The Career Mobility series is a monthly forum for graduate students and post-docs to engage with invited speakers to learn and explore different career opportunities after graduating with their doctoral degree. The forum is intended to run throughout the year, and is scheduled for the third Thursday of every month. Speakers are invited from industry, government, or nonprofit organizations to discuss their workplace experiences and share their personal stories of how they landed their current position with a doctoral degree in biology/biomedical science. As the format is interactive, young professionals are highly encouraged to attend the forum and actively participate in the discussion.

Career Mobility Planning Committee:

Wyatt Chia
Jonathon Ferrell
Trevor Wolf
Selina Yao



2018-2019 Career Mobility Schedule:

Date, Location, Time Speaker
November 15
Med Ed 306, 9:30am
Jeralyn Haraldsen, PhD
Grant Proposal Manager, UVM
January 17
Med Ed 201, 10:00am
Joe Clayton, PhD
Principal Scientist, Biotek
February 21
Med Ed 201, 10:00am

Gagan Deep Bajaj, PhD,
Grant Specialist, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Larner College of Medicine
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March 15
Frank Livak Ballroom, 9:00am-5:00pm

Full Day of Workshops including:

1. CV/resume and cover letter, academic vs. non-academic
2. Interview skills
3. Negotiating skills for salary, benefits, what benefits to look for in positions (401K, health insurance, retirement, dental, eye coverage)
4. Networking skills
5. Scientific communication (how to present your science to non-experts)
6. Individual Development Plan - required for NIH-funded scientists
7. Workplace Culture Panel – academia vs. non-academia

March 21
HSRF 200, 10:00am
Patsy Kelso, PhD
State Epidemiologist, VTDOH
April 18
HSRF 200, 10:00am
Paul Donohoo-Vallett, PhD
Technology and Policy Analyst, US Department of Energy
May 17
Stafford 101, 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: "Non-canonical Pathway: Life After CMB."
Phyu Thwe, Ph.D., Clinical and public health microbiology fellow, UT Medical Branch at Galveston.
Vicki DeVault, Ph.D., Scientist I, Genocea Biosciences
Michael Secinaro, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, AstraZeneca