Monthly Archives: September 2016

A number of events and opportunities for STEM Career Development are approaching!

CUNY STEM Career Development Update – Sept 2016

Featured Events and Opportunities



Advancing Computer Science Careers through Enhanced Networking and Training

Friday October 7th 2016, 11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Urban Futures Lab, NYU School of Engineering, Brooklyn NY


11:00 AM – Ryan Armbrust, Managing Director, FF Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship and Artificial Intelligence: Addressing the importance and impacts of trends in Artificial Intelligence from the Venture Capital lens


12:00 PM – Lunch and Networking Break


1:00 PM – Guido Gerig, Institute Professor of Computer Science & Engineering,

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The multi-disciplinary nature of Computer Science careers and research: Opportunities in the field and beyond


2:00 PM – Postdoc Pitches

Featuring a diverse range of presentation pitches from postdocs across the ASCENT community and consortium schools covering current and recent research projects


3:30 PM – Networking Reception


Please RSVP at:

For more information about the program, please contact Sahar Kazemini at:



New Networking Groups

Minority Graduate Student Network (MGSN)

Welcome Back Happy Hour

Friday, September 30, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Location: Rockefeller University Faculty & Student Club, 1230 York Ave, New York, NY)

Join fellow NYC grad students to catch up over refreshments and snacks to bring in another school year


CUNY Biotech

CUNY BIOTECH is a cross-campus alliance of CUNY graduate students who are interested in the application of life science research for the development of innovative health solutions.

Their goal is to provide CUNY students with opportunities to:

  1. learn and explore a wide array of aspects in the life sciences industry including R&D, drug development, regulatory affairs, and clinical trials
  2. expand and enhance career skills
  3. network with professionals in the life sciences industry

Please contact them at if you would like more information about their events, to receive alerts of upcoming events, and/or to get involved.
CUNY BIOTECH is a founding member of GRO-Biotech (Graduate Research Organizations for Biotech of NYC).
NYC Science Communication

Many PhD students in STEM fields are passionate about science communication and consider pursuing a career in science education, science writing, medical writing, or medical science liaison. NYCSciComm aims to guide students to navigate career options in science communication, build strong and supportive professional network among peers, and bring accessible and digestible scientific concepts to the public.

As a member, you will have access to professional development opportunities, educational resources, upcoming educational and networking events at a discount, newly posted blogs, volunteering opportunities with us to build your resume, and announcements about job openings in science communication and beyond.

Become a member today. And join their LinkedIn group and follow them (@nycscicomm) on Twitter.


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Programming Partner Events and Opportunities

CUNY Graduate Center – Office of Career Planning & Professional Development

Creating a Resume that Stands Out

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (WEBINAR)

A strong resume is one of the most important documents submitted for a non-faculty position. You may have an old one that now needs updating or this may be the first time you need to create one. Join this webinar to learn about the latest trends in resumes, how to manage potential pitfalls, and how to turn your CV into a resume.

Register for webinar here.


Careers in State and Local Government

Friday, September 30, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY – room 9207)

As the nation’s largest employer, the government offers plenty of rewarding career opportunities for MAs and PhDs from all disciplines. Many of these jobs are at the state and local level. In this panel, GC alum will discuss their own careers in local and state government, and how others might join them.

Please register to attend here.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Julie Gruberg, MALS, New York State Assembly Graduate Internship, Spring 2016
  • Nicholas Parrella, NYS Senate Fellows Program
  • Kara Pangburn, Excelsior Fellowships/Director of Recruitment and Appointments for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Allison L. C. de Cerreño, Ph.D. Political Science, Assistant Director, Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals


Building and Maintaining Professional Networks

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY – room C198)

In the United States today, the supply of PhDs in STEM fields exceeds academia’s demand for these scientists. According to the National Science Foundation, less than 15% of students who graduate with a PhD in a STEM field will find a tenured-track faculty position within six years of graduating. Fortunately, PhDs can find many rewarding careers outside of academia by understanding the value of peer mentoring and networking strategically. In this seminar, Dr. Fortis Santiago will give describe strategies and advice to cultivate personal and professional networks. Participants will assess their current network in order to reach full potential.

Please register here.

