April 15th, 2019
April 2019 Social Media Collection: Adaptability

Adaptability is the most sought after soft sill in an ever-changing professional landscape.  With technologies and industries constantly evolving, being adaptable provides a competitive advantage in the workplace.  Developing a flexible mindset, embracing change and taking risks is vital to building a successful career in academia or industry.  Below are links to some helpful resources on key adaptability skills.

Post #1 Benefits of being adaptable


Post #2 Responding positively to change and being resilient is key to success


Post #3 Some key characteristics of an adaptable person


Post #4 Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility through action on the job


Post #5 Career adaptability and career competencies predict students’ well-being and performance


Post#6 Examples of workplace flexibility skills



Nalini Kulkarni, PhD is a scientist in biotechnology discovery research at Eli Lilly and Company.  Her work focuses on discovering and enabling novel drug targets for chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.
March 29th, 2019
Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV

Do you know how to create a successful resume? What are the things you should emphasize in this document versus your CV? In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Green provides very relevant information on how to use your research skills to elaborate an effective resume and become a competitive candidate for a particular job in Academia or Industry.


Translating your CV into an effective resume in the life sciences

Andrew Green, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation was part of the 2016 Career Symposium, “Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV.”


Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
March 13th, 2019
March 2019 Social Media Collection: TAC Symposium Topic: “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career”

Having a successful career in both academic and non-academic environment requires constant and deliberate marketing of one’s self in order to get the desired job and to keep it. In a world that is highly competitive, it is extremely important that trainees begin early in their career to cultivate the skills needed to stand out as a competitive job applicant or a competitive candidate for promotion in the future. Aside from having excellent communication skills in scientific writing, there are other numerous career development abilities that are vital for continued success. These include taking on leadership positions within and outside of the laboratory environment, project and time management skills, building scientific network locally and nationally, and engaging in service and mentoring opportunities.

This blog post will cover the topics that experienced speakers will address in the TAC Symposium, “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.


Post #1: Tools trainees need to be successful in Grad School:



Post #2:  7 important facts regarding industry jobs in Biotech or Pharma companies:



Post #3: Learn about Informational Interviews and their importance in building and expanding your professional network.



Post #4: When and how to start academic networking.



Post #5: How to keep your professional network stronger and more successful.



Post #6: What are the skills you need as an early investigator? What lies ahead after your Ph.D.?



Post #7: Switching smoothly from Academia to Industry.



Post #8: How to use social media to promote your research and develop your career.



Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
February 28th, 2019
Get a Job You Love: How to Network for Your Dream Career

They say it isn’t about what you know, but WHO you know. Whether you’re pursuing a career in academia or in a non-academic setting, creating a network is crucial for professional development and job hunting. What if you only know professors in academia but want a job in industry? How do you get in contact with the right people? It may feel overwhelming to not know where to start, especially for individuals who find introductions intimidating. APS has speakers that have talked about techniques for networking, how to get started, and how to come up with a game plan for networking for your dream job. Here are just a few of previous presentations that can help you love networking!


The W’s of Networking in Physiology

Keisa W. Mathis, University of North Texas Health Science Center



New and old techniques to build your network, effectively tell your story, and obtain grant funding

John Raymond, Medical College of Wisconsin



The Long and Winding Road of Career Development

Lois Lehman-McKeeman, Bristol-Myers Squibb


Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
February 11th, 2019
February 2019 Social Media Collection: Networking for Your Dream Career

Networking is a way to share ideas, to bring people with similar interests together, but most importantly, for people to share opportunities. Whether you’re a doctoral candidate or a junior faculty, networking is important if you’re still looking for your dream job. However, you can spell network without work. It takes work to get started, to maintain connections, and build your network. Here are some resources to help you get started with building your network, keeping it strong, and how to properly use it once you have it.


Post #1: Tips For Success: Networking is Not a Bad Word



Post #2: Opportunities Come Through People



Post #3: Tooling Up: More than Just a Job-Seeking Skill



Post #4: Expanding Your Career Networks



Post #5: 13 networking tips that can help you land your dream job



Post #6: Networking: How to Get a Good Connection



Post #7: Build Your Professional Network




Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
January 31st, 2019
Navigating the Grant Writing Process: Insight into NIH-style Grants for Trainees

One of the most important skills for a trainee to develop is the ability to write a clear and effective research grant proposal. With the current funding climate, writing a competitive grant is all the more crucial in transitioning to the next step in your career. APS member Dr. Ann Schreihofer from the Medical College of Georgia discussed not only the key components of a NIH-style grant but also provides valuable insight into the grant writing process.

Also, make sure to check out the All About Grants Podcasts hosted by the NIH to stay up to date on NIH funding


Down the Road to Funding: Getting That First Grant



All About Grants Podcast:



Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
January 22nd, 2019
January 2019 Social Media Collection: Grant Writing

In scientific research, we strive to develop groundbreaking hypotheses that push the edges of our understanding. However, groundbreaking ideas are just the beginning. Equally important are the skills needed to effectively communicate your grant proposal, so you can secure the funding necessary to complete a thorough investigation.

Below are links that break down the components of preparing an effective proposal to make your brilliant ideas standout in a sea of others.


