Professional Development Workshops

Offered at each of the biannual Society meetings, the professional development workshops help to serve our members. These workshops are available to you whether you are a student looking for some help with your resume or a mid-career researcher looking for a refresher on team management.

Attendees can register by adding the session to your registration. Log in to your ECS profile to add one today. For questions or assistance registering, please contact customer.service@electrochem.org.

236th ECS Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Running an Effective Meeting
Instructor: Dennis Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday 0800-0900h
Room 204
Meetings are activities that play a critical role in decision-making and change within the successful operation of a team or organization. Unfortunately, meetings are frequently viewed as bad, ineffective, and a waste of time. Such conclusions are often justified because they result from ineffective leadership and unprofessional behavior by attendees. This workshop will explore reasons for the inappropriate conduct displayed and discuss approaches to facilitate effective and productive meetings.

This is a 1.0 hour workshop.

Student Member
$5.00

Student Nonmember
$10.00

Member        
$15.00

Nonmember        
$20.00


Managing and Leading Teams
Instructor: Dennis Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday 1000-12000h
Room 204
Nearly all engineers and scientists work in teams where a leader oversees and guides process/product development and direction. When technically-trained individuals undertake a leadership role, frustration is a frequent outcome, despite technical competency and good intentions. This workshop will discuss reasons why engineers and scientists often find adaptation into leadership roles disconcerting and will explore ways to smooth the transition

This is a 2.0 hour workshop.

Student Member
$5.00

Student Nonmember
$10.00

Member        
$15.00

Nonmember        
$20.00


U.S. Immigration & Visa Options for International Researchers
Monday 1400-1530h
Room 204
Foreign national researchers face challenges in navigating their employment opportunities and career path in the United States due to visa and immigration-related issues. This session will review and discuss the temporary visa options open to them, including the F-1 OPT, the J-1 Research Scholar Visa, and the H-1B.

We will also review other issues associated with these visas, including the two year home residence requirement associated with the J-1 Visa and the process for obtaining a waiver as needed.

Other aspects of the discussion will include looking at the options and avenues that this population faces as their career progresses, advances in terms of visa transition, and how they can build their CV/Resume for purposes of strengthening a case for permanent residency from both an employer-sponsored and self-sponsored standpoint. This will include an overview of self-sponsored green card applications including the types of evidence, documents, and material an applicant would need to pursue such an option, which in turn may allow them to expand their career opportunities and transition to an employment position of their own accord in both an academic and industry setting.

This is a 1.5 hour workshop.

Student Member
$5.00

Student Nonmember
$10.00

Member        
$15.00

Nonmember        
$20.00


Essential Elements for Employment Success
Instructor: Michael Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing
Tuesday 0900-1200h
Room 204
Landing your next job requires selective and effective networking, developing and submitting specifically targeted resumes and cover letters, locating relevant job opportunities and preparing for and participating in the job interview. This workshop will provide up-to-date information and tips for employment success.

This is a 3.0 hour workshop.

Student Member
$5.00

Student Nonmember
$10.00

Member        
$15.00

Nonmember        
$20.00


Refresh and Connect: An ECS Mentoring Session
Tuesday 1230-1400h
Galleria 8
Students and early career researchers are not going to want to miss this mentoring event. Join a roundtable with five of your peers and an established ECS member to build your contacts, ask questions about career paths and opportunities, and share in stories about professional life. Sign up early to reserve your spot!

This is a 1.5 hour roundtable workshop.

*Please note pre-registration is required.

Student Member
$5.00

Student Nonmember
$10.00

Member        
$15.00

Nonmember        
$20.00


Resume Review
Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing

Tuesday & Wednesday 1400-1800h
Room 315
Bring your resume for a one-on-one session with an industry leader and expert on resume development. You will walk away with a resume that is sure to land you your next interview. To sign-up for a resume review appointment, you must first attend the Essential Elements for Employment Success; registration for a resume review occurs during the Essential Elements for Employment Success workshop

Appointments are 20-minutes in length.

*You must register for Essential Elements for Employment Success in order to participate.


Strategic Tools for a Successful Career
Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing

Wednesday 0900-1200h
Room 204
Scientists and engineers often find themselves trapped in a career that is far from fulfilling their dreams and aspirations. It is not for a lack of working hard. It is simply because they have not learned or (re)discovered themselves the keys to build a very successful career. In this workshop filled with hands-on exercises, the participants will actively engage these essential principles.

First, we ask what success really means for each of us as we discover that, like for our hobbies or favored dishes, the word “success” hides very different and individual realities which we need to clearly articulate. Having clarified this foundation, we will discuss goals, their importance, and the way to work with them: for goals are the blueprint of success.

This workshop is adapted from part of the material developed and presented in the Mentoring Program for early-career scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Energy Technology Area.

This is a 3.0 hour workshop.

*Please note pre-registration is required.

Student Member
$15.00

Student Nonmember
$30.00

Member        
$45.00

Nonmember        
$60.00


View all of the professional development workshops that have been offered by ECS.