Professional Development

FUNDING

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): The AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research. This fellowship offers $30,000 in funding.
  • American Philosophical Society (APS): The association holds a "funding for philosophy" session at each of its meetings featuring a different funder (NEH, Getty, etc.). They also offer graduate student travel stipends to attend its meetings.
  • Entomological Society of America (ESA): For the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, ESA is offering a travel award program specifically focused on students and early career professionals located outside the United States. The applicant’s contribution to the diversity of attendees at the congress is part of the evaluation criteria.
  • National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP): NOGLSTP provides travel awards to present research or attend conferences. They provide programming for other professional societies like Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Society of Women Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, American Association for the Advancement of Science for LGBTQA people for career development and networking. They also have their own biennial "Out to Innovate" career summits which provide workshops on funding opportunities, mentoring, and being a minority within a minority. NOGLSTP offers scholarships to attend this summit and present research posters. See www.outtoinnovate.org for a video on this.
  • Sigma Delta Epsilon, Graduate Women in Science (GWIS): Among mentoring and other resources, Sigma Delta Epsilon has fellowships: last year they awarded $65,000 to 13 women scientists doing research. Many were grad students, postdocs or faculty. In 2015, they have awarded $75,000 to 10 young women scientists conducting scientific research.

MEETINGS / CONFERENCES

American Educational Research Association

American Educational Research Association (AERA): The AERA Professional Development Program provides dissertation funding and training to graduate students through the AERA Grants Program and the Minority Dissertation fellowship in education research. Small research grants are available to early career scholars who use large-scale, federally funded data sets in their studies. AERA collaborates with American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to provide postdoctoral fellowships in applied research.

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  • American Anthropological Association: The association has a committee on gender equity in anthropology that has an active workshop program as well as special annual meeting events to discuss professional development issues.
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA): The association's professional development offerings include: workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding; workshops on communication skills, awards that postdocs can use to fund research, professional skills, leadership development, and women specific programs. The annual program includes many of these and they are well attended by residents and students. They have also provided workshops on gender bias, internationals and underrepresented minorities.
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM): APPAM has a professional award program that is presented at the annual conference, and they had a session on grant funding at their conference in 2013.

  • American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG): See http://www.ashg.org/2013meeting/pages/workshops.shtml for the career/professional development events offered at the annual meeting. Note that the topics for the trainee development program change every year, and has ranged from finding a job in science policy to communicating science to the public.

  • American Sociological Society (ASA): As part of the National Science Foundation (NSF), postdoc cohorts (2010-2012 and 2012-2014) were supported to attend two ASA annual meetings, the latter of which contained an opportunity to present the research from their time as postdocs.

  • Entomological Society of America (ESA): ESA offers an annual women in entomology breakfast, new member reception, and various "lunch and learn” sessions. During the 2014 meeting, a "women in entomology” symposium was organized by several ESA members and including presentation of survey data gathered by ESA from women in all career stages.
  • Genetics Society of America (GSA): GSA has started offering "GSA trainee boot camp" programs at each of its conferences, which are open to grads and postdocs registered for the conference. Sessions included are: finding funding; getting published; navigating academia; and careers outside of academia. GSA has only had one boot camp thus far, but it was very successful and well-received. There is a society-wide women in genetics committee that is still in early development stages.
  • Linguistics Society of America (LSA): The Linguistic Society of America has provided a forum for a number of presentations, workshops, and resource sessions at both the annual meeting and the summer linguistic institute. Topics have included graduate school, research, the job market, toward tenure, jobs outside of academia, and women in the field.

  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS): SAS has sponsored ‘women in science’ conference sessions yearly at both SciX and Pittcon international symposia since 2013. These sessions provide a broad range of career talks by women in the spectroscopy field from academia, industry and government research organizations, and a formal forum for the discussion of many different career issues. The target audience of these activities is women students and early career researchers/postdocs, however these events are open to all conference attendees.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): SACNAS offers a professional development session at our annual conference; in addition grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, travel awards, and women specific programs are offered.

