By James Burkett
As a PhD graduate student, do you ever feel like you’re being trained on everything about how to run a research lab except how to actually run a lab? You’re probably not alone. Every year, the Emory Office of Postdoctoral Education runs a training workshop called “Lab Management in Academia” to teach people exactly the skills necessary to do so. Until recently, this workshop was available only to post-doctoral researchers as part of Emory’s Office of Postdoctoral Education; Emory’s training program for post-docs is among the best in the country. This leaves us graduate students in the unenviable position of wondering whether our own post-doctoral positions at other institutions will prepare us as well as Emory could.
That may change this spring. I recently spoke with Dr. Mary DeLong, Assistant Dean of Postdoctoral Education, who is in charge of organizing this workshop. She indicated that this spring, for the first time, a limited number of advanced PhD students may be allowed into the workshop on a wait-list basis. The workshop has limited space, and priority will go to post-doctoral researchers.
If you are interested in enrolling in the “Lab Management in Academia” workshop series for this Spring and are a 5th year student or above, please contact Dr. Mary DeLong at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on this course as it becomes available can be found at www.med.emory.edu/postdoc.