From the Director

Larry Westfall 2016

Lean In With Larry

Larry Westfall, Director Graduate Career Services

A colleague, Tom Magaldi, manager for career and professional development at Memorial Sloan Kettering and a fellow member of the Graduate Career Consortium, recently authored an article for Inside Higher Ed Carpe Careers on 5 Tips for Flat Abs and an Industry Job. Carpe Careers is written by career practitioners and contains timely information to help PhD students and Post Docs as they progress through their training and career discernment.

Tom's article draws a parallel between what is needed to get your body fit and toned as well as an industry job post-graduation. He helps to remind us that there are no quick fixes in our transformations, they all take time, a plan, diligence, and hard work. There are no easy answers to the job search process either. No quick fixes or 10 easy steps as some would propose. It takes a mindset and a desire to want to change and want to attain the goal. And the funny thing, is that the more you do it, the better at it you get and you might actually start to enjoy and embrace the process.

As I read the article I was reminded of the many times when I stepped on the scale and vowed to myself that exercise was needed. Of course hoping and wishing for some sort of miracle transformation to my physique isn't going to happen unless I put in the time, the commitment, and the energy that is required. 

So where are you in your commitment to make a change in your career and professional development goals? Are you still wishing and hoping, or are you ready to put in the hard work to make a difference?

Here are a few items that might help to move you closer to your career aspiration...

  • EDF Climate Corps Webinar - The world’s leading companies and cities are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, and need you to help! Join our virtual info session/webinar on Oct 13th 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT and learn what it takes to become an internal change agent through the EDF Climate Corps program. You’ll not only learn the ins and outs of our program, but hear insider tips from an alumni fellow on how to ace your fellowship. Register here!
  • Chicago Humanities Festival - The Chicago Humanities Festival, in partnership with Julie and Roger Baskes, and the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to offer an opportunity to graduate students in History, English, Political Science, and related disciplines. Join University of Pennsylvania professor Sophia Rosenfeld for Conspiracies and Common Sense: From the Founding to the Trump Era, a public lecture and student seminar at International House, 1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL on Sunday, November 5. Interested students should submit the following to Andreea Micu at by Thursday, October 26:
    • Subject: 2017 Baskes Graduate Student Seminar
    • Name
    • School and Department
    • Area(s) of research

Students will be invited to hear Rosenfeld’s public lecture and attend a special student seminar. Engage with Sophia Rosenfeld and network with other graduate students across disciplines. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

  • CRS Fellows Program - Catholic Relief Services is one of the largest and most trusted international relief and development organizations, with projects in more than 100 countries worldwide. CRS’ International Development Fellows Program is unique 10-12 month fellowship opportunity based overseas for young professionals looking to obtain the necessary skills to work in the field of relief and development. It is a great way to start with CRS, as fellows complete a comprehensive training program that includes project management, business development, budgeting, donor relations, working with partners, monitoring and evaluation, and operations (finance, admin, logistics, human resources). CRS matches each fellow with one of our overseas country programs, where they work alongside CRS staff and partners in the sectors of agriculture, health, emergency response, microfinance, WASH, peace building, and more. More than 80% of fellows go on to be program managers with CRS after the fellowship. More information on the fellowship, including our selection criteria, the fellowship benefits, and instruction on how to apply, is available on the IDFP website
  • Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity - The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
  • NSF Internship Program - The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to provide opportunities to enrich the training of graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences through the provision of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. This program will provide an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at national laboratories, industry and other approved facilities. Participation in an internship will provide hands-on experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting. The internships are aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to "real world" problems, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue an academic or nonacademic career. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

  • Imaging Fellowship - Harvard University - Harvard University is seeking life and physical scientists with an interest in imaging to develop innovative imaging technologies, lead biological investigations using these technologies, or both, for an exciting position as a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow (JHDSF). 

Fellows will work as independent researchers; receive funding to run a small research group; and will be appointed for a three-year term (two year extension after review). 

Candidates should have recently completed a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, or related areas, or should complete a PhD by the time their appointment begins. Application Deadline is October 29, 2017 Learn more and apply at

  • Innovation Crossroads Program - Energy entrepreneurs all over the country are coming up with revolutionary ideas that have the potential to change how America uses energy. However, these same innovators frequently face daunting challenges that delay promising ideas from entering commercial practice, including limited early-stage capital, long validation requirements, and difficulty scaling up laboratory technology to commercial scale. Click here for more information.
  • NIAID Data Science Fellowship Program - The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is accepting applications for the NIAID Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship Program in the OSMO Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies, the participant will receive training and hands-on-experience in applying and managing big data, bioinformatics strategies and computational platforms and tool development to study infectious, immunological, and allergic diseases in both extramural and intramural divisions at NIAID and will receive training in the intersection and management of big data and disease-oriented data-intense research efforts. For full position description and to apply visit our website at
  • ImaginePhD has launched! - ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences. Use it to connect your skills and values with viable job families, and then access resources to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Since Notre Dame is a sponsoring institution, you get two weeks of early access before it launches widely on Oct 23rd. To utilize this early access, go to When prompted for authentication before creating your account, use the following information:

Username: sponsor
Password: earlyaccess

  • Go IRISH Graduate Jobs - Go IRISH is your ready source for Master and PhD job postings here at Notre Dame. Mark your calendar to check it on a weekly basis for updated job listings. There are PhD Engineering opportunities with Dropbox, SpaceX, Tesla, Uber, and more that are set to expire next week. Don't wait, access Go IRISH and apply NOW!

Until next time, always remain #IrishReady!



Director's Log:  10/9/17