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Cornell University

Flexible. Experiential. Empowering.

BEST Advisory Board
We envision a future where you ...become passionate about your future career.

Our mission is to give PhD students and postdocs the chance to test-drive specific aspects of various careers through flexible, experiential, empowering opportunities.

To read our 2018 Annual Report, click here.

Cornell BEST helps PhD students and postdoctoral scholars make the most informed decisions possible about their career paths after Cornell.  For some, this means being even more confident that a career in academia is for them.  Others will decide to use their expertise in careers outside of academic research settings.  All PhD students and postdocs can benefit from becoming BESTies, as program trainees are called.

 

JOIN :  Fill out our BEST Fellowship form to participate in unique mentorship opportunities and join our email list to learn more about events relevant to you.

EXPLORE : Check out our resource pages for more information on careers in policyindustrycommunication, or governance and more.

LEARN MORE : Visit our FAQ pages. Faculty may be especially interested in reading our faculty FAQ.

Looking for more? BEST collaborates with many existing services on campus: Career Services, the Graduate School's Office of Postdoctoral Studies, CU-CIRTL and the Office of Inclusion and Student EngagementEntrepreneurship@CornellCenter for Materials Research Industrial Partnerships, and more…

What we do: see program and FAQ pages

Engage PhD students and postdocs in their exploration of careers in and beyond: Policy; Governance, Risk and Compliance; Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management; and Communication.

How we do it

  • Flexible, experiential and empowering opportunities.
  • Enabling real-world experiences on campus and remotely.
  • Collaborating to create experiences for skill development.

The BEST program is facilitative in nature rather than being prescriptive about what participants must do to complete it.  To help PhD students and postdocs fall in love with their future careers we empower them through individualized service to sculpt their future.  Successful participation results in BESTies who are more confident about and better prepared to pursue a career path of their choice.

Continuing in academic research? Many of the skills you will acquire in BEST will also help you in an academic career of your choice. 

Interested in teaching? Cornell has excellent resources for supporting your goals through the CU-CIRTL (Cornell's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning), and the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI).

Spotlight

Monday, October 22, 2018
ENGRG 3360: Engineering communication course

ENGRG 3360: If you can’t communicate your science and …
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Friday, October 19, 2018
Spring 2018 ELSO Courses

The pre-enrollment period for graduate and professional students is …
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Events

Oct 26, 2018 01:40 PM
UNY I-Corps Clean energy short course
The National Science Foundation's UNY I-Corps program is hosting a …

Nov 02, 2018 09:00 AM
Finding Your Research Voice Workshop
This workshop is to intensively work your research presentation and …

Nov 02, 2018 12:56 PM
Hospitality Hackathon
The Cornell Hospitality Hackathon is back for the second year, and is …