AAAS is pleased to offer a variety of essential skills courses in our academic subscription open access portal. Subscriptions include access to full Programs – such as the Career Pathways Program and Proposal Writing Program – as well as myriad individual courses. Our courses are designed by industry experts to address the needs of scientists as they embark on their careers, and to address the pain points of early career STEM professionals.

Proposal Writing Program: Writing Successful Grant Proposals

Learn best practices for effective grant proposal writing with this course. Maybe you have had difficulty in the past getting funding for your research. Maybe you have yet to write any at all. It is a difficult – and vital – aspect of success within STEM fields, and experts at AAAS have first-hand, in-depth knowledge of common pitfalls and weaknesses seen by many reviewers, and how to avoid rejection before a proposal is sent to review.

Best Practices for Writing NIH Grant Proposals

Shaaretha Pelly, Senior Program Associate, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

  • Understand the organization of NIH and the proposal review process
  • Place research goals in the context of funding agency priorities and intentions
  • Learn the types of funding and how to locate funding opportunities
  • Understand the five standard review criteria and NIH specific aims

Best Practices for NSF Grant Proposals

Charles Dunlap, Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

  • Navigate NSF’s organizational structure and governance
  • Stay aware of new funding opportunities
  • Interact with NSF Divisions, Directorates and Program Officers
  • Understand NSF’s merit review processes and review criteria
  • Avoid rejection before a proposal is sent to review
  • Develop proposals that are responsive to the NSF Review Criteria, including Broader Impacts

Avoiding Common Errors in Proposal Writing

Charles Dunlap, Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

  • Gain knowledge in writing strong, competitive grant proposals.
  • Develop strategies for effectively communicating your goals and how you will achieve them.
  • Avoid common pitfalls and weaknesses seen by many reviewers.

Broader Impacts for NSF Proposals

Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

  • Explore the concept of Broader Impacts and its various aspects and implications
  • Learn to effectively communicate Broader Impacts in writing a grant proposal
  • Develop strategies to support Broader Impacts development and build capacity within your institution

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

Michael Kalichman, Founding Director, UC San Diego Research Ethics Program

  • Understand what research ethics encompasses
  • Gain knowledge in responsible conduct and identifying unethical situations
  • Learn what to do when you discover ethical misconduct

Broader Impacts for NSF Proposals

Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

  • Explore the concept of Broader Impacts and its various aspects and implications
  • Learn to effectively communicate Broader Impacts in writing a grant proposal
  • Develop strategies to support Broader Impacts development and build capacity within your institution

Career Pathways Program: Learning Beyond Grad School

Students who are about to graduate face a dizzying array of choices. Do they continue on an academic path beyond a PhD, or do they or consider several non-academic career options within industry or government? Career Pathways: Learning Beyond Grad School Program prepares graduate students for the real-life challenges – and opportunities – that await beyond the classroom and helps them explore and pursue their career dreams.

Program-Exclusive Learning Tools 

  • Four interactive role play scenarios (coming soon!):
    1. Negotiating a salary
    2. Handling conflict in the Lab
    3. Handling conflict outside the Lab
    4. Working with your PI
  • Sample resumes and cover letters
  • Access to job postings

What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You

Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Program, AAAS

  • Identify career options available to you
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Promote your skill sets
  • Strategize for the job you want

Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement

Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

  • Identify the benefits and key components of communication
  • Define your goals and audience
  • Craft your message

Understanding the Federal R&D Budget

Matthew Hourihan, R&D Budget and Policy Program Director, AAAS

  • Learn the steps in the federal budget process
  • Understand how the budget comes together in the executive and legislative branches
  • Recognize how budget politics and science funding interact

Resume Writing for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

  • Understand the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and resume
  • Develop a resume that will engage reviewers
  • Learn best practices and inside tips

How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Learn how to use networking to advance your career
  • Define steps to building your professional network
  • Learn how to overcome challenges, such as low confidence

