career development

Communication Skills Workshop with Sarah Cardozo Duncan

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Written by Miles Duncan, Career Development Co-Chair

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2018 4:30-6:30pm in Jaharis 508, 150 Harrison Ave, Boston MA. 02111

On February 22nd, 2018, Tufts held a communication skills workshop lead by Sarah Cardozo Duncan. Sarah, a Boston-based career strategist, is a sought after speaker and workshop leader committed to helping and mentoring young scientists. This workshop centered on helping Tufts students and postdocs determine their own personal communication style and how to identify and best interact with people using other styles.

            Following a brief introduction, Sarah split the 30 attendees into four groups based on communication traits; direct vs. indirect, and thinking out loud vs. thinking internally. Each group brainstormed the top five words to describe their conversation style, how they like to receive communication, and how one might recognize them in a meeting. Next everyone shared their results, and the groups had the opportunity to ask each other questions about their contrasting communication styles.

Some takeaways:

People who think out loud, and may “talk too much”, do so because they are uncomfortable with silence. They might not realize when they are rude.

People who favor a direct form of communication are task oriented. They don’t mind small talk in an appropriate setting, but never in an important meeting.

People who favor an indirect form of communication like to build consensus and include everyone’s opinion.

People who think internally need a lot of information before making a decision, but will never miss a deadline. They may appear disengaged, but thrive when asked questions.

Versatile PhD: A resource for PhDs

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Today we are joined by Paula Chambers, founder of Versatile PhD for a seminar by the Sackler GSC. Paula runs a successful online repository of forums and career information for PhDs.


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Insights into Careers in Commercial Sciences

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We were lucky enough to be joined by Cliff Ramsdell, PhD, Product Development Manager for Flow Cytometry in North America for Thermo Fisher Scientific. Cliff spoke about careers in commercial sciences as a often overlooked but richly rewarding way to use your analytical and research skills!


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Join us for the Tufts PDA Mentoring Circle Kickoff Event on Monday November 9th from 4-6pm!

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Tufts Postdoc Mentoring Program Kick Off!
Guest Speaker: Joanne Kamens, PhD
Executive Director of Addgene
“Enriching Your Mentoring
Experience From Both Sides”
November 9th 2015
4pm – 6pm
Sackler 114
145 Harrison Avenue
Boston MA 02111
Refreshments will be served
All Welcome!
If you have applied for the mentoring program, it is strongly encouraged that you attend but please feel free to come, even if you haven’t!

Tufts PDA Mentoring Circles

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Are you interested in guidance in your academic or industry career progression? Need help managing your work-life balance? Want to build your network?

What is a Mentoring Circle? 

A Mentoring Circle consists of several mentees with STEM, Humanties or Social Science backgrounds swho are committed to meeting monthly to support one another with support, advice, and information. Each circle will be directed by an experienced mentor.

Who will be in my circle? 

The MASS AWIS mentoring committee will review submitted surveys and match you with a circle based on interest, career goals, geography, and other factors.

What will we talk about? Are we just going to sit around and complain?

The mentoring circle is a supportive forum to constructively resolve all issues, but the focus is on career and personal growth. The group decide the details of scheduling and we will provide ideas and articles to help start conversations within your circle. All participants should be willing to both give and get professional and personal support from others in their circle. Mentors will aid in directing conversational topics within the circle and by sharing their knowledge and experience.

Applications due Friday, October 30.

Apply online at