Career Development

PPDA Seminars

April 2014 Professional Development Seminar Series

Monday, April 21, 2014 4-6:00 PM

Purdue Memorial Union (PMU)

West Faculty Lounge

Speaker: Howard Zelaznik, Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University

The Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) will host Dr. Howard Zelaznik. He will discuss skill learning and exercise for the future.

March 2014 Professional Development Seminar Series

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4:30 PM

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Rm 1009

Speaker: Cyndi Lynch, Director of Fellowships and Graduate Student Professional Development

Cyndi will be discussing professional development and careers for graduate students and post docs.

February 2014 Professional Development Seminar Series

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (Part I), 4:30 PM

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (Part II), 4:30 PM

Smith Hall

Rm 108

Speaker: Rebecca Doerge, Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Statistics, Purdue University

This is a two part lecture series co-sponsored with the Bioinformatics Seminar Series. Part 1: includes details of the job search and interview process for both Masters students , Ph.D. students, and Postdocs. We will discuss what to think about prior to applying for a job, how to apply, details of a resume', details of a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Teaching Statements, and Research Statements. Once you get a job interview, you need to be prepared. We will discuss preparation, travel, expenses, dress, and what goes on during and after the interview. Part 2 will cover topics concerning the hiring process once you are offered a job; we will discuss what to consider, how to negotiate, how to decline a job offer, etc.

Past Seminars

December 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room B222

Speaker: Bob Falk, PEFCU

TBD

November 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room B222

Speaker: Barbara Clark, Director of the Women in Science Programs and the Science Diversity Office: "Mentoring"

October 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Monday, October 28, 2013 4-6:00 PM

Physics Hall (PHYS)
Room 331

Speaker: MathWorks: "Acquiring and Analyzing Data with MATLAB"

MATLAB and its toolboxes provide powerful tools for data analysis. Please join us to learn how MATLAB can help you get the most out of your signal generators, data acquisition boards, oscilloscopes and other data collection and signal analysis equipment. This tech session will cover techniques to acquire and analyze data, build stand-alone test applications, generate reports, and automate measurements.

September 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4-6:00 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room B222

Speaker: MathWorks: "Parallel Computing with MATLAB"

Learn how to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters.

May 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room 1245

Speaker: Tim Driver, Purdue Alum

Tim Driver will discuss: "Leadership and Organizational Transformation- Agile: A current trend in software engineering".

April Social Event

Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:00 PM

9 Irish Brothers
119 Howard Ave. West Lafayette, IN

April 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room 1245

Speaker: Dr. Pete Dunn

Dr. Dunn will discuss Grant Writing and what granting agencies look for when funding proposals.

Seminar sildeshow and supplemental files

March 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room 1245

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Doerge

Dr. Doerge will discuss the art of negotiation after a job offer.

February 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, February 27 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room 1245

Speaker: Jeremy Shinoda
Marketing Associate from BASI (Bioanalytical Systems) at Purdue Research Park

He will discuss drug discovery and the pharmaceutical industry, how he went from a scientist to a marketing position and all the other non-traditional opportunities that are available for post-docs in the pharmaceutical private sector.

January 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, January 30 2013 4:30-5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG)
Room 1245

Speaker: Bob Falk
President and CEO of Purdue Employee Federal Credit Union

Bob will cover the following topics:

  • What options there are for saving for retirement (or pension system) for Americans and foreign citizens?
  • Investment: what is the best way to handle savings?

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