Preparing for a Successful Job Interview

Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

  • Make authentic connections that are true to your values
  • Research the company, department and hiring manager
  • Prepare for the interview, what to bring, what to wear and what to expect

Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Build an effective profile
  • Learn how to connect with the right people for your professional goals
  • Find out how to move on to the next steps

How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

  • Understand the strengths and challenges of diversity
  • Foster a culture of inclusion
  • Learn effective communication
  • Review best practices for conducting meetings
  • Define project requirements

Engaging in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, AAAS

  • Recognize the impact of science policy engagement
  • Understand the various levels of engagement
  • Learn about the strategies and resources available for science policy engagement

How to Communicate with Congress

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

  • Appreciate the importance of communicating with policy makers
  • Learn how to set up and prepare for meeting a congressman
  • Identify how to follow up after the meeting

Science Career Essentials Program

Students who are about to graduate face a dizzying array of choices. Do they continue on an academic path, or do they consider several non-academic career options within industry, government, agencies, etc.? What are the next steps to achieve their career goals – or simply find a job in their field? AAAS has created this program with the career needs of STEM undergraduate students in mind. Our new Science Career Essentials Program provides undergraduate students with courses delving into a variety of science careers, as well as networking and interviewing, so they can explore and pursue their career dreams.

Understanding the Federal R&D Budget

Matthew Hourihan, R&D Budget and Policy Program Director, AAAS

  • Learn the steps in the federal budget process
  • Understand how the budget comes together in the executive and legislative branches
  • Recognize how budget politics and science funding interact

Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement

Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

  • Identify the benefits and key components of communication
  • Define your goals and audience
  • Craft your message

How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Learn how to use networking to advance your career
  • Define steps to building your professional network
  • Learn how to overcome challenges, such as low confidence

Preparing for a Successful Job Interview

Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

  • Make authentic connections that are true to your values
  • Research the company, department and hiring manager
  • Prepare for the interview, what to bring, what to wear and what to expect

Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Build an effective profile
  • Learn how to connect with the right people for your professional goals
  • Find out how to move on to the next steps

How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

  • Understand the strengths and challenges of diversity
  • Foster a culture of inclusion
  • Learn effective communication
  • Review best practices for conducting meetings
  • Define project requirements

Engaging in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, AAAS

  • Recognize the impact of science policy engagement
  • Understand the various levels of engagement
  • Learn about the strategies and resources available for science policy engagement

How to Communicate with Congress

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

  • Appreciate the importance of communicating with policy makers
  • Learn how to set up and prepare for meeting a congressman
  • Identify how to follow up after the meeting

Careers in Bioscience Entrepreneurship

Arlen Meyers, President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

  • Learn how to prepare for a bio-science entrepreneurial career track
  • Research and find your place in the bio-cluster
  • Explore how to do a self-assessment and fill the gaps
  • Develop and implement your plan

Careers in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS

  • Explore the various types of careers in science policy
  • Determine what types of science policy roles would be best for you
  • Learn how they you can pursue these career paths

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

Michael Kalichman, Founding Director, UC San Diego Research Ethics Program

  • Understand what research ethics encompasses
  • Gain knowledge in responsible conduct and identifying unethical situations
  • Learn what to do when you discover ethical misconduct

How to Make the Most of a Networking Event

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Develop effective strategies for networking events
  • Learn how to prioritize your networking opportunities
  • Discover tips and best practices for the events you attend

Science Communication Program

The Science Communication Program includes 8 core courses and Program-exclusive learning tools, such as interactive role-play scenarios. This Program has been designed to strengthen your STEM students’ communication skills – from creating strong presentations to public speaking and networking.

Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement

Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

  • Identify the benefits and key components of communication
  • Define your goals and audience
  • Craft your message

How to Communicate with Congress

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

  • Appreciate the importance of communicating with policy makers
  • Learn how to set up and prepare for meeting a congressman
  • Identify how to follow up after the meeting

Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Build an effective profile
  • Learn how to connect with the right people for your professional goals
  • Find out how to move on to the next steps

How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Learn how to use networking to advance your career
  • Define steps to building your professional network
  • Learn how to overcome challenges, such as low confidence

Understanding the Components of an Effective Scientific Presentation

Dave Rubenson, Director, NoBadSlides.com

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of a slide presentation
  • Learn how to avoid “data dump” and instead articulate a scientific narrative
  • Effectively manage the challenges facing the listening audience

How to Make the Most of a Networking Event

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Develop effective strategies for networking events
  • Learn how to prioritize your networking opportunities
  • Discover tips and best practices for the events you attend

Acing Your Interview

Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

  • Understand the typical steps in the application/interview process
  • Develop responses to “difficult” and “awkward” questions
  • Learn interviewing best practices

Developing Compelling and Comprehensible Slides

Dave Rubenson, Director, NoBadSlides.com

  • Manage information to prevent audience overload
  • Learn how to establish audio-visual synergy
  • Tell a unified narrative
  • Draw conclusions in your narrative

Science Policy Program

The Science Policy Program includes 6 core courses and an interactive role play scenario, Negotiating a Salary. AAAS created this Program to help STEM students and early career professionals learn the basics of science policy, understand how the Federal R&D budget works, and how to communicate effectively to create change.

Engaging in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, AAAS

  • Recognize the impact of science policy engagement
  • Understand the various levels of engagement
  • Learn about the strategies and resources available for science policy engagement

Careers in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS

  • Explore the various types of careers in science policy
  • Determine what types of science policy roles would be best for you
  • Learn how they you can pursue these career paths

Understanding the Federal R&D Budget

Matthew Hourihan, R&D Budget and Policy Program Director, AAAS

  • Learn the steps in the federal budget process
  • Understand how the budget comes together in the executive and legislative branches
  • Recognize how budget politics and science funding interact

Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement

Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

  • Identify the benefits and key components of communication
  • Define your goals and audience
  • Craft your message

How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

  • Understand the strengths and challenges of diversity
  • Foster a culture of inclusion
  • Learn effective communication
  • Review best practices for conducting meetings
  • Define project requirements

How to Communicate with Congress

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

  • Appreciate the importance of communicating with policy makers
  • Learn how to set up and prepare for meeting a congressman
  • Identify how to follow up after the meeting

Additional Courses

Building Essential Skills for Progressing from Engineer to Manager

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Learn how to set career goals
  • Review the importance of obtaining credentials
  • Discover how to find a mentor
  • Develop your ability to build relationships

Fundamentals of Bioscience Entrepreneurship

Arlen Meyers, President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

  • Bring your inventions and discoveries to patients
  • Understand the principles of bio-science entrepreneurship
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to advance your ideas

Designing an Undergraduate STEM Course

Regina (Gina) F. Frey, PhD and Beth A. Fisher, PhD

  • Learning the logistics of how to plan a course
  • Having a better understanding of who your students are
  • Knowing which teaching method to use
  • How to use active learning in the classroom effectively

Communicating and Collaborating Effectively with Teams for Early Career Engineers

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Understand the different forms of communication and when to use them
  • Learn how to say things in a way that will help you get the response you are seeking
  • Listen more effectively
  • Understand the importance of being responsive

How to Find the Right Mentor in Your Career for Engineers and Scientists

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • How to find a mentor as an early career engineer
  • How to become a mentor regardless of what stage you are in your career
  • How to identify the right protégé or mentor
  • Strategies for getting the most out of the mentoring relationship
  • How to end the mentoring relationship

How to Implement Career Changing Ideas for Early Career Engineers

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Understand how to broadcast the benefits
  • Learn how to start with the results and end with the design
  • Gain support from key stakeholders through collaboration
  • Understand the importance of including end-user input
  • Communicate the design confidently and clearly

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