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AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop 

Graduate students and postdocs are invited to an AAUW workshop on negotiating your first salary. 

When: Monday, April 24, 2017, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Career Center

Speakers: Alfreda James, Assistant Director for Graduate Students and Postdocs, Career Center; and 
Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, IREP Office & Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Workshop flyer


Manuscript Writing Workshop, July 14, 2016, 12-2pm
Sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Education and the IREP Office

flyerThis workshop offers strategies, tactics and tips for taking writing projects from start to finish. We will use the peer-reviewed manuscript as the model project, but lessons learned here can readily apply to other professional projects like proposals, recommendations letters, opinion pieces, and review articles.

Topics to be covered include:  

  • Finding your story and your message
  • Outlining for linear and nonlinear thinkers
  • Identifying your audience & best-fit journal
  • Tackling writer's block
  • Writing and editing: Two different processes
  • Tips for better writing

Workshop participants will need to bring writing tools -- e-tablets, laptops, or pen/paper. During the workshop we will discuss abstracts and titles from peer-reviewed scientific articles. Abstract examples for deconstruction will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their own samples from their own papers or abstracts of papers published by other authors. 

Lunch will be provided.

WHEN: July 14th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

WHERE: Wang Center Room 201




Resume Bootcamp, May 31, 12pm 
Sponsored by the Graduate Career Association 

The Graduate Career Association invites you to a Resume Bootcamp on May 21, 12-1pm. The session will be led by Zach Marks, co-founder and COO of Oystir, a free career service for STEM postdocs and grad students. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:00pm

WHERE: Wang Center Room 201




Grantsmanship 101: Getting started with grant writing 

Attend this workshop to learn strategies for writing grant proposals for a range of purposes and sources.
The workshop will cover:
  • Where to look for funding opportunities;
  • How to know what the funder is looking for;
  • How to write persuasively; and
  • How to organize a proposal.


Nancy Goroff
Professor, Department
of Chemistry; and
Associate Provost, IREP
  Barbara Frank
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00PM - 2:30pm

WHERE: SAC Room 305

















Upcoming Programs from the New York Academy of Sciences

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Seminar: From PhD to Science Writing, Feb 19, 4pm

Sponsored by the SBU Graduate Career Association

FlyerThe Stony Brook Graduate Career Association (GCA) is pleased to announce our next event- "From PhD to Science Writing" with Dr. Ashleigh Pulkoski-Gross. Dr. Pulkoski-Gross, PhD, alumna of SBU's Molecular and cellular pharmacology program is returning to SBU to talk about her profession and how she transitioned from being a graduate student to medical writer at Axon, a specialist healthcare consulting firm.  


Event logistics:

When? Friday, February 19th 20164-5PM

Where? Basic sciences tower 8-180 (near hospital)



Writing Workshop for International Grad Students, Feb 18, 6:30pm 

The Writing Center offers a workshop for international graduate students (altho, all grad students welcome) on "Communicating Specialized Knowledge to General/OutsideAudiences."

This workshop will engage participants in exercises for analyzing/understanding the audience, contexts, purposes, types, and means and channels of writing. Participants will be also involved in "translation" exercises, rewriting complex academic texts whose content needs to be communicated to non-specialist audiences in different contexts.

When: Thursday February 18, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Harriman Hall 137
No RSVP required.

For more information contact:

Speaker: Dr. Shyam Sharma is an Assistant Profession in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. His scholarship focuses on the writing challenges of international students, particular non-native speakers.




NYAS Workshop Oct 6: The Business of STEM: Startups, Technologies, Entrepreneurship, and Management 

flyerThis event is designed to connect students and postdocs with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. For this event, Science Alliance and the Minority Graduate Student Network (MGSN) have gathered an extraordinary group of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (including Kauffman Fellows and VCs) that will cover topics such as:

  • difference between invention and innovation,
  • ideas versus execution,
  • factors that are favorable for 'new' entrepreneurs

In addition, the panelists will provide practical advice for creating a value proposition, assessing competition, identifying and confronting challenges, and determining appropriate next steps.
Register today For the Promo code to get 25% off registration, email  See flyer attached for more details.

When: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm with a networking reception to follow

The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

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What Can You Be With a PhD?
Sponsored by a New York City Regional Consortium of Schools and Partners, including Stony Brook University

WCUB 2015 Promo

What Can You Be with a PhD? is the largest career conference in the nation, held every two years. The conference features speakers on career paths inside and outside of academia and is a key opportunity for grad students and postdocs to increase their knowledge of the range of career possibilities before them.

