PI Crash Course: Skills for Future or New Lab Leaders

Most recent PI Crash Course in NYC: June 24-25, 2019. Join our email list below to hear about the next training!

The New Principal Investigator (PI) Crash Course is a two-day intensive boot camp of seminars, discussions, and hands-on activity sessions to provide exposure to fundamental leadership and management skills and tools needed for success in your lab. 

 

 

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PI CRASH COURSE OVERVIEW

2019 Dates: June 24-25; 9:00am - 4:30pm

This two-day intensive crash course integrates the principle skills that future and new PIs did not develop during their post-doctoral training, but will be necessary to survive as a new Lab leader and manager. Whether you are a doctoral student, postdoc, new PI, or looking to start your own lab, as a lab leader you will immediately be confronted on daily basis by a variety of situations that you must be prepared to handle. This crash course will provide you the tools you need to start your lab on the right foot.

Led by a team of experienced leaders and scientists in the field of environmental sciences, epigenetics, genomics, epidemiology, immunology, neuroscience and bioinformatics, this workshop will integrate lectures with hands-on sessions to put eight key “survival skills” into practice: Negotiating, Staffing, Leading, Mentoring, Managing People, Managing time, Managing projects, and Networking. Emphasis will be given to leadership styles, leadership vision, self-awareness, successful delegation, responsibility, problem solving, adaptability, communication techniques, goal setting, and strategizing. The Crash Course will conclude with a panel discussion with successful PIs at different stages of their careers, ranging from Assistant Professors to Department Chairs.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Negotiation skills for a new position/promotion/collaboration/publication

  • Staffing skills for job posts/candidate screening/interviews/hiring

  • Leadership and mentoring skills in the Lab

  • People management: day-to-day/conflict resolution/misconduct/promotions/layoffs

  • Time management: balancing research, teaching, service/when & how to say No

  • Project management: planning/tracking progress/meeting deadlines/introduction to management software

  • Network creation and maintenance: mentors/collaborators/supporters

  • Real-life lab leader success stories and best tips from early-stage and experienced investigators  

Senior post-doctoral students and associate research scientists about to start their independent position search are particularly welcome to attend, and we strongly encourage new and recent PIs to participate as it is never too late to get an overview of the survival skills that you will need throughout your career.

PREREQUISITES 

There are no prerequisites to attend the New PI Crash Course.

INSTRUCTORS:

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, MPH, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University ​

Tuuli Lappalainen, PhD, New York Genome Center

Ana Navas-Acien, MD, MPH, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University ​

Diane Re, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University ​

Brandon Pearson, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University ​

Matthew Perzanowski, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University ​

Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Robert Wright, MD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Panelists separate from this list of instructors.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Training scholarships are available for the PI Crash Course. The scholarship submission period is now closed.

LOCATION

The New PI Crash Course will take place on the Columbia University Medical Campus (CUMC) in New York City, specifically at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, 722 W. 168th Street, Allan Rosenfield Building 8th Floor Auditorium. Please note that the entrance to the building is on the 10th floor (training is located two floors below entrance).

General transportation and lodging information can be found in the Getting Around sectionA PDF map of the 2018 Crash Course location can be found here.

TESTIMONIALS

The PI Crash Course gave me insight into things I wasn't aware I didn't know. It gave me tools to address those deficiencies and resources to continue to strengthen these skills. - Faculty member at Albany College of Pharmacy, 2018

Very valuable resource for all postdocs who are transitioning into faculty positions.  I strongly recommend to all postdocs who have particular interest to start their own lab, or in developing their careers as professors. - Suresh A., postdoc at Weil Cornell Medicine, 2018

Great speakers with rich experiences, who really delivered their messages enthusiastically and thoroughly! The course exceeded my expectations. - Eduardo G., Faculty member at Columbia University, 2018

Very good content; a lot of the principles would be applicable across disciplines, not just science.  I liked the interactive activities and the opportunity to role play real-live scenarios. - Maria R., postdoc at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2018

Comprehensively covered negotiation, networking, time management methods, hiring the right staff, interviewing skills, and management of a team and different projects. - Faculty member at Feinstein Institute of Medical Research​, 2018

Very informative; a good focus on the mindset change required going from lab participant to lab leader. A new perspective of softer skills not covered in other academic courses. - Lucas H., postdoc at Harvard University, 2018

This course was like a "mini retreat meets business school for academics" and came at the perfect time, as I just started my new faculty position.  We need more workshops like this that are less science and more business leadership. - Anonymous Faculty member, 2018

REGISTRATION FEES

 Early-Bird Rate (through 4/15/19)Regular Rate (4/16/19 - 6/10/19)Columbia Discount*
Student/Postdoc/Trainee   $525$72510% off
Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations  $725$92510% off

*Columbia Discount: This discount is valid for any active student, postdoc, staff, or faculty at Columbia University. To access the Columbia discount, email Columbia.SPH.PI@gmail.com for instructions.

Registration Fee: includes course material, breakfast, and lunch. Lodging and transportation are not included. 

Cancellations: Cancellation notices must be received via email at least 30 days prior to the workshop start date in order to receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellation notices received via email 14-29 days prior to the workshop will receive a 50% refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Please email your cancellation notice to Columbia.SPH.PI@gmail.com. Due to workshop capacity, we regret that we are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations after these dates. 

If you are unable to attend the training, we encourage you to send a substitute within the same registration category. Please inform us of the substitute via email at least one week prior to the training to include them on attendee communications, updated registration forms, and materials. Should the substitute fall within a different registration category your credit card will be credited/charged respectively. Please email substitute inquiries to Columbia.SPH.PI@gmail.com.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

 

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The New PI Crash Course is hosted by Columbia University's Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health.


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