Event Date and Time
Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, 3972 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

This FREE day-long conference is specifically for current doctoral students and postdocs from all disciplines and is designed to to educate attendees about the wide variety of career paths that exist for them. In addition to learning about career possibilities for PhDs, attendees will have multiple opportunities throughout the day to connect and get valuable advice from UMD graduate alumni working in the MD/DC/VA area.  

Conference Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Check-in and Breakfast
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. – Opening Remarks  
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Session 1 (Four Panel Choices)
11:15 – 11:45 a.m –  Networking Session
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, – Session 2 (Five Panel Choices)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Networking Lunch

Registration is a two-part process. Your seat will not be confirmed until you complete both steps below.

STEP 1: Register in Careers4Terpshttps://umd-csm.symplicity.com/events/PCPC19
STEP 2: Pay the $25 deposit: https://go.umd.edu/PhdPathwaysDep 

Once you complete both steps, your space in the event will be confirmed by email. If you have any difficulty completing either step, email Dr. Susan Martin, smarti [at] umd [dot] edu. For more information, click here

Event sponsored by:
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
A.J. Clark School of Engineering Career Services
International Students & Scholar Services
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences
School of Public Health
School of Public Policy
Teaching & Learning Transformation Center
The Graduate School
University Career Center & The President's Promise



Topic 1: Professional Pathways in Non-Profit Agencies - A conversation with PhDs who are locally based in the Washington DC area and employed in interesting positions in the arts and other non-profits.

Dennis Doster (Black History Program Manager, Prince George's County)
Heather Creek (Manager, Survey Research Support, The Pew Charitable Trusts) 
Marc Ruppel (Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities)
William Kenlon (District New Music Coalition)


Topic 2: Faculty Jobs Beyond the Research University - Do you enjoy teaching at the university-level more than doing research? Learn more about career paths in teaching focused colleges and private high schools.

Ethan Eagle (Keystone Instructor, University of Maryland)
Dylan Roby (Associate Professor & Associate Chair of Health Services Administration, UMD School of Public Health)
Dina Kurzweil (Director & Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Pallavi Guha (Assistant Professor, Towson University)


Topic 3: Communication, Writing & Editing Careers - Graduate education provides research and analytical skills, as well as subject matter expertise, that can be vital preparation for a wide range of careers in communications, journalism and writing/editing.

Abby Robinson (Assistant Dean of Communications, CMNS-UMD)
Carol Corneilse (Principal, Good Hope Consulting)
Sarah (Ahlbrand) Ellinwood (Associate Analyst/Medical Writer, Verge Scientific Communications)


Topic 4: Research Outside of Academia - Expand your knowledge about possible career paths and organizations that utilize those quantitative and qualitative research data collection and analysis skills you have developed during your doctoral education.

George Stantchev (Computational Scientist, Naval Research Laboratory)
Lauren Doamekpor (Senior Associate, Guidehouse)
Sidra Montgomery (Researcher, Insight Policy Research)
Stefanie Brodie (Transportation Planning and Policy Research Specialist, District Department of Transportation)


Topic 5: Serving the Public Good in Social Justice Careers: Are you interested in using your knowledge and expertise to solve big complex issues threatening humanity. Hear how PhDs are out there tackling topics of national and international importance such as poverty, food and water security, education and equity.

Kelly Quinn (Program Coordinator at Community Engagement Center, University of Maryland Baltimore)
Elizabeth Read-Connole (Section Chief and Program Director, Division of Cancer Biology NCI/NIH)
Regina Davis Moss (Associate Executive Director, American Public Health Association)
Tiffany Jones (Director of Higher Education Policy, Education Trust)


Topic 6: Administrative Jobs in Higher Education - This panel will include various University Administrators, who will discuss their career paths from gaining the PhD to entering into their current positions.

Beth Brittan-Powell (Director, Joint Research Collaborations-Division of Research)
Darragh McNally (Assistant Vice Provost, UMUC Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success)
Dave Eubanks (Associate Director, College Park Scholars)
Paulina Perez Mejias (Research Associate, DEMRE-Universidad de Chile)


Topic 7: Use Your PhD to Protect the World - From climate change to issues surrounding conflict and international security, this panel will discuss career paths and organizations that address these critical issues.

Crystal Upperman (Research Associate, Global Commission on Adaptation)
Kiersten Johnson (Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, United States Agency for International Development-Bureau for Food Security)
Robin Bloodworth (Data Analyst, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
Sarah Blankenship (SRCD/AAAS Policy Fellow, Administration for Children and Families)


Topic 8: Scientific & Technical Career Pathways: So Many Possibilities - This panel a diverse mix of scientific and technical professionals and organizations. The tech and science world has opportunities for PhDs in a wide range of disciplines

Amanda Forster (Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Anand Ramanathan (Data Scientist, Capital One)
Katrina Groth (Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College Park)
Kenneth Bell (Manager of G&HES, Betchel Power Corporation)


Topic 9: Consulting Careers - How can you use your expertise as a consultant in a firm or on your own? What makes this a great career option for PhDs? Learn more about the life of a consultant and decide for yourself if this career path is for you.

Debra Felix
Keisha Wilson McDowell (Principal Investigator/Engineering Consultant, DuPont Engineering Research & Technology)