Post #1: Before putting pen to paper, it is important to know the basics of a NIH-style grant. The following link provides a general information for writing a successful proposal.



Post #2: First things first, you have to have a plan! Check out the six-part series titled “How Not to Kill a Grant Proposal.”



Post #3: Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your grant. Avoid procrastination and give yourself the time needed to review and edit your proposal before hitting submit.



Post #4: For early investigators, fellowships require a little something extra. This article focuses on the importance of a well-crafted training plan and research goals in your proposal.



Post #5: Here are some of the best kept secrets to writing a winning grant proposal.





Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
December 11th, 2018
December 2018 Social Media Collection: Persevering in Science

Reject, reject, reject! Careers in science are full of set-backs.  Papers get rejected, grant proposals are triaged, promotions are denied. So how do we overcome what seems to be an endless barrage of obstacles? This month we will be discussing some of the major challenges frequently faced by scientists and identify key strategies to persevere while pursuing a successful career in science.

Post #1: You don’t need to be a Noble Laureate to know science is a tough gig! Check out the link for advice from past Nobel winners on pushing through setbacks to succeed.



Post #2: Scientist faces some big challenges in pursuing a career. This article identifies some of the largest obstacles and addresses what we can do to fix it.



Post #3: Surviving academia as an early career researcher: an unreliable guide



Post #4: Mind Matters: Resilience



Post #5: In the job search, it pays to take the difficult path



Post #6: A PhD Job Search – What’s Normal and What’s Not Normal



Post #7: Managing the Emotional Side of Job Search



Post #8: Recognizing and managing stress in academic life



Post #9: Emotional Fatigue: Coping with Academic Pressure






Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
November 15th, 2018
November 2018 Social Media Collection: Peer Mentoring

Mentorship is critical for success as a scientific researcher. The traditional view of mentoring is a one-on-one professional relationship between a senior and junior investigator.  However, participating in a network or group of “near peer” or “peer” mentors can be more effective for both the mentor and mentee. The goal of this blog is to provide resources to help scientists become more educated on the benefits of peer mentoring, steps to take to be an effective peer mentor, and provide ways of creating opportunities to foster peer mentoring relationships. The first article discusses the pros and cons of traditional or hierarchical one-on-one mentoring and lays the ground work in support of mentoring networks involving peer mentors. In subsequent articles, we delve into near peer and peer mentoring and highlight some of the advantages and benefits of peer mentoring, practical methods to be an effective peer mentor, and how to start your own peer mentoring group.


Post #1: Should we do away with hierarchical one-on-one mentoring?



Post #2: Looking beyond traditional mentoring. Why peer mentoring may be more superior.



Post #3: Have you underestimated the value of mentoring?



Post #4: Advantages of participating in peer mentoring. Is this the missing piece to being a successful post-doc?



Post #5: Success isn’t achieved alone. How peer mentoring can benefit yourself and others.



Post #6: Practical methods to participate in peer mentoring.



Post #7: Want to help other scientists be successful? Form a peer mentoring group with these 5 easy steps.



Post #8: Do you know the advantages of peer mentoring?



Post #9: Are you a woman in science and want more mentorship? Check out this program!



Post #10: Unexpected benefits for mentors from underrepresented backgrounds in near-peer mentoring.




Kristi Streeter, PhD is a research assistant scientist at the University of Florida. Her interests are in understanding the cardiorespiratory impact of diaphragm sensory afferents and utilizing electrical stimulation to restore afferent input, engage spinal networks, and induce neuroplasticity to improve breathing following spinal cord injury.
October 29th, 2018
Kick Start Your Funding: Looking Beyond NIH and NSF

Funding for scientific research is becoming progressively harder to obtain and competition continues to grow. Despite the increased challenge to gain federal funding (i.e. NIH), many universities and other institutions require their applicants to have funding when applying for faculty positions, regardless of their career stage. As such, an enormous amount of pressure is placed on trainees to obtain funding prior to looking for a position as an independent scientist. In addition, early career investigators who have already transitioned to independent positions also experience similar pressures and difficulties obtaining funding. In recognition of the funding crisis as well as the increasingly competitive job market for trainees and early career investigators, the goal of this symposium is to provide information on funding sources outside of the NIH and NSF. We have four speakers with each representing less tradition funding mechanisms including 1) industry, 2) private foundations, 3) crowd-funding, and 4) military funding. Each speaker identifies how to find funding within their genre, provide information and tips for writing successful grant proposals, and compare and contrast their organization with how other funding mechanisms (i.e. NIH) work. The speakers have either successfully obtained funding or are representatives from companies or private foundations that have grant programs or regularly fund product research. Information is also available on crowd funding websites.


  • Seeking funding outside the norm: unique opportunities within military research programs
    Lisa Leon, Ph.D.US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Successfully securing funding and collaborating with industry
    Eugene W. Shek, Ph.D.Lilly China Research and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Cancer funding from a private foundation
    Charles Saxe, Ph.D.The American Cancer Society
  • Crowd funding your science
    Melissa Wilson Sayres, Ph.D.Arizona State University

 You can find links to all presentations here:


Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.