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How To Apply

Selection Process and Stipends


General Information

Campus Information

Workshop on
February 22-25, 2013
Application Deadline: January 11, 2013
Selection Decisions: January 22, 2013

Carl M. Cohen, Workshop Director
Dannielle Kennedy, Workshop Co-Facilitator

Guest Speaker:
Ken Miller, Brown University

Workshop description: This is a highly interactive 3.5 day workshop in which you will develop the skills necessary to lead and interact effectively with others, in both one-on-one and group settings. The workshop will focus on techniques, situations, and challenges that relate specifically to leading and managing in the scientific workplace. It will emphasize learning by doing and will involve role playing, giving and receiving feedback, and group problem solving. Much of the learning will be peer-to-peer. Participants will be expected to discuss their own experiences and listen to others as they discuss theirs.

The workshop will help participants identify areas where they need guidance and growth, as well as how to capitalize on areas of strength. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges with others and to receive feedback and guidance from others with experience in leading scientists in a variety of settings. At the end of the course, participants will be linked through a unique on-line community in which they can continue learning from one another and from the course instructors.

Key focus areas of the workshop will include:

• Recognizing and understanding leadership in a science setting
• Using negotiation as a tool in scientific discussions and problem solving
• Identifying and resolving conflicts in the lab
• Dealing with difficult people and situations
• Communicating your ideas and plans in a way that engages others
• Leading effective and productive meetings

• Becoming effective citizen scientists

Target audience: The workshop is targeted to life scientists making, or recently having made, the transition to leadership or managerial positions. Many of the situations discussed will be from the perspective of an independent investigator running his or her own laboratory. As such, relatively new investigators (e.g., < 3 years) are particularly encouraged to apply, as are senior postdoctoral scholars on the cusp of tenure-track research positions.

Click here to read about the impact the workshop had on a 2012 participant ("Scientists must be taught to manage," Nature 483:511, doi:10.1038/483511a), and here to read about the impact on a 2011 participant ("Training: Workshops that work," Nature 488: 419-420, doi:10.1038/nj7411-419a).

Workshop Director: Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D. Carl is President of Science Management Associates and provides consultation and training in interpersonal, group and organizational skills to scientists and science executives in both the public and private sectors. Carl has more than 25 years of biomedical research and management expertise, including having been Chief Operating Officer of Biovest International, focused on cancer immunotherapy, and Vice President for Research and Development at Creative BioMolecules. Carl served as Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Acting Chair of the Department of Biomedical Research at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston. During that period he also held the positions of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Carl is co-author with his wife Suzanne of the book “Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists” (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2012).

Workshop Co-Facilitator: Dannielle ("Dannie") Kennedy, Ph.D. Dannie is a former president of the Board of Directors of the Boston Center of the A.K. Rice Institute and has directed numerous conferences on authority and leadership. She is on the faculty of the Executive Coaching Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and has served on the Case Series Editorial Board of the Family Firm Institute. As an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College and guest lecturer at Harvard University and Smith College, she has taught courses on leadership, executive coaching, organizational theory and consultation, post-merger integration, applied research methods, and group dynamics. She is currently a leadership coach and advisor at WorkLab Consulting LLC (formerly the Nautilus Consulting Group). Prior to joining WorkLab, Dannie was a senior consultant at KRW International, an executive development boutique. Dannie holds a Ph.D. from Simmons College and is a graduate of the Advanced Studies in Organizational Development Program at the Boston Institute of Psychotherapy. Her clients include Fortune 500 corporations and institutions in electronic information, financial services, advertising, publishing, testing and assessment services, human resources and university administration.

Application instructions: Selection criteria for the workshop includes submission of a personal statement and one letter of reference. Students will be expected to stay for the duration of the workshop, which will begin in the mid-afternoon of Friday, February 22, and end by lunchtime on Monday, February 25. The workshop will be held at the CSHL Banbury Conference Center, located on the north shore of Long Island. Click the links at left to begin the application process.

Generously subsidized with funds provided by American Express.

Cost (including board and lodging): $800
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