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Below is a listing of previous events sponsored or supported by the IUSM Graduate Division.  Please understand all events are past and closed.  If you have any interests in these events, please contact Lauren Easterling at:

March 2017 

Financial Wellness for Postdocs: Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals (IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: R3 303/305
Presenter: Caroline Mason, CRPC, Retirement Planner, Fidelity Investments
Keywords: postdoc, personal development

Are you a postdoc? Have you thought about YOUR saving plan for the future? Would you like some ideas about managing your money now?  If so, join us for this informative session! Fidelity Investments representative, Caroline Mason, CRPC, will speak to the audience about how to do the following: 1) Identify, prioritize and fund your savings goals; 2) Understand where to save for each goal;  and 3) Take your next best steps and save for your goals. 

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Women in Medicine and Science Symposium: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (IUSM OFAPD)

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Fairbanks Hall 1111
Presenter: Dr. Valerie Young
Keywords: graduate student (PhD), postdoc, career development, personal development

"Despite good grades, degrees, promotions, awards and other tangible evidence of abilities, many highly capable people secretly believe they’re not as intelligent and capable as others ‘think’ they are. Instead, they attribute their accomplishments to luck, personality, and other external factors.

Even faculty who don’t personally identify with this feeling, need to understand the dynamics of impostor feelings as well as the individual and institutional costs. Join us for an interactive program on impostor syndrome led by Dr. Valerie Young.  Lunch will be provided.

About the Speaker: Valerie Young is an internationally known speaker, author, and confidence expert. Her award-winning book – The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Random House – is available in 5 languages.
Valerie has spoken at over 80 major colleges and universities including medical students and faculty at Columbia, NYU, Boston University, Meharry Medical College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, University of Kansas, Oakland University and UCSF. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts. Afterward she spent 7 years in management at a Fortune 200 company. In addition to her work at, Valerie is an expert on showing people how they can make a living without a job and is publisher of the Changing Course newsletter read by over 24,000 people around the world.

Please join us at the Women in Medicine and Science Symposium where our keynote speaker, Dr. Valerie Young, will present on the Imposter Syndrome. This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 278-3089 or by email at"

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Online Training Community Overview for Graduate Students (Collaboration between IUPUI CIRTL Program and the IBMG Program for PhD Study)

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: MS 122A
Presenter: Dr. Tabitha Hardy, Assistant Dean, IUPUI Graduate Office, and Dr. Anusha S Rao, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Keywords: graduate student (PhD), career development, personal development
NOTE: Food will be provided - RSVP in advance!

Join us to learn more about the different, wide range of programming available to all IUSM graduate students through IUSM's membership in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). Drs. Hardy and Rao will share with you the many resources and exciting opportunities that CIRTL provides you as you prepare for your future career!

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Science Stories Book Club (Collaboration between Graduate Division & ODA)

Date and Time: Monday, March 6, 2017, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: University Tower (TO), Chancellor's Restaurant
Presenters: Open discussion between students, postdocs, ODA, and Graduate Division team members
Keywords: career development, personal development, graduate student (All), postdoc

ODA and the IUSM Graduate Division invite you to join us for a multi-event book club series! Science Stories will examine how science and medicine have impacted the lives of prominent figures throughout history. This year’s book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Skloot.

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Preparing and Delivering a Teaching Demonstration (IUPUI CIRTL)

Date and Time: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: University Library (UL) 1126
Presenter: Dr. Debora Herold, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, IUPUI School of Science; Dr. Ralph McClure, Lecturer, Department of Biology, IUPUI School of Science
Keywords: graduate student (PhD), postdoc, teaching, academic career, career development

Candidates for academic positions are often asked to give a teaching demonstration as part of an on campus interview. This workshop will be presented by faculty members who have recently done a successful teaching demonstration and have been part of faculty search committees and evaluated teaching demonstrations. The presenters will provide a framework for planning a teaching demonstration and some example approaches to teaching a given topic. Participants will learn about the importance of considering the institutional and pedagogical contexts when preparing a teaching demonstration. Participants will also learn about resources, tips, and strategies that will help them further develop their planned demonstrations.

