewing
• Mistakes that can torpedo your chances of getting a job offer
• How to make a positive impression with your (1) handshake, (2) eye contact, and (3) small talk.

Put Your Science To Work: Practical Advice and Proven Techniques to Land the Job of Your Dreams [CD]
Dr. Peter Fiske, CEO of PAX Mixer, Inc. and the author of Put Your Science to Work: The Take Charge Career Guide for Scientists

Young scientists in nearly every field are finding today’s job market a confusing and frustrating place. More new PhDs, postdocs and master’s degree holders are considering a wider range of careers in and out of science, but feel ill-prepared and uninformed about their options. Dr. Peter Fiske, author of 22 technical articles and a former member of the technical staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will share with the audience:
• Current and future employment trends and your option
• An overview of effective career planning and job hunting
• The TRUE breadth of career opportunities for Ph.D.
• Sought-after skills and experience
• Developing a compelling CV, resume and cover letter
And much more!

Relax and Be at Your Best: Improving Your Performance through Professional Self Awareness and Self Care [S-A, PA]
Dr. Lisbeth Borbye, Assistant Dean for Professional Education, The Graduate School & Dr. Jeffrey Brantley, Director of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Consulting Associate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke Integrative Medicine

Participants in this workshop will learn about the difference between performance indicators in the academic and corporate environments and how these condition students and employees. A set of common and frequently occurring yet often unexpected changes will be described, as well as how being out of the comfort zone may affect personal performance levels. Participants will gain an understanding about key aspects of professional self awareness as a resource for sustainable peak performance and personal growth. A working professional will describe how professional self awareness improved performance, and a guest instructor from Duke Integrative Medicine will introduce participants to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). There will also be an opportunity to win a practice session in MBSR on CD.

Scholars as Leaders [L]
Dr. Leila Gonzalez-Sullivan, Professor, College of Education

Graduate students and postdocs will become the stewards of scholarship as they move into faculty positions. How can the skills you use for your research translate into leadership abilities? And where can you find ways to practice leadership during your training? This workshop will cover leadership theories and principles, assess participants’ current leadership skills, and identify settings where they can play leadership roles in preparation for faculty careers.

Sell  Yourself: CV and Cover Letter Writing for Academic and Research-Based Positions [CD]
Dr. Brian Rybarczyk, Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill                   

Learn the dos and don’ts of CV and cover letter writing to effectively promote yourself in job applications for academic and research-based careers. Participants will critique sample CVs and cover letters and apply lessons learned to their own materials. Participants are welcome to bring a copy of their own CV for feedback.

Selling Yourself: Effective Résumés and Cover Letters [CD]
Ms. Carol Schroeder, & Dr. Woody Catoe, Career Center

You’ve accomplished a lot during your graduate career at NC State. Now learn how to package your education, work, and extracurricular activities to showcase the skills and experiences employers look for in résumés. This session will also help you make the transition from a CV (for academic positions) to a résumé (for industry jobs) and address steps for creating a strong cover letter.

Speaking About Science [COM]
Scott Morgan, Director, The Morgan Group

It is an interactive seminar that addresses the core issues of scientific presentations. The workshop focuses on major structural elements to ensure any talk is clear, concise and engaging. Topics include: identifying the focus and how to create effective visual aids as well ashow to begin and end a talk.

Speaking Skills for Success [COM]
Dr. Larry Nielsen, Professor, Natural Resources

For more than 20 years, Professor Nielsen has taught a one-day short-course on communication skills to professionals in the U.S. Forest Service. He has concentrated that course into a 90-minute block addressing the needs of graduate students and postdocs, focusing on speaking skills. Specific topics covered include general principles, choosing the content and style, organizing for optimum impact, practicing before a presentation, performing at your preparing effective visual aids. Come learn the tools of the trade from an accomplished public speaker and NC State’s former Provost.

Strategies for Balancing Work and Life: A Panel Discussion [S-A]
Mr. David Drooz, Ms. Angela Shores, Dr. Rhonda Sutton, and Dr. William Winner

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when thinking about how to balance your work life and your personal life? You’re not alone! Come listen to the Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs,a graduate student who's also Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center at Meredith College, the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and a Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources speak about strategies they have developed for handling their work and personal lives to learn approaches that may lead to a more fulfilled life for you.

Street-Savvy Science: Successful Job-Seeking in a Recession [CD, PA]
Mr. Dave Jensen, "Tooling Up" Columnist and Forum Moderator, AAAS ScienceCareers.org

For the technical professional, looking for a job is always difficult because those "soft skills" are not taught at the university in science and engineering programs. To make it worse, traditional job seeking skills like responding to ads don't work very well if the economy isn't in good shape. In this presentation by Dave Jensen, AAAS "Tooling Up" columnist, you will hear about which tools to utilize and which skills to develop that will help you stand out from the pack in these recessionary times. Believe that responding to companies' Internet webstes is a good approach? Better think again... That's last on Jensen's list, and he will tell you exactly what happens when a resume or CV enters the pipeline via a company website. In this seminar, you will get the take-home skills necessary to be completely "street savvy" about your job opportunities and your career over the next few years of increasingly turbulent times.

