UW News

January 10, 2002

Presentations explore possible careers for Ph.D.’s

The School of Medicine’s Office of Research and Graduate Education has joined several science departments and the Graduate School to sponsor the series of presentations known as “What Can You Do with a Ph.D. in Biological Science?” The series, begun in fall of 2000, is organized by a group of graduate student volunteers.

In conjunction with the presentations, the organizing group maintains a Web site with information about speakers and career development resources. One resource is a list serve that posts local outreach opportunities, fellowships, postdoctoral openings and jobs. For more information or to sign up for the list serve, visit the site at http://courses.washington.edu/phd.

The first presentation for Winter Quarter will be on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, a research scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, will speak on “Environmental Careers” at 4:30 p.m. in room T-733 of the Health Sciences Building. The presentations include information on the speaker’s field of work, daily activities, competitiveness of the field and pathways to positions in the field. Time is allowed for questions.

Three other presentations are scheduled for this quarter. All will be in T-733 at 4:30 p.m. The programs are geared to graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, but are open to everyone.

Jan. 30 – “Science Outreach,” by Dr. Ethan Allen, formerly of the UW Department of Molecular Biotechnology and now of the Institute for Systems Biology. Allen is co-director of the K-12 Institute for Science and Math Education.

Feb. 20 – “Science Broadcasting,” by Dr. Jennifer Callahan, NOVA production assistant, Boston.

March 6 – “Teaching at a Liberal Arts College,” by Dr. Stephen Arch, biology professor at Reed College in Portland.

Departmental sponsors for this quarter are biochemistry, genome sciences, physiology and biophysics, biological structure, pharmacology and the programs in neurobiology and molecular/cellular biology.

Graduate students on the organizing committee are Michelle Fisher of zoology, Kelly Grant of molecular/cellular biology, Jessica Greene of genome sciences and Melanie Roberts and Joy Sebe, both of the neurobiology and behavior program.