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Career development events featuring experts in the field on a specific topic area. Some events are organized by the Student and Postdoc Committee. Events may be live webinar, or pre-recorded events. 

Upcoming Events:

Stay tuned for upcoming event details!

Past Events:

June 2, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm ET

“National Institute of Health’s Loan Repayment Programs: Information Session”

You’re invited to an in-depth overview of the NIH Loan Repayment Program from the Division of Loan Repayment Director, Dr. Ericka Boone. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research centers. The NIH LRPs pay up to $50,000 annually of qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.  Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D, D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D. D.P.M, D.C., N.D., O.D., D.V.M, or equivalent doctoral-level degree (except for the Contraception & Infertility Research LRP).  The NIH LRPs will accept applications from September 1-November 15.  Don’t miss your opportunity to learn how you could receive up to $100,000 in educational debt relief! The hour will include responses to questions attendees send when registering for the event. 

Note: Only individuals with United States citizenship (or U.S. national or permanent resident status) are eligible for the LRP.

This event is organized and sponsored by the SER Student and Postdoc Committee.


Ericka Boone, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Loan Repayment
National Institutes of Health


Kendra Sims
Doctoral Candidate
Oregon State University

May 12, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm ET


The #MeToo movement has brought to the fore seemingly endless stories of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances. No sector of society appears to be spared, including the field of epidemiology. In this webinar, we’ll present results from the SER survey about member’s experiences of sexual harassment as a graduate student, in the workplace, or at a conference.  In consideration of consequences, we’ll discuss corrective ways forward with guest speaker Vicki Magley, Professor of Psychological Sciences at U Conn Storrs and member of the National Academy of Sciences Sexual Harassment in Academia Committee.


Martha Werler
Boston University


Wendy Nembhard
University of Arkansas


Vicki J. Magley
University of Connecticut, Storrs

March 10, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm ET

“Equitable Distribution of Vaccines for COVID-19”

Sponsored by the SER Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee, this upcoming SERexpert event will explore the distribution and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines though different lenses, ​including equity considerations in planning, vaccine hesitancy, and public health communication. Speakers will discuss how COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities the most while vaccine rollouts lag and have tended to target whites. This event will feature brief introductions followed by a moderated roundtable discussion.”


Nicole Basta
McGill University


Elaine Hernandez
Indiana University


Mercedes Carnethon
Northwestern University


Catherine Troisi
University of Texas

February 17, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm ET

“Adapting to the Pandemic Job Market”

The pandemic offers unique opportunities and considerations for trainees deciding next professional steps. Additionally, the new reality of virtual hiring necessitates different approaches for standing out as a job candidate. After outlining their professional trajectories, our panelists will discuss ways to distill your research focus into a captivating elevator pitch as well as conveying your capability during a hiring interview. Additionally, the panel will bring their experiences in academia, government, and industry to virtual interviewee strategies for higher education positions as well as non-academic tracks. 


Erika Braithwaite
Precision Analytics


Cheryl L Clark
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs


Rebecca Burne
Analysis Group


Kendra Sims
Oregon State University

November 4, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm ET

“Practicing Consequential Epidemiology:  The Work of CDC’s Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)”

Please join us for SER’s first collaborative webinar with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global Disease Detectives!  Hosted by Dr. Eric Pevzner, the Chief to the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program, join us to learn about this world-renowned applied epidemiology fellowship program of the elite disease detectives!   Following an overview of the program by Dr. Pevzner, two CDC EIS Officers will present their work.  This will be an exciting look into the world of the famous Global Outbreak Detectives!  The presentation is sponsored by the SER Membership and Nominations Committee and will be moderated by SER Member and Epidemiologist, Dr. Mike Jackson (CDC EIS Alum, 2008-2010).  Following the presentations, the panelists will be available for questions about the program. 

This event is sponsored by SER’s Membership & Nominations Committee


Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
Chief, Epidemiology Workforce Branch
Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH
Associate Scientific Investigator
Kaiser Permanente
CDC EIS Officer (2008-2010)
SER Member, Since 2011


September 16, 2020, 12-1pm ET

“Strategies for Successful Remote Mentor-Mentee Relationships”

The importance and feasibility of mentorship from afar extends beyond current social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, this upcoming webinar focuses on the makings of successful mentors as well as mentees. Our panelists are eager to pass on their combined decades of experience remoting guiding trainees to early-stage scholars. Topics include expectation-setting, workflow management, and collaborations. Registering will give participants an opportunity to anonymously submit queries beforehand.


Anne Marie Jukic, PhD, MSPH
National Institute
of Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology Branch


William C. Miller, MD, PhD, MPH
Senior Associate
Dean of Research
Ohio State University


Maureen A. Murtaugh, PhD, RDN
Division of Epidemiology
Department of Medicine

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Population Health


Martha Werler
Professor and Chair of Epidemiology
Boston University
School of Public Health
President, SER


Kendra Sims
Doctoral Candidate
Oregon State University

September 9, 2020, 12-1pm EST

CSTE Applied Fellowship Program

Please join us for SER’s first, collaborative webinar with The Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) Program!  Hosted by Amanda Masters, the Deputy Director for Governance, Strategy and Support Program (CSTE), join us to learn about this Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program! This unique fellowship program is designed for recent master’s or doctoral level graduates in Epidemiology (or a related field) whom are interested in public health practice at the state/local level. Following an overview of the program, two CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellows will present their research. Following the presentations, the panelists will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the program.

This event is sponsored by SER’s Membership & Nominations Committee


Amanda Masters, MPH
CSTE Deputy Director of Governance
Strategy and Support

CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellows



Robert C. Orellana, PhD, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist 
CDC Foundation

August 19, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT

“Networking, the Job Market, and the Pandemic”

This upcoming professional development panel addresses early career advancement during the unique constraints posed by 2020.  Professionals from government, industry, and academia will reflect upon their own winding career paths and discuss the state of the pandemic job market, opportunities and challenges.  Participants will then have an opportunity to ask about remote networking advice and job search strategies. Registering will give participants an opportunity to anonymously submit queries beforehand.  


Adan Z. Becerra, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director for Clinical Research
Department of Surgery
Rush University Medical Center


Stephen E. Gilman, ScD
Senior Investigator and Chief
Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch
Division of Intramural Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development


Jennifer Rider, ScD, MPH
Associate Director, Outcomes Science & Services


Rulla Tamimi, ScD
Weill Cornell Medicine
(Interim) Assistant Professor
of Population Health Sciences
Division Chief of Epidemiology 
Associate Director
of Population Science
Sandra and Edward Meyer
Cancer Center

July 29, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

“Health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic: urban-rural dimensions”

Sponsored by the SER Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee, this upcoming SERexpert event will explore the differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in rural and urban communities in the US. Speakers will describe the impact of COVID-19 on rural and urban communities, challenges to confronting the virus and inequities in who is impacted within and between these settings. Given the differences in population density, access to health care and population demographics a focus on rural and urban communities will help highlight the dimensions of inequity exacerbated by COVID-19.

This event is sponsored by SER’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee


Mary Bassett
Harvard University


Carrie Henning-Smith
University of Minnesota


Yvette Cozier
Boston University

May 13, 2020

Grant writing for early career epidemiologists, part III: Funding opportunities from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The last in the three-part series on grant writing for trainees will highlight some non-traditional funding opportunities. Foundational grants are among the lesser known alternatives to those offered by governmental agencies, and are available to researchers at various career stages and often to non-U.S. citizens. During presentations of their projects as well as attendee Q and A, a panel of interdisciplinary researchers will be able to speak to the unique considerations involved in obtaining funding from private agencies.

This event is sponsored by SER’s Student and PostDoc Committee


Max Aung, PhD, MPH
University of Michigan
School of Public Health


Brittney Butler, MPH
Ohio State University
College of Public Health


Magdalena Cerda, DrPH
New York University
School of Medicine


Kendra Sims, MPH
Oregon State University

February 19, 2020, 12-1pm EST


Grant Writing for Early Career Epidemiologists, Part II:
“Jumpstarting a career-building research project (pre-doctoral perspective)”


The second in the three-part series on grant writing for trainees will focus on pre-doctoral level fellowships. Three recent recipients of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) will briefly present on the training plans accompanying their dissertation project, before answering attendee questions. Learn how professional and personal experiences can inform the process of formulating research ideas, ways to leverage institutional resources as well as mentorship, and approaches for incorporating feedback.

This event is sponsored by SER’s Student and Postdoc Committee


Alexis Reeves, MPH
PhD candidate in Epidemiologic Science at the University of Michigan. Read more


Joëlla Adams, MPH
PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. Read more


Mary Willis, MPH
PhD candidate in Environmental and occupational Health with a minor in Biological Data Science at Oregon State University. Read more


Kendra Sims
Doctoral Candidate in Epidemiology at Oregon State University.

September 11, 2019, 12-1pm EST

Grant Writing for Early Career Epidemiologists, Part I: Writing Your Own Postdoctoral Training Grant (Fs and Ks)

Join us for the first in a 3-part series about grant writing for trainees! This webinar will focus on topics relevant to NIH postdoc Fs and Ks: general application requirements, submission timelines, and recommended resources. Our panel includes current and prior awardees, along with an experienced mentor. After describing their own experiences, the panelists will answer any questions you have about the process.    


Maria Glymour
University of California, San Francisco

K99 Awardee

Michael Harhay
University of Pennsylvania

K Awardee

Traci Bethea
Boston University

F Awardee

Stephanie Leonard
Stanford University


Julie Petersen
Boston University