One of the unique elements of the N3 program is the professional development program. To prepare you for a variety of careers in the STEM field, we provide professional workshops, career counseling and individual development plan workshops. The purpose of these workshops is to help STEM graduate students develop knowledge as to what non-academic workplace environments are like, and what opportunities exist for Ph.D. students outside of academia. These workshops will be led by invited speakers who are STEM professionals working in private industry, government, national labs, publishing groups and more.

Upcoming Workshops

April 18, 2018 - Professional Development Workshop

Presented by Michelle Kidder, editorial development manager at Americas at Royal Society of Chemistry.

April 25, 2018 - Professional Development Workshop

Presented by Jennifer Griffiths, R&D scientist at National Laboratories.

Previously Held Workshops

November 2, 2017 – A Career in Technology Transfer

Presented by patent agent Jean Lockyer, Ph.D., of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP, San Francisco. Lockyer is experienced in both U.S. and foreign intellectual property regulation and has advised both academic and industrial clients in fields of molecular biology and biochemistry, immunology and antibody therapeutics, plant biology, molecular diagnostics, agriculture and biofuel technology. She discussed her career as she transitioned from basic biomedical research to working in the technology transfer field.

October 4, 2017 – What is it like to be a STEM Professional in the Private Sector?

Christoff Bausch, Ph.D., has worked for Sigma-Aldrich in multiple capacities and has been a consultant both as a graduate student and during his post-graduate career. He has extensive entrepreneurial expertise in the biotech fields, having founded two companies, Nanopore Diagnostics and the Keion Group. Currently, he serves as the chief science officer for Sab Biotherapeutics in Sioux Falls. He discussed how to excel as a STEM professional in the private sector.

October 4, 2017 - Meet Graduate Students from the Dakota Research and Consulting Organization (DRACO)

Following the workshop with Christoph Bausch, members of DRACO were on-hand to share information about their group and answer questions. DRACO is a biotechnology consulting group, run by graduate students, that is currently in the process of incorporating. By utilizing the broad skill sets of ambitious graduate students, DRACO connects researchers and entrepreneurs with the appropriate resources and knowledge to inspire growth and innovation in our regional biotechnology sector. These six-week consulting projects allow graduate student consultants to gain valuable insight into the challenges of industrial projects while building connections within the biotechnology sector and developing vital professional, leadership and communication skills.

September 6, 2017 – My Individual Development Plan

Presented by USD Graduate School Dean Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., and Riley Paulsen, an N3 graduate student. This workshop is designed to help graduate students and their faculty mentors understand individual development plans, or IDPs, that assist graduate students in examining skills, interests, values and potential scientific career paths.