Free Career Workshops in Chicago

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Do you live and work in the Chicago area? Are you in town for the AAAS meeting? If so, don't miss the opportunity to attend at least one of the career workshops we're offering. All of these workshops are free to AAAS meeting attendees, and even if you don't pay to attend the whole meeting, you can register to attend the career workshops for free.

At the AAAS meeting? Live in the Chicago area? Then please join Science Careers for our free career events.

Kicking off the AAAS meeting's career events at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 13 February, we offer "Finding Hidden Value in the Job Market." Brooke Allen, a professional in quantitative finance, will show you how to locate those job opportunities you'll definitely miss if you restrict yourself to a conventional job search.

Brooke is the author of two articles published in Science Careers: "In Person: Hiring in a Dysfunctional Job Market" and "Finding Opportunities in a Dysfunctional Job Market." Brooke is an original, creative thinker who has spent a whole career practicing what he preaches, accumulating some great job-seeking stories along the way. His audacity is a model for any job seeker. Employers are welcome, too.

"Finding Hidden Value in the Job Market" will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago--the main conference hotel--in the Stetson Conference Center, Suite F.

Next up, in the same room but at 10:30 a.m., comes "Career Boosters for Women and Minority Scientists." Hosted by Science Careers contributing editor Elisabeth Pain, this workshop will look at the barriers women and minority scientists may encounter in their job searches and will offer practical advice on how to overcome them. Drawing on firsthand experiences and the expertise of mentors and principal investigators, this workshop aims to help underrepresented scientists get onto the next rung of the academic career ladder--no matter which rung they happen to be on now.

The panelists will include Robert Fefferman, the Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor in Mathematics (and dean of the physical sciences division) at the University of Chicago; Catherine Cardelús (who was profiled in a Science Careers article), an ecologist and assistant professor at Colgate University; Robert P. Dottin, the director of the Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function at Hunter College of the City University of New York (and the director of JustGarciaHill, a community for minorities in the sciences). Once again, this event will be held in Suite F of the Stetson Conference Center at the Hyatt Regency.

Moving on to Saturday, 14 February, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, Pamela Hines, a senior editor at Science, will present "How to Publish in Science." Hines will discuss the submission, review, approval, and publication process for the journal. The presentation will cover what editors look for in strong submissions and what reviewers are asked to consider when reading manuscripts. Hines will describe the publication process, from submitting a paper through the review process and on to publication. She will also explain what types of papers are suitable for publication in Science and which should be directed instead to a specialty journal. A Q&A session will follow. "How to Publish in Science" will be held in Grand Suite 5 at the Hyatt Regency.

Then, on Sunday, 15 February, at 10:30 a.m. in Suite F of the Hyatt's Stetson Conference Center, Science Careers and CTSciNet present "Getting Closer to the Clinic: Translational Research Careers for Ph.D.s." Organized by Science Careers contributing editor Kate Travis, the workshop will show you how to approach a career in translational research from the basic-science side.

The session will be chaired by Maryrose Franko, senior program officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The panelists will include David Engman, president of the National Association of M.D.-Ph.D. Programs and a professor of pathology at Northwestern University; Sarah Gehlert, Helen Ross Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and the Institute of Mind and Biology of the University of Chicago and Associate Director of the University of Chicago's Institute for Translational Medicine; James Surmeier, Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology at Northwestern University; and Guillermo Ameer, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, Northwestern University.

In addition to the events presented by Science Careers, the meeting hosts a wide range of excellent career-related workshops. There's a complete list here.

Also please stop by the Science Careers Resource Center at the Hyatt's Stetson Conference Center, Suite B/C, where you can browse and collect information about the many career development resources, fellowships, internships, and job-search assistance available from AAAS and many of its affiliated organizations. The center is hosted by the AAAS Center for Careers in Science and Technology.

See you in Chicago!

Jim Austin is the editor of Science Careers.

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