Suggestions for Successful Lab Management [PA]
Melissa Cox, Lab Manager for the Biotechnology Education Facility; David Black, Lab Manager for the Environmental Engineering Lab

There are many facets to managing a lab, and understanding how to skillfully oversee these is essential to successful lab management.  This panel consists of laboratory managers and supervisors who will share their experiences and offer suggestions for how to effectively manage both teaching and research labs.

Tales from Both Sides of the Bench: Suggestions for Managing a Lab [PA]
Dr. Barbara Sherry (Professor, Department Molecular Biomedical Sciences), Dr. David Bird (Professor, Plant Pathology) and Dr. Paul Maggard (Assistant Professor, Chemistry)

Managing a lab is a very different from just working in one! These speakers will provide insights on how to effectively manage a lab, how to transition from being a worker to being a manager, and how you can plan for a career as a future lab manager.

The Tenure Process [CD]
Dr. Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost

Interested in pursuing an academic career but not sure what to expect in terms of the tenure process? Dr. Katie Perry will provide insights into how to navigate the tenure and promotion process for future faculty members.

The Tech-Savvy Academic Job Search [CD]
Dr. Hugh Crumley, Director, Certificate in College Teaching and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education, Duke University

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use an RSS aggregator to simultaneously collect search results from hundreds of job posting sites, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and many other well-established, reputable sources of academic job postings (it really is much more efficient than getting email alerts.) Participants should bring a wifi-enabled laptop.

Time Management [S-A]
Ms. Angel Johnson, Counselor, Counseling Center

As a graduate student, you may balance many demands on your time: research, work responsibilities, coursework, and personal commitments. How can you budget your time to meet these competing demands? Learn how to manage your time wisely, including strategies for managing large projects to stay on deadline, as well as stress management techniques that can help you stay calm while you balance it all.

Transferable Skills: The Key to Career Reinvention [PA]
Dara Wilson-Grant, Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill; and Owner of Careers in Bloom

A common question asked by postdoctoral scholars and graduate students preparing to compete in the non-academic job market is, “How can I sell my qualifications without having direct industry experience?”  The key is learning how to translate your graduate education and postdoctoral training into a language that broad audiences understand – a skills enriched language.  Skills are the main currency outside of the academic market, not publications.  This workshop focuses on helping participants identify and assess their strongest and most transferable skills, plus learn specific strategies for promoting their qualifications in the most effective way possible.

Transitioning from Academia to Industry [PA]
Dr. Vivian Doelling, Consultant and Principal at Innovalyst

If you are considering a position in industry, it is important to know both the differences and the commonalities between academia and the for-profit work environment. Dr. Vivian Doelling, former Vice President of Research and Development, Embrex/Pfizer Animal Health,will share her insights regarding the skills that are most critical for scientists to have so as to achieve success in corporate settings and offer information on how to make the skills acquired in higher education transferable to industry.

University Career Center Resources [CD]
Ms. Carol Schroeder, Director, and Dr. Woody Catoe, Associate Director, University Career Resources

Someday soon, you’ll be finished with graduate school and ready to find a job. Come learn how the Career Center’s services can help you narrow down your options and prepare you for success in your job market. You’ll leave the seminar knowing how to craft a CV and access Career Center resources to help you land a terrific job. (And start paying off those student loans.)

Women in BioScience [CD]
Ms. Christine Warrington, Chapter Leader and Board Member, Women in Bio (WIB)

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and career growth for women involved in the biosciences? If so, this is a program for you! Christine Warrington, Chapter Leader and Board Member for Women in Bio (WIB), will discuss how this organization supports women in the biosciences. Learn how getting involved and networking with this organization will introduce you to some of the main leaders within RTP's bioscience community.

What to Look for When Searching for a Postdoctoral Fellowship: A Perspective from  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital [CD]
Dr. Linda Harris, Associate Director of Academic Programs, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Dr. Harris will be joining us to discuss the ongoing research taking place at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Her presentation will include information about the facilities and resources St. Jude’s has available to postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students as well as current postdocs are welcome to attend to learn more about the opportunities at St. Jude’s as well as the benefits of a postdoc appointment more generally.

Writing an Effective Résumé (and How it Differs from a CV) [CD]
Mr. David G. Smith, Area Manager – Science, IT and Healthcare, Kelly Services

Need some guidance on how to write an effective résumé? David Smith with Kelly Services will provide you with the guidance, structure and suggestions you need to successfully construct a résumé that shows potential employers the skills and background you can bring to a job. In addition, Mr. Smith will share how a résumé differs from a CV (curriculum vita) and the types of positions that require a résumé rather than a CV.

Write More: Tools for Increasing your Productivity as a Writer [COM]
Ms. Brandy Grabow, Coordinator of Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services, NC State University

Whether you’re working on papers for coursework, your thesis, your dissertation, or just blogging or writing to increase your proficiency, you can benefit from these tools to increase your productivity. The tools include accountability measures, rewards, and planning tools to make the most of your writing time—and make sure that you meet your goals.