Professional Development

Professional development is at the heart of creating career opportunities for our postdocs. Take advantage of our events, tools, and resources to make the most of your time at BU.

As always, PDPA Director Sarah Hokanson (sch1@bu.edu) is available for one-on-one appointments for career advice and guidance for anything else related to your postdoctoral experience. Email her to schedule an appointment.

Spring 2019 Events

Annual Postdoc Retreat
Day 1 – Thursday, February 28, 2019 | time TBD
Photonics Colloquium Room, 9th Floor, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215

Day 2 – Friday, March 1, 2019 | time TBD
x714 & x715, 650 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118

CRLT Players Performance – Workshop for Faculty
Monday, March 4, 2019 | time TBD
Photonics Colloquium Room, 9th Floor, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215
RSVP today.

Mentoring Workshop with Melissa McDaniels
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | time TBD
Bay State & Castle Rooms, Hillel House, 213 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215
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Devising Your Mentoring Plan – Workshop for Faculty
Monday, March 18, 2019 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Eichenbaum Colloquium Room, 610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215
RSVP today.

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm
106C & D, 610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a customized roadmap for your professional training. It can help you set goals and review and update them regularly, enabling you to make most of your graduate or postdoctoral experience at BU. This workshop will help you create an outline of your IDP that will facilitate professional development conversations with your mentor. RSVP today.

Teaching Application Bootcamp
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | time TBD
Eichenbaum Colloquium Room, 610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215
RSVP today.

Check back regularly for more events.

Curious about past events? View some of our previous offerings:
Fall 2016, Spring 2017, BU Postdoc Appreciation Month 2017, Spring 2018, and Fall 2018

The tools you need

Business cards are an important networking tool when you are attending events externally, and PDPA supplies one free box to every BU postdoc. We also offer travel awards for postdocs so they can present their research externally – apply now!

Resources at every turn

PDPA is your first stop for help navigating the postdoc experience but we aren’t the only office at BU that offers professional development for postdocs. Here are a few of our key partners across campus:

BU’s BEST Program
BU is one of seventeen institutions to receive the Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year, $1.8 million award will provide biomedical research trainees from across the University with enhanced training to help Ph.D. students and postdoctoral trainees prepare for careers beyond conventional academic research.

BU Stem Initiatives
The Office of STEM Education Initiatives at Boston University works with faculty, postdocs, and students to strengthen the effectiveness of instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through collaboration across Schools and Colleges and a network of interdisciplinary resources, we support the development of innovative programs and efforts to advance training and the sharing of best practices.

BU Graduate Women in Science and Engineering
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at Boston University strives to create a community to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Through professional development seminars and workshops, social events, mentoring, and outreach, GWISE fosters interaction across disciplines at Boston University and connects graduate students to postdocs, faculty, and broader networks in Boston and beyond.

Advance, Recruit, Retain, and Organize Women in STEM (ARROWS)

ARROWS integrates existing programs and creates new programs to advance women at all stages in their careers in STEM at Boston University. ARROWS programming is focused on mentoring, networking, and professional development geared toward women (e.g. negotiation and communication workshops), as well as a continuing speaker series that raises awareness of gender bias.