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Improv for Communication I (3 weeks)

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6 & 13 (3 weeks), 9:30am-11:30am

Improv for Communication uses techniques drawn from improvisational theater to develop communication skills that can be beneficial for collaboration, mentoring, day-to-day conversations, presentations, or job searches. 

The Introduction for Postdoctoral Scholars series is 3 weeks, held on Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am. Participants must be able to attend ALL 3 sessions.

Improv for Communication I (3 weeks)

Wednesdays, May 9, 16 & 23 (3 weeks), 9:00am-11:00am

Improv for Communication uses techniques drawn from improvisational theater to develop communication skills that can be beneficial for collaboration, mentoring, day-to-day conversations, presentations, or job searches. 

The Introduction for Postdoctoral Scholars series is 3 weeks, held on Wednesdays 9am-11am. Participants must be able to attend ALL 3 sessions.

Designing Your Life for Postdocs

This workshop uses design thinking to address the “wicked problem” of designing your life, postdoc, and career. This workshop offers a framework, tools, and most importantly a place and a community of peers and mentors where we’ll work on these issues through hands-on exercises. This workshop employs a design thinking approach to help postdocs from any field develop a constructive and effective approach to finding and designing their time at Stanford and vocation after. 

Fellowship Application Discussion with Stanford Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee Chairs BBL

Have you ever wondered what a fellowship application review committee is looking for in an application?  Here is your chance to find out from some review committee chairs themselves!

Join us for a panel discussion with the application review committee about the Stanford Medicine Dean’s, Berry, McCormick and Henzl-Gabor postdoctoral funding opportunities.

More information about these fellowships is available at: http://postdocs.stanford.edu/fellowships/fellowships_SoM.html.

Teaching Statement Workshop

Dr. Latishya Steele, Associate Director of BioSci Careers, will be leading a workshop on Teaching Statements. This workshop will cover what goes into a great teaching statement, how they differ across institution type, and how to write one. If you are doing (or considering) the postdoc teaching certificate, a teaching statement is required, so you should definitely attend. Also for those going on the academic job market in the next few years. Open to all postdocs in any field. Please remember to bring your lunch!

Postdoc Fellowships BBL

BBL*: Finding and Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships: Overview of Resources and Procedures - Open to ALL Postdocs

Presenters & Topics:

  • Debra Porzio, Postdoctoral Fellowships Manager, Research Management Group, School of Medicine

  • Tim Leung, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Research Pre-Award

  • Annelies Ransome, Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Women Leadership Workshop: Improv Thinking with Speechless

This workshop will focus on Speechless’ Improv Thinking as it applies to the leadership skills of collaboration, creativity, and communication. By the end of this on-your-feet workshop, attendees will have an introduction to improv thinking, as well as, conducive best practices and approaches for applying newly-activated tools and techniques in their everyday workflows as female leaders in academia. This workshop emphasizes five areas in particular: presence, originality, inclusion, narrative, and transformation.

Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching 2.0

Mondays, February 12 - March 19 (6 sessions), 5:00pm-6:30pm

Note: Due to the Presidents' Day Holiday on February 19th, this session has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 21st.

Open to all Stanford postdocs and to advanced graduate students as space is available.

This registration site is for the in-person Learning Community discussion group for the following course:

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