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Tue 3/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Professionalism and Making the Most out of Your Practicum/Internship
Public Health A521

Tips on how to find a practicum, develop your professional image, and keep in touch after your practicum/internship experience is over.

Tue 3/28 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Creating a Federal Resume for Government Positions and Tips on the Application Process
Public Health A521

Join Joanna Weber, human resources specialist in workforce development and career services, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, for tips and tricks on applying to federal jobs including: creating a federal resume, formatting, and reading job announcements. 

Sat 4/1
Call for Nominations: Postdoctoral Mentor Award

The University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) is seeking nominations for its Annual Postdoctoral Mentor Award.  Postdoctoral associates and scholars are invited to nominate their faculty mentors/PIs.  As effective mentoring is a key component of a successful postdoc experience, this award is intended to recognize and honor mentors who have engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral associates/scholars.  The recipient will receive his or her award at the annual UPPDA Data and Dine Symposium scheduled to be held on May 16th, 2017.  In addition, the recipient will be nominated for the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 2018 Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award. The recipient of the NPA Mentor Award will receive a plaque, an honorarium of $500, and complimentary registration and a travel stipend to attend the 2018 NPA Annual Meeting.  In fact, our 2015 winner of the UPPDA Postdoctoral Mentor Award, Dr. Jennifer Silk, went on to be awarded the NPA Mentor Award that year. 

To learn about previous winners of the NPA Mentor Award, please visit the following sites:

2016 Mentor Award Recipient: Shannon Manning, Ph.D., M.P.H.


2015 Mentor Award Recipient:  Dr. Jennifer Silk (University of Pittsburgh)


2014 Mentor Award Recipient:  Dr. Joel Elmquist


2013 Mentor Award Recipient:  Dr. Munoz-Carpena


Nominations will be accepted from current University of Pittsburgh postdoctoral associates/scholars (anyone who is currently a postdoc or within five years of having completed postdoctoral training) from now through April 1, 2017.  The UPPDA will adhere to the National Postdoctoral Association guidelines listed below. 

To submit a nomination, please provide the following: 

1.    Brief description of the nominee (NIH Biosketch, etc).  Please include the nominee’s full name, title, and academic credentials.

  1. Short essay describing why you believe that your nominee should receive the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Mentor Award (1200-word limit). Consider addressing the following points:
    1. How your nominee provides "hands-on" professional development experiences for postdocs, such as writing papers or reviews and applying for grants/fellowships.
    2. How your nominee provides postdocs with guidance on networking and planning for their future careers.
    3. How your nominee maintains accessibility with postdocs by consistently providing open lines of communication and helping them to become competent in communication.
    4. The philosophy, activities, characteristics, or traits of your nominee that make this person a truly outstanding mentor. Be sure to give specific examples.
    5. How the nominee's mentoring has benefited you personally (if applicable).
    6. A summary of the nominee's mentoring efforts, including, for example, the length of time that she or he has served as a mentor, the number of postdocs that the nominee has mentored, and examples of the success that these postdocs have had under the mentor's guidance, especially regarding increased proficiency in any of the six NPA Core Competencies.
    7. How the nominee has influenced the quality of the postdoctoral experience on a local, regional, or national level.
  2. OPTIONAL:  Up to three (3) supporting documents (e.g., letters of support from former students and/or postdoctoral scholars and colleagues, and newspaper, magazine, or journal articles).

Submit the nomination package electronically by e-mailing it to­­­ .

The UPPDA Executive Board will be responsible for reviewing nominations and making a final selection.   The recipient will be notified no later than April 15, 2017.

Thu 4/6 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Global Health Job Fair
Location TBD

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Global Health Career Fair sponsored by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the Global Health Council. It will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 1-6PM at the Washington Hilton Hotel – DuPont Circle in Washington, DC
Thu 4/13 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Life After Postdoc: Pathways to Careers in Industry and Other Fields
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Since transitioning from a postdoc to positions in industry, government, scientific writing, and many other avenues outside of academia can seem challenging and confusing, learn from panelists who will describe their paths to their successful careers in other fields. Moderated by Julie Cramer, PhD, Scientist, NanoVision Diagnostics, Inc. 

