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Borrowing skills from business
Mindy Engevik, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Tips & Tricks for delivering an amazing presentation
Giving presentations is an important aspect of sharing your research and achieving recognition in the larger medical and scientific communities. The ability to deliver an effective presentation can contribute to career success and thus is an important aspect to consider. Unfortunately, instead of engaging audiences and conveying enthusiasm, many presentations fall flat. Presentation pitfalls include overly complicated content, monotone delivery and confusing messages. In contrast, effective presentations are clear and concise, appeal to a wide range of audiences, and give audience members take away messages. This page offers advice to help to take your presentations from ‘good’ to ‘great’.




Poster Do’s and Don’ts
Poster Presentation Skills
Presentation Skills in a Nutshell
Oral Presentation Skills
Sharing Science with the Public/Media
Career Advice – Your Research in the Headlines: Dealing With the Media
EB 2003 Mentoring Symposium – Presentation Skills
APS Professional Skills Training Course: Presentation Skills (Course Materials)

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

Tips to Becoming a Good Manager and Leading a Successful Team

Lila Wollman, PT, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arizona

Post #1
“Why Scientists Should Have Leadership Skills”

Post #2
“Enhance Your Career with Leadership Skills”

Post #3
“Being a Good Manager: Nature vs Nurture (or Science)?”

Post #4
“Management for Scientists: Managing vs Leading”

Dr. Wollman is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on development and plasticity of the neurorespiratory system.

June 2019 Social Media Collection: Conflict Resolution

Lila Wollman, PT, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arizona

Post #1
“Lab conflict and how to address it”

Post #2
“Conflict Resolution: Definition, Process, Skills, Examples”

Post #3
“Why Scientists Need to be Better Communicators”

Post #4
“Managing Conflict with Emotional Intelligence”

Post #5
“10 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence”

Dr. Wollman is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on development and plasticity of the neurorespiratory system.

Resources for Finding the Perfect Job for the Graduate Student

Finding the perfect job can be difficult but there are plenty of resources available to you. Don’t worry!

Websites such as Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, and the APS Career website are great resources for both academic and non-academic positions. APS also offers a Trainee Symposium at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology that can also offer resources to the graduate student on the job hunt.

Below are a few links to help you find your way.

Post #1:

If you’re on the job hunt and need some more resources, consider checking out the APS Career web.


Post #2:

Are you a student? Are you graduating soon and on the job hunt? Check out this link for up-to-date physiology job postings!



Post #3:

Are you graduating soon and ready to start adulting? Get started early on the job hunt with a company researching tool.


Post #4:

On the job hunt? Check out Indeed where you can search for jobs, post your resume and research companies.


Emma Teal is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati studying Gastric Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer.

Beginning on the Job Hunt: Resources for Soon-to-be or Recent Graduates

by Emma Teal, University of Cincinnati

Whether you are going into industry or academia, the job hunt can be a stressful experience. Writing your thesis, wrapping up your first author publication, and finishing-up experiments all while applying for jobs is a lot to handle. If you’re in the U.S., don’t write-off the possibility of working for the federal government. Also, if you are graduating soon or even if you are still a few years away, consider making and maintaining a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is not just a website for job seekers, but also recruiters and companies alike. There you’ll find plenty of job postings and recruitment opportunities.

USA Jobs.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov

Getting Started on an LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/topics/6227/6228/710

Emma Teal is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati studying Gastric Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer.

Exploring alternative career paths for Ph.D. scientists in life sciences

A wide range of interesting opportunities are available to PhD scientists in academic settings that don’t require a faculty appointment.  Alternatively, working in a pharma or biotech also offers many career options from bench research to product development to marketing and business administration.  Overall, the key to success is, being flexible and adaptable to change, developing the ability to leverage transferable skills, and be willing to work in teams with a collaborative spirit.

This post will cover some of the resources and articles on alternative careers for PhD scientists.  Part of this topic will also be addressed in the TAC symposium “Career Development Opportunites Outside the Academia –How to get there” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Post #1 Non-academic careers for PhD scientists


Post #2 Alternate career paths in academia for Ph.D. scientists that don’t require a faculty appointment


Post #3 Valuable skills beyond the bench


Post #4 Opportunities for scientists outside of research


Post #5 Job prospects for junior scientists beyond academia


Post #6 Tips and skills to get into biotech and pharma industries


Post #7 Developing transferable job skills


Post # 8 Convergence of academia and industry-An interesting article on how to transition both ways and have a successful career



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.
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.
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.
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.
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.