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Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences (PSCB)

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 third 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 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 begin September 2021, and registration will open in August. 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 plus one capstone event
•    Each workshop will meet from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 
•    Participants must attend 75% of sessions (9 of 12) and the final capstone event for credit. Makeup work may be done for one session, at most.
•    A certificate is offered after completion of the capstone event
•    No homework required

Tentative Workshop Schedule

Fall 2021:
Workshop 1: Thursday, September 16, 2021

  • Introduction to PSCB and Visualizing Your Career Success - Group Career Panel 
    • - TBA

Workshop 2: Thursday, September 30, 2021

  • Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
    • - Nicholas Dunn, Assistant Director for Training, Operations, and Programs
      • - Office of International Student and Scholar Services, UIUC

Workshop 3: Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Design Principles for Scientists
    • - TBA

Workshop 4: Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Master the Art of Negotiation 
    • - TBA

Workshop 5: Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • Writing a Compelling Resume and CV
    • - TBA

Workshop 6: Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • Career Spotlight
    • - TBA

Workshop 7: Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Legal Careers and Ethics in Biosciences 
    • - Jacob Sherkow, Professor of Law 
      • - College of Law, UIUC


Spring 2021:
Workshop 8: Thursday, February 10, 2022 

  • Writing Strategies  
    • - TBA

Workshop 9: Thursday, February 24, 2022

  • Interview Skills for Academic and Non-Academic Positions 
    • - TBA

Workshop 10: Thursday, March 10, 2022

  • Funding in Bioscience  
    • - TBA

    Workshop 11: Thursday, March 24, 2022

    • Building and Leading a Successful Team 
      • - TBA

    Workshop 12: Thursday, April 7, 2022

    • Marketing Yourself for Career Success
      • - TBA

    Workshop 13: Saturday, April 23, 2022

    • Mandatory Capstone Event, 10AM-3PM  
    • Attendance is necessary to receive the certificate