The third Professional Development Speaker Series seminar of 2014 took place on March 31. The speaker was Dr. Eric Jervis.
Dr. Jervis obtained all his degrees at UBC, and then joined the University of Waterloo as a faculty member. He was promoted to full professor there. In 2012, he returned to his home city of Vancouver, accepting an industrial position as Principal Scientist at Stemcell Technologies, heading their new Bioengineering group.
Unlike many other graduate students Dr. Jervis was not in a hurry to complete his degrees. His focus was on the quality of his research work. He chose to solve challenging problems, and tried to think differently about arriving at possible solutions. Out of the research lab, Dr. Jervis enjoyed student life at UBC. Music has always been a big part of his life and he is an accomplished musician, playing cello, guitar, drums, and bass. He wants to learn to play piano next!
Dr. Jervis advised his audience to be outstanding, memorable and productive. In his view, graduate school need not limit the opportunities of students solely to academia; there were many other exciting career options out there. He stressed the need to set priorities and track progress in order to become successful in professional life.
In the final part of the presentation, Dr. Jervis conducted a mini-class of what he called “CV management 101”. The critical elements of a CV were identified, depending on goals as varied as industry position, PhD application, PDF application and graduate scholarship. The components of an attractive CV were discussed as well.
Six faculty members and a large number of CHBE graduate students, as well as students from other departments, enjoyed the excellent presentation by Dr. Eric Jervis and the discussion that followed.