This seminar will cover:

  • Current network assessment
  • Mentee etiquette
  • How to establish long term relations
  • Differences between sponsors, mentors, and advisors
  • Informational Interviews

This seminar will include interactive exercises on the following topics:

  • Small-group activities to help attendees asses their current network,
  • Practice active listening
  • Promote interaction among attendees to facilitate the identification of future mentors and to expand their network


Mastering the Job Interview

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (WEBINAR)

You’ve received the call to schedule an interview. Now what? Mastering this next step and securing the job takes some preparation, time, and thought. Join this webinar to learn how you can best prepare for job interviews and how to do your best to make a strong impression.

Register here.


Careers in Media and Communications

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY – room 9207)

Careers in media and communications are numerous and diverse, and many offer humanities and social sciences PhDs and MAs excellent opportunities to put their research and communication skills and training to work. Career paths can lead to a job as researcher in a communications think tank, a managing editor in the communications department of a museum of art, a writer and producer for a television show or broadcast journalism. But the very diversity of possible paths, and the particular qualifications and requirements specific to different fields of employment, can make finding an opening into a career in media and communications a challenge. Attend this panel to get a sense of the lay of the land, and start to get your bearings.

Panelist to be announced.


Preparing for the Non-Academic Job Search

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

As you prepare to conduct a job search for a non-academic position, you may wonder how to go about this process in today’s job market. Which strategies are worth your time? Where should you focus your attention? Join this workshop to learn more about the latest job search trends and tips to maximize your potential for success.

Please register here.


Successful Networking for Today’s Career Paths

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

Networking is one of the most important parts of career management. It’s essential to be able to communicate your own value and build your network throughout your professional career. In this session, we’ll discuss what networking means today, the most successful forms of networking, using LinkedIn, and ways to keep in touch with your connections.

Please register here.


Academic Job Search: Interviewing and Negotiating

Monday, November 14, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

Are you on the academic job market this fall? Plan to participate in this webinar, in which we’ll talk about both preliminary (phone, Skype, and conference) interviews and campus visits. Learn what to expect and how you can put your best foot forward as a candidate. We’ll also discuss what to expect if you receive an offer, and how you might negotiate it.

Please register here.


Discover Your Strengths and How to Maximize Them

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

Experts believe our greatest potential for success comes from understanding our own unique talents, using them every day, and ultimately building them into real strengths. Assess your top five key strengths through the Clifton StrengthsFinder, and learn how to enhance these strengths and apply them to professional and career goals.

Please register here.



Science Alliance/New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

From Scientist to CSO: Experiencing the Scientific Method as your Guide to Career Success

October 29 – December 10, 2016 (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Course Instructors: Larry Petcovic (Human Workflows), Randall Ribaudo (Human Workflows)

This 35 hours certificate program introduces the key competencies that are valued by hiring organizations for entry-level positions, and essential for career success.


Clinical Research Management Online Course Fall / Winter 2016

November 1, 2016 – February 9, 2017 (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

The Certificate in Clinical Research Management is designed to provide extensive training in the niche domain of clinical research and clinical data management.


Grantsmanship for Students and Postdocs: F30, F31, F32

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Keynote Speaker: Jaime Rubin (Columbia University)

Join Science Alliance for “Grantsmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs” to learn the skills for concise and persuasive writing that is not only vital in academia, but essential for any career path.


Scientists Teaching Science Online Course: Fall / Winter 2016

November 7, 2016 – February 9, 2017 (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Instructor: Barbara Houtz (STEM Education Solutions, LLC)

Take the online course Scientists Teaching Science and learn about active vs. passive learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching and assessment techniques for students of all ages.


Women in Science Wikipedia Editathon 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)
As we start the yearlong celebrate of our 200th anniversary, we invite you to join us for our second annual Women in Science Wikipedia Editathon. At this event you can learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and also participate in our effort to add and improve Wikipedia entries on female scientists and their many accomplishments.



New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

Genome Integrity Discussion Group

Monday, October 3, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Marcin Imielinski (Weill Cornell Medicine), Christopher Lima (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Barry Sleckman (Weill Cornell Medicine), Alexandra Zidovska (New York University)

The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.


