Course Module Descriptions

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Course Module Descriptions

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The Publishing Process

Basics in Scholarly Publishing: From the Editors Themselves

ACS on Campus brings you Editors-in-Chief and associate and senior editors from our over forty peer-reviewed journals to answer, face-to-face, basic questions that authors have. Half of the presentation generally focuses on the actual mechanics of putting a paper together. The other half focuses on peer-review. The questions we answer include:

      • How do I choose where to publish my research?
      • How do I write a cover letter?
      • How do I prepare a paper to communicate my work?
      • When should I submit a letter v. full article?
      • What is the best way to handle reviewer feedback?
      • How do I handle supporting information?
      • What is the role of the journal editor?
      • How do you become a reviewer?

Copyright and Ethics in Scholarly Communication: What You Need to Know

How much do you really know about ethics and copyright? The reality is that 90% of ethical and copyright violations are a result of insufficient information and the failure to ask questions, but the consequences can be huge. This session goes over the basics of copyright and scholarly communication ethics so that you as an author are sure of your rights and responsibilities as a member of the scientific community.

¿Cómo se dice? Navigating Science Technical Writing for Non-native Speakers

Writing in any language is difficult but communicating highly technical research for publication in your non-native language can seem impossible. What are the most common mistakes non-native speakers make? What can you do as a non-native English speaking scientist to craft papers that will be reviewed by top journals around the world? Join native and non-native English speakers for a presentation on the pitfalls of science technical writing focusing around tips for non-native English speakers seeking to publishing in English speaking science journals.

ACS ChemWorx Demonstration

Learn about ACS ChemWorx, developed by the American Chemical Society, a free, total research management tool powered by ©colwiz that combines reference discovery and management, professional networking, group and task management and the Publishing Center where you can view your overall publishing activities across ACS with personalized applications in a single location, accessible from anywhere.

A step-by-step demonstration will walk you through using this customized management tool to address your specific needs as researchers in the chemical and related sciences. The American Chemical Society is uniquely positioned to support researchers through each step of publication process, from literature searching to reference and task management to tracking your ACS manuscripts through the peer review process — allowing researchers to focus on what matters the most, the science.

ACS ChemWorx shifts every segment of scientists’ workflow into high gear, enabling researchers and their colleagues to publish faster and more efficiently.


Career Development & Planning


ACS Career Pathways: Finding Your Path

Learn about the four main career pathways available to chemistry professionals: academic, industry, government, and entrepreneurial careers and why each one may or may not be the right choice for you.  This workshop is not only ideal for graduate students and recent grads, but also experienced professionals who are considering a career change.  In addition to learning about which types of careers are available in each pathway, you’ll also learn about the job market and hiring trends in each pathway to help you make your choice.  The workshop allows time for you to inventory your own values, interests, background, strengths, and weaknesses so that you can select which career pathway you’d like to explore in full detail.

ACS Career Pathways: Working in Higher Education

Discover the pros and cons of a career in academia.  You’ll learn about typical career pathways and job opportunities within the four main types of academic institutions.  The workshop will help you understand what academic recruiters are looking for and how you can better position yourself for a faculty position.  You’ll also learn about the expectations that will be placed on you to bring in grants and other funding at the various types of academic institutions.  Lastly, you’ll explore what you can expect during your first year in academia and what you can do during that year to lay the foundation for success.

ACS Career Pathways: Working in Industry

Explore the many and varied career options in industry for chemical professionals.  You’ll not only learn about bench scientists, but also chemists who work in management, patent law, regulatory affairs, technology transfer, technical communications, and information science.  You’ll discover the best ways to find jobs in industry, manage the recruitment process, and negotiate a job offer.  The workshop will offer examples of good and bad resumes, helping you create your own winning resume for industry.  Finally, valuable tips will be shared for making your first year on the job in industry a great one.

Working in Industry: Preparing a Resume

Make a positive first impression with an effective resume. On average, an employer will review a resume for about 20 to 30 seconds. Learn the tips and tricks for getting your resume on the top of the pile. You’ll explore the structure, format and components of a winning resume for industry. In addition, you’ll get a brief taste of career options in industry and subsequently, how to locate your ideal job. This workshop is an abridged version of ACS Career Pathways: Working in Industry.

