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.

Spring 2018 Events

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 2:00pm-3:30pm
106C, 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.

Annual Postdoc Retreat – March 22&23
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Charles River Campus
Friday, March 23, 2018 | Medical Campus
Visit the Retreat website to register and learn more.

Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace: The Postdoc’s Essential Guide to Title IX (MED)
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
L109AB, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118
Title IX is a federal law passed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational settings. PDPA and the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) are teaming up to offer this workshop with tips for postdocs to maintain professional boundaries in challenging times. RSVP today.

Building Foundational Teaching Skills – Postdoc Bootcamp
Thursday, April 5, 2018 and Friday, April 6, 2018
Bay State & Castle Rooms, 4th floor Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Boston MA 02215
Join us for a two-day bootcamp to enhance your teaching skills and prepare to teach undergraduate students. Workshops include introductions to active learning, competency-based education, teaching as a team, and creating inclusive learning environments. RSVP today.

I did my Individual Development Plan… Now What?
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 2:00pm-3:30pm
106C, 610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
This session is for individuals who have completed an IDP and are thinking about how to best utilize the tool and put plans into action. RSVP today.

Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace: The Postdoc’s Essential Guide to Title IX (CRC)
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 11:30am-1:00pm
106C, 610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Title IX is a federal law passed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational settings. PDPA and the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) are teaming up to offer this workshop with tips for postdocs to maintain professional boundaries in challenging times. RSVP today.

Mentoring Plan Development and Implementation – a guide for faculty mentors
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 1:30pm-3:00pm
Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215
Mentoring plans, sometimes referred to individual development plans, are now required by many federal agencies to support graduate students and postdocs. However, so often these plans stall in their implementation, becoming more of an administrative item than a framework to support productive mentoring relationships. In this workshop, faculty will learn how to develop comprehensive mentoring plans and put them into action, with a tour of the resources, tools, and templates that can benefit both faculty and their trainees. RSVP today.

Choose to Manage Workshop
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 2:00pm-3:30pm (additional reception prior to workshop)
106C, 610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
This workshop is a condensed version of the Choose to Manage workshop offered through BU Human Resources. Participants will improve their management and leadership skills. RSVP today.

Check back regularly for more events.
Curious about past events? View some of our offerings from Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and BU Postdoc Appreciation Month.

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.