Archived events 2013-2014


Getting Your Academic Career Off to a Good Start
Saturday October 19, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

fIt takes many skills to be a successful college professor. The first thing you have to do is get a job offer. Once you’re there, you have to plan, fund, and manage a research program, attract and retain graduate students, design courses and lectures and deliver them effectively, and deal with a wide range of problems related to research, teaching, and campus politics. As a rule, no one tells new or future faculty members anything about most of these things, and it is therefore not surprising that becoming a successful professor usually involves a long learning curve. This workshop presents strategies that will prepare graduate students and postdocs to get good faculty positions and become quick starters, offering answers to the following questions: 

  • How can I make a strong impression when I apply and interview for academic positions? 
  • What mistakes do new faculty members commonly make that limit their research productivity and teaching effectiveness, and how can I avoid them to become a quick starter? 
  • How do I get a research program started and make it attractive to both funding agencies and graduate students? 
  • How can I motivate students and get them actively involved in learning? 

There will be a $20 registration fee, and lunch is provided for all attendees. Registration information will be made available in late summer 2013.


Postdoc Winter Celebration 
Friday, January 31, 5:30-7:30pm, Computer Science Building Lobby

Winter CelebrationJoin us to celebrate the New Year! Stop by for food, refreshments and good cheer to mix and mingle with your fellow SBU postdocs. Partners, spouses and children are welcome, and children's activities will be available. Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and SBU Postdoctoral Association. Please RSVP by January 24, 2014 at: This event is free! 




Putting PhDs to Work: Career Planning for Today’s Scientist 
Saturday, May 10, 9:30am-12:30pm, Wang 201

coffeeJoin SBU alumna Jennifer Hobin, PhD, for Putting PhDs to Work: Career Planning for Today’s Scientist. Dr. Hobin will will explain how graduate students and postdocs can use self-assessment tools to explore and plan for a broad range of career options in both academic and non-academic settings

You have put a lot of time and effort into pursuing your research degree. Now it's time to leverage your expertise into a satisfying and productive career. An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best. 

During this workshop you will:

-- Assess your career skills, interests, and values
-- Identify professional options relevant to individuals with research training 
-- Set strategic goals for 2014-15

Dr. Hobin is the Director of Science Policy at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. She is also a co-author of the leading tool for career planning for graduate students and postdocs, Trained in psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Hobin transitioned from laboratory research into science policy via the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship program at the National Academies. Prior to joining AACR, she served as the Director of Science Policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), an association representing 26 biomedical research societies and over 100,000 scientists and engineers. Dr. Hobin holds a PhD in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan and a BA in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Stony Brook University.

Date: Saturday, May 10 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wang 201
RSVP: Please RSVP HERE by May 8th
Audience: This event is free and open to all postdocs and PhD students.
Questions: Kathleen Flint Ehm at

Sponsored by the Career Center and the Office for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development.


International Legal Seminar - Hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Monday, July 14, 9:30am-11:00am, Wang Center 201

Brendan Delaney, partner with the law firm Leavy, Frank and Delaney, will present on immigration options for postdocs and graduate students considering their next career steps. As a long-time partner of the National Postdoctoral Association and a member of its Advisory Board, Mr. Delaney has worked extensively with international postdocs and has developed this informational seminar for their specific needs. The seminar will be followed by a limited number of optional 15-minute private consultations.

This program is open to both postdocs and graduate students. We will attempt to accommodate as many people as we can for the private consultations. You must RSVP by JULY 3 to sign up for a private consultation, and you will be notified of the schedule by July 7th.

Workshop Date: July 14, 9:30am-11:00am in Wang 201
Private consultations will follow between 11:30am and 2:30pm.

For questions, e-mail Thank you!



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