  • Society for Systematic Biologists (SSB): At its joint conference with Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and American Society of Naturalists (ASN), SSB hosts a lunchtime presentation by NSF program officers. At this presentation, the program officers provide information about NSF funding programs. This event is open to all attendees. Travel awards are not available to postdocs. For the last three years or so, there has been a lunchtime event at the joint conference for women in academia. This event is open to all.
  • Society of Toxicology (SOT): The society has multiple career and professional sessions at the annual meeting every year as well as webinars on career and professional topics, several hosted by the graduate student and the postdoc leadership groups. These groups provide a lot of leadership training and people who serve here very often move to another Society of Toxicology committee within a year or two. Many activities are of special interest to but not limited to women. They survey for the needs of their members, and provide programming that is responsive and that is a factor in their success.

WORKSHOPS


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers job search, placement or other "dual-career" assistance for partners, and on balancing work with family or personal obligations workshops. They offer career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, online resources), "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years.

The Science and Technology Policy fellowship provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills in the federal policy realm. AAAS has developed an individual development plan (IDP) that helps postdocs explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

The AAAS offers a myIDP resource which provides:

Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values

 A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests

 A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track

 Articles and resources to guide you through the process

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  • American Anthropological Society: The society provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, and leadership development. They have a committee on gender equity in anthropology that has an active workshop program as well as special annual meeting events to discuss professional development issues.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): AAAS offers workshops or seminars on communication and professional skills. Workshops address issues of internationals and women’s issues.
  • American Association of Anatomists (AAA): AAA provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, leadership development, and women-specific programs. They have provided travel awards to aid in presenting research or attending conferences. Workshops cover implicit gender bias that affects hiring, promotion, resource allocation, and other peer reviewed processes, and focuses on issues of internationals, and underrepresented minorities.
  • American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC): AAMC provides several professional and leadership development opportunities. Some of the AAMC professional development groups offer mentoring for new members.

    AAMC offers a variety of professional and leadership development opportunities through the over 20 councils, groups, and forums. AAMC hosts an annual meeting each year and many of these councils, groups, and forums also host individual or collaborative meetings. They offer workshops on grant funding, communication skills, and leadership development. AAMC also has leadership development programs, including several for women and underrepresented minorities in academic medicine. Some of these groups and meetings are open to postdoc participation. See www.aamc.org/members for information about the various groups and www.aamc.org/meetings for a listing of learning offerings.

    AAMC provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, leadership development, international issues, and balancing career and work. The association has provided travel awards to aid in presenting research or attending conferences. The workshops provided cover implicit gender bias that affects hiring, promotion, resource allocation, and other peer reviewed processes, issues of internationals, and underrepresented minorities.
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): Every two years, hundreds of women leaders from across the country gather to discover new ways to empower themselves and other women and girls. AAUW's national convention is a unique opportunity to learn new skills, gain insight and inspiration, and connect with other women leaders. The convention offers sessions on learning how to mentor and opportunities to find mentors, as well as countless engaging opportunities for personal and professional growth, so that women leaders can maximize their impact. Members, as well as fellowships and grants recipients, are welcome to attend.
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS): The society provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, leadership development, and women-specific programs. They have provided travel awards to aid in presenting research or attending conferences. The workshops provided cover implicit gender bias that affects hiring, promotion, resource allocation, and other peer reviewed processes, issues of internationals, underrepresented minorities, and women's issues.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS): ACS provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, leadership development, and balancing career and work. ACS has provided travel awards to aid in presenting research or attending conferences. The workshops provided cover women’s and international issues.
  • American Peptide Association (APA): The association offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills; they also offer travel awards to present research or attend conferences.
  • American Philosophical Society (APS): The association holds a "funding for philosophy" session at each of its meetings featuring a different funder (NEH, Getty, etc.). They also offer graduate student travel stipends to attend its meetings.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): The society offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, women specific programs, and a leadership development program. Awards that postdocs can use to fund research, and travel to present research or attend conferences are provided.

  • American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG): The society provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, international issues, and balancing career and work. They have provided travel awards to aid in presenting research or attending conferences.

  • American Society of Nutrition (ASN): ASN provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, international issues, and balancing career and work. They have provided travel awards to aid in presenting research or attending conferences. The workshops provided cover women’s and international issues. ASN is a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) constituent society so their postdocs benefit from the FASEB career resource center at its annual meeting.

  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS): AWIS offers workshops or seminars on communication and communication skills, leadership development and women specific programs. They also give travel awards to present research or attend conferences. AWIS offers workshops that cover implicit gender bias that affects hiring, promotion, resource allocation, and other peer reviewed processes work, issues of internationals, under represented and women’s issues.
  • Entomological Society of America (ESA): ESA offers a variety of professional development workshops at the annual meeting. Relevant topics include communication skills and leadership development. Workshop topics and content are member-driven.

