|National Institutes of Health Hosts Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Trainees
Speakers, Career Development Panel Sessions Part of NIHís Encouragement of Biomedical Careers
The National Institutes of Health, hosted its second career
symposium on May 19, 2009 in the Natcher Conference Center. The
event, organized by the Office of Intramural Training & Education
(OITE), for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees included
presentations from more than 80 speakers about a variety of careers
for scientists. More than 1,000 participants were registered
to attend, including guests from many local universities.
The NIH Career Symposium provides an opportunity for young scientists to learn about the career opportunities available to them and to explore factors that lead to career success.
"In our global economy PhD-level scientists work in many areas of
the public and private sector — in jobs that were not even conceived of when
I was a graduate student 20 years ago." said Sharon Milgram, Ph.D., director
of the OITE. "The goal of this symposium is to help this next generation of
scientists to contribute to — and compete successfully for — science jobs of
the new millennium."
Panel sessions focused on careers in science writing, teaching in a variety of settings, grants administration, public policy, and both research-intensive careers and careers away from the bench in all sectors. Workshops addressed professional skills including negotiating, interviewing for international fellows, work/life balance, and leadership.
Scientific experts provided insights into their diverse career paths. The eventís keynote speaker was Dr. Toni Hoover, senior vice president at Pfizer Global Research and Development and director of the Groton/New London Laboratories. Dr. Francis S. Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, provided concluding remarks.
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