Registration open for Doctoral Career Exploration Workshop

October 10, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 2011 Doctoral Career Exploration Workshop, “The Academy is Not the Only Option,” will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Life Sciences Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The workshop's purpose is to highlight alternative career opportunities for Penn State doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Students and postdocs attending this workshop will have the opportunity to hear about the career paths of several successful graduate alumni representing various organizations from industry and government to nonprofit organizations.

For more information and to register, visit online. The deadline to register is Oct. 17. The Doctoral Career Exploration Workshop and the additional sessions are being sponsored by the Graduate School and the Graduate School Alumni Society. Direct questions to Marilyn Engle, director of the Graduate School Office of Alumni and Public Relations, at or 814-863-8117.

The agenda for the workshop includes panel discussions, a networking luncheon and a keynote address. The keynote speaker for this year’s workshop is Shirley M. Malcom, Penn State distinguished alumna and alumni fellow, head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups and public understanding of science and technology.

Malcom is a fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. She is also a regent of Morgan State University and a trustee of Caltech, and serves on several boards. In 2006, Malcom was named co-chair of the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in STEM. In addition, she has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences.

Joining Malcom and participating in the panel discussions will be alumni employed by Google; Valtera Corporation; Ad Hoc Analytics LLC; Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance; Sandia National Laboratories; Chemical Abstract Service; Air Products & Chemicals Inc.; Airway Therapeutics LLC; Bureau of Justice Statistics; Corning Inc.; CTB/McGraw-Hill; and Lowell Krawitz Associates; as well as retired senior program manager of the Office of Technology Development and Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy; professor emeritus, Mount Vernon College; and adjunct associate professor (retired), Rider University.

Immediately following the workshop, two concurrent sessions for doctoral students and postdocs will be offered -- “Writing Effective CVs” and “International Students Seeking Employment in the U.S.” Presenting the session on “Writing Effective CVs” will be Elif Balin of Penn State Career Services.

Panelists for the session for “International Students Seeking Employment in the U.S.” will include: Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, director of the Center for Immigrants Rights in Penn State Law; Michele Barosh, human resources specialist in the University Office of Global Programs; Onker Basu, senior vice president and head of strategy and planning with the Client Services Group at KeyBank; and Krishna Nadella, structured finance product specialist with Moody’s Analytics.

Last Updated October 11, 2011