JBB is excited to offer a new course Fall 2018 through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

 

 BIOL 420 / LA&S 492: STEM Professional Development

 

Specifically geared towards STEM undergraduates at the University of Kansas

2 credit elective

Mondays at 3:30-5:20 p.m.

No prerequisites, must be a junior or senior in a STEM field

All coursework and assignments are specially designed for undergraduates to leave with skills and experience crucial for professional pursuits after college. Undergraduates who enroll in this course will leave with a refined resume, interview skills, and projects directly related to their specific career interest.

 

Seats limited, enroll today!!

 

For more information contact hkinmonth@ku.edu

 

 

 

 

BIOL 420 / LA&S 492 Course Description:

This 2-credit-hour course will provide students with a toolbox for a wide variety of STEM-related careers in a diverse society. It will include practical professional development training, interactive workshop sessions, invited speakers, and a project in which students explore different career paths. Students will leave with an established professional network in the broader community, polished professional documents, a developed career-focused presence on social media, tangible products that can be included in a portfolio, and awareness of diversity-related issues needed to be effective leaders. There are no prerequisites. The course counts as science credit.

 

Jayhawks Breaking Barriers started as a spring 2017 semester-long project at the University of Kansas organized by graduate and postdoctoral students and funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This initial project aimed to increase awareness of the gender leadership gap in STEM, empower women through leadership and mentoring opportunities, and foster discussion about the gender leadership gap among university women and the community. Moving forward, JBB decided to translate the workshops and skills from the spring 2017 project into a for-credit course taught at KU. Through partnerships with the College of Liberal Arts & Science and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, STEM Professional Development will be offered for the first time in Fall 2018. Furthermore, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity partnered with JBB to create the WiSTEMM Mentoring Program for undergraduate and graduate women in STEMM fields at KU.


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