Location: NYU Medical Center, 540 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Dates: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25

Times: 10:00am-6:00pm each day


Keynote Speakers:

Saturday: Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of Journals in February 2015.

Sunday: Peter Fiske, Chief Executive Officer of PAX Water Technologies (PAX) and the author of Put Your Science to WORK!, the most widely-read career development book for early-career scientists and engineers.

Register: As an event sponsor, Stony Brook University has a certain number of seats to offer our students and postdocs, and space is limited. Registration is $10 to reserve your spot.

Since registrations are first come, first served, there are no refunds. 


Scientists Teaching Science Online Summer Course, June 15 - August 24, 2015

Are you interested in teaching, but your students doze off during your lectures? Do you find yourself wondering if there’s a different way of teaching science than just talking to them and showing them slides and illustrations? Are you struggling to leverage your teaching experiences into a teaching statement and portfolio for job applications? Take the online course “Scientists Teaching Science” and learn about active learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching and assessment techniques for students of all ages.

Learn at your own pace in this nine-week long online, mobile-accessible course taught by a national award-winning science educator and author. There are no mandatory class meetings and the time commitment is estimated at three hours a week. Stony Brook has negotiated a special discounted rate of $200 for our graduate students and postdocs to take this course.

All participants will receive one-on-one engagement, personal review of written assignments, and personalized advice on teaching. Participants who complete the course requirements will also receive a certificate of completion and become eligible for a personal letter of recommendation from the instructor about teaching preparation for future employment.



Course Fee: $200 (payable to instructor) 

Enroll:  To enroll, register online at the link below. Start the class as early as June 8, 2015.

Questions: Email


DATES:  June 15 through August 24, 2015. Class opens as early as June 8. 


Practical Professional Skills Series
Sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Education, the Graduate School, and the IREP Office

Practical Professional Skills is a new, interactive series is designed to promote dialogue around key issues affecting today’s professionals. The goal of this series is to provide graduate students and postdocs with a meaningful orientation on the following four topics: navigating complex organizations, time and energy management, building and maximizing professional relationships, and strategic professional growth.


Practical Professional Skills 1

flyerNavigating Complex Organizations
Hosted by Dr. Nancy Goroff, Associate Provost

Thursday October 9, 2014  1:00-2:30PM
Wang Center Room 201

In the first workshop of this series, we will review the general structure of most organizations and provide some strategies for navigating bureaucracy. 

Issues such as dealing with uncertainty, managing relationships, organization politics, and work pressure will be discussed. Additionally, participants will learn why more and more organizations value adaptability as a key skill in their employees and how to make meaningful contributions in any work environment.



Practical Professional Skills 2

PPS2 FlyerGiving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

Monday, December 8, 2014  12:30-2:30PM
Wang Center Room 201
Lunch will be served

Through interactive discussion and role play activities, participants in this second workshop will learn how to deal with conflict in the context of giving and receiving feedback. The impact of communication styles as well as the physiological, social and psychological processes involved will also be discussed.


Mary Eisenstein, Communications Coach and Training Expert

Nina Maung-Gaona, Assistant Dean for Diversity, and Director, Center for Inclusive Education


Practical Professional Skills 3

PPS3 FlyerTime and Energy Management: Achieving Peak Performance

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  1:00-2:30PM
Wang Center Room 301
Lunch will be served

Most graduate students and postdocs want to be their best - highly productive and efficient. When are you at your personal best? How do you stay positive, focused, and productive in spite of what might seem to be overwhelming demands on your time? When are you "in the zone?" There is no one secret to everyone's success; each of us has our own formula. This interactive workshop will help you assess your time perspective, energy peaks and valleys, and help you construct a new success scaffold for moving forward more productively.


Marianna Savoca, Director, Career Center

Alfreda James, Assistant Director, Career Center

Download the slides here.


PPS3 FlyerPractical Professional Skills 4

Strategic Professional Growth:
Planning Your Path to a Satisfying Career

Thursday, May 7, 2015  1:00-2:30PM
Wang Center Room 201
Lunch will be served

This guided workshop will help graduate students and postdocs develop strategies for professional growth by:

  • Learning strategies to explore a range of careers
  • Identifying interests and skills relevant to their career goals
  • Developing an action plan to strengthen skills and pursue their ideal career
  • Preparing or expanding their Individual Development Plan (IDP)


Nancy Goroff, Associate Provost, Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development (IREP)

Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, IREP Office

Download the Slides here.


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