The Postdoctoral Fellows Program at the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) is intended to provide salary support to a member who is a postdoctoral fellow working in any aspect of biology relevant to the anatomical sciences. AAA will provide $20,000, plus travel support and registration fee (at early registration rate) to the next appropriate annual meeting. The laboratory in which the postdoc works must supplement this stipend with funds to equal or exceed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) standard for postdoctoral fellows. In addition, the laboratory must provide funds for health insurance for the postdoctoral fellow.
- Applicants must be a current member, and are expected to remain a member for the duration of the fellowship.
- Candidates should be working on a research project encompassing any aspect of biology that is relevant to the anatomical sciences. Approaches can include (but are not limited to) cellular, molecular, genetic or histological techniques, and/or emphasize development, evolution, morphology or human health.
- Candidate should have all requirements of doctoral degree completed at the time of submission of fellowship application.
- compares and contrasts positions and expectations in undergraduate and graduate chemistry departments;
- provides assistance with and feedback on teaching philosophies and research statements;
- presents strategies for balancing scholarship, teaching, and service expectations with life outside academia;
- creates a network of early-career faculty along with mentors, who can guide newly-minted faculty members; and
- introduces interactive teaching models and provides resources to facilitate their incorporation.
ACS sponsors 40 postdocs and the Dan Su Travel Award sponsors another four women postdocs, for a total of 44 postdocs at every P2F workshop, which is held just prior to every fall ACS national meeting (www.acs.org/p2f).
ACS also cosponsor/co-organize the Postdoc to PUI Professor workshop (being held for the third time in April 2015 (applications are closed). ACS sponsors 12 national postdocs for that, and an National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to Professor Gillmore of Hope College, MI, sponsors 25 participants from the Midwest (broadly defined) region of the United States.
In their Career Pathways section, they have self-assessments, job search tools, networking advice. They divide the career pathways into fourth pathways: Industry, Higher Education, Government, and Working for Yourself.
Resources are offered on Acing the Interview, and Managing your Career. Workshop topics include Using New Technology to Find Jobs & Manage Your Career, Soup to Nuts of Entrepreneurship, Foreign National Scientist Obtaining a Job in the U.S., and Working in Industry (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/career-services/career-pathways/career-pathway-workshops.html)
ACS provides personal career consultants for their members.
If you are seeking information about salary, demographic and general employment trends in chemical profession fields, ACS conducts annual and five year surveys for their Salary and Employment reports.
Their Entrepreneurial Resources Center, is an accelerator that helps chemistry based startups bring their innovations to market.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Professional Development Program builds capacity and enhances research skills among graduate students, early career scholars, senior scholars, and others who produce and use education research. This involves training researchers and scholars in research methods and conceptual and analytic issues related to research; drawing connections between education research and policy; and addressing important issues of professional development research practice and policy of the highest quality. Advances in research methods, statistical techniques, technology, and general modes and methods of research make professional development within AERA a continual and ongoing process. The program provides professional development in several forms which include training courses and workshops held in conjunction with the annual meeting, mentoring and capacity building activities for students and early career scholars, institutes on specific research topics and educational issues, and collaborative support for division and SIG trainings.
We also provide workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, leadership skills. And we offer awards that postdocs can use to fund research, and travel awards to present research or attend conferences. We have workshops that cover issues of underrepresented minorities.
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has numerous resources for women in science.
On their website, they have a Leadership and Talent Development section, which features Mentoring and Coaching, Life Transitions, Work Life Satisfaction and Achieving Recognition.
Within their Mentoring and Coaching section, there are on demand webinars on:
- Building a Mentoring
- Boost Your Career with a Career Coach
- Interdisciplinary Mentoring
They have a fact sheet on getting the most out of your mentoring relationships, and articles on sponsorship and interdisciplinary mentoring.
Under their Research & Analysis area, there are books, fact sheets, videos, webinar archives, journal articles, and workshops.
Issues include implicit bias, STEM pipeline, Title IX, and pay equity. Under the STEM pipeline area there are articles on Investing in Women in STEM: Because Girls Grow Up; the Cost of Attrition of Female Faculty Members – It’s Cheaper to Keep Her, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, Women in Leadership.