Tomorrow’s Graduate Students and Postdocs: Postdoc Now, Think Later

 

The following is excerpted from Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter.  The full online version can be read here: https://tomprof.stanford.edu 

A new study argues science Ph.D.s often plan for postdocs without considering whether they’re necessary or beneficial to their career plans. Actual evidence is mixed.

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Postdoc Now, Think Later

Every postdoctoral fellow has probably heard a “permadoc” joke or two, making light of the increasingly long stints recent Ph.D.s spend in such positions. But has the postdoc become the default for graduates — even for those for whom it doesn’t necessarily make sense? Has it become a holding pattern rather than a bridge to more permanent work?

A new study in Science by two business professors suggests that’s the case and calls for increased attention to career planning among students, mentors, graduate schools and those funding postdocs. That’s not just during graduate school, but before one even applies.

“Why Pursue the Postdoc Path?” was written by Henry Sauermann, an associate professor of strategic management at Georgia Institute of Technology and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Michael Roach, the J. Thomas and Nancy W. Clark Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. For their study, they surveyed nearly 6,000 Ph.D. students, mostly in the natural sciences, at 39 research-intensive U.S. universities in 2010 and again in 2013, after many had graduated. They focused their questions on career goals, information about labor market demand, and proxies for ability or talent to see what was — or wasn’t — informing students’ plans to seek out postdocs.

In 2010, nearly 80 percent of students in the biological or life sciences planned a postdoc, compared to about half in the other fields. The researchers asked students to ignore job availability and rate the attractiveness of different academic and nonacademic career paths. Students planning a postdoc were more likely to have academic career goals, but were not necessarily looking for research-oriented faculty jobs. And that’s surprising, since postdocs aren’t widely considered stepping-stones to non-research-oriented faculty careers.

It seems some misinformation is to blame; 78 percent of respondents in the life sciences and 42 percent in other fields believed that at least one year of postdoc training was required for a Ph.D.-level research and development position in their field. Yet there’s little empirical evidence to suggest that’s true, according to the study.


NSF RFPs

Solicitation: NSF 16-585
Due Date: November 23, 2016
Institutional Limit: 1
Limit Summary: An organization may participate in no more than one PPO proposal submitted to this solicitation. For collaborative proposals involving multiple institutions, the proposal should be submitted by only one institution, with funding for participating institutions made through subawards. Proposals should not be submitted as separately submitted collaborative proposals. See GPG Chapter II.D.5.a for additional information.
INNOVATION:

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for September 23, 2016

Requests for Applications

  • Model Continuums of Care Initiative (MCCI) for Women and Girls at Risk and Living With HIV/AIDS and Harmful Alcohol and Associated Comorbidities Planning Cooperative Agreement (U34)
    (RFA-AA-17-013)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 2, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • Collaborative Research in HIV/AIDS, Alcohol, and Related Comorbidities (U01)
    (RFA-AA-17-014)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 2, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date
  • Expanding Alcohol-Focused High-Priority Translational Research for HIV/AIDS (UH2/UH3)
    (RFA-AA-17-015)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 2, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • Short-term Measurements of Physical Resilience as a Predictor of Healthspan in Mice (R01)
    (RFA-AG-17-040)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early-Stage Research for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21)
    (RFA-EY-17-001)
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 7, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • Learning Disabilities Research Centers (P50)
    (RFA-HD-17-006)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 28, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research on E-Cigarettes (R01)
    (RFA-HL-17-021)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 17, 2017 and January 16, 2018 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Perinatal Stroke (R01)
    (RFA-HL-18-002)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 7, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)
    (RFA-MH-17-250)
    Application Receipt Date(s): March 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Data Archives for the BRAIN Initiative (R24)
    (RFA-MH-17-255)
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 17, 2017 and October 19, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Standards to Define Experiments Related to the BRAIN Initiative (R24)
    (RFA-MH-17-256)
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 10, 2017 and October 11, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Integration and Analysis of BRAIN Initiative Data (R24)
    (RFA-MH-17-257)
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 19, 2017 and October 26, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Improving the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Cascade (R01)
    (RFA-MH-17-360)
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 6, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • Improving the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Cascade (R34)
    (RFA-MH-17-361)
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 6, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)
    (RFA-NS-17-002)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 14, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

