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Science Career Essentials Program Subscription Offer

The Science Career Essentials Program subscription offer includes 12 core courses and 3 exclusive learning tools.

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Science Career Essentials

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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.

Program Includes 12 Core Courses:

  • Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement
  • Understanding the Federal R&D Budget
  • How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career
  • Preparing for a Successful Job Interview
  • Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional
  • How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia
  • Engaging in Science Policy
  • How to Communicate with Congress
  • Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research
  • Careers in Bioscience Entrepreneurship
  • Careers in Science Policy
  • How to Make the Most of a Networking Event

Program-Exclusive Learning Tools (coming soon!)

  • Three interactive role play scenarios:
    1. Negotiating a salary
    2. Handling conflict in the Lab
    3. Handling conflict outside of the Lab

Build Your Own Program

Build your own program by selecting the courses you want from the list below. Learner benefits are listed.

Note: Courses marked with this icon are included in the Science Career Essentials Program

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

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

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

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

  • Explore a range of issues covered under research ethics
  • Learn what to do when faced with an ethical challenge
  • Discover where to go for more information and resources

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

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

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

Premium Courses

Premium courses are the five courses offered in “Proposal Writing Program: Writing Successful Grant Proposals.” 

 

Proposal Writing Program: Writing Successful Grant Proposals

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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.

Courses included in the Proposal Writing Program below are marked with this icon.Proposal-Writing-Program-icon

Best Practices for Writing NIH Grant Proposals

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

Learn from the expert: In this course, Dr. Shaaretha Pelly shares her experience teaching proposal writing workshops at AAAS, and writing NIH grants as a Science Officer at Johns Hopkins University.

Best Practices for NSF Grant Proposals

Charles Dunlap, Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

Review extensive practical insight regarding National Science Foundation grant competitions and proposal development. This course complements the Avoiding Common Errors in Proposal Writing course.

Avoiding Common Errors in Proposal Writing

Charles Dunlap, Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

Gain proposal writing expertise through this how-to course, which distills proposal writing insights gained from more than 10,000 reviews of science, engineering and math proposals by the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program over the past five years.

Broader Impacts for NSF Proposals

Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

Identify the five broader impact merit review questions in the NSF grant proposal guide, as presented by Dr. Renoe. This course also includes an assessment that will be helpful as you write your broader impacts sections for your proposals.

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

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

This course defines and explores the many questions surrounding ethics in scientific research. Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research analyzes specific cases of research misconduct to illustrate how things can go wrong. The course delves more deeply into what specifically is meant by ethical behavior and how people can find themselves in acts which are unethical.

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

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

This course defines and explores the many questions surrounding ethics in scientific research. Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research analyzes specific cases of research misconduct to illustrate how things can go wrong. The course delves more deeply into what specifically is meant by ethical behavior and how people can find themselves in acts which are unethical.