Advances in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

Friday, October 7, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Mental illness causes debilitating consequences on quality of life for individuals, families, and society. This symposium explores avenues for translating these discoveries about the neurobiology of a spectrum of mental illnesses into new treatments.


Emerging Paradigms in Drug Discovery & Chemical Biology

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Marcus Bantscheff (Cellzome/GSK), Benjamin F Cravatt (The Scripps Research Institute), Craig Crews (Yale University), Howard Hang (The Rockefeller University), Ruth Nussinov (National Cancer Institute), Brian Raymer (Pfizer), Bryan Roth (University of North Carolina), Eranthie Weerapana (Boston College)

Chemical Biology is changing the face of drug discovery. This symposium will highlight recent developments in the field, featuring examples from neurobiology and cancer, the ubiquitin proteasome system, GPCRs, and protein lipidation.


Microbial Influences in Cardio–Metabolic Diseases

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Henrik Bjørn Nielsen (Clinical-Microbiomics A/S), Martin J. Blaser (New York University Langone Medical Center), Patrice D. Cani (Louvain Drug Research Institute, Metabolism and Nutrition), Rachel Carmody (Harvard University), Stanley L. Hazen (Cleveland Clinic), Gerald I. Shulman (Yale University School of Medicine), Marion Soto (Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School), and Dan Winer (University of Toronto)

The microbiome is emerging as an important regulator of health, and disease well beyond the digestive tract. This symposium will highlight recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on metabolic disease.


Equivalence of Complex Drug Products: Scientific and Regulatory Challenges

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Keynote Speaker: Lawrence D. Mayer (Jazz Pharmaceuticals)

Explore approaches for complex drug development and regulation, outstanding challenges in the assessment of complex drug equivalence, consequences for product interchangeability, and compare biological and non-biological complex drug families.


Epigenetics in Cancer: Translational Medicine Approaches

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Iannis Aifantis (NYU School of Medicine), Emily Bernstein (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Ryan Kruger (GlaxoSmithKline), Ross L. Levine (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Sheng Li (Weill Cornell Medical College), Christopher E. Mason (Weill Cornell Medicine), Kornelia Polyak (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School), Tim Somervaille (The University of Manchester), and Jorge DiMartino (Celgene)

This conference will explore novel target and validation strategies, translational approaches to assess predictive and response biomarkers, resistance mechanisms, and combination strategies for targeting epigenetic susceptibilities in cancer.


Mucosal Healing of the Intestinal Epithelial Barrier

Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Thaddeus Stappenbeck (Washington University School of Medicine), Declan F. McCole (University of California, Riverside), Jerrold R. Turner (Harvard Medical School), Linda G. Griffith (MIT), Tim Denning (Georgia State University), and Alan Hanash (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

This symposium will evaluate emerging research investigating the benefits of achieving mucosal healing in the treatment of intestinal disorders.


Aging and Nutrition: Novel Approaches and Techniques

Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Jan van Deursen (The Mayo Clinic), Vadim Gladyshev (Harvard University), Steven Horvath (University of California Los Angeles), Matt Kaeberlein (University of Washington), Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester), and Arlan Richardson (University of Oklahoma)

To explore the interplay between aging, nutrition, and metabolism, as well as the important role that novel technologies will play in current and future studies, we are bringing together several preeminent researchers in these fields.


Genome Integrity Discussion Group

Monday, December 5, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Speakers: Songtao Jia (Columbia University), Luciano Marraffini (The Rockefeller University), Bruce Stillman (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), and Jingsong Yuan (Columbia University Medical Center)

The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.


Alzheimer’s Disease as a Neurovascular Inflammatory Disorder

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Katerina Akassoglou (University of California San Francisco), Robert Dempsey (University of Wisconsin), Paula Grammas (University of Rhode Island), Steven Greenberg (Harvard Medical School), Jaime Grutzendler (Yale University), Costantino Iadecola (Weill Cornell Medical College), Jeffrey Iliff (Oregon Health & Science University), Berislav V. Zlokovic (University of Southern California), Heather Snyder (Alzheimer’s Association), Zorina Galis (NIH)

This symposium will highlight basic research and clinical science elucidating the mechanisms underlying vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID).


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Director of Special Research Programs

CUNY Office of Research

The City University of New York

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