Ask Me Anything (AMA) Events!

Versatile PhD’s 2017-18 event schedule will consist of four extended Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions with PhD career experts. Rather than the short-duration, rapid-fire AMA format popular with many internet communities, each of these events will be active for three days. Time for a wide range of questions, answers, and follow-up.

Unlike past events on the VPhD website, the AMAs will go live in their own dedicated forum. Once over, AMAs will remain available for reading and review by anyone.

As with all VPhD events, our AMAs are free and open to any VPhD member. Join Versatile PhD now if you haven’t already.

You have a couple ways to follow the discussion:

– Check the forum every so often. If you stay signed in, just refresh the page.
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September 6-8, 2017
Desney Tan (Microsoft Health)

Desney Tan (Ph.D. Computer Science, 2004) is Senior Director of Microsoft’s Clinical Sensing and Analytics group and has been honored for his work on whole-body computing. He is a passionate believer in the creative utility of research and the contributions that PhDs in all disciplines can make in industrial settings.

October 11-13, 2017
Peter Fiske (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Peter Fiske (Ph.D., Geochemistry and Materials Science, 1993) is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience founding startups and commercializing new technologies. He also wrote the science careers classic, “Put Your Science to WORK!” and regularly speaks to early-career scientists at universities across the country.

February 26-28, 2018
Joseph Barber (University of Pennsylvania Career Center)
Jenny Furlong (CUNY Graduate Center Office of Career Planning and Professional Development)

Dr. Furlong (Romance Languages, 2003) and Dr. Barber (Zoology, 2002) help PhDs plan successful careers – Furlong at CUNY Graduate Center and Barber at Penn. Barber maintains an active Zoology presence as consultant, writer and adjunct faculty member, and Furlong is co-author of The Academic Job Search Handbook.

April 17-19, 2018
Thi Nguyen (Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School)
Fatimah Williams Castro (Beyond the Tenure Track)

Dr. Castro (Cultural Anthropology, 2011) and Dr. Nguyen (Neuroscience, 2010) help PhDs plan and launch successful careers – Nguyen as a graduate career advisor and associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis, and Castro as speaker and career coach to PhDs.