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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 the sixth year.

The PSCB workshop series is intended 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 cover topics related a variety of bioscience career paths, including academia, industry, entrepreneurship, policy, teaching, science writing, and others. The course will end with a communications workshop lead by Story Collider.

Register here for the PSCB program.

Workshops will begin September 2023, and registration will open in August. Questions? Contact us.


Workshop Details:
•    Registration is for 12 workshops plus one capstone event
•    Each workshop will meet from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
•    Participants must attend 75% of sessions (9 of 12) and the final capstone event for credit. 
•    A certificate is offered after completion of the capstone event
•    No homework required

Tentative Workshop Schedule

Fall 2023:
Workshop 1: Thursday, September 14, 2023

  • Career Panel 

Workshop 2: Thursday, September 28, 2023

  • Writing a Compelling Resume and CV

Workshop 3: Thursday, October 5, 2023

  • Design Principles for Scientists  

Workshop 4: Thursday, October 19, 2023

  • Interviewing and Networking

Workshop 5: Thursday, November 2, 2023

  • Improving Data Visualization

Workshop 6: Thursday, November 16, 2023

  • Mastering the Art of Negotiations 

Workshop 7: Thursday, November 30, 2023

  • Entrepreneurship 


Spring 2024:
Workshop 8: Thursday, January 25, 2024 

  • Government and Policy

Workshop 9: Thursday, February 8, 2024

  • Invention Disclosures and Patenting

Workshop 10: Thursday, February 22, 2024

  • Funding in Bioscience

Workshop 11: Thursday, March 7, 2024

  • Career Paths and Lifelong Learning

Workshop 12: Thursday, March 21, 2024

  • Information Resources and Career Highlights

Capstone: Saturday, April 6, 2024*

  • The Story Collider 

   *Please note, attendance is mandatory for the final workshop to receive the certificate and will take place from 9 AM to 4 PM.