Professional Development for Scientists and Engineers: Publishing and Employment

Fee: $40 Pre-registration required
Wednesday, February 10, 2016: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Congressional A (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
This all-day workshop will focus on two critical “survival skills”: getting research published and obtaining employment. The workshop is appropriate for individuals at any level, from undergraduates to faculty. Throughout the day there will be ample opportunities for discussion, including small group interactions. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of lunch and coffee breaks. In the morning we will review the basic components of a peer-reviewed manuscript: introduction, methods, results, and discussion. We will then go through a series of steps that one might take to move from the data to the published manuscript, including selection of authors and journal, and responding to reviewer comments. We will also discuss some of the major ethical dimensions of responsible publishing, including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, duplicate publication, honorary authorship, and the sharing of resources. In the afternoon we will discuss the process of obtaining employment, including selecting one or more career paths from a wide range of possibilities, obtaining necessary experience, developing a network, preparing a curriculum vitae or résumé, sending letters of inquiry, visiting a prospective employer, negotiating, and getting started in a new position.
Logistical Contact:
Michael J. Zigmond, University of Pittsburgh
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