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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 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 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, 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).


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Biotechnology Symposium at BNL includes tours of NSLS-II

The 2015 Biotechnology Symposium at Brookhaven National Lab featured …

Monday, April 20, 2015
Deepening Understanding through Science Communication

Cornell BESTies Sheila Saia and Ben Brown-Steiner 


May 21 - May 29, 2015
ComSciCon 2015 Ithaca
Sponsored by the Cornell Graduate School, Cornell BEST Program, …

May 26, 2015 09:00 AM
Startup Resources and Roadmap 101 session #3
This six session series will provide an overview and in-depth …

Jun 02, 2015 09:00 AM
Startup Resources and Roadmap 101 session #4
This six session series will provide an overview and in-depth …