Strategies and Tactics for NIH & NSF Grant Writing  - Sponsored by the IREP Office and the Center for Inclusive Education 

GrantsmanshipJoin us for a series of three workshops on grantsmanship and learn strategies, tactics, and writing tips for preparing individual research grant proposals for the NIH and NSF.

The workshop will cover:
  • NIH vs. NSF: Their missions, types of funded projects, and review processes.
  • Planning, organizing, and drafting a proposal.
  • Tips on good writing and effective use of graphics
Workshop participants will:
  • Draft a preliminary scientific plan for their own proposal and develop an action plan for completing the project.
  • Become eligible for one-on-one consulting on their proposal after the workshop.

Dates: September 22, September 29, and October 6
Participants should plan to attend all three sessions.

Time: 9:00-10:30am

Location: Wang Center Rm 201

Speaker: Beth Schachter from Beth Schachter Consulting (



Info Session: 2015 Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program - Sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology
Wednesday, October 1, 12:00pm, Chemistry Room 412

The Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program is an innovative, one semester, evening program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Bioscience Industry from target identification through commercial application. This program is targeted toward graduate students and post docs seeking to facilitate commercial activities within their academic labs or enhance their knowledge of the commercial sector in order to transition into non-academic careers. Early career professionals within the industry are also encouraged to apply to enhance their productivity and opportunity for success in the corporate environment.

Created by the Center for Biotechnology, this highly interactive program gives participants the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the development of commercialization strategies around real intellectual property and business issues.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Increase marketability for participants by expanding their education beyond the typical classroom
  • Hands on work with technologies to advance an invention through to commercialization
  • Connections made with industry leaders through on going classroom interaction
  • Access to a network of over 300 program alumni providing career opportunities, mentoring, professional development and social interactions

To attend the Information Session RSVP here: To learn more about the program and its opportunities visit:


For more information and questions, email or call 631-632-8521.


Postdocs' Coffee Hour - Sponsored by the Postdoc Association and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs on the 1st Tuesday of each month 
Tuesday, October 7, 9-10 am, Computer Science Building, Graduate School Conference Room

coffeeTake a break from your morning duties and consider bringing along a postdoc from your group. It's a great way to start the day and meet other postdocs outside your department. For more information Email us at: This event is free! 




Grantsmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs - New York Academy of Sciences Science Alliance
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Held at NYAS and via Online Webinar

NYAS Science AllianceDuring this evening seminar given by Dr. Jamie Rubin, the workshop will focus on best practices for effective grantsmanship, specifically applied to individual pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications.

For more information on how to join this Webinar



Practical Professional Skills: Navigating Complex Organizations - Sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Education, the Graduate School, and the IREP Office
Thursday, October 9, 1:00-2:30pm, Wang Center Rm 201

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.

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Hosted by Dr. Nancy Goroff, Associate Provost

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

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.


Women's Leadership Symposium - Sponsored in part by Presidential Diversity Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives and the Division of Information Technology
Friday, October 7, 9:00am-4:30pm, Wang Center

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The Women's Leadership Symposium will serve as a day of conversation around women and leadership in higher education. The goals of the symposium are to develop women’s leadership capacities within the higher education community and provide career development opportunities for women on the Stony Brook campus and beyond.

Sharing their research and experience, our roster of speakers features several prominent women including Dr. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and author of the book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection”; Jen Lee Reeves, Manager of Digital Strategy and Training for AARP and former journalism professor and non-traditional thinker about social media and communications; and Nicole Williams, Career Expert at LinkedIn and founder of WORKS, a go-to online resource named one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Career Websites for Women.

The Women’s Leadership Symposium will take place from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and includes continental breakfast, luncheon, and door prizes. There will also be breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a book signing of Spar's book. Registration fees are $15 for Stony Brook employees, $50 for community members and alumni.

For additional information, or to register, visit or call (631) 632-2780.







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Public speaking

Northern Brookhaven Toastmasters is a local, open-to-all club where people can practice their public speaking skills for a nominal annual fee. The group meets at Stony Brook University every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The members are varied: Some desire to speak in front of large groups where others are more concerned with individual conversations. The Toastmasters program is structured so you can customize it to meet your needs and stay within the parameters so everyone can assist each other. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment. Constructive evaluation is the heart of the Toastmasters program. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements. At first you’ll be applauded for your effort; later you’ll be applauded for your skill. For more information, visit Northern Brookhaven Toastmasters.


Provost's Postdoctoral Lecture Series

The OPA sponsors the Provost's Postdoctoral Lecture Series which is an opportunity for Postdocs to showcase their research conducted at either Stony Brook University or Brookhaven National Laboratory to the campus community. Lectures are for 45 minutes and are held during the fall and spring semesters at Stony Brook. Postdocs are also given the opportunity to receive feedback on their presentations from faculty involved in related research. Any Postdoctoral Scholar who has been in his/her position for more than one year and has the approval of his/her PI is eligible. Interested Postdocs must fill out an application and submit by May 1 for fall lectures - by December 1 for spring lectures. All applications are reviewed and approved by a selection committee. For questions, email


Developing an E-Portfolio

An electronic portfolio, or E-Portfolio, is a purposeful collection of artifacts and reflections saved on a website or DVD that showcases YOU. Postdocs can use E-Portfolios to document professional development over time, to identify patterns of growth and competencies in their chosen discipline, for self-assessment and reflection, and to share teaching methods and research information with their colleagues and students. The system is very user friendly, but you will need a short orientation before your account can be accessed. Orientations can be individually scheduled and usually take about 30 minutes. If you are interested in creating an E-Portfolio, please email your name and Net ID to

E-Portfolios are offered through the Faculty Center on campus. Visit their site to learn about the wide variety of workshops available for Postdocs. You can also visit TLT’s E-Portfolio site to see a showcase of E-Portfolios developed by other faculty on campus.


