Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session

14 May 2016
11:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Ballroom 6A

Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session

Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM08059-32 NCE]

Cherié L. Butts, Biogen-Idec; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for early/mid-career scientists, including those traditionally under-represented in biomedical research. At the roundtable, take advantage of the opportunity to meet in small-group format with accomplished, senior immunologists to hear how they have handled the career challenges you now face and learn what they believe will work for you today. Then practice networking in a relaxed environment offering a structured networking exercise and personalized feedback on communicating your scientific interests/objectives most effectively. Registration Fee: $20 (Includes lunch; coffee/cookies during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Grad Student: finding a mentor; taking aim at postdoc training
    Table Leaders: Randy R. Brutkiewicz, Indiana University School of Medicine; Eduardo Davila, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center; Tonya Webb, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor; taking aim at a faculty position
    Table Leaders: Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, Wistar Institute; Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State University; Joseph Larkin, III, University of Florida
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    Table Leaders: Avery August, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Robert J. Binder, University of Pittsburgh; Prosper N. Boyaka, Ohio State University
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; Margaret Bynoe, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Karel Otero-Gutierrez, Biogen-Idec
  • Government Agency Careers: CDC, FDA, NIH
    Table Leaders: Marta Catalfamo, NIAID, NIH; Charles Egwuagu, NEI, NIH; Alison Mawle, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Non-Bench-Research Science Careers (e.g., scientific publishing; non-profits; entrepreneurship)
    Table Leaders: Peter T. Lee, Cell Press (Editor, Immunity); James W. Lillard, Morehouse School of Medicine and JYANT Technologies, Inc.; Thandi Onami, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Program Officer, Global Health – HIV Vaccines)