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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).


Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Register for Business as a Second Language 2nd offering

Starting after Fall Break! BME 5950 ENROLL NOW! If you were not able …

Monday, September 22, 2014
BEST Advisory Board wows NIH officials at first site visit

BEST Advisory Board Members, (l to r): R. Alex Coots, Division of …


Oct 28, 2014 05:00 PM
The Process and Pitfalls of Informational Interviewing
What is an informational interview? What are some common problems …

Oct 30, 2014
former Rep. Alan West speaks on foreign policy
Former Florida Representative to Speak at Cornell Sept. 11, 2014 …

Oct 31 - Nov 02, 2014
COMM5660 Science Communication Workshop
This intensive weekend workshop trains graduate students and post