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Advancing Toward Professorship in Biology, Ecology, and Earth Systems Sciences (ATP in BEESS)

A Professional Development Workshop

April 9-11, 2012
Oregon State University Richardson Hall

Target application deadline is December 5.

Various women in the fieldThe proportion of female PhD recipients in the sciences has steadily increased over the past decade; however, there is attrition at each career transition from PhD to full professor.  Women may opt out of academic careers -- instead choosing to work in environments that support the multiple roles that women scientists must balance.  This workshop will prepare postdocs and early career scientists to surmount the unique challenges posed to women in BEES fields and lay the foundations for fulfilling careers in academia.

Potential workshop topics include:

Communication in BEES Science

  • Professional communication skills in a male-dominated field
  • Interviewing and negotiating
  • Effective and progressive management skills in the lab and classroom

Development of independent career trajectories

  • Balancing intrinsic and extrinsic expectation
  • Fostering productive collaborations
  • Networking and preventing isolation
  • Finding and being a good mentor

Integration of multiple roles for a sustainable BEES career

  • Fieldwork challenges with public, personal life, and field crew
  • Maintaining personal relationships
  • Parenting
  • Recognizing and surmounting institutionalized sexism

Support for this workshop is provided by a joint program of the George Washington and Gallaudet Universities funded by a National Science Foundation ADVANCE leadership award, and Oregon State University.