Speed Networking Event

Since 2013, the Jefferson Speed Networking event has provided a great opportunity for students and postdocs to interact with scientific professionals from a variety of career paths, learn about their career trajectories and their current roles.

The 2019 Speed Networking Event

The 2019 Speed Networking Event was organized in collaboration between
The Graduate Student Association (GSA), Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA), Business and Biotechnology Group (BizBio) and the JCLS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

This year we had 14 professinals from 14 distinct career paths (see event BOOKLET and FLYER for more details)

When? Wednesday, October 30 2019, 6-8pm
Where? Bluemle Life Science Building (BLSB) Room 101

How does it work?

  • 5:30 pm: Check-in at BLSB 101
  • 5:45 pm: Welcome remarks, introduction and instructions
  • 6:00 - 7:10 pm: One-on-one meetings with the selected professionals (10 min time slots)
  • 7:10 - 8:00 pm: Enjoy refreshments and mingle. This is a great opportunity to network with individuals you formed a connection with or maybe didn’t have time to meet during the formal part of the event. All are welcome to attend the reception after the speed networking event, even if you cannot attend the speed networking portion of the event

Why should you do this? This is a unique opportunity to build and expand your network for professional growth and development, and learn about science career options from the source. It is never too early to start thinking about your next career step! This event is appropriate for all MS and PhD students and all postdoctoral fellows from first year to final year.

Career paths that were covered during the 2019 event: Medical writing, Science Editing, Consulting, Faculty - Research Track, Faculty - Teaching Track, Regulatory Affairs, Government, Health Economics & Outcomes, Data Science, Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Venture Capital, Science Policy, Technology Transfer, Patent Law, Biotechnology.

The registration process? Registration is first come, first served and spots are limited. Each participant can sign up to meet with up to four professionals. 

Registration for the 2019 event is currently closed. Come back in October 2020 for information about Speed Networking 2020 registration. 

Speed Networking Preparation Workshops

Each year, precedeing the Speed Networking Event, the JCLS Office of Postdoctoral Affair and the Jefferson Career Development Center collaborate to providedpreparation workshops focused on professional communication skills.

The 2019 preparation workshops included the following:

  • CV/Resume Writing
  • Informational Interviewing
  • The elevator Pitch

Past Events

Thursday, November 1st 2018

The Graduate Student Association (GSA), Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA), Business and Biotechnology Group (BizBio) and the JCLS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have teamed up once again to provide a wonderful opportunity to network with scientific professionals from a variety of career paths in the form of Speed Networking.

In 2018 we had 16 professionals from 14 different career paths (see event booklet and flyer for more details)

2018 Event Schedule

  • 5:30 pm: Check-in at BLSB 101
  • 5:45 pm: Welcome remarks, introduction and instructions
  • 6:00 - 7:10 pm: One-on-one meetings with the selected professionals
  • 7:10 - 8:00 pm: Enjoy refreshments and mingle. This is a great opportunity to network with individuals you formed a connection with or maybe didn’t have time to meet during the formal part of the event.

Career paths that were covered: Biotechnology, Drug discovery, Government, Public health, Clinical trials, Hospital labs, Market research, Clinical research, Intellectual property, Management consulting, Medical writing, Undergraduate faculty (teaching)