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2017 News

18th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery
This annual Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) conference brings together academic and industry scientists intent on accelerating the development of innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The ADDF’s funded investigators and top level scientists in the field present on their current research progress and stimulate discussion. The conference offers ample opportunities for collaboration and partnering and ten Young Investigator Scholarships will be awarded. September 11-12, 2017 • Jersey City, NJ


This annual Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) conference brings together academic and industry scientists intent on accelerating the development of innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The ADDF’s funded investigators and top level scientists in the field present on their current research progress and stimulate discussion. The conference offers ample opportunities for collaboration and partnering and ten Young Investigator Scholarships will be awarded.


1. Top 3 scholars will have the opportunity to have a 10-minute oral presentation
2. All scholars will receive a single conference registration
3. All scholars will receive an opportunity to present a research poster
4. All scholars will have name recognition in the program and website
5. All scholars will have an opportunity to record a poster presentation to be published electronically (see examples here)

The applicant must be a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Postdoctoral applicants should have no more than four years of postdoctoral training. Physician-scientists are eligible to apply. The program has no geographic restrictions. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
1. The applicant is required to submit an abstract of his/her research
2. The applicant is required to present the corresponding poster at the meeting
3. Accepted abstracts will be published as part of the conference book or the website For more information, please visit the ADDF’s conference http://http://www.worldeventsforum.com/addf/addrugdiscovery/ .or contact the Sara Classen, Assistant Director of Scientific Events directly at sclassen@alzdiscovery.org or 212-901-8009.

Apply for the Next Generation Women Leaders conference (Washington D.C.)
Event date: Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17, 2017 (Travel and accommodations are provided) Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 23, 2017
McKinsey & Company invites female students and experienced professionals across North America to be inspired and make a difference at the Next Generation Women Leaders conference.

McKinsey passionately believes in developing outstanding female leaders and promoting gender diversity, both at our firm and in the world at large. We invite you to take the next step of your own leadership journey by applying to join us for our inaugural Next Generation Women Leaders North America event, to be held June 15-17, 2017 outside of Washington, DC.

In this exclusive three-day workshop, McKinsey will offer you—talented women across North America—the opportunity to explore the importance of women in leadership and the impact women leaders are having on the economy, to shape your personal leadership styles by playing to your strengths, and to understand how McKinsey can help you grow your potential. You will also meet our consultants and participate in group sessions, workshops, discussions, and social events.

We are seeking women who:

- Are students or recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) and/or have up to eight years of work experience
- Hold an outstanding record of academic and/or professional achievement
- Have a proven record of leadership in an academic, professional, or professional setting
- Actively seek ways to maximize their own potential
- Enjoy problem solving and creative thinking
- Thrive when working with other people
- Want to use their talents to make positive changes in their lives and the world we share.

Learn more and apply at: http://www.mckinsey.com/NGWL-NA
Graduate Programs in Bioscience Postelection Resilience Workshops
If we are going to navigate this divisive political/social environment, we need to be able to communicate and manage conflict in a productive manner. Here are two workshops that can give you the skills and tools needed to communicate with people who might not see eye to eye with you.
February 10th – Sponsored by GPB
Culture and Communication for Bioscience
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM, OHRC 501 (lunch provided)
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culture-and-communication-for-biosciences-tickets-31080005132 .

February 17th - Sponsored by GPB
Conflict Management for Biosciences
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM, OHRC 501 (lunch provided)
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conflict-management-for-biosciences-tickets-31080082363.

The workshops are led by Dr. Minh Tran who has extensive experiencing promoting intergroup dialogue and relations. Space is limited, please RSVP!

