Workshops and Courses

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates

Below is a list of upcoming office hours, workshops, and courses for postdocs and research associates. An email announcement with detailed information will be sent out prior to each event, with a link to register through Eventbrite. You may also register for most upcoming sessions using this page. You MUST be a Harvard Chan School (or Harvard-affiliated) postdoctoral fellow or research associate to register.

The following links are training resources provided by the NIH:
Virtual Activities For Trainees Outside the NIH
Videocasts of the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) Events

Spring 2022 Workshops and Events

January 2022

The Individual Development Plan

featuring James Gould, PhD, Director, HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
Wednesday, January 26 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Description: This interactive workshop unpacks the IDP framework while helping postdocs to prepare a working draft of the IDP that addresses research, professional progress, and implementation.

Writing Clearly and Concisely (4 Part Course)

offered by Donald Halstead, Lecturer on Epidemiology and Director of Writing Programs
Thursdays, January 27 – February 17 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Part 1: Actors and Action (January 27)
Part 2: Voice and Flow (February 3)
Part 3: Sentence Connectors and Concision (February 10)
Part 4: Combining Sentences (February 17)
*OPTIONAL* Part 5: Assessment (February 24)
Description: This 4-session course will examine core principles for revising drafts so that you can express your thoughts clearly and concisely. Each session will include lecture, discussion, and exercises.
This course will hold an optional 5th session, at which participants will apply the information and principles they have learned throughout the course.
*Attendance is expected at sessions 1-4.

February 2022

Course: Writing Scientific Papers in the Biological and Biomedical Fields

presented by Marcia Triunfol, PhD
Thursdays, February 3 to April 7 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Description: This course of 10 classes, led by Marcia Triunfol, CEO of Publicase International, will provide participants an objective and straightforward technique to help them to craft their scientific papers quickly and efficiently. The technique learned during this course can be applied to grant writing and other documents.
Note: The focus of this workshop, which is targeted to postdocs in the Biological and Biomedical fields, is not on improving language or writing skills per se, but streamlining the process of crafting a scientific paper.

Classes will be virtual and interactive. In addition to the lectures, participants are expected to take quizzes and complete assignments. PDF copies of all classes will be available.

Win-Win Negotiation for Careers Beyond Academia

presented by Suprawee Tepsuporn, PhD, Senior Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development at the University of Delaware
Tuesday, February 8 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Description: Get prepared for negotiation conversations and receive tips to navigate this sometimes daunting step of the hiring process.

March 2022

April 2022

Designing a Course That Helps Students Learn - Course Development Workshop

presented by Brad Coleman, Director, Curriculum Fellows Program; Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Harvard Medical School and Lecturer, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Monday, April 4 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Description: This workshop will introduce attendees to backwards course design as an approach to improve student achievement of specific, measurable learning objectives aligned to their course goals.

Rethinking Impostor Syndrome

presented by Dr. Valerie Young
Tuesday, April 12 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

May 2022

NIH Overview and Peer-Review System

presented by Amanda Spickard, Associate Dean for Research Strategy and External Affairs, and Leigh Halliday, Associate Director of Research Strategy and Development
Tuesday, May 3 | 1:00-2:30 PM
Description: This session will provide an overview of the NIH, its organizational structure, the Center for Scientific Research, and the process of grant review.

June 2022

Writing Academic Job Application Documents: A two-part workshop

offered by Donald Halstead, Lecturer on Epidemiology and Director of Writing Programs
Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3
Part 1: CVs and Cover Letters (June 2)
Part 2: Teaching and Research Statements (June 3)
Description: This two-part, interactive workshop will focus on the structures and arguments embedded in academic job application materials.
*Attendance at all sessions is required.

Getting a K Development Award (2 Parts)

offered by Donald Halstead, Lecturer on Epidemiology and Director of Writing Programs
Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Part 1: Overview of NIH and K structure, scoring, mentors, and funding and success rates (June 9)
Part 2: Peer review of Specific Aims section (June 10)
Description: This two-part workshop will examine key components of the K series of Career Development Awards.
*Attendance is required at both sessions. 

July 2022

Coming Spring Workshops
– Postdoc English Communications Course
– Research Laboratory 101: Setting Up and Managing Your Lab
– Funding Landscapes
Exploring Career Options Series
         Exploring Career Options Outside Academia: Transitioning to Industry
         Exploring Career Options Outside Academia: Entrepreneurship