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How I Stumbled All the Way from Postdoc to Dream Job: Careers Under the Microscope

An article out of the Boston Globe offered staggering numbers on the state of postdocs in Boston in 2014. 8,000 postdocs and fewer than 1,000 faculty positions.About five years ago, that was me. Wrapping up a productive postdoc with no idea as to what I should be doing or where I should be doing it. My lab at Harvard was dissolving due to our inability to renew funding. My husband had recently found a position in Boston after two years of living semi-cross country due to my coveted postdoc, so I couldn’t go back to the Midwest now! I applied for hundreds of positions—Medical Science Liason (MSL), medical writing, editorial jobs, clinical research—the list goes on. And on. I didn’t hear back from 80% of these jobs, so I could only assume my lack of experience outside of academia was my kryptonite.After a few months of searching, I started to focus on scientific publishing and found a position at a small local startup journal, JoVE. A small scientific publisher was seemingly a perfect fit. While my short time at JoVE whet my appetite for publishing, and in a grassroots manner, it was not a great fit for me. I explored other options on the side by freelance writing and editing for another publisher and other companies. It was sometimes very interesting work, but still wasn’t the right fit.

I continued my search, almost two years after my postdoc. I had the Cell Career Network, Nature Jobs, and Indeed.com all as favorites in my browser and my first stop, Every. Single. Morning.

When would I give up and realize I was one of the “lucky ones”? I’d completed a postdoc at a reputable institution with an advisor that I admired, a wonderful mentor who guided me and made sure I found a job before we dissolved our lab. But I’m me, and I couldn’t be happy until the fit was perfect. What I missed about the lab was my ability to mentor others, give guidance on their projects as the senior postdoc in the lab, and the everyday challenge of problem solving (except western blots—I really hated western blots). I realized I hadn’t been challenged in any of these positions since my postdoc. At all. And, in my three-month stint of medical writing, I really wasn’t using my scientific background either. So, I focused my search on positions that seemed challenging to me while also utilizing my training.

By networking, applying, and interviewing for a few positions at Cell Press, I finally found it.

My position here at Cell Press isn’t that of a typical scientific editor. I don’t run a journal or read your exciting, unpublished articles. I’m the only scientist in our business development department (not counting Emilie, our CEO). Not only do I run our scientific conferences, Cell Symposia, the Cell Press Webinar series, but I also get to consult on many projects that come out of Cell Press. It’s very exciting. Every day is a challenge, and it’s rarely ever the same from day to day. One day I’m consulting on which are the hottest papers to come out of Cell, the next I’m flying to Europe or Asia for a conference or meeting with my international colleagues. I also have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on our editorial team to plan Cell Symposia, do a bit of scientific writing and blogging, and consult on marketing, sales, and many other projects.

Photo Inset: Meet the Editors session at Cell Symposium: Hallmarks of Cancer in Beijing, China.
From left to right: Emilie Marcus, EIC of Cell and CEO of Cell Press, Debbie Sweet, EIC of Cell Stem Cell, Helena Yang, Deputy Editor of Cancer Cell, Jiaying Tan, Scientific Editor, Cell, and the author.

During my job search from postdoc until now, I stumbled quite a bit. Many days I felt hopeless. Yet, while these interim positions were not the right fit, I learned valuable lessons and skills that were necessary for my current position. It would have been impossible for me to land my current job without the experience that I gained from my previous positions.

What I’ve learned in these last few years is to embrace all of your professional experiences, even if they’re not the position that you really want in the long run. Chances are those skills will translate to that perfect position. Take stock in what it is that you really want. Do not get discouraged if you do not get your dream job at first. Remember what your that you’re probably luckier than you assume.


January Reminders from Graduate College

Welcome to Spring term 2016! 

As we begin the new year, I wanted to ensure you were aware of the new Graduate Student Enrollment Status Policy that is effective beginning with the Fall 2015 term.  After almost a year of discussions, the new policy was signed by the President back on June 1, 2015. The College of Graduate Studies has worked very hard to keep all constituencies informed about this change.  College Deans, Associate Deans and Business Managers as well as the Graduate Council and Graduate Student Association, and Offices of the Provost, Registrar, and Financial Aid were all involved/notified of this change.  I would encourage you to review the information available at the links below.  Please be sure to contact your advisor with any questions related to the specific registration requirements of your graduate program.
I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that the College of Graduate Studies staff are here to assist you and to encourage you to regularly visit our website for announcements and information important to your graduate experience at UT.
With my best wishes in your academic and professional pursuits during the coming year!

