The IGB Postdoctoral Association provides professional guidance and social opportunities for post-doctoral scholars. We hold seminars to inform postdocs of the tools and services available at IGB, organize workshops and resources for career development, and host events to encourage social interaction and professional collaboration between members of the community. Every postdoctoral researcher at IGB is welcome to contribute their ideas and suggestions for events.
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Resources for Postdoctoral Researchers
Graduate College Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars
The Graduate College serves postdoctoral scholars and their faculty mentors by enhancing the postdoctoral experience and cultivating professional development opportunities. Learn more about the resources for new postdocs, current postdocs and faculty as well as how to sign up for the GradLinks mailing list to learn about resources and upcoming events.
International Student and Scholar Services
Committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality, ISSS strives to create an environment that is conducive to a successful educational, personal, and professional experience. ISSS serves our international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach. Visit the ISSS website.
Get involved with Outreach activities and opportunities
The IGB Outreach group welcomes volunteers to take part in our wide range of outreach activities, visit our volunteer page to sign up.
Visit the Molecule Maker Lab Institute (MMLI) education and outreach section to learn of their current projects.
The Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) has several outreach initiatives.
Information on the Cena y Ciencias program and Project Microbe can be found on the Genomics and Eco-evolution of Multi-scale Symbioses (GEMS) education and outreach section.
Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences (PSCB)
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. Visit the PSCB page for full information and to register.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Development Plan (PDP)
The goal of the IGB postdoctoral research associate development plan (PDP) is to assist IGB postdoctoral researchers in becoming independent, high-quality scientists with strong project management and administrative skills. As part of the development plan, the IGB postdoctoral research associate will receive guidance and practical experience in written and oral communication skills, preparation of grant proposals, teaching, mentoring and laboratory management skills, responsible professional practices, and career counseling.
The PDP template can be found at http://www-app2.igb.illinois.edu/postdoc/.
National Postdoc Association
To become a member on the National Postdoc Association (and receive access to their online resources) please use the following link:
IGB postdoctoral researchers should select "Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc" and must provide their institutional e-mail address (@illinois.edu) as the primary or alternate address to receive free membership.
The Career Planning Tool, "NPA Core Competencies," can be found at https://npamembers.site-ym.com/?CoreCompetencies.
Science Careers Individual Development Plan (myIDP)
The Science Careers Individual Development Plan, or myIDP, provides:
- 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
Visit the page at http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/ or access articles related to myIPD at http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2013/05/content-collection-myidp.