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myIDP from AAAS -

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values

  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests

  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track

  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

Past Professional Events

Interviewing for Industry Positions

Wednesday, April 29th 2015

Please join us for a panel discussion on “Interviewing for Industry Positions” on Wednesday April 29th! This panel, organized by the SF-SRF, will include two Scripps, FL faculty members with extensive industry experience, Dr. Patsy McDonald and Dr. Tom Kodadek, as well as representatives from three local scientific companies: Aurora Diagnostics, Ocean Ridge Biosciences, and Akron Biotech. This open-style, panel discussion will take you through the industry-specific application process, to the initial interview experience, and negotiation strategies!

Please come prepared with questions for the panelists. Immediately following the Interviewing for Industry Positions Panel, we will move upstairs to the Founder's Room for an informal networking mixer. Please bring your business cards if you have them. You will have a chance to network directly with the local, scientific company representatives!  

Panel Discussion – B159 4:00 - 5:30pm
Networking Mixer – Founder’s Room 5:30 - 6:30pm

March 2013

Scripps Florida Graduate Students and Postdocs:

Below, please find a list of upcoming professional development opportunities available to you in March.

Individual Advising Appointments

Individual, in-person advising appointments are available upon request for postdocs and graduate students.

Schedule an appointment with Mike Matrone ( to discuss (available 3/18-3/22):

self-assessment, career exploration, individual development plans, informational interviewing, academic and non-academic career paths, academic cover letters and CVs, research statements, teaching philosophy statements, cover letters and resumes for industry and non-academic careers, identifying and applying for fellowships and grants, and scientific writing assistance

 Schedule an appointment with Ryan Wheeler ( to discuss (available 3/20-3/22):

self-assessment, career exploration, individual development plans, non-academic career paths, academic cover letters and CVs, cover letters and resumes for industry and non-academic careers, informational interviewing, interviewing practice, and negotiation.

Effective Teaching in the Sciences

While most scientists will be called upon to teach at some point in their careers, most graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at research institutes receive no training in pedagogy, the science behind education. In this four sesion interactive workshop series, participants will learn to actively engage students in science through pedagogical techniques, and assess the effectivness of their classroom strategies. The workshop series will culminate with the opportunity to obtain direct teaching experience by developing and teaching a short course for undergraduates participating in the Kenan Summer Internship Program at Scripps Florida.

Session 1: Technology, Misconceptions and Learning Outcomes in Teaching.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 1.30 pm - Scripps Florida, Classroom B159.

Speaker : Drew Kohlhorst, Emory University Center for Science Education.

Session 2: Classroom Management and Pedalogy Implementation.

Thursday, March 19th, 2013, 1.30 pm - Scripps Florida, Classroom B158.

Speakers :

William Roush, Assistant Dean, SRI Kellogg School of Science and Technology

Ian Thorpe, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Chitra Chnadrashekar, Instructor of Chemistry, FAU Wilkes Honors College

South Florida Academic Leadership Symposium

Please refer to the attached flyer for short descriptions of the symposium sessions.

For details and registration, please visit the symposium 
Enrollment is open to postdocs, staff scientists, and junior faculty.  Seating is limited and first come, first served.  Register early! 

Senior graduate students are also welcome and may find the content beneficial.

$25 Graduate Students
$50 Postdocs
$75 Staff Scientists & Junior Faculty
Registration fees cover course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments.

Career Transitions Workshop

In a confidential small group environment, discuss how knowing your values, interests, skills, and goals can help you clarify your career options and take your next step. Participants must register and commit to all three sessions:

Thursday, 14 March 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Thursday, 21 March 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Friday, 22 March 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.

This group aims to help you in four basic areas:

  • Identifying the transferable skills you have developed as a grad student and postdoc

  • Examining your own values, interests, and decision-making style

  • Discerning career options that match your skills and personality

  • Articulating your short and long-term career goals

The group is co-facilitated by:

Michael Matrone, Ph.D.

Ryan Wheeler

RSVP required

Writing and Publishing Scientific Manuscripts

Are you preparing a manuscript, but don’t know where to start? Are you confused about how the review and publication process works?