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February 2017

Roadmap to Entrepreneurship (IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: R4 101
Presenter: Dr. Mervin Yoder, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, IUSM
Keywords: postdoc, industry careers, career development

Dr. Yoder will introduce postdocs to the entrepreneurship process from understanding what constitutes intellectual property (IP), to disclosures, identifying who is an inventor, to pathways for licensing IP, and considerations for starting a company.

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Stress Management and Work/Life Balance for IUSM Graduate Students and Postdocs (IUSM Graduate Division)

Date and Time: Friday, February 24, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: R3 303/305
Presenter: Dr. Emily Williams, IUPUI Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Keywords: personal development, graduate student (all), postdoc

This presentation focuses on the stressors of graduate school and training in an academic setting in general, including the causes and symptoms of stress, as well as the potential negative effects. Most importantly, attendees will learn a variety of ways to manage stress so that they may individualize their own approach. The presentation will integrate the concepts of stress management, life balance, and healthy living. An explanation of University resources that may be able to assist in managing stress will also be provided.

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Teaching Portfolio Guide for Graduate Students and Postdocs (IUPUI CIRTL)

Date and Time: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: University Library (UL) 1126
Presenter: Dr. Anusha Rao, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning; and Lauren Easterling, IUSM Graduate Division
Keywords: graduate student (PhD), postdoc, teaching, career development

When applying for faculty positions with teaching responsibilities, an increasing expectation in institutions with a focus on undergraduate education is that applicants will have a collection of evidence of their experiences related to teaching and learning. Even if you have not formally taught a course, you may have had other experiences that can demonstrate your growing ability related to teaching. This workshop will address ways to think about experiences related to teaching, and how to document these for the job search.

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Legal Seminar for International Postdocs (IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: MS 122A
Presenter: Angela Adams, IU General Counsel Office
Keywords: postdocs, international

This seminar is hosted by the IUSM Graduate Division, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the IU Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. Angela Adams, IU Associate General Counsel, will provide a broad overview of visas including the J-1 visa (including waiver information), the H1-B visa cap issues, the National Interest Waiver and Extraordinary Ability applications and the I-485.

Ms. Adams will also be available after the seminar to meet with those in the audience for individual one-on-one sessions (5 available). If you’d like reserve a 15-min time slot to meet with Ms. Adams you can do that by completing this Doodle poll: Spots will be filled on whomever signs up 1st!

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Demystifying the Chalk Talk (IUSM Graduate Division)

Date and Time: Friday, February 10, 2017, 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: R3 303/305
Presenter: Dr. Randy Brutkiewicz, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies - IUSM Graduate Division, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Keywords: postdocs, academic careers, career development

You’ve gone through the faculty application process and are invited on campus for an interview. You have your public presentation down, but you are then asked to prepare for a “Chalk Talk”! In this session, Dr. Randy Brutkiewicz will provide an overview of the chalk talk, provide an example of the chalk talk and what the search committee expect when presenting your chalk talk.

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Insights from the Faculty Search Committee (IUSM Graduate Division)

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:45am - 12:15pm (lunch);  12:15pm -1:45pm (session)
Location: R3 207 (lunch) and R3 203 (session)
Presenter: Dr. Alexander Robling (Head of Search & Screen Committee for Anatomy & Cell Biology);  Dr. Michael Sturek (Chair of Cellular & Integrative Physiology); Dr. Bryan Yamamoto (Chair of Pharmacology & Toxicology) 
Keywords: postdocs, academic careers, career development

Are you applying for a faculty position, but would like to know what faculty search committees look for in a faculty candidate? This session will provide some insights from those who have served on multiple faculty search committees and have lead these search committees. In this informative panel session, Dr. Alexander Robling (Head of Search & Screen Committee for Anatomy & Cell Biology), Dr. Michael Sturek (Chair of Cellular & Integrative Physiology), and Dr. Bryan Yamamoto (Chair of Pharmacology & Toxicology), will provide an overview of the attributes and qualities they look for when on faculty search committees. In addition, they will talk about the criteria used to select candidates for an interview. They will also provide some tips based on their collective experiences on search committees.

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Understanding and Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community for Basic Science Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff (IUSM Graduate Division)

Date and Time: Friday, February 3, 2017, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: R3 203
Presenter: Taylor Dooley and/or Tristan Vaught, IUPUI LGBTQ+ center
Keywords: graduate student (PhD), postdoc, diversity, personal development

The IUSM Graduate Division is partnering with the IUPUI LGBTQ+ Center to offer a special training event for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff associated with the Graduate Division and biomedical research. This 1.5 hour event will help to develop your skills and gain a better understanding of the LGBTQIA community. This is one of many sessions offered by the LGBTQ+ Center, which are designed to increase the visible presence of students, staff, and faculty who can help to shape a campus culture that is accepting of all people regardless of sexuality, gender identification/expression, and romantic/emotional expressions. Training topics and exercises include: becoming comfortable discussing sexuality and gender identifications, the importance of inclusive languages, creating safe spaces, and how to be a supportive advocate and ally.

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January 2017

LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIN to Your Advantage (IUSM Graduate Division)

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: IB 224 (Medical Library)
Presenters: Dr. Tricia Wright and Lauren Easterling, IUSM Graduate Division
Keywords: career development, technology, graduate student (PhD), postdoc, academic careers, non-academic careers

Whether you are interested in an academic career, a place in industry, or somewhere in between, LinkedIn can be an extremely useful tool for you to communicate who you are, what experiences you have accumulated, and what you can do with your PhD. This session will provide you with the opportunity to learn the basics of LinkedIn and how to use it as a networking and self-marketing tool as you pursue your career path. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn: more about what LinkedIn is and why it is recommended for use; how to create a profile; how to build one’s network; and the next steps to develop a LinkedIn presence in the future. Attendees should either have a LinkedIn account prior to the session, or you will need to create one for this session as it will be a hands-on workshop.

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Special Series: Developing an Effective Job Search Strategy, Lauren Celano, Co-Founder and CEO, Propel Careers (IUSM Graduate Division)

Date: Friday, January 13, 2017
Location: R3 303/305 (all sessions)
Presenter: Lauren Celano, Co-Founder and CEO, Propel Careers (
Keywords: essentials; non-academic careers; skill-builder; marketing

Please join us on Friday, January 13, 2017 for a special three-part series on how to search for and prepare for science jobs in non-academic career paths.  The IUSM Graduate Division will be hosting Lauren Celano, Co-Founder and CEO of Propel Careers ( She will be presenting three sessions on the day of her visit:

Session 1: Career Search Strategy: How to Identify Opportunities and Roles and Best Practices for Job Searching
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
In this seminar, you will learn how to prepare a search strategy to identify the relevant companies and/or roles for your background. This includes strategy on self?awareness, informational interviewing, company research using LinkedIn and other news sources, and awareness of networking events to attend. Lauren Celano will discuss tips to accelerate your search and maintain focus.

Session 2: The job Search Process: What Companies Look for When Evaluating Talent
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Description: In this seminar, our presenter will provide insight on the job search process and what companies look for when evaluating talent. Propel will discuss the importance of tailoring a resume and cover letter for a specific position. Propel Careers will also discuss how companies utilize resume databases and LinkedIn to identify talent. Propel will provide tips on how candidates can standout from the crowd.

Session 3: Informational Interviewing: An excellent way to enhance your career search
Time: 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Description: In this seminar, Propel Careers will discuss the important role that informational interviewing plays in a career search. Propel Careers will provide advice on how to identify individuals for an informational interview, how to structure the interview and what questions to ask. Propel will also provide advice on how to follow up after the discussion to build meaningful connections.

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