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Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences (PSCB)

The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) will provide the workshop-based certificate program Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences (PSCB) for graduate students and postdocs to develop and enhance their universal job skills including communication, professionalism, marketing, budgeting, and leadership. Each of the thirteen workshops throughout the year will combine lectures, activities, writing, and presentations to cover topics related to many bioscience career paths including academia, industry, entrepreneurship, policy, teaching, science writing and others.

Register here for the PSCB program.

The topics covered will include: career paths in biosciences, fundamentals of science communication, ethics in science and the workplace, building and leading a successful team, communicating with the media, solving problems as a leader, the currency of bioscience and money management, marketing yourself and your science, graphic design, and engaging the community. The course will end with a capstone project that will combine all of the topics within specific career tracks.

Workshops will start September 2018 and registration will open in July. More information on speakers and a finalized schedule will be available when registration opens. If you have questions, contact IGB Outreach Education Coordinator, Erin Louer at

Workshop Details:
•    Registration is for 12 workshops (held in 612 at IGB) plus 1 capstone event (held at I Hotel)
•    Each workshop will meet from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (lunch provided)
•    Participants must attend 75% of sessions (9 of 12) and the final capstone event for credit. Makeup work may be done for 1 session, at most.
•    A certificate is offered after completion of the capstone event
•    No homework required
•    Download a copy of the flyer here.

Tentative Workshop Schedule

Fall 2018:
Workshop 1: Thursday, September 13, 2018
•    Introduction to PSCB and Visualizing Career Success (group panel)

Workshop 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018
•    Effectively Communicating for Yourself, Your Research or Your Company

Workshop 3: Thursday, October 11, 2018
•    Ethics in Science and the Workplace

Workshop 4: Thursday, October 25, 2018
•    Building and Leading a Successful Team

Workshop 5: Thursday, November 1, 2018
•    Utilizing Interviews to Define Your Brand

Workshop 6: Thursday, November 15, 2018
•    Master the Art of Negotiation

Workshop 7: Thursday, December 6, 2018
•    Solving Problems as a Leader

Spring 2019:
Workshop 8: Thursday, February 14, 2019
•    Effective Communication Skills for Technology Innovators

Workshop 9: Thursday, February 28, 2019
•    Design Principles for Scientists 

Workshop 10: Thursday, March 14, 2019
•    Protecting and Selling your Science

Workshop 11: Thursday, March 28, 2019
•    Funding in Bioscience 

Workshop 12: Thursday, April 11, 2019
•    Marketing Your Science

Capstone Project Presentations: Saturday, April 13, 2019
•    Attendance necessary to receive the certificate
•    The event will be held at the I Hotel and Conference Center