Virtual Academic Workshop

November 4-5, 2020


Are you considering an academic career, applying to positions this year, or getting your lab off the ground? This two-day virtual workshop featuring faculty of all career stages from top institutions across the US is designed to answer your questions and set you up for success!
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Workshop Program and Schedule

** Timings are as per PST
  • 8-8:25am: Academic Search in the time of COVID-19, keynote
    Denis Wirtz, VP-R, Johns Hopkins University
  • 8:30-9:25am: Research or Teaching Institution?
    Barney Grubbs, Chemistry, Stoney Brook University
    • Mark Harrison, ECE, Chapman University
    • Luna Lu, Civil Engineering, Purdue University
    • Cecilia Zurita-Lopez, Biochemistry, California State University – Los Angeles
  • 9:30-9:55am: Break
  • 10-10:55am: Interviewing tips and hiring myths
    Laura Bradley, Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • Nick Durr, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    • Danielle Mai, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
    • Helen Tran, Chemistry, University of Toronto
  • 11-11:55am: Factors in hiring
    • Jacinta Conrad, Chemical Engineering, University of Houston
    • Michael Findlater, Chemistry, Texas Tech
    • Andrea Hodge, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science/Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • 12-12:15pm: Closing thoughts/Wrap-up

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Learn about the Panelists

DAY 1: Preparing for the Academic Search

Academic Search in the Time of COVID-19, Keynote


Research or Teaching Institution?

Interviewing Tips and Hiring Myths

Factors in Hiring

DAY 2: Succeeding in the Position

What is Success?, Keynote


Student and Post-doc Recruitment


Q1) Due to a conflict, I can't attend in real-time. Will the videos be posted later?

- Yes. Please register to ensure that you are sent a link to the videos.

Q2) Due to a conflict, I can't attend in real-time. Can I submit a question in advance?

- Yes. We are using Slido for question submission. Please register to be sent the Slido submission link.

Q3) How much does it cost?

- The entire event is financially supported by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and free to all attendees.

Q4) Why do I need to register if the event is free?

- We do not want to post the conference link on our website, so we are controlling the dissemination to researchers who register. Your contact information will solely be used for receiving the email with the webinar link and a single follow-up survey email. The additional three pieces of information requested during registration are to help us gauge the audience (size and expertise).

Published on September 11th, 2020

Last updated on September 5th, 2023