Program Announcements

  • Genomics of HIV/AIDS Drug Response and Co-Morbidities (R01)
    (PA-16-435)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Not Applicable
  • Changes in Cellular Architecture During Aging (R01)
    (PA-16-442)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36)
    (PA-16-443)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. The first standard application due date for this FOA is February 16, 2017.
  • Trophoblast Differentiation and Function (R21)
    (PA-16-444)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Trophoblast Differentiation and Function (R01)
    (PA-16-445)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) (RM1)
    (PAR-16-436)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 23, 2017; May 21, 2018; May 20, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Continuance Award (SC3)
    (PAR-16-437)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): January 25, 2017; May 25, 2017; January 25, 2018; May 25, 2018; January 25, 2019; May 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award (SC2)
    (PAR-16-438)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): January 25, 2017; May 25, 2017; January 25, 2018; May 25, 2018; January 25, 2019; May 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)
    (PAR-16-439)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): January 25, 2017; May 25, 2017; January 25, 2018; May 25, 2018; January 25, 2019; May 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Selected Topics in Transfusion Medicine (R01)
    (PAR-16-440)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 5, 2017; October 5, 2017; February 5, 2018; October 5, 2018; February 5, 2019; October 5, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Selected Topics in Transfusion Medicine (R21)
    (PAR-16-441)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 16, 2017; October 16, 2017; February 16, 2018; October 16, 2018; February 16, 2019; October 16, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • NIAMS Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34)
    (PAR-16-446)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 1, 2017; July 3, 2017; November 1, 2017; March 2, 2018; July 2, 2018; November 1, 2018; March 1, 2019; July 1, 2019; November 1, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • NIAMS Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U01)
    (PAR-16-447)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 1, 2017; July 3, 2017; November 1, 2017; March 2, 2018; July 2, 2018; November 1, 2018; March 1, 2019; July 1, 2019;November 1, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Basic and Translational Research on Decision Making in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (R01)
    (PAR-16-448)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Basic and Translational Research on Decision Making in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (R21)
    (PAR-16-449)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces funding opportunities in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Fellowship
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Pre-College Education
  • Public Outreach
  • Teacher Training
  • Research Seed Grant.

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants. The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon Wednesday, Nov. 9. Instructions detailing proposal submission procedures and requirements are available online.

For more information, email Paige Hackney or call 7-4371 in the Pavlis Honors College, 722 MM Building.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically after being approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Proposals exceeding stated page limits or submitted without prior review by Michigan Tech will not be considered for funding. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.


SmartZone Activities Sept –> Nov

Events

Monday Morning Coffee
Every Monday Morning
8am @ Jutila Center Room 430

Final Fridays @ KBC
Friday, September 30th, 4-6pm

Intellectual Property Day
Tuesday, October 4th, 8am-5pm

Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition
Thursday, October 6th, 7pm

Varnum Law Legal Seminar
Tuesday, November 8th, 8am

Intellectual Property Day
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! (Hint: you must register for each event separately.)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is hosting an Intellectual Property Day on Tuesday, October 4th from 8am to 5pm. The event is free of charge and will be held on Michigan Tech’s campus. Sessions include:

Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office Midwest Regional Office, will be visiting Michigan Technological University on Tuesday October 4th for a day of talks and panels related to intellectual property.

Sessions will be of interest to entrepreneurs, students, faculty, small business owners, independent inventors, and anyone with an interest in IP issues. Members of the general public are welcome at all sessions!

Click here for the full schedule, additional session descriptions and registration.

Please contact the Michigan Tech Library at 906-487-2500 or library@mtu.edu with questions.

Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition will take place on Thursday, October 6th at 7pm in the Rozsa Center. This event is open to the public.

The competition provides a venue for students of all majors to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas before an audience and a panel of judges.

Contestants have a 120-second time limit (like on an elevator ride) to sell a concept to someone who doesn’t have previous knowledge about their business.

Winners receive prizes to help them start their business and attract attention to their ideas.

Similar to last year, MTEC will be sponsoring the event by providing several prizes. Our prizes will include: one year of office space, free SmartStart tuition, and a $1000 cash prize to the Best Technology (Sponsored by the MEDC).

To get involved, email Dr. Andre Laplume  –  aolaplum@mtu.edu

Varnum Law – Legal Seminar 

Save the Date: Zach Meyer and Matt Bower from Varnum Law will be back in Houghton on November 8th for another legal seminar. Scheduled topics include:
  • Founders stock, preferred stock
  • Term sheets
  • Post money valuation
  • Types of investment vehicles and advantages/disadvantages:
    • Convertible Notes
    • Convertible Equity/SAFE
    • Standard Seed Round Equity
A morning presentation will give an overview of the topics listed above, with more in-depth one-on-one sessions to follow. More details and registration coming soon.


Local (Marquette) BBC SBIR/STTR Training Oct. 17

http://bbcetc.com/event/sbirsttr-101-introduction-and-overview-14/

SBIR/STTR 101: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
OCTOBER 17 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Free
The government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive (i.e. free) capital available to innovative small companies annually. The process is complex with a steep learning curve, but the impact of receiving $millions in non-dilutive funding is worth the effort.

Information covered in this program, repeated twice during the day, will include:

An overview of what the SBIR/STTR programs fund
Eligibility requirements
How SBIR and STTR differ
How to select which of the 11 participating agencies is right for your technology
Key components of a competitive proposal.


For those going up for P&T: Van Pelt and Opie Library Presents “Who Is Citing Me?

Discover where and how many times a work has been cited. Our workshop will show you how to maximize your citation search using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. We will also touch on how to estimate impact factor.

The workshop will be held at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 in room 242 of the library. Register online. For questions, contact library@mtu.edu.


BBC: SBIR/STTR Training on Tap – NIH, NSF and Intro

October 5 – SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
Location: Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center, Plymouth
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $75 in state; $150 all others (includes lunch)
October 17 – SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview
Location: Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary, but registration is required

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Early Session   Later Session

October 20 –

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
Location: Leap Technology Innovation Center, E. Lansing
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $75 in state; $150 all others (includes lunch)
October 26 – Webinar: Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: $30