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Welcome to BEST

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training

Rethinking training for Cornell STEM graduate (Ph.D.) students and postdoctoral scholars...why?

Because a majority of us will end up working beyond 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 beyond 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, Center for Materials Research Industrial Partnerships, and 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).


Monday, November 23, 2015
Cornell BEST Science Policy Bootcamp's Outcome Transcends Generations

Professor Chris Schaffer's Science Policy Bootcamp: From Concept to …

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
A Day in the Life: Cornell Students Shadow Biogen Employees

“What’s it like to work in industry?” 


Nov 30, 2015 04:39 PM
Women in Stem Seminar Jan 4-8, 2016 -Scholarship application deadline
The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is a national …

Dec 01, 2015 09:38 AM
ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute Online
The ASM (American Society for Microbiology) and the Committee on …

Dec 07 - Dec 08, 2015
Finding Your Scientific Voice
On two successive morning workshops you will learn to use theatrical …