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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, January 20, 2015
Entrepreneurial companies can sign up for interns

Small and Medium Sized Businesses can Hire Interns at Cornell Summer …

Friday, December 12, 2014
BEST partners with CU-CIRTL to help postdocs communicate research

Presenting with Confidence Using theatrical techniques, trainees …


Jan 28, 2015 12:00 PM
CV to Resume Workshop
Learn how you can create a professional resume from your multi-page …

Jan 29, 2015 10:00 AM
Crack the Case Mock Interviews: CONSULTING CAREERS
Sign up for a 30-minute practice case interview through CCNet (https:/…

Jan 29, 2015 06:00 PM
The Cornell Graduate Consulting Club presents
Your Guide to a Career in Consulting: A panel discussion for grads and