Postdoctoral Conference on Professional Development

Taking Charge of Your Career

Saturday, April 6th, 2013, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive


8:30 am                      Registration and refreshments    Location: outside Ebling


9:00 am                      Welcome                                                        Location: Ebling

Alan Rapraeger, Professor of Human Oncology

and Director of the SMPH’s Office of Postdoctoral Studies; Eileen Callahan, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development, Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development & Engagement; and Brian Jarecki, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Co-chair/adviser for PALS and Badgerdocs



            9:15 am                      You Need a Game Plan                              Location: Ebling

How do you find a scientific career that is right for you? This keynote address will outline a planning process that postdoctoral fellows can use to create a game plan that is tailored to their own individual strengths and aspirations. This session will be interactive, with participants completing self-assessment exercises and setting specific goals to facilitate their career achievement beyond the postdoc appointment.


Philip Clifford, Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology & Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education, Medical College of Wisconsin


            10:50 am                   Break


            Career Panels

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm                Workshops Round 1           

            2:20 pm – 3:00 pm                Workshops Round 2

Panel A: Careers in Academia                                                                Location: Ebling

§  Ravi C. Balijepalli, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison Department of Medicine

§  Charles Benton, Jr., Instructor, Department of Health Sciences, Madison College (MATC)

§  Nadia Domínguez, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Edgewood College

§  Susan Hanson, Lecturer, Department of Biology, Carroll University

§  Jill Wildonger, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry

Moderated by: Michelle Capes


Panel B: Careers in Industry and Small Biotech Firms                     Location: Room 1520

§  Jamie Barger, Management Team, LifeGen Technologies

§  Delana Hopkins Butz, Senior Scientist, Pharmaceutical Product Development

§  Bryan Glaser, Senior Scientist, Invenra, Inc.

§  Kiu Leung, President, Leung & Associates

Moderated by: Uyen Chu



Panel C: Non-traditional Science Careers                                             Location: Room 1420

§  Bill Checovich, CEO, Sixth Man Consulting Group, LLC

§  Julia Cox, Patent Officer, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

§  Amy Prevost, Director, Scientific Courses, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute

§  Beth Werner, Intellectual Property Manager, WARF

§  Halina Zakowicz, freelance technical/science writer

            Moderated by: Brian Jarecki


            12:30 pm - 1:30 pm                          Lunch


Career Skills Workshops


1:30 pm – 2:10 pm                Workshops Round 1           

2:20 pm – 3:00 pm                Workshops Round 2      



Workshop A: Effective Networking – Building a Power Network    Location: Room 1420

Workshop Leaders: Cay Villars (Celebrus Facilitation, Coaching & Consulting)

and Ryan Raver (Research Assistant, UW-Madison Oncology Department, SMPH)

Description: In this dynamic and interactive session, you will learn the secrets of how to build a power network now so you can get your dream job after your postdoc. The program will provide highlights of how to leverage LinkedIn as part of your strategy and help you avoid the pitfalls faced by many postdocs currently struggling to find jobs

Moderated by: Brian Jarecki

Workshop B: Grant Writing for Emerging Scientists                        Location: Room 1510

Workshop Leader: Ruth Litovsky (Professor, UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders)


Description: In this workshop, we will discuss the various strategies that young scientists should consider when preparing a grant proposal. We will focus on hypothesis testing, and issues related to resources, mentoring, career track and pathways to independence.

Moderated by: Eileen Callahan

Workshop C: CV to Résumé - Unique Insights from HR Managers  Location: Room 2301


Workshop Leaders: Becca Terdich (Recruitment Specialist, Promega), Tricia Cullen (Recruitment Coordinator, Covance), Aaron Ledvina (Staff Scientist, Covance) and Rebecca Verhulst, (Senior University Recruitment Specialist, Covance)

Description: Applying for a job in a company? Not sure how to tailor your résumé to the desired job? In this workshop you will learn how to revamp your CV into a marketable résumé, and to successfully pass through the HR filtering process.

Moderated by: Michelle Capes and Uyen Chu


Workshop D: Effective Interviewing Skills                                            Location: Room 2511


Workshop Leader: Idella Yamben (Program Manager, Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN))

Description: This workshop will create a safe space for people to discuss their thoughts around interviewing, and provide an opportunity to highlight best practices, based on both peer-learning exercises and through the professional insights of the workshop leader.

Moderated by: Kurt Laha

            3:00 pm                               Conference concludes