Neuroscience Grad Student Association
The purpose of the NGSA is to provide an association for graduate students across departments and disciplines that are focusing on neuroscience-related questions in their research as well as enhancing collaboration, support, and opportunities for graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University.
GSU Graduate students interested in Neuroscience are invited to join the NGSA regardless of their discipline.
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NGSA events are made possible by the collaboration and organization of all members. We sponsor and organize many on and off campus activities including:
- Neuroscience Institute Breakfast Lecture Series: NIBL
- Meet-and-greet opportunities with invited speakers
- Student-nominated and hosted speakers
- Academic and industry networking events
- Science education and community outreach
- Student fundraisers
- Ongoing social events
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Recent News from NGSA
For non-travel reimbursements:
Grant opportunities for doctoral students:
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Programs
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually
The Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) Doctoral Scholars program
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Next deadlines: Oct 26-30, 2015: Oct 26 Life Sciences, Oct 27 CIS/Engineering, Oct 29 Psychology/Social Sciences/STEM Education and Learning, Oct 30 Chemistry/Math/Physics
NIH F31 Individual NRSA for PhD Students.
Next deadline: Dec 8, 2015
Here is a link on the GSU URSA (University Research Services & Administration) website for a list of potential sources of fellowships:
You can sign up for a Funding Opportunities Listserv through the University:
Academia isn't for everyone. We all know the way to go about finding academic positions, but what else is out there? This section may be helpful to any PhD students seeking employment in non-academic positions.
Q: What are my options?
Helpful articles for getting started on your search:
Q: Where do I get connected?
If you haven't already, then connect with your peers and future coworkers on:
Be a part of the Atlanta community and join the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Attend lectures and events throughout the city, be a part of science education in the community and connect with like-minded researchers, the people you meet can help you move forward.
Q: What types of jobs are available?
The following information was compiled by and annotated from Columbia University Center for Career Education and Vanderbilt School of Medicine Beyond the Lab Program.
One of the first places that scientists and engineers look for opportunities outside of the academic environment is research in industry. These positions can be a great fit for someone who still enjoys the day-to-day work of research but is looking to do it in a different context. These positions are often highly competitive and sometimes require candidates to have a couple years of postdoctoral experience. This is especially true in the biomedical sciences. Anyone searching for industry positions should take care to make sure their academic CV is transformed into something that looks more like a resume before submitting it. Use active verbs and concise descriptions of your research so that a hiring manager can quickly get a sense of the work you’ve done.
This is a collection of interviews from various representatives of the following career paths from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Beyond the Lab program.
Visit Beyond the Lab @ Vanderbilt to learn more and check for new content.
Academic Core Facility Management
Rob Carnahan, PhD, Director of Antibody and Protein Resource Core Facility, Vanderbilt University
Mary Kosinski, PhD, Clinical Director, Nusirt Biopharma
Nuruddeen Lewis, PhD, Scientist, Cellular and Translational Immunology group, EMD Serono
Faculty (Research Focus)
Nikki Cheng, PhD, Cancer Biology, Principal Investigator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Puck Ohi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Faculty (Teaching Focus)
Harold Olivey, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, Indiana University Northwest
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Scientific Director, Tricore Laboratories
Seth Ogden, PhD, JD, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner
Sydika McKissic, PhD, Managing Director, Institute for Research on Men's Health, Vanderbilt University
Dina Stroud, PhD, Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program, Research Scientist
Research Administration (Academic)
Andrea Bauman-Carnegie, PhD, Director of Administrative Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tom Utley, Licensing Analyst at Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Vanderbilt University
Scientific/medical writing and publishing is an excellent alternative for PhDs with strong writing skills who want to stay involved in the scientific community without spending hours in the lab or field. There are many different contexts in which a PhD can use writing skills: large and small scientific journals, medical writing companies that produce content for pharmaceutical companies, and technology companies that need strong writers to produce "how-to" content. Academic and technical journals, in particular, prefer hiring PhDs for editing positions; however, publishing firms in a variety of fields also seek PhDs for editing, marketing, sales, production, design, information technology, and business positions.
Also check Nature Jobs which often posts publishing positions
The federal government has a long history of hiring engineers and other holders of advanced degrees in the sciences. These people work in jobs ranging from international development to systems design for NASA. Furthermore, because of the rapid advances in biotechnology over the past decade, as well as the threat posed by biological warfare and emerging diseases, much of the government’s critical national security research is now in the biological sciences. Because government scientists are generally engaged in primary research, almost all of them tend to hold advanced degrees (PhDs or MDs).
In addition to the more research-focused roles described above, many scientists have satisfying work making and influencing national policy. These roles exist both within the federal government and in the many nonprofit organizations that work to influence policy on wide range of issues—the environment, science education, healthcare, and energy, for example. Below you'll find links to fellowships in this area and the major job database for not-for-profit positions.
United Nations (various offices)
Patent agents or scientific advisors at law firms assist firm partners in due diligence, litigation, opinions, and other tasks similar to those of associates, but do not hold law degrees (although advanced science degrees are required). A scientific advisor at a law firm will deal with cutting-edge science every day, and this kind of work has the potential to expose the employee to a broader range of science and technology than would a career in research.
PhDs who are hired as scientific advisors do not have to go to law school but are often expected to become patent agents and to draft, prosecute, and secure patents. Some firms will pay for an employee’s law school in order for him or her to become a patent attorney. Look for law firms with a focus on intellectual property.
Martindales (a great resource for researching firms)
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