Developing Your Independent Research Program (Mission Bay)

Dates and times:

This program is offered once per year in the winter. Sign up for OCPD's listserv to receive announcements when this course is offered again.

Overview:

Developing your own research program is a critical step on your way to becoming a faculty member. Research from UCSF's Office of Career and Professional Development found that 67% of research-focused institutions required that candidates' proposed research programs did not appear to conflict with their current research advisor's in order to be offered a position (for more, see our Academic Career Readiness Assessment website). It can also be daunting, difficult, and unclear how to do it. That's why we've designed PAC-UP 201, a 3-session course in which current UCSF faculty will walk you through the process of developing your own research program, independent from that of your advisor.

In this course, biomedical trainees will be given the tools to begin designing and communicating an independent research program in preparation for a faculty position. This course will help trainees understand the expectations for faculty candidates, develop important scientific relationships early on in their career, and be more strategic with their time at UCSF. View the course syllabus on Google Drive.

Registration details:

This course is intended for PhD candidates and postdocs. The three sessions are recommended, but not required, to be taken together. The intended audience for each session is listed in the course syllabus. The Eventbrite registration form will ask you to indicate which sessions you plan to attend. PhD candidates who can attend all three sessions may take the course for graduate course credit (1 unit). When registering on Eventbrite, check "Yes" under "I am taking this course for credit" and be sure to add this course (Graduate Studies 201) to your Study List. The deadline for adding this course to your Study List is January 24, 2020. Postdocs can register and check "No" under "I am taking this course for credit".

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe the research program expectations that faculty hiring committees have of candidates
  2. Describe the successful components of a research program
  3. Identify a unique research niche that would distinguish them from other scientists in the field
  4. Identify mentors and collaborators that would allow them to develop this unique research niche
  5. Present their research program in the form of both a research statement and a chalk talk

Speakers:

  • Laurence Clement, PhD - Program Director, Academic Careers; Associate Adjunct Professor
  • Isha Jain, PhD - Sandler Faculty Fellow
  • Ernesto Diaz-Flores, PhD - Assistant Professor
  • Felice Dunn, PhD - Assistant Professor
  • Todd Nystul, PhD - Associate Professor

Materials:

Course syllabus
Slides from the workshop, including Isha Jain's and Ernesto Diaz-Flores' portions
Felice Dunn's slides

Video:

 

Questions? Contact Laurence Clement, Program Director of Academic Career Development, at [email protected]

This program is part of the PAC-UP series.

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