Seminars and Workshops

The RISE Office of Career Development offers relevant, useful workshops for career scientists. The information below will give you a review of these workshops; your comments and suggestions for additional offerings are welcome.

Grant Writing Workshop—Developing a Competitive Fellowship Application
Attendees are introduced to required application components, shown strategies for preparing a successful application, and given an overview of the NIH grant review process. A panel of students who have submitted successful fellowship applications discuss how-to's and attendees are given the opportunity for a review of their applications by faculty who have served as reviewers for NIH F31 applications.

Designing a Winning Poster
This workshop is essential for students interested in learning and/or improving poster design and layout. In addition, students hone their skills for delivering short talks and discussing effective presentation strategies.

Manuscript Preparation Workshop
During this workshop, students explore a range of topics, including the proper structure of a manuscript, tips for developing a writing timeline, preparing figures and figure legends, choosing an appropriate journal, and responding to reviewers' critiques.

Public Speaking—Toastmasters
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that enables members to practice their public speaking and leadership skills in regularly scheduled meetings. Meharry's on-campus group was chartered October of 2010.

Dissertation Boot Camp
Dissertation Boot Camp is an intensive workshop for Ph.D. candidates currently writing their dissertations or who are stalled in their writing process. During the workshop, brief discussions on topics such as goal setting, time management, and the writing habits of successful and prolific academic writers are addressed. However, the main focus of the workshop is to assist students with completion of their dissertations by helping them develop the discipline to adhere to an established writing schedule.

Other writing workshops held in the last workshop cycle...

  • "Getting What You Came For"
  • "Scientific Writing for Dissertation and Journal Publications"
  • "How to Write a Biomedical Research Paper"

Contact the RISE office for information about any of these workshops or to be added to the newsletter email distribution list for ongoing notices:

The following speakers have been hosted at Meharry Medical College School of Graduate Studies and Research


November 10, 2014


Patent Law at Notre Dame


Karen Deak

Karen Deak


University of Notre Dame


March 18, 2015


Developing Your Graduate School Swagger


Daniel Jean

Daniel Jean

Executive Director, Education Opportunity Fund, Montclair State University




April 27, 2015



The Role of SHIP-1 in Transplant and Tumor Immunology





Integrating Science, Philosophy and Diversity:  The Struggle is Real



Tomar Ghansah



Emanuel Ghansah



Assistant Professor, Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida


September 17, 2015


A Position in Academia


Marcus Ferguson

Marcus Ferguson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Allen University


October 12, 2015


Purpose Driven Mentoring


Jabar Bennett

Jabar Bennett

Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern University


October 22, 2015


Where Do I Go From Graduate School

Fatimah Williams Castro


Founder, Beyond the Tenure Track


February 11, 2016


1st Impressions: Showcasing Your Talent on Paper


Kim Petrie

Kim Petri

Director, Bret Career Development, Vanderbilt University


February 19, 2016


Non-Profit Grant Writing


Bernard Turner

Bernard Turner


Belmont University


February 25, 2016


Professional Savvy Workshop

Margaret Ann Pritchard

Margaret Ann Pritchard


Manners and Protocol



February 26, 2016


DNA Packaging Controls Stem Cells and Cancer


Postdoc Opportunities at Cold Spring Harbor

Aleah Mills

Aleah Mills

Professor and Director, Cancer Gene Discovery and Cancer Biology Postdoctoral Training Program

Cold Spring Harbor


March 4, 2016


Collaboration and Team Science

 Michelle Bennett


Director, Center for Research Strategy, NCI


March 11, 2015


What Every Graduate Student Should Know About Scientific Editing

 Cherise Guess

Cherise Guess

Senior Scientific Editor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

April 7, 2016

The Imposter Syndrome:  How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Thinks You Are

Valerie Young

Valerie Young