2016 News

Imposters, Resilience & Doctoral Training
UCLA Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imposters-resilience-doctoral-training-tickets-27620595946 Tuesday, November 15th | 12pm-1:30pm Light Lunch Served, Registration Required Resiliency is a key to building confidence, managing a graduate workload and successfully pursuing goals. During this interactive session graduate students and postdocs will have a space to discuss and learn about imposter fears and how they influence resiliency. Participants will leave the session with management strategies for maintaining resilience during doctoral and postdoctoral training.
Exploring Careers in... Science & Technology Publishing
Thursday, November 17th CNSI Auditorium
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careers-in-science-technology-publishing-tickets-27421476374 Networking Breakfast - 8:30am - 9:00am Panel Discussion - 9:00am - 10:00am Audience Q&A - 10:00am - 10:30am Learn about PhD-level careers from UCLA alumni and professionals currently working in Science and Technology Publishing. Gain insight on how to leverage your PhD in publishing and strategies for applying to similar positions. Join us for this lively panel discussion, with a networking breakfast before the panel. Panelists: Alejandro Cantarero, PhD, Mathematics Director of Data Science and Engineering at tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing) Sheila Chari, PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology; Immunology Senior Scientific Editor at Cell Stem Cell, Cell Press, Elsevier Amber Dance, PhD, Biology Freelance Science Writer Laura Hoopes, PhD, Biology Women in Science forum moderator on Scitable web site at Nature Publishing Group
Acing the Technical Interview for Data Science
Wednesday, November 9th 12 PM - 2 PM Career Center, Room 200
This workshop will teach you what to expect on a technical interview, what skills you will be tested on, how to prepare, and how to approach the interview with confidence. You will also learn useful tips to help you excel in the interview. Siwei Zhu is a former Facebook data scientist with over 4 years of experience in the industry. He has coached and interviewed many candidates for the data scientist position. Currently, he runs a data science boot camp called Deep Dive, which prepares graduating and recently graduated PhDs for a career in data science. Register: https://acing-the-technical-interview.eventbrite.com
Science Policy Bootcamp & Policy Brief Challenge
The workshop will run from 10 AM - 3 PM on Thursday, December 1st. Please ensure that you are available for the entire bootcamp before applying.
During this one day intensive for PhDs and postdocs, science policy faculty and professionals will lead interactive skill development trainings and discussions to best prepare participants for work in science policy. Participants will leave this workshop knowing how to write a policy brief, which can then be refined to submit to outlets including Journal of Science Policy and Governance (http://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org). They will learn strategies for breaking into this field as a career and connect with fellow peers and professionals with similar goals. Acceptance to this competitive workshop will be application based. This session is free and lunch will be served.
Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
Join some of your UCLA postdoctoral colleagues with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program for underrepresented minority postdocs.

About the Award

The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.


Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:

  • Year one: $20,000 will be granted to support enrichment activities of the postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance the postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in the research lab where the postdoctoral fellow is assigned.) The PDEP award cannot be used to support salary expenses or indirect costs. (Refer to Terms of Grant for information on indirect costs and other requirements for use of funds.)
  • Year two: $20,000 (same allocation as year one)
  • Year three: $20,000 will be granted to help the postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate. The funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.


For a full explanation of the eligibility requirements, view Request for Proposals.


Email Alfred Mays or Melanie Scott with "2017 PDEP" as the subject line.

Nailing the First Impression for STEM 10/27
Date: Thursday, October 27 Time: 9:30 – 11 AM Location: Career Center, Room 200
According to a study from Monster.co.uk, it takes employers only 6 minutes and 25 seconds to gather an impression of an interviewee. In 385 seconds, it is your job to convince the employers that you are the perfect candidate for that position. While this is no easy feat for anyone, STEM PhD’s must additionally fight stigmas of what a PhD graduate looks like, how a PhD graduate acts, and the skills that a PhD graduate has. This workshop focuses on addressing the stereotypes around STEM PhD’s, and how to let your doctorate empower rather than overrule you. Additionally, the workshop will delve into how to succeed in all stages of an interview, culminating with live roleplaying interview scenarios. Learn how to let your PhD work for you, not against you!
Managing Your Professional Online Identity 10/21
Date: Friday, October 21 Time: 10 am – 12 pm Location: Career Center, Room 200
Learn ways to take control of your online presence and pivot your digital identity with intention and polish. Assess what your digital presence looks like currently and learn about platforms that you can use to showcase various aspects of your scholarly (and personal) work. Make the most of LinkedIn as you learn to leverage the value and reach of this tool. Shape your online identity with confidence and know that when you’re found online, your professional brand will be distinct and resonant.

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