  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB): FASEB offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication and professional skills, a leadership development program, and travel awards to present research or attend conferences. The federation has workshops that cover issues of internationals and underrepresented minorities.

  • Genetics Society of America (GSA): GSA offers a workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills. They give travel awards to present research or attend conferences.
  • International & American Associations for Dentistry (IADR/AADR): The IADR offers a women in science network, where members can choose to join. This network works to promote issues of women in science. Many of the awards and fellowships of the associations are geared toward postdocs, to fund travel and research, these are open to all genders. The AADR has also held a leadership workshop before the meeting to assist those going into an academic career. They hold a grant writing workshop each year at the IADR and or AADR annual meeting. These events are open to its membership and/or meeting attendees. Workshops on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills; a leadership development programs and women specific programs are offered; and awards that postdocs can use to fund research, and travel awards to present research or attend conferences are available. Formal networking programs are offered as well as underrepresented minorities and women’s issues programs.
  • Linguistics Society of America (LSA): The LSA is active in addressing a range of issues affecting women, including those facing the linguistics workforce, but also those affecting users of language. The LSA has a committee on the status of women in linguistics (COSWL), that works on many of these issues. Other LSA resources relating to gender issues include: LSA statement on sexual harassment, guidelines for nonsexist usage, survey of linguistic departments/programs (includes data by gender). LSA offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, workshops or seminars on professional skills (e.g. time management, lab management), travel awards to present research or attend conferences, and women-specific programs.

  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA): The society offers workshops or seminars on communication and communication skills, leadership development and women specific programs. They also give travel awards to present research or attend conferences. The society has receptions for the specific demographic groups (women, black, Latino/a, LBGT), and they offer conference travel scholarships for members of these organized groups (or rather the society funds them and they can provide them). The society has many professional development sessions at our conference organized by our Women's Caucus, but they are open to everyone. They organize an additional 29 roundtables on topics. In 2014, they shifted gears and added 29 professional development roundtables at the conference, one mentoring reception, and several networking sessions. Workshops include balancing work with family or personal obligations and gender and underrepresented minorities issues.

  • Midwest Sociological Society (MSS): The society offers workshops on communication skills, professional skills, and gives awards to postdocs to fund research and travel awards to present research or attend conferences.
  • National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE): The council offers workshops or seminars on communication skills, professional skills, international issues, women-specific programs, and a travel award to present research or attend conferences.
  • National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP): NOGLSTP offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, leadership development and women specific programs. Workshops that cover implicit gender bias that affects hiring, promotion, resource allocation, and other peer reviewed processes work, issues of internationals and under represented are also offered.
  • National Research Council of the National Academies: All professional development activities are provided at the individual laboratories and are not specific to any gender. If they are foreign postdocs they are sometimes given cultural acclimation information or guidance. Primary professional development activities include local seminars and presentations. All postdocs in the program are provided a yearly travel budget for them to present their research at professional meetings and to network with their colleagues. The council offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, awards that postdocs can use to fund research, and travel awards to present research or attend conferences. They have workshops that cover issues of internationals underrepresented minorities.
  • Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science (GWIS): The organization provides workshops/seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, and a leadership development program. The membership is B.S. level through postdoc & professional level. Sigma Delta Epsilon's legacy is providing fellowships for scientific research to women; every year they receive over 200 applications and choose 10-14 to receive up to $10,000 to do their research. In 2014, they awarded $75,000 to 10 women scientists doing research. Many were grad students, postdocs or faculty.  
  • Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB): SSB offers workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, professional skills, leadership program, and women specific programs. The society gives travel awards to present research or attend conferences.
  • Society of Toxicology (SOT): The society has offered workshops on issues on internationals, women’s issues, and underrepresented minorities.

  • United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE): The main focus of USSEE's June 2014 women's retreat (approximately 25 women in attendance, about 12 percent of the total membership) was empowering women leaders and the possibility of developing (and the society hosting) such professional development opportunities. USSEE also hosted a women's lunch in 2013 that was attended by 30-50 women during a national conference.

    The society offers one-to-one workshops or seminars on professional skills, leadership development, women specific programs, and provide travel awards to present research or attend conferences.