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August 27, 2014

K-State Olathe faculty invited to speak at Burroughs Welcome Fund Short Course

Submitted by Angela Cummins

Paige Adams

Paige Adams, K-State Olathe faculty member in the veterinary biomedical science Master of Science program, was invited, for the fourth year, to participate as a faculty member at a Burroughs Welcome Fund-sponsored short course.

The course, Becoming Faculty: A Short Course on Launching a Scientific Career, was led by 14 veterinary scientists from across the U.S., each representing a different area of biomedical research. Adams research interests include studies of the development of vaccines and therapeutics for pathogenic viruses within the genus Alphavirus.

The annual course is aimed at early-stage assistant professors and advanced postdoctoral fellows. Workshop participants were selected based, in part, on outstanding research papers/presentations.

The course focused on developing a research career, including topics about laboratory leadership, negotiating a start-up package, research project management, grantsmanship, mentoring students and finding mentors for your own career.

The Burroughs Welcome Fund has sponsored this program for veterinary scientists for the last six years under the direction of senior program officer Victoria McGovern.

The course was recently at Cornell University in conjunction with the 15th annual Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium.

The Burroughs Welcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences primarily by helping scientists early in their careers develop as independent investigators and by advancing fields in the basic biomedical sciences that are undervalued or in need of encouragement.