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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.
Recognizing Bias in Science

We all know the old saying “you need to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Because everyone comes at life from a different background, stepping into somebody else’s Nikes or high heels can be extraordinarily difficult. What’s more, it’s becoming more and more apparent that workplace conflicts may arise from biases that we are not even aware we have. This collection of presentations explores where these biases come from and how we can make ourselves more conscience of them. Having a better awareness for this, so called, implicit bias in the workplace will help to make a more positive scientific and learning environment.

#1 “Implicit and explicit bias in science and science education”
Charlotte Tate, PhD, San Francisco State University

#2 Implicit bias: What is it- and what can we do about it?”
Tamera Schneider, PhD, Wright State University

#3 Surviving and thriving in the Post-Weinstein Word”
Gretchen Dahlinger Means, JD, University of Southern California

You can find links to the presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Implicit-Bias-in-Science

Joe Santin is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. His research focuses on understanding how neural circuits in the brain work by studying a diverse range of animals.
June 2018 Social Media Collection: Conflict Resolution

As scientists and educators, we often concern ourselves with doing the best experiment or scrambling to prepare for lecture. But the fact of the matter is a major part of our jobs may involve dealing with difficult people in the lab, classroom, and office. This collection of posts explores different types of conflicts that may arise, why they arise, and how to deal with them.




Post #1: The mentor-mentee relationship can be difficult. Here’s how to finish graduate school with a toxic mentor.


Post #2: Tips on handling conflict in the lab!


Post #3 A non-scientists perspective on dealing with difficult people


Post #4 Science is collaborative, but who gets credit? Tips for negotiating authorship


Post #5 We need to strive for equality in science. Women share their experience in STEM PhDs


Joe Santin, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. His research focuses on understanding how neural circuits in the brain work by studying a diverse range of animals.
How to Search for the Perfect Job

Once you’ve decided it’s time to try your hand at finding a permanent position and you selected the career path you’d like to take, there are many ways to go about beginning your search. The following presentations provides information regarding 1) launching a job search, particularly for a dual-career couple; 2) delivering a job talk: formal seminar vs. chalk-talk; 3) the art of interviewing; and 4) negotiation tips. There is also a mock interview and potential interview questions.




Launching a Job Search
Colleen Cosgrove Hegg, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Delivering a Dynamic Job Talk
Susan C. McKarns, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

The Art of Interviewing: Winning the Job
Lynn Wecker, Ph.D., University of South Florida College of Medicine

Navigating Negotiations
Kim E. Barrett, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Mock Interview and Negotiation Videos
Potential Interview Questions


You can find links to all presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Job-Search-and-Interviews/Postdoctoral-Fellows/How-to-search-for-the-perfect-job-/Gainfully-Employed


Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Ralph H Johnson VAMC. She researches how the immune system regulates the wound healing response in cardiovascular disease.
February 2018 Social Media Collection: Alternative Careers

Career trajectories in physiology are often a consequence of conscious choices as well as unique, unexpected opportunities.  Young scientists may be unaware of the diverse career trajectories or the skill development required for success in these jobs.


This symposium brings together scientists working in industry, government, education and consulting to provide students, early career professionals, and mentors an overview of the varying array of scientific career options in physiology.


Individuals on the panel will share their perspectives on:

  1. job functions and responsibilities;
  2. career path trajectories;
  3. skill sets, degrees and training opportunities that will improve (or perhaps limit) one’s chances of success; and
  4. expectations and potential obstacles.

Symposium format will include a brief career trajectory description from panel participants, followed by a discussion / question-answer period and a closing breakout session to meet and interact with the speakers.



A government physiologist’s perspective: http://bit.ly/2FTZoWK
Kathy Ryan, Ph.D.,
 US Army Institute of Surgical Research


Career opportunities for scientists in big pharma: http://bit.ly/2mU0Fp0
Michael Statnick, Ph.D.,
 Lilly Research Laboratories


Application of physiology in product innovation and business strategy http://bit.ly/2mQXKwA
Brad Wilkins, Ph.D.,
 Nike Inc.


Transitioning from faculty to professional advisor: http://bit.ly/2DRZ0Yj
Lori Seischab, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University


Physiologists role as medical school curriculum architects: http://bit.ly/2mSy8iL
Anthony T. Paganini, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn state College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.
February 2018 Social Media Collection: Alternative Careers

More young scientists are leaving academia and perusing non-traditional or alternative careers. However, most PhDs do not end up in tenure-track professorships so alternative careers are really the normal track rather than the alternative. It’s important for all young scientists to explore alternative career options regardless of their career aspirations. These alternative careers open more options to PhD scientists and should not be thought of as a worse alternative to the traditional professorship track.




Post #1: This month we’re discussing alternative careers in physiology, stay tuned!


Post #2:  Should we really call non-academic jobs “alternative careers”?



Post #3: How do you decide if leaving academia is right for you? http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/03/leaving-academia


Post #4: The job market for PhDs may not be as bad as we think



Post #5: Where do Science PhDs go post-graduation?



Post #6: Where do Biology PhDs end up working?



Post #7: How to survive the ” Postdocalypse”



Post #8: Top 10 “Alternative Careers” for Science PhDs



Post #9: Is graduate school worth it?



Post #10: Tips for exploring alternative careers



Post #11: Think outside the box!



Post #12: Tips on transferring to Industry



  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn State College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.