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Focus on Pharmacology: How to Get Your Network Started

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

You hear it all the time, “you should develop a network”, “networking is important”, “networking will help develop your career”, but how do you start?  It is often not easy to see the steps you need to take.  It seems very awkward, time consuming, nerve-racking, draining.  This webinar will help you demystify the process and give you some ideas as to how to get started.  We will discuss the important reasons to have a network and take some of the work out of networking. Zoom break-out rooms will be used to practice skills.


Martha I. Dávila-García, PhD, Howard University College of Medicine

Focus on Pharmacology: Finding Your First Job

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring and Career Development Committee

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Are you a trainee looking for your first postdoc or your first permanent position? In this session, four panelists will share their recent experiences and insights on obtaining their first postdocs and career positions spanning industry, government, and academia. A Q&A session with the audience will follow the panelists’ short introductory presentations.


Karina Peña, PhD - University of Pittsburgh


Gisela Camacho Hernandez, PhD - NIH/NIDA

  • Karina Peña, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
  • Reiya Hayden, PhDVireo Systems, Inc.
  • Stephanie Martinez, PhD - Kansas State University


Focus on Pharmacology: Writing High-Quality Abstracts

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Dissemination of scholarly work is essential for advancement of science and for personal professional growth. Conferences offer opportunities for sharing new ideas; however, having work accepted for presentation requires a high-quality submission. This requires preparing an abstract that will adequately convey a project’s focus. Abstract writing is a skill.  This webinar will use literature-based recommendations and provide practical tips on abstract writing, guiding scholars to showcase their work through optimally written conference submissions.  This webinar is geared for anyone interested in learning tips on how to write a high-quality abstract.


  • Karen Szauter, MD - University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Holly West, DHEd, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA – University of Texas Medical Branch


Trainee Career Development Series – Part 1:
Microaggressions: How to Recognize, Respond to, and Minimize Microaggressions

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Friday, October 16, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET (Webinar)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET (Discussion in ASPETConnect)

Microaggressions are brief and commonplace attacks on dignity that are often directed at people based on their race, gender, age, weight, or ability. Individually, these aggressions may seem small, but together they add up and take a real psychological toll on the mental health of their recipients. This toll can lead to depression, anger, and low self-esteem, and can decrease productivity and problem-solving abilities. Microaggressions can occur with or without intent or awareness. They are often given by well-intentioned people who see themselves as good, moral, and decent individuals, but who do not recognize their own biases. Unfortunately, educators, employers, and service providers including health-care providers, are common perpetrators.  The consequences are unhealthy workplace environments.  Verbal or behavioral humiliations, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward any individual should be recognized and stopped.

This webinar will increase awareness and introduce strategies that recipients and by-standers can use to combat this unhealthy form of communication to help maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and healthy workplace environment. 


Susan Ingram, PhD - Oregon Health & Science University
Martha I. Dávila-García, PhD - Howard University
Manoj Puthenveedu, PhD - University of Michigan


Trainee Career Development Series – Part 2:
Designing Science Presentations: Simple Principles that Can Allow for Great Impact on Audiences

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Friday, November 13, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

This workshop will explore how scientists can use simple principles of design to greatly improve their presentations and increase the impact they have on audiences. By utilizing some simple design skills to better communicate their ideas, results, and conclusions, any scientist can greatly increase the quality of their figures, slides, posters, and more. This session will contain several “before and after” examples of good design and allow audience members to decide which versions of the same presentations they like the best. The ultimate goal is for all participants to gain some new skills in designing science presentations to better communicate their work.


Matt Carter, PhD  – Williams College

Trainee Career Development Series – Part 3: The Art of Self-Promotion - Don't Stand Alone, Stand Out

Friday, December 11, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

In this session for young scientists, attendees will be provided with clear steps to become self-aware and embrace their professional identity. The speaker will discuss the value of reflection on career goals, strengths and weaknesses to begin to write a self-narrative, what is branding, and how to use self-promotion as a tool to stand out and be noticed. The session will end with a discussion on how to self-promote for success and the importance of using our networks.