Editors Club

eFrustrated with writing that proposal or abstract? In need of someone to edit your science work? Look no further! The Stony Brook Postdoctoral Association has started an Editors Club for the purpose of editing scientific works by graduate students and postdocs on the SBU campus. Submit your poster or paper abstract, proposal, or journal article and a qualified postdoc here at SBU will review your work for FREE! Turnaround time is about one week and all interactions are kept confidential. For more information or to contact an Editor, email: We’d love to help you become a better writer!


Corporate Education and Training

At the Center for Emerging Technologies through the Office of the Vice President for Economic Development at Stony Brook, a variety of courses are offered that are available to Postdocs. A sample of topics covered are:

All Stony Brook employees, including Postdocs, receive a 10% discount on the cost for any course taken.  For more information, see or call 631-216-7516.


Academic Advising Certificate Program

This course is offered each fall and spring semester by the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center (APAC) and is designed to enhance your overall knowledge of good academic advising practice at Stony Brook. The course will cover major academic policies and procedures, curriculum requirements, specialized pre-professional advising (undergraduate and graduate level health professions and law), academic standing policies and exceptions, and technology in advising. For academic and student affairs professionals working in advising capacities, and those with any regular direct student contact, completion of this course will enhance your ability to have more thorough, purposeful and meaningful academic planning discussions with students you serve. In addition, we hope the course will provide insight into some of the many choices and challenges facing students daily.

Certificates of participation are awarded to participants in attendance for the entire course only. However, others are welcome to sit in on one or more weeks if desired; one week’s advance notice requested. Course enrollment limited to 25 registrants. If interested, please email Mary Beth Powers, the Assistant Director of the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center, for times, dates, and registration procedures. Program is free.


COEUS Training

Training on Stony Brook University's electronic proposal submission system (COEUS) is available through the Office of Sponsored Programs. COEUS provides an avenue for internal routing and approval, creating templates and sharing proposal information, and allowing involved participants to work on scientific material until submission to the sponsor. Visit the OVPR site for dates and times of training workshops.


Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship

Stony Brook University is a subscriber to the web based CITI training program. The curriculum includes modules for Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) training in any of various academic disciplines. For more information on these modules and to register, please see the Stony Brook Research RCRS training webpage. For follow-up, face-to-face instruction necessary for some funding sources, please consult your department.


 Conversational English Class

The English Conversation Class will resume meeting on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 101 in the Wang Center on January 29, 2013. For further information please contact Marth Fink at

Practice your English speaking skills in an informal, weekly class. Attendance is flexible; you do not have to attend all sessions. The class is made up of visiting scholars, professors, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates from a dozen different countries. The topics discussed range from understanding idioms and slang to finding badminton partners, bicycles and carpools. Course is free. No registration required. For more information, you can contact Martha Fink at


Journal of Postdoctoral Research

The Journal of Postdoctoral Research, JPR, is a peer-reviewed international publication reflective of the quality of postdoctoral research work. The latest issue can be viewed at All papers are subjected to a conventional peer-review process and revisions, where required, before acceptance for publication. JPR is chalked out to be a monthly publication with 12 issues in a year and at least 10 papers per issue. The submission to acceptance time-frame for a well written Review is generally less than 6 weeks. The make-up of the editorial board can be viewed at For recommended guidelines and submission instructions, visit


Innovation Boot Camp/Pre-Seed Workshop

This is an event that rallies community talent and resources to investigate and transform commercially promising technologies into pre-seed stage companies. More specifically, the Innovation Boot Camp supports entrepreneurial faculty, postdocs, graduate students and other technologists interested in exploring the business opportunities and commercialization strategies for their bioscience, advanced energy and/or information technology. Held annually since 2008, the Innovation Boot Camp seeks Idea Champions to participate in the 2.5 day program, to be held usually in March, including:

  • Faculty, Postdocs, Students, Inventors, Patent holders and other Technical Experts who have an idea or invention that might have commercial potential.
  • Those looking for business input and help with the commercialization and business planning.
  • Researchers who never seem to be able to carve out time to think about that “nagging business idea.”

If you are interested, please contact Joseph Scaduto, Assistant Director of Business Development, Center for Biotechnology at or 631-632-1064.


ANNUAL Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program: Training Scientists Who Mean Business (held annually in the spring with an application deadline in the fall)

This program is targeted toward Postdocs and graduate students seeking to facilitate commercial activities within their academic labs or enhance their knowledge of the commercial sector in order to transition into non-academic careers. Early career professionals within the industry are also encouraged to apply to enhance their productivity and opportunity for success in the corporate environment.


  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Bioscience Industry from target identification through commercial application
  • Increase your marketability by expanding your education beyond the typical classroom
  • Build connections with industry leaders through on going classroom interaction
  • Work hands on with technologies to advance an invention
  • Join over 230 alumni in an active professional network providing career opportunities, mentoring and social interactions


To learn more about the program and its opportunities visit: For more information email or call Kate Hutchinson at the Center for Biotechnology:, 631-632-8521



For a list of past events, see Archived Events

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