Professional Development with BioKansas

Boost your Skills To Accelerate Your career.

Courses for professionals

BioKansas is committed to advancing the careers of early career scientists and established professionals. Our line-up of programming for professionals provides specialized and field specific training content that integrates targeted networking. Previous participants improved their skills and awareness of the region’s bioscience sector, and also report improved motivation, job satisfaction, and outcomes in their daily roles. Employers of professionals that participate in career development also report improved organizational outcomes and retention of employees.

Whether you’re an individual or an employer, we have programs that can advance your goals!

Course 1

Real Life Leadership - biosciences

Strong leadership skills are essential for driving more projects to success, fostering innovation and collaboration, and motivating others to deliver on organizational objectives. Organizations that invest in leadership training can improve morale and reduce turnover through better relationships and decision-making.

Real Life LEadership - biosciences

10 lessons - 20 hours
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Course 2

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

The success of companies within the biosciences critically depends on providing consistent and highly regulated products as cost-effectively as possible. Lean Six Sigma is a comprehensive and data-driven process improvement program that equips individuals with the tools and knowledge to carry out a complex process improvement project from inception to completion.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

5 lessons - 30 hours
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Course 3

Building Innovation Capital: How to compete in an idea economy

The ability for individuals and organizations to think innovatively is essential to lead change and remain competitive. This workshop covers strategies to foster a culture of innovation within organizations or teams, while equipping participants with techniques and key strategies that support the development of innovative and creative ideas.

Building Innovation Capital: How to compete in an idea economy

5 lessons - 10 hours
Coming Fall 2020

Course 4

Effective Data Visualization: Delivering a message through data

Clearly communicating data is integral to the research process. Data visualization is a skill that can be built and strengthened, and when done well, can amplify your work and bring valuable visibility to you as a professional.

Effective Data Visualization: Delivering a message through data

1 lesson - 2 hours
COMING FALL 2020

Academic focused courses and programs

BioKansas provides many opportunities for academic institutions, students, and faculty to interact with the broader bioscience ecosystem. In addition to our community events that foster professional connections and collaboration opportunities, we also have events and programs for students. These programs and events aim to create well-rounded early career professionals, position students for successful and satisfying career transitions and generate awareness of the rich career opportunities that span the region.

Course 1

Career Pathways

This series provides early career scientists with an understanding of the types of careers across the state's bioscience ecosystem and how to navigate the transition from student to professional. 

Career Pathways

4 lessons - 8 hours
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Course 2

Career Success

This series advances early career scientists understanding of the importance of developing core professional skills to compete on the job market. As participants progress through the series, they begin gaining a more in-depth exploration to develop core skills.

Career Success

5 lessons - 10 hours
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Course 3

Translating Experience

This series is designed to prepare early career scientists to submit effective and personalized application materials. Whether preparing to enter the job market, competing for a fellowship, or applying for grad school - this series is for you!

Translating Experience

5 lessons - 10 hours
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Course 4

Learning Through Leading

Leadership endeavors provide the ideal learning environment to gain a deeper understanding of policies, culture, project planning, teamwork, time management and more. If you’re looking for a way to set yourself apart and put new skills into practice, this is the course for you!

Learning Through Leading

2 lessons - 6 hours
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Course 5

Writing Essentials

The writing essentials series includes workshops that cover various aspects of the writing process. These sessions are highly interactive and require participants to have working versions of writing projects they can work on during the sessions.

Writing Essentials

5 lessons - 15 hours
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Course 6

Coming in 2021

Coming in 2021

Coming soon

Program 1

Scientific Writing

Participants in the Scientific Writing Program work closely with staff and established investigators to develop realistic goals and plans for their writing projects. Through a series of online training sessions, participants learn strategic ways to tackle common challenges related to scientific writing.

Scientific Writing

Variable virtual offerings
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Program 2

Advancing careers through industry immersion

Participants take part in an immersive seven module training experience where they gain valuable knowledge of the entire industrial bioscience landscape, from the discovery of an idea, navigating the legal and regulatory process, all the way through moving a product into the marketplace or clinic – all while surrounded by industry professionals.

Advancing careers through industry immersion

7 lessons - 28 hours
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Why Biokansas Courses

build an industry network and Grow your knowledge

Career Chats

Regularly scheduled career chats provide a casual platform for students to ask career questions.

Webinars

Diverse webinar offerings are scheduled throughout the year and also available on-demand.

Coffee hours

Weekly coffee hours provide a casual platform for professionals to grow their networks.