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2018 Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop

SC EPSCoR is partnering with SC INBRE for their annual Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop. This free workshop has sessions for students and faculty and is open to any STEM faculty/staff/students at any of South Carolina’s institutions of higher education. The workshop will be held in Columbia on the afternoon of Thursday, June 14 (faculty only) and all day on Friday, June 15 (faculty and students with concurrent sessions for each group). Below is a preview of the agenda.

Click here to register. Seating is limited! Registration closes on Friday, June 1.

Please note: If you need hotel accommodations, please book in the Vista as soon as possible. There is another convention in town and we were not able to reserve blocks of rooms. For more info, contact: Drs. Edie Goldsmith or Martine LaBerge.


Grant Writing Workshop, Thursday, June 14, USC Alumni Center

Drs. Lucia Pirisi-Creek (SC INBRE) and Nadim Aziz (SC EPSCoR), Moderators

  • 12:30 pm  Registration
  • 1 pm          Review process at NIH – Study section and scoring
  • 1:30 pm     Review Process at NSF – Review Panel

2 pm     Concurrent Sessions

Session A – NIH Review (Mock Study Section)

Specific Aims Page Review: Guidelines for Success
Experimental Design: Guidelines
Significance and Innovation Sections

Session B – NSF Review

Summary Page
Review Criteria: Scientific Merit and Broader Impact
Transformative Research
NSF CAREER program
Panel of awardees and NSF former program directors
  • 4:30 pm     Wrap-up, INBRE-EPSCoR Mentoring Program
  • 4:45 pm     Mixer - Reception
  • 6 pm          Dinner, Presdidential Dining Room

Career Planning and Leadership Skills, Friday, June 15, South Carolina State Museum*

  • 8:30 am     Registration
  • 9:30 am     KEYNOTE LECTURE - Bioscience Industry Network in South Carolina: Erin Ford, Vice President, SC BIO
  • 10:15 am    Break

10:30 am     Concurrent Sessions

Session A – Faculty and Post-Docs

10:30 am Intellectual Property
Jesse Goodwin, MUSC
11:15 am Entrepreneurship – Do’s and Don’ts
SC Launch!
12 noon Networking Lunch
1:30 pm Time Management
2 pm How to manage research personnel
2:30 pm Planning for Mid-Career Success
3 pm Funding for research trainees
3:45 pm Planning for 2019 Leadership Workshop
Edie Goldsmith, Program Director, SC INBRE
4 pm Adjourn

Session B – Students

10:30 am Communication skills (oral and poster presentations)
11:15 am Using social media for online networking
12 noon Networking Lunch

1:30 to 4 pm     Concurrent Sessions

GRAD Students

  • 1:30 pm     Career-Focused Post-Doctoral Training
    Dr. Ed Krug, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, College of Graduate Studies
  • 3:15 pm     Break


  • Tyler Harvey

    Dr. Martine LaBerge, Chair of Bioengineering, Clemson University

    Dr. Michael Matthews, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, USC College of Engineering and Computing
  • 1:30 pm, Part A: What is Graduate School? (Panel)
  • 2 pm, Networking Best Practices, Hobey Tam
  • 2:15 pm, Part B: Preparing for a Competitive Application, Ann Foley, Clemson-MUSC; Maria Torres
  • 2:45 pm, Networking Best Practices, Hobey Tam
  • 3 pm, Part C: Finding the right fit (Panel)

Grad/Undergrad Joint Session

  • 3:30 pm     Fellowship applications (NSF GRF, NIH F31)
  • 4 pm          Adjourn

*Friday’s Workshop will be held at the South Carolina State Museum located on Gervais Street in Columbia. Parking will be free. Your attendance at the Workshop will also give you a 10% discount at the Museum's gift shop and free general admittance to the rest of the Museum, if time allows.