December 19, 2023

Exploring Careers In & Beyond Academia: A 2-Day Career Symposium for PhD Students & Postdocs
Tues., Jan. 16, 2024 | 2:30 – 6:30 pm: For Ph.D. Students and Postdocs in Social Sciences & Humanities
Tues., Jan. 23, 2024 | 2:30 – 6:30 pm: For Ph.D. Students and Postdocs in the Sciences & Engineering
Doors open at 2:15 pm for each day, HUB 332, UW Seattle campus

Limited to 40 participants per day. This event is free, but active participation is expected.

Are you just starting your Ph.D. program or in the process of finalizing your dissertation proposal? Have you reflected on future career paths after receiving your Ph.D.? Are you a Postdoc and unsure whether you want to pursue a career in or beyond academia? This symposium will provide you with insights, tools, informational resources, and professional connections to support your career exploration. This event is a collaboration between the UW Center for International Relations and Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE), Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School, and Career & Internship Center.

Each symposium day will include:

  • One Keynote Speaker
  • Two Moderated Panels 
  • Three Professional Development Workshops
  • Multiple Networking Opportunities
  • Free Dinner & Refreshments

At the end of the event, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how to use a career self-assessment tool to identify your interests, skills, and values.
  • Learn insights from guest speakers and panels about careers inside and beyond academia.
  • Gain strategies to assess a possible employer’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) practices.
  • Develop networking skills to build your professional connections.

Jan. 16: Social Sciences & Humanities Day – Guest Speakers

  • Theresa Rocha Beardall, Ph.D. in Sociology / Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Washington
  • Tim Brown, Ph.D. in Philosophy / Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Humanities, University of Washington
  • Yui Hashimoto, PhD in Human Geography / Social Research Scientist, Public Health – King County
  • Jorge Lumbreras, Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology / Assistant Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University 
  • Ashley Mog, Ph.D. in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies / Qualitative Researcher & Methodologist, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Services 
  • Elba Moise, Ph.D. in Education / Inclusion & Community Program Manager, UW Foster School of Business
  • Ekin Yasin, Ph.D. in Media, Culture, & Communication / Director, UW Communication Leadership Master’s Program

January 23: Sciences & Engineering Day – Guest Speakers

  • Bardiya Akhbari, Ph.D. in Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering / Applied Scientist, Amazon
  • David S. Bergsman, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering / Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
  • Ed Habtour, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering / Assistant Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington
  • Karla-Luise Herpoldt, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Research Scientist, Amazon
  • Karen Leung, Ph.D. Aeronautics & Astronautics / Assistant Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington 
  • Ronda Strauch, Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering / Climate Change Research & Adaptation Advisor, Seattle City Light

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