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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).

Spotlight

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

Presenting with Confidence Using theatrical techniques, trainees …
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Panelists share career advice for industry and entrepreneurship

"I once knew a man who could win any chess game using only two …
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Events

Mar 13 - Mar 15, 2015
National Postdoctoral Association Meeting

Mar 24, 2015
SciTech Career Connection
SciTech Career Connection An event coordinated with Binghamton …

Apr 07, 2015 08:00 AM
2nd Annual BEST Symposium
Save the date! 8am-1pm The Second Annual BEST Program will offer …