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Welcome to BEST

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training

Rethinking training for Cornell STEM graduate students and postdoctoral scholars...why?

Because a majority of us will end up working outside academia. It's time to rethink, retrain, and be ready for tomorrow's careers.

BEST mission: Enhance training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to prepare you for careers that could take you outside of conventional academic research.

BEST collaborates with many existing services on campus: Career Services, the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, the Office of Inclusion and Professional Development, Entrepreneurship@Cornell, more…

Program elements: see program and FAQ pages

Participate on two levels: to learn about career pathways or with a more in-depth experience

  • opportunity pathways
  • tangible skills
  • experiences to add to your resume
  • a flexible program
  • mentoring
  • metrics for success
  • a nationwide consortium sharing best practices, funded by the National Institutes of Health

If you want to end up in academic research: Many of the skills you will acquire in the BEST program will also help you in an academic career of your choice. Science Communication and Management knowledge for instance can help you run your academic laboratory and convince funding agencies.

If you would like an eventual career 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 Excellence (CTE).


Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BEST trainees author Times Union article

Dairy Farms Can Help Energy Woes, by grad students Catherine …

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
ASCB awards BEST PI Avery August with EE Just lecture

The American Society for Cell Biology honors Cornell immunologist


Feb 27 - Mar 01, 2015
Science Communication Workshop SPRING 2015
Bruce Lewenstein will again be offering his hands-on Science Comm …

Mar 05, 2015 04:15 PM
Beckie Robertson from Versant Ventures
Join the BME 7900 seminar series as they host Cornell alum Beckie

Mar 07, 2015 10:00 AM
Engineer Your Future Forum
Calling all Engineers, Non Engineers (Business, Liberal Arts) and all …