2021 Academic Lab Management & Leadership Symposium

by Chava Nerenberg, Graduate Programming Assistant
Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:00 PM

Check out this opportunity to attend the 2021 Academic Lab Management and Leadership Symposium on February 23 & 25 and March 2 & 4

The course is designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty in the biomedical, physical and life sciences with the professional competencies to lead innovative and productive research programs. However, graduate students and research staff may also find this training informative and may attend. Additionally, the symposium will be held virtually this year and postdocs and graduate students from any institution are invited to register.

This course is eligible for funding by UCSB's Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) program. Read on for more information about the symposium and how to apply for funding.

Registration Fee:

  1. Early Registration (by Jan 31) = $75

  2. Regular Registration (Feb 1 or later) = $100
    Click here to register.

Registrations will be accepted through the start of the final session on Thursday, March 4 at 12 noon PT. Slides and handout will be sent to all registrants at the conclusion of the entire event from the presenters who consent to making their materials available, but sessions will not be recorded.


Each event day is scheduled for 10:00am-1:30pm (PT)

This virtual symposium will feature faculty from various institutions:

February 23, 2021

Developing Your Leadership Vision

Douglas Robinson | Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Managing Communication & Conflict

Amali Samarasinghe | University of Tennessee Health Science Center

February 25, 2021

Conducting Your Job Search

Shalini Low-Nam | Purdue University

Roberto Tinoco | UC Irvine

Li Ye | Scripps Research

Negotiating Your Academic Job Offer

Kymberly Gowdy | Ohio State University Medical Center

Michael Latham | Texas Tech University

Saket Navlakha | Cold Spring Harbor

March 2, 2021

Recruiting & Staffing Your Lab

Jennifer Martinez | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Aimee Shen | Tufts University

Diversity/Inclusion in Higher Education

Claudia Benavente | UC Irvine

Building an Effective Team

Sandra Schmid | Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Luke Wiseman | Scripps Research

March 4, 2021

Sustaining Your Lab

Brandon Cox | Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Paul Thomas | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Navigating Tenure

John Lukens | University of Virginia

Jennifer Martinez | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Melissa Pasquinelli | NC State University


Have you ever wished you had support to take advantage of a professional or career development opportunity that lies outside the scope of your academic research? The UCSB Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) Program is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars fill in the funding gaps for pursuing opportunities that support your professional development in a variety of career trajectories.

Awards up to $1000 will be granted to eligible UCSB graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from any discipline who wish to individually tailor their career paths with outside professional development opportunities. These opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Attending workshops, industry trade shows, trainings, certificate programs, and other professional events
  • Visits to potential industries and companies
  • Visits to job shadow potential mentors or others in a chosen industry
  • Career-focused professional organization events
  • And more!
Click here for more information about the IPS program and to apply for funding!