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.

237th ECS Meeting in Montréal, Canada


Running an Effective Meeting
Instructor: Dennis Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology

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

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 competence 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


Win Funding: How to Write a Competitive Proposal
Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing

Whether your career takes you to Industry, Academia or a National Lab, chances are that you will be intimately involved in writing research grant proposals. In fact, your career growth may largely hinge on your ability to raise funding. While each proposal is unique, lying at the intersection of the funding agency needs and your technical idea, there are very important guidelines that must be observed in order to maximize the probability of success. As this workshop is interactive, it would be particularly meaningful and useful for the participants to be prepared to work with a real example. This could be a proposal they have submitted in the past or one they anticipate to submit.

This is a 3.0 hour workshop.

Student Member
$30.00

Student Nonmember
$45.00

Member        
$55.00

Nonmember        
$95.00


Essential Elements for Employment Success
Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing

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 2.0 – 3.0 hour workshop.

Student Member
$5.00

Student Nonmember
$10.00

Member        
$15.00

Nonmember        
$20.00

 


Resume Review
Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing

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.


U.S. Immigration & Visa Options for International Researchers
Instructor: Brendan Delaney, Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC.

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


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