Ashley N. Guillory, PhD - University of Texas Medical Branch


Martha I. Dávila-García, PhD - Howard University College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology



Trainee Career Development Series – Part 4: Preparing Yourself for Successful Hiring

Friday, January 22, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Regardless of the job you choose, it is important to be knowledgeable about, and position yourself well for, the recruitment and hiring process. In most cases, the content and presentation of your application materials plays a significant role in being selected for an interview. In this session you will gain insights from newly-hired and experienced faculty at comprehensive universities, as well as an R&D scientist who has worked for almost 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry.  They will share what is required of a successful application and how your application may be reviewed by search committees, recruiters, and others. The goal of this session is to bring clarity to the hiring processes in both industry and academia. Questions from trainees before, during, and after the session are strongly encouraged.


  • Pamela Hornby, PhD, Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D, PA
  • Ram Kandasamy, PhD, California State University, East Bay, CA


  • Pamela Hornby, PhD, Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D, PA
  • David Jewett, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI
  • Ram Kandasamy, PhD, California State University, East Bay, CA
  • Pat Abrahams, PhD, Montgomery County Community College, PA

Trainee Career Development Series – Part 5: How to Use Social Media and Networking for a Job Search

Friday, February 12, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

The webinar will cover the why’s and how’s of professional networking using social media platforms, primarily focused on the goal of optimizing your job search. The webinar will cover LinkedIn as the primary social media platform for professional networking. Various additional social media platforms and online databases will also be identified as tools for identifying potential employers and careers. We will cover, step by step, how to start your network and begin to look for a new job or a explore a new career using online tools and social media. Jeffrey Paul will give insights as an experienced hiring manager from the pharmaceutical sector and Reiya Hayden will present her personal story on how she found an unposted position.


  • Jeffrey Paul, PhD - Drexel University; JPharm Consulting
  • Reiya Hayden, PhD - Vireo Systems, Inc.

Trainee Career Development Series – Part 6: Becoming a Resilient Scientist

Friday, March 12, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Navigating new jobs, the career exploration process, and research can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. In this interactive session, we will discuss attitudes and behaviors that can get in our way and explore strategies for building resilience and dealing with self-doubt and developing our confidence. This session will highlight the emotional intelligence competencies needed for success in research and healthcare careers and will provide insights into approaches for developing these competencies.


Sharon Milgram, PhD - NIH


From the Bench to the Boardroom: Careers in Academia and Industry

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network
Friday, April 16, 20212:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide information to students concerning careers in academia, industry and entrepreneurship.  Five panelists will present potential career trajectories with information on entering those careers, switching careers and what it’s like to work in those careers. 


Greg Carr, PhD - Lieber Institute for Brain Development and Johns Hopkins University
The Road to Academia

Mike Jarvis, PhD - University of Illinois-Chicago
Ranging: A journey of basic and medical research in the Pharma Industry

Pamela Hornby, PhD - Janssen R&D; College of Medicine, Drexel University
My Career Lattice as a Research Pharmacologist in Drug Discovery

Dennis Paul, PhD - LSU Health Sciences Center and Oleander Medical Technologies
Biotech Startups from within an Academic Institution

Jeffrey Paul, PhD - College of Medicine, Drexel University; JPharm Consulting
My Career in Pharmaceutical Industry: Discovery Pharmacology to Clinical Development to Clinical Pharmacology

Toolkit of Nuts and Bolts of an Interview

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Friday, May 14, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

In this session the speakers will present some key skills needed to apply for a postdoctoral research or an academic, governmental or industry position. We will discuss how to write cover letters, structure a CV, who should write a letter of recommendation and how to prepare for a successful interview, e.g. know the steps of the interview process, what to practice, how to do your homework regarding the PI and their lab, and how to dress for success. Presentations will be followed by Q&A from the audience. If time permits, we will do one postdoctoral mock interview and one interview for academia, industry or a governmental position using volunteers from the audience.


  • Patricia C. Rose, Nova Southeastern University 
  • Martha I. Dávila-García, Howard University College of Medicine

Last Updated: May 17, 2022

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