Patricia R. Komuniecki, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and

Dean, College of Graduate Studies
College of Graduate Studies Homepage
http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/index.html

Graduation
For students planning to graduate in the Spring 2016 term, the
APPLICATION deadline is Friday, January 29th. (Note: The Graduation Services fee is assessed the first time an application for graduation is submitted per graduate degree program.) For students planning for summer graduation, please submit your graduation application by the spring deadline if you would like to be included in the spring commencement program.  We are here to help you get organized and avoid obstacles to graduation! Register online to attend this important information session:
Graduation–Your Questions, Answered!
An overview of the steps to preparing for graduation for certificate, masters and doctoral students. This session is designed to provide students with important information to keep you on track with plans for earning your degree and to help you navigate the graduation process.
·         Tuesday, March 1st from 12-1 pm in Carlson Library Room 1035 (MC)
·         Wednesday, March 2nd from 4-5 in Collier Building Room 1210 (HSC)
Register online:

Electronic Theses and Dissertations
For students planning to graduate in the Spring 2016 term, please carefully review the deadlines*** associated with the submission process. Resources for formatting and submitting are located on our website and you are encouraged to utilize the templates and format review service.
                ***The deadline flyer has been newly updated for Spring, and contains revised deadlines for the                 Acceptance of Thesis/Dissertation for Defense form and the Intellectual Protection and Patent   Sign-off form. The forms themselves have also been updated to better address issues of             intellectual property and ensure the coordination of the defense accordingly.
ETD Preparation and Submission Overview
This program provides an overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETDs) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College office. A “live” navigation through our ETD resource website and the OhioLINK ETD Center is included.
·         Wednesday, February 17 from 12 – 1 in Carlson Library Room 1027 (MC)
·         Thursday, February 18 from 12 – 1 in Collier Building Room 1210 (HSC)
                Register online:

 
COGS 2016 Annual Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards
Applications are now being accepted for 2016 Annual Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards! 
All application deadlines are February 12, 2016.
Complete descriptions, criteria and applications are located on the College of Graduate Studies website: 
http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/scholarships/index.html. 
·         Current Graduate Students:
Robert R. Buell Memorial Achievement Award
Helen M. Fields Memorial Achievement Award

Robert N. Whiteford Memorial Scholarship
·         Prospective Graduate Students:*
University Fellowship

Graduate Opportunity Assistantship Award (GOAP)

McNair Scholars Award
            *The opportunities listed noted above are primarily for prospective graduate students; however,               in rare circumstances a first year graduate student may be considered.

Professional Development Programs
Please take a few minutes to review the complete list of programs that are available for the Spring semester on the Professional Development Calendar linked below. Updates to the schedule will be occurring over the next few weeks, and email reminders will be sent out for programs occurring within 30 days.
FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS
ACADEMIC PLANNING
Proactive Protection: Intellectual Property and Patentable Technology
ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT
How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Launch Your Career! Networking and Job Search Strategies
International Student Prep Sessions for International Student Employment Event
GRADUATE WRITING
Consulting Your Compass: The Dissertation Proposal
THESIS AND DISSERTATION
ETD Preparation and Submission Overview
 

7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium – April 9, 2016
Call for Student Presentations
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is proud to present the 7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium (MGRS) on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at the University of Toledo.  This event has been recognized as a premier event and is a great opportunity for presenting research, networking, and fostering intercollegiate friendships and collaborations. Please visit the GSA web site to register to present either a poster or slide presentation.
Please contact Eric C. Prichard, GSA President, for more information.  eric.prichard@utoledo.edu
 
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Doctoral Student Receives National Award To Help With Stroke Research

Kevin Nash, a doctoral teaching assistant in The University of Toledo Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has received a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences Award for his research in rational drug design and chemical synthesis with a focus on neurology.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education presents the award to students in a graduate doctoral program in either pharmaceutical science or clinical pharmaceutical science who have potential to contribute to the field and ultimately impact patient and public health.

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Nash is among 38 students who received the nationally competitive award, which includes a $10,000 stipend that he will use toward purchasing supplies for his research.

“My project is on stroke research; stroke is the fifth leading cause of death,” Nash said. “There’s really no treatment for stroke right now other than restoring blood flow, but cutting off blood flow to the brain for even a few minutes causes severe cell death, and there’s no treatment to stop that cell death and to protect the neurons from dying after the blood flow has been cut off.

“So I’m designing a drug that will hopefully be able to sense where that cell death is occurring and inhibit an enzyme that produces damaging molecules to protect neurons and other brain cells from damage.”

He is conducting his doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Zahoor Shah, associate professor in the UT Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

“The people here are very collaborative and like to work with each other,” Nash said. “I’m actually working in Dr. Shah’s lab and in Dr. [Isaac] Schiefer’s lab since he has a background in synthesis. So where Dr. Shah isn’t necessarily as familiar with a concept, another professor is willing to step in and help.”

Schiefer is an assistant professor in the UT Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education is a national organization dedicated to advancing and supporting pharmaceutical sciences education in the United States.

For more information on the foundation, visit afpenet.org.


Lunch with the Presidents

Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey held up a Toledo jersey before she served lunch to UT President Sharon L. Gaber and UT Student Government President Cody Spoon, left, and UT Graduate Student Association President Eric Prichard. Watch a video about the friendly wager over the rivalry game.

Gaber and Mazey

 


Graduate Certificate for Teaming in Early Childhood

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Graduate Student Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards Available

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December Reminders from Graduate College

DECEMBER 2015 Important Reminders from the Graduate College
Please take a few moments to review important information regarding upcoming programs and deadlines. We encourage you to regularly visit our website for announcements and the most updated information important to your graduate experience at U.T.

From Dean Komuniecki:
Best wishes to all of you for a successful end of the fall semester and the happiest of holiday seasons!  I would also like to say a special word of congratulations to all the students graduating this December—what a wonderful accomplishment!  I wish you all the best as you leave UT and ask that you stay in touch with us as you embark on your new careers.

Fall 2015 Commencement Information
http://www.utoledo.edu/commencement/
  •  Graduation Clearance– This process begins on Dec. 23 and continues for approximately 30 days.  Students will be notified via their Rockets email address when they have been cleared by the Graduate College or if there are outstanding requirements.  Once cleared, the Registrar’s office is notified to award the degree and prepare the diploma.  If the student’s account is current, the diploma will be mailed out (to the address listed on the graduation application) or will be available for pick-up (if noted on the application).
Spring Registration and Payment Information
  • Spring 2016 Add/Drop Dates
 
It’s not too early to plan for Spring 2016 graduation!  
 
  • The application deadline is January 29, 2016. (Reminder: The Graduation Services fee is assessed the first time an application for graduation is submitted per graduate degree program.) Please take a look at the  ETD Deadlines and talk with your advisor to make sure you are on track to meet all deadlines:
 
          Contact Information: Elissa Falcone at GCAcademicSvcs@utoledo.edu [Graduation Services Specialist]
 
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Information
 
  • Submission

         Upload ETD PDF to OhioLINK by Friday, December 11, 2015

          http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/currentstudents/etd/

  •  Forms
           Contain all required signatures and submitted to COGS office by Friday, December 18, 2015
           Approval of Thesis or Approval of Dissertation
           Intellectual Property and Patent Sign-Off
 
              Contact Information: Teri Green at etdsvcs@utoledo.edu [Thesis and Dissertation Services Specialist]
 
COGS 2016 Annual Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards
  •  The College of Graduate Studies announces availability of its 2016 Annual Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards! 
           Complete descriptions, criteria and applications are located on the College of Graduate Studies website: 
           All application deadlines are February 12, 2016.
  •  Current Graduate Students:
    Robert R. Buell Memorial Achievement Award
    Helen M. Fields Memorial Achievement Award

    Robert N. Whiteford Memorial Scholarship
  • Prospective Graduate Students:*
    University Fellowship

    Graduate Opportunity Assistantship Award (GOAP)

    McNair Scholars Award
          *The opportunities listed above are primarily for prospective graduate students; however, in rare circumstances a first year graduate student may be considered.
 
Professional Development Programs
· These have concluded for the Fall term, but please check the website now and again near the beginning of Spring term as we add new programs. Register online to attend a program. http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/currentstudents/professionaldev/
  • We have several writing workshops, including one just for PhD students completing a dissertation, interviewing and networking sessions from Career Services, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer sessions to help you plan your academic career (planned for late January), and more. Get ready to Rocket Through Spring!
 
Contact Information: Teri Green at GradCollegeProgramming@utoledo.edu

Ohio Third Frontier Internship Information Session

OTF Internship Information Session


International Ranking With Greater Research Emphasis Rates UT Well Among Ohio Universities

An international ranking for institutions of higher education that emphasizes research and a school’s dissemination of knowledge placed The University of Toledo in good standing among its Ohio peers and provides a benchmark against which UT can judge future improvements.

This is the first time the University has submitted data to the Times Higher Education World University rankings, which listed UT in the range between 501 and 600 of all institutions of higher education worldwide.

rankings webThe Times Higher Education rankings provide a greater balance between undergraduate education and graduate education and research than rankings such as those in U.S. News and World Report that are heavily weighted toward undergraduate studies, said Dr. Ying Liu, UT director of institutional research.

“While no rankings method is perfect, all can be useful as long as you have a clear sense of what is being measured,” Liu said. “The Times Higher Education rankings provide a clearer measure of UT as a national research university and all that designation implies.”

Given the international nature of this evaluation of universities, institutions with greater levels of global diversity at the student and employee levels were rated higher. Universities whose faculty co-authored research papers with at least one researcher from another country also benefited.

“One of my primary goals is to elevate this University’s national and international standing,” said UT President Sharon L. Gaber. “And a big part of that is knowing where we stand today.

“These rankings show we are positioned fairly well among Ohio public universities. Our work in the years ahead will be to move that forward on a national level,” Gaber said.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings:

• 90 — Ohio State University – Main Campus
• 301-350 — University of Cincinnati – Main Campus
• 501-600 — The University of Toledo
• 501-600 — Kent State University at Kent
• 601-800 — Ohio University – Main Campus
• 601-800 — Miami University – Oxford


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