OCPD: Finance for Scientists

December 11, 2020
1 - 3 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Office of Career and Professional Development Event


To attend this workshop (virtually), please register through Eventbrite. This workshop is part of a three-part series. On the registration form, you will be asked to indicate which of the three workshops you would like to attend. The workshop is offered at no cost and space is limited, so register soon if you're interested. (If registration is full, you can take this workshop as a self-paced course on iBiology.)



Finance for Scientists is designed to give researchers an overview of financial statements and concepts in financial planning. Participants will learn and apply basic concepts of business finance (e.g. calculating burn rate, opportunity cost, and net present value) in academic and industry settings. This workshop is geared towards graduate students and postdocs pursuing a career in industry or business of science, or planning to start an academic lab. The concepts are applicable for social and population scientists interested in business, but the examples and case studies come from life science labs. Learn more about this series on iBiology.

This workshop is part of a three-workshop series on business concepts for scientists. If you take all three workshops, you can earn a certificate of completion. Learn more about the other two workshops in this series below.




Thi Nguyen, PhD - Associate Dean for Graduate Career and Professional Development at Washington University in St. Louis and former Program Director at UCSF's Office of Career and Professional Development

Deb Dauber, PhD, MPH - Consultant and UCSF Chemistry and Chemical Biology PhD alum


  • Flipped classroom (watch videos and read materials before class - about 1 hour of pre-work)
  • Group work during the workshop

A note about OCPD virtual events: We would like to welcome you, as and where you are, to our virtual events. If there are times you just don’t want to be on camera, feel free to attend this event with your camera and mic off. If you prefer to switch on your camera and participate that’s great too. And if this event just won’t work for you please remember you can always make an appointment with OCPD at any time. 

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.