ACS Career Pathways: Working in Government

Find out if a career in government is right for you.  This workshop begins with an overview of a typical career path in government, including the advantages and disadvantages of working for the government.  You’ll learn about the different types of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as the types of jobs for chemists within these agencies.  You’ll also discover what governmental recruiters are looking for and how to position yourself to grab their attention.  The workshop will cover the often complex ins and outs of the government hiring process, helping you sail through all the red tape.

ACS Career Pathways: Working for Yourself

Consider a career as an entrepreneur or consultant.  You’ll hear about all the advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss, helping you decide whether this is the right choice for you.  Moreover, you’ll learn about the many possible career options available to consultants and entrepreneurs as well as the critical factors that determine their success or failure.  The workshop will set forth all the steps of defining your offer, building your organization, and funding your venture.  You’ll also learn the day to day details of running your own business, including hiring and managing employees.

ACS Career Pathways: Acing the Interview

Walk into any interview with confidence. This module, the third phase of the ACS Career Pathways program, addresses the fundamentals of successful interviewing, explaining the key differences in interviewing for different types of hiring organizations. You’ll learn how to address the 10 tough questions that often catch job seekers off guard. Moreover, you’ll learn how to prepare your own questions to help you take charge of the interview. At the end of this module, you’ll participate in two or three quick mock interviews. With the facilitator’s feedback, you’ll quickly incorporate what you’ve learned to ace your next interview and begin your new career.

Careers in Chemistry: What can I do with a PhD?

Half of PhD chemists take jobs outside of academia. Have you considered options beyond the lab? Perhaps in industry? Intellectual property? Science journalism? Non-profits or even government labs? Join PhD chemists from your community as they share their paths away from academia into other fields.

Alternative Careers in Science Panel Discussion

A science degree doesn’t necessarily mean a life in the lab. There are a multitude of career paths that range from industry to intellectual property. At this panel discussion, you’ll meet local and regional professionals that hold alternative careers in the sciences. Explore their career paths and the unique options that are available for graduates and those seeking higher education.

Graduate Study and Research Collaboration Abroad: Trends, Best Practices and Resources

An increasing number of organizations are being requested to demonstrate internationality. As a skill, international experience can be an attractive feature for a candidate to have when applying for a position. However, many roadblocks can appear for students and practitioners who have never been abroad. Can these kinds of international opportunities be located easily? Does funding exist to acquire this kind of experience? This presentation will illuminate the pathways available to students, fellows, and professionals as they relate to recent global trends in the international movement and collaboration. Participants will also gain insight into what employers and universities are seeking and will be introduced to a curated list of funding resources for international experiences that the ACS International Center maintains.

Preparing Abstracts with Style and Substance

Abstracts are the first introduction to you and your science.  As part of your scientific profile, they also serve as a record of your achievements.  Learn strategies for preparing abstracts that are professional, concise, and effective at attracting audiences.


Grant  Proposal Writing


Writing a Competitive Research Proposal

This presentation will illustrate all-purpose approaches to writing grant proposals as well as demonstrate the elements that make proposals more competitive in grant competition. Based on the long history of ACS PRF (Petroleum Research Fund) grants, several common errors and mistakes will be addressed and discussed in preparing a competitive research proposal.


Research Resources


The SciFinder® Advantage for Your Career

Whether you are an experienced researcher or just starting your career, SciFinder® can help you be more efficient in your work. Spend an hour with CAS and learn how! In this session you will learn tactics to stay current in your field, identify influential research and researchers, track competitors and share ideas with colleagues and collaborators.

Your Lab to Our Database – How Does Your Work End Up in SciFinder?

Learn how CAS builds and maintains the world’s largest collection of molecular substances, reactions, and related content that is vital to the work of researchers.

SciFinder – Beyond Chemistry

SciFinder helps you explore more than 37 million research records from many scientific disciplines; including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science and more.


Networking & Communicating Your Science


What is It You Do Again? Why Effectively Communicating Your Science Matters

Explaining your research to a room full of scientists is one thing. Explaining it to members of Congress so they’ll continue funding your research is another. Getting Wall Street Journal, NY Times, or Chemical & Engineering News reporters to effectively communicate the significance of your work is still another challenge.  The fact is that many scientists cannot effectively communicate the significance of why their research is important to the general public. Sit down with science writers, Capitol Hill lobbyists, and professional science communicators to learn how you can communicate your science and why doing so effectively, simply, and directly can enhance your career.