Who can participate in KSC?
Students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and research staff are welcome to participate!
How can we participate/register for KSC?
Just come to scheduled events to get matched to a team. We will reveal the available intellectual properties (IP) at our IP Parade, and we will open the enrollment for IP preferences after the parade.
How do I form a team? Can I participate by myself?
You will submit your preferences for IPs through the application form available on September 5th. You will be assigned to a team based upon your selected preferences. You do not need to have a team to apply. In fact, we do not encourage you to apply as a team.
How are the participants assigned to teams?
We want the teams to be as diverse as possible in terms of experience and expertise. We shoot for every team to have one graduate student, one business student, one clinical fellow or medical student, one law student, and a post-doctoral fellow. We also check if your expertise matches the IP and your reasons for choosing the IP.
All things being equal, in case of conflicts we use a priority table. LifeScience TN Academic Alliance members> Attendance in the IP Parade event > Time of sending an email to register an interest > Time of submitting IP Preferences. For LifeScience TN Academic Alliance members, we will give preference to the first time participants over the repeat participants.
How long is KSC?
KSC is a nine week event.
How much time are we expected to spend on KSC per week?
We estimate that 2-4 hours per week will be needed for participants to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by KSC. This will also depend on the commitment and background of the participants.
Why should I participate in KSC?
Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Are you a STEM major, graduate student or postdoc and want a job in industry? Do you want to become a PI who one day aspires to start their own company? Would you like to win cash prizes? Do you like to explore new things? If your answer to any of the questions was yes, you NEED to participate in KSC.
I am not interested in business, why should I participate in KSC?
Are you a STEM major, graduate student or postdoc and want a job in industry? If your answer is yes, KSC will introduce you to decision making processes in industry, such as the idea of value propositions. Understanding these concepts are crucial to landing a job and being successful in industry.
Are you interested in alternative career paths?
KSC will introduce and expose you to different fields such as Technology Transfer, Regulatory Affairs, Business & Financials, Marketing etc. This might open opportunities in academia as well as industry.
Is there a fee for participation?
There are no fees for participating in KSC. However, Life Science Tennessee Academic Alliance members will be given preference in team assignments. You can apply for membership through Life Science Tennessee.
What is your code of conduct policy?
We will follow the code of conduct policy of the parent organization of the participants.
We want KSC to be a safe environment for learning and exploring careers outside academia. We do not tolerate any kind of inappropriate behavior and harassment. If you see/experience something that makes you feel uncomfortable, please report it to one of the organizers as soon as possible.