Part of the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series, presented by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development in Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development.

Tue 5/9 6:00PM - 8:00PM
: UPPDA Postdoc Career Club Presents: It's Your Turn! Self Branding with Social Media (Part II)
Scaife Hall

During this session, we will  review and reinforce the key concepts for building a professional social media brand with a focus on peer-review of your LinkedIN profile. 
Tue 9/19 to Wed 9/20
Pitt Fall 2017 Career Fair
William Pitt Union

Students, meet prospective employers at this annual, University-wide career fair. Useful for students at every level - whether you are job hunting or not! September 28 and 29 focus on STEM-related employers. Hosted by the Pitt Office for Career Development and Placement Assistance (CDPA). Student registration information available in the fall.Check Pitt Bridges for updates. 

Tue 10/3 12:50PM to Wed 10/4 12:55PM
Women in Medicine and Science Forum

Save The Date! The Women in Medicine and Science Forum has a new date: October 3-4, 2017. Mark your calendars! More information will follow.
Fri 10/20
Pitt Public Health Career Fair
Public Health Community Commons (1151)

Potential employers eager to meet our students. More information coming in the fall. 
Wed 9/24 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Pitt Fall Career Fair

Students, meet prospective employers at this annual, University-wide career fair. Useful for students at every level - whether you are job hunting or not! 


Thu 3/16/17
Mock K Study Session Career Services Event
Mock K Study Session
Thu 3/16 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Experience a live study section and receive inside information regarding the study section review process. 

Part of The Spring 2017 Research Series, presented by Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development.

Mon 3/6/17 to Fri 3/10/17
PhD Careers in Think Tanks – Humanities/Social Science Edition Career Services Webinar
PhD Careers in Think Tanks – Humanities/Social Science Edition
Mon 3/6 to Fri 3/10

Our PhD Career Panel discussions are like a combination of an AMA and an informational interview. They take place in our discussion forums, so it all happens online and in writing. Each discussion takes a five-day work week; because it is asynchronous, you can participate anytime during the week.

Sun 3/5/17
2017 APHA Awards Nomination Deadline Career Services Deadline
2017 APHA Awards Nomination Deadline
Sun 3/5 12:00AM - 11:55PM

Help us identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions. Membership is not required for nomination of several of APHA’s Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo., Nov. 4-8, in Atlanta.   Nominations must be received no later than Friday, May 5. Awards descriptions, criteria and nomination forms are available on our website.

  For additional information, contact Deborah Dillard at 202-777-2442 or via email. 

Thu 3/2/17
Diversifying Your Funding Portfolio - Grant Resources on the Web Career Services Event
Diversifying Your Funding Portfolio - Grant Resources on the Web
Thu 3/2 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Discover research funding mechanisms and strategies for locating funding opportunities, as well as alerting services to keep you up-to-date on selected funding announcements. Presented by Barb Folb, MM, MLS, MPH, public health informationist.

Part of The Spring 2017 Research Series, presented by Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development.

Fri 2/24/17
Public Health Practice in Action! Career Services Event
Public Health Practice in Action!
Fri 2/24 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health A425

As a county epidemiologist, Kayleigh Blaney serves 1.3 million residents with disease surveillance, outbreak response, and day-to-day disease consultation to residents, schools, and hospitals. 

As an analyst for the PA Dept of Health, Ashley Parsons serves the state by working on various large-scale projects and policies, such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 

Hear more about their work and ask your questions about public health practice. Students from all departments are welcome! Register on Pitt Bridges

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Pitt Bridges Login

Login to Pitt Bridges, Pitt Public Health's online job board and Web-based recruiting system.

To get moving in the right direction, schedule an appointment online! Joan Anson, Director of Career Services, and Marissa Kaplan, Career Services Specialist, can also be reached by phone at 412-648-5987 for further assistance.

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