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ASM’s careers blog focuses on young scientists seeking career advice, professional development and career exploration. Here you’ll find “a day in the life” profiles on working scientists, tips and tricks on how to craft resumes, find a mentor and transition from academia to industry.

ASM arrived at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) on September 28, 2016 to host the first ever ASMicro Day. The purpose of ASMicro Day is to connect our members with the most up-to date research and resources that ASM offers. Because the event was taking place early morning, ASM staff came with tons of coffee and pastries to attract graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:41

ASMicro Day at UNC Chapel Hill

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The first-ever ASMicro Day offers a morning of learning and insights from leaders in microbiome research, followed by opportunities to learn how ASM can be of value to you and your science
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:13

A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding your Career Goals

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The career planning process can start at any time, but the overall rule is the sooner the better. The rule applies to anyone -  whether you’re a junior undergraduate, 1st year graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or somewhere in between. The career planning process includes four steps: 1) Understanding You – What are your interests, values, and skills? 2) Exploration – What are the current career paths in the workforce and which do you find most interesting? 3) Building Yourself and Your Network – What skills, experiences, and people do you need to get to career X, Y, or Z? 4)…
How critical is a postdoc if I want to teach at a primarily undergraduate or 2-year institution? To bring a broad perspective to the issue, Microbe Mentor editor Thomas Hanson asked three microbiologists at different career stages and types of institutions for their thoughts. Dr. Amy Cheng Vollmer is a Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, Dr. Virginia Balke is an Instructor and Project Director at Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC), and Dr. Carie Frantz is an Assistant Professor of Geochemistry and Biogeoscience at Weber State University. Dr. Vollmer’s research focuses on the stress response in Escherichia coli, and is…
While growing up, Crystal Icenhour worked in her family’s business, a large truck repair shop. She did everything from helping her mother with accounting to assisting her father with inventory and mopping the floors. Fast forward to today—after a blur of high-quality education (she finished her Ph.D. in a jaw-dropping four years) and starting a family—Crystal is CEO at Aperiomics. How did Crystal go from earning her Ph.D. in pathobiology and molecular medicine to becoming the CEO of her own start up? Read about her story.
Isaac Wagner is a Senior Microbiologist at Ciris Energy, a start-up biotech company. He works in Research and Development (R&D) to produce high-value compounds. His advice for someone who wants to work in a start-up is to develop your interpersonal skills while in school so that you can effectively work as part of a team and be adaptable.
Joe McCall, Team Lead & Quality Assurance at Bausch + Lomb works in the private industry, specifically in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He leads a team of microbiologists who are responsible for the microbiological safety, purity, and identity of Bausch + Lomb’s contact lens care and ophthalmic solutions. On daily basis, he uses a variety of technologies and methods to assess the microbiological quality of the products they produce and the environment in which they’re produced. His one piece of advice for students is to be active about your career and pursue professional development opportunities. Check out the rest of his profile. 
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:05

Career Activities at ASM Microbe 2016

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Dr. Laura Runyen-Janecky, Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Richmond provides insight on how students and postdocs can navigate the careers activities at Microbe 2016. Here is what she had to say: Large meetings hosted by the American Society for Microbiology (such as ASM Microbe 2016, which is General Meeting and ICAAC combined) have plentiful opportunities to learn about cutting edge microbial science and to draw ideas and inspiration for one’s own science. What many students and postdocs may be unaware of, however, are the equally exciting opportunities for career exploration and skill development alongside the…
This article was originally published in the Microbe Mentor column of the March 2016 issue of Microbe. Microbe Mentor is a career advice column where readers write in career questions and subject matter experts respond to them. How important is it to do a postdoc if you want to pursue careers in science communication or policy? This is an increasingly common question, so thanks for asking Microbe Mentor! The vast majority (~70%) of science Ph.D. students pursue a postdoc after graduation. However, you may wonder if it’s really necessary to do so if pursuing a non-research career such as science…
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