In this workshop, we’ll demystify the writing and publishing processes with the goal to help you create effective scientific manuscripts.

Goal:     To understand the fundamentals of effective science writing.

Objectives: At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Better prepare a scientific manuscript

  • Identify common errors in the writing process

  • Understand the submission and review process

  • Professionally respond to reviews

Monday, March 18, 2013, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Classroom B159 

RSVP required

Academic Careers Roundtable

Interested in a tenure-track career?

The Academic Careers Roundtable is a new professional development series dedicated to all things academic.  Different topics and faculty discussion leaders are featured bimonthly for informal conversations with students and postdocs.  Lunch provided.

Wednesday, March 20, 12pm-1pm, Topic: Negotiation – From Grants to Academic Promotions 

Faculty guest:

Michael Farzan, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Infectious Disease, The Scripps Research Institute

This is a small group discussion, so space is limited.  Registration is required.


Careers in Industry: Getting from Job Ad to Interview

Learn how to effectively target industry positions by highlighting your accomplishments, structuring a winning resume, writing compelling cover letters, and developing your online professional profile.  This workshop is particularly geared for postdocs and graduate students who are interested in industry and other non-academic positions. 

Goal: Learn how to prepare targeted job applications for industry positions. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how to identify and apply transferable skills

  • Be able to prepare a targeted resume for non-academic positions

  • Know how to write compelling cover letters

  • Understand the basics for developing and maintaining a professional online identity

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Classroom B159 

RSVP required

Move your career forward with myIDP from AAAS

Be proactive!  Take charge of your career and effectively plan for your next step.  In this new 90-minute workshop, we will leverage your self-assessment information from an online Individual Development Plan, myIDP, to set effective short- and long-term professional goals. 

We’ll use hands-on exercises and lots of interaction to develop plans that make sense for you.  By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  •  Interpret results from myIDP assessments and extrapolate personal next steps;

  •  Develop goals for gaining new scientific and professional skills;

  •  Understand characteristics of SMART goal-setting; 

  •  Be able to explain, and defend, their plan to others.

 Thursday, March 21, 2013, 9:30am-11am, Classroom B158 

 RSVP required

February 2013

Feb 22: Tax Workshop for Foreign Nationals

Location : B158 from 12:00-1:30pm

International Tax CPA, Mark Burger will help foreign nationals understand the difference between filing as a "resident" or "non resident" for tax purposes for the 2012 tax year. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the International Office.

January 2013

Emerging Leaders Network - BioFlorida

Learn about different career pathways that include:

·  Policy: Phyllis Frosst, PhD, Senior Advisor for Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances at National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/NIH

·  Private sector-large company: Christopher Dougherty, PhD, Manager Clinical Science, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Biotest Pharmaceuticals

·  Private sector-small company: Jim Ray, PhD, Senior Director, Envoy Therapeutic

·  Academia: Cynthia Toth, PhD, Associate Professor, Palm Beach Atlantic University 

·  Academia: Alexandra Gorgevska, PhD, Department Chair for Natural Sciences & Biotechnology, Palm Beach State College

Date :                                  Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Time :                                  5 pm to 7 pm

Location :                             Scripps Florida, Rooms B158/B159

Food/beverage :                   To be served at event

Register :                            Email

Past Professional Events (2012)

May 2012

Scripps Florida - Biotech Club

Distinguished lecture series - 2012

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida

Thursday May 17th, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm, Bldg B159

Career workshop:

He said, she said: The art of negotiation

Live Stream from CA

4.30 pm to 6.00 pm, Friday, May 11, 2012

Classroom B158

April 2012

Making the most of your presentation

Jean-luc Doumont - Live streaming

April 30th, 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm, Classroom B-158

Career Transitions Workshop

April 9th, 10th and 12th - 9.00 am to 11.00 am.

Industry Spotlight : MERCK, with James Warren, Ph. D.

April 11th, 9.30 am to 10.30 am

Biotech Club Inaugural Meeting

April 6th, 6pm – 7pm

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Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Mark Wightman

      Professor of Chemistry
      University of North Carolina-Chapel HillMay 15, 2012
11 am-12pm
Rodney B. Fink Auditorium