Career and Professional Development - Resources and Opportunities


The OUHSC Graduate College aims to assist Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in comprehensive training, not only in their scientific discipline but also in career and professional development opportunities. 

We present a monthly seminar/workshop series on Professional & Career Development, usually noon on the third Friday - see recent and scheduled events listed below.


HHMI:  "Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a variety of career resources:

MyIDPP         Science Careers           Career Tools for STEM Professionals              Career Trends: Transferring Your Skills

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships                         Communication toolkit 

Transitioning to industry:                     How to sail smoothly from academia to industry

 Karen Kelsky offers webinars and resources on academic and non-academic careers: 

 Non-academic careers: 

Curated Book List - Available to check out in the HSC Bird Library - click here for categories and titles

In collaboration with the Robert M. Bird Library, the Graduate College has created a curated list of books available for check out at the Bird Library. The call numbers can be found on the Library website for Specialty Collections: Career Development. If you have ideas for additional books you'd like to see added to the list, please email the Graduate College ( or Dr. Gillian Air ( 


Professional & Career Development Seminar Series 

April 16, 2021 - Chris Horton, PhD, "Transitioning from Research to a Teaching Career: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

March 19, 2021 - Chien Li, PhD, Novo Nordisk Research Center, Seattle "Anti-Obesity Drug Development: The Potential and the Challenge"

February 19, 2021 - Fiona McMurray, PhD, Novo Nordisk Research Center, Seattle  “Making the switch from Academia to Industry: An Insider’s Perspective”

January 22, 2021 - Shaniqua Crawford, Institutional Equity Officer "It's on Us - Shifting Our Culture to Reflect the Mission of the University"

December 18, 2020 - Karen Kelsky webinar "Going post-Ac in a pandemic"

November 20, 2020 - Karen Kelsky webinar "Hacking the academic job market"

November 5th and 6th 2020 (two afternoons) - John Robertson, PhD, Grantwriters Inc. "Getting Started Writing Successful Grant Proposals"

October 16, 2020 - Ashley Valentas, M.Ed., LPC, OUHSC. "Optimal Performance - turning stress into benefit"

September 18, 2020 - Shari Clifton MLIS, AHIP,  and faculty panel, "EndNote 101" and "Advanced EndNote" 

August 21, 2020 - Gillian Air, PhD, Amy Tucker, PhD, Anne Kasus-Jacobi, PhD, The Skill of Highlighting Your Skills: CVs, Biosketches, and Resumes”  Presentation HERE

March 13, 2020 - Mary Sheets, PhD, CPA, University of Central Oklahoma  Income Tax Reporting Requirements for US Residents and Non-Residents”

February 21, 2000 - Molly Hill, PhD, Individual Development Plans – Making a game plan for your future!”

January 17, 2020 - Carmon Drumm, M.Ed., "Self-Care: Balance, Intention, & Meaning"

November 15, 2019 - Shari Clifton, MLIS, AHIP, "Making Endnote Work for You"

November 11, 2019 - Alex Crowe, PhD,  Univ. Southern California and Allergan Inc, "Transitioning from Grad School to Industry" 

October 18, 2019 - Charlene Wilson, Berkshire Hathaway and Nathan Bednar, AMC Mortgage, "Let's Talk Real Estate"

September 20, 2019 - Kevin C. Wooten, PhD,  Univ Houston, Clear Lake,  "Team Science Skills and Strategies: The Future of Scientific Innovation" 

August 23, 2019 - Jane N. Irungu, PhD, "Let's Thrive: A values-based approach inclusivity"

July 25, 2019 - James Rea, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science,  Workshop and small group sessions.

June 21, 2019 - Jeff Moore, Susan Moring, Alex Crowe, PhD, and Kimberly McCullor, PhD, "Mastering your Personal Pitch"

May 17, 2019 - Chellé Guttery, PhD, "Students with Disabilities in Professional and Clinical Programs"

April 19, 2019 - Carol D. Curtis, PhD,  I2e and C^2 Consulting,  "Building a Career through Networking"

March 15, 2019 - Mary Carter, PhD, "CVs and Resumes" 

February 15, 2019 - Laku Chidambaram, PhD, Ilhan Demiralp, PhD, Amber Hasbrook, and Megan Allen, "Foundations of Business and MBA"

January 18, 2019 - Michelle Staudt, PhD, CCRP, "Professional Etiquette"

December 14, 2018 - Thomas Wavering, "Bring Your Ideas to Reality with the Tom Love Innovation Hub" 

November 30, 2018 - Linda Mason, PhD,  Oklahoma State Regents for HIgher Education,  "Beginning Grantwriting"

November 2, 2018 - Robin A. Felder, PhD,  University of Virginia,  "New Approaches to Predict, Diagnose, Prevent, or Manage Hypertension and Salt Sensitivity of Blood Pressure"

October 25, 2018 - J. Quyen Wickham, "Research Funding: Grantspersonship from Graduate School through Early Career or  How I got a job as a Scientist" 

September 14, 2018 - Shari Clifton, "Making Endnote Work for You"





Contact the Graduate College ( or 405-271-2085 with questions or content ideas.