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Modern Skills for STEM Careers

Tuesday, July 18

  • 2-4:00 p.m. ET | Using Project Management
    Tools in Research and in Life

Wednesday, July 19

  • 2-4:30 p.m. ET | Stepping into Leading

Cost: FREE*

*ABRCMS is supported by a grant from the NIGMS


Using Project Management Tools in Research and in Life

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 (2-4:00 p.m. ET)

Project management is a useful skill for everyone regardless of career stage or field and is especially important in research. It improves communication, organization, productivity, and overall effectiveness. In research, project management can help you more clearly define your project goals and prepare you to deal with risks that could delay your project. Leveraging and refining these skills during graduate school will also set you up for success as project management skills translate well across industries. Join our workshop to learn project management tools that you can use in your current life and your future career!

During this interactive session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Outline their project goals, deadlines, and outputs through defining their project scope.
  • Organize their project using a work breakdown structure and managing tasks Identifying and mitigating risks in your project.
Elizabeth Salm PhD

Elizabeth Salm, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Postdoc Development & Training Grant Support, Georgetown University

 Caleb McKinney PhD MPS

Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., MPS
Interim Assistant Vice President of Master's Program Administration & Development; Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Training & Development, Biomedical Graduate Education; Co-Director, Georgetown University Initiative for Maximizing Student Development T32 Training Program; Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Stepping into Leading

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 (2-4:30 p.m. ET)

The Leadership and Management in Action Program (L-MAP), is an active-learning training program for trainees in the biosciences to build leadership, management, and inclusive teamwork skillset. Trainees work in teams on experiential case studies and activities in the L-MAP curriculum, led by a facilitator with expertise in leadership training. L-MAP introduces the interpersonal and psychological foundations of leading teams and managing people. It responds to the unique position of these trainees, who may be practicing leadership for the first time and who typically lack formal authority within the research environment.

This training program was developed based on real-world research on the leadership and team dynamics challenges that trainees regularly encounter in the scientific research environment. Using real-world scenarios and current research on leadership and team dynamics, L-MAP highlights professional behaviors and communication strategies that can be used in a variety of leadership and management scenarios.

Stepping into Leading:  This experiential workshop invites participants to examine their own views of leadership, explore their relationship with missteps, and consider how they can leverage their position within a group. Attendees will engage in interactive exercises designed to generate individual and small-group reflections on leadership and its function in their training and future careers. Participants will consider their definitions of “leadership” and “authority,” as well as collaboratively make decisions to act upon a group challenge where they will need to reset and start over if their decisions lead to undesirable outcomes. Participants will also engage in a facilitated discussion on how individual identities and cultural backgrounds may bias others’ perceptions of their leadership. As the workshop addresses a multidimensional skill, insights will apply beyond participants' training stage and in their exploration of diverse careers.

Peter S Myers PhD

Peter S Myers, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Program Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Washington University School of Medicine

Paola Cépeda PhD

Paola Cépeda, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Washington University School of Medicine

Additional Info

  • Presentation Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2023

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