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Learn the Magic behind Successful Careers

A course focusing on career development for early career researchers

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The 2013 annual Early Career Course will focus on a number of issues related to career development for early career researchers. The full-day program will comprise a combination of didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions.


The course is open to anyone, but targets an audience of early-career researchers, clinician scientists, and clinicians interested in starting a research agenda. Attendees range from graduate students nearing the completion of their degree, to postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty. Even if you have attended Early-Career Programs before, you can attend again! The course program changes every year, based on the needs expressed by previous course participants.


The morning program will provide participants with an overview of funding mechanisms for early-career investigators. A panel of experienced and junior researchers will discuss traditional and alternative career paths and the skills needed to be successful in the current research climate. The morning session will conclude with a presentation on tips for networking at conferences. This will be followed by an informal lunch to continue discussions.

The afternoon program comprises a series of breakout sessions (informal discussion) led by mid-career and senior rehabilitation scientists. There will be parallel sessions so participants will be able to choose the breakout sessions that are most relevant to their needs and interests (topics are listed below). The afternoon session will finish with an introduction of ACRM special interest and networking group representatives to highlight additional avenues for networking and involvement in the organization.


  • Starting and managing your own research lab, including managing graduate student and postdocs
  • Non-academic career paths
  • Identifying a suitable mentor
  • Conducting pilot research with limited funding
  • Responding to reviewer comments
  • Taking on tenure and promotion
  • How to be a productive writer


Some of the people you can meet during the Early Career Course include program officers from major federal funding agencies, journal editors, investigators who have been successful in obtaining fellowships, career development and R01 grants, and many more experienced researchers ready to share their wisdom!


The day will conclude with a cocktail reception to enable course participants to continue to interact with each other as well as the mentors, breakout facilitators, course organizers, ACRM interdisciplinary special interest and networking group representatives, and funding-agency program officers in a relaxed, social setting.

We hope you can join us and learn some “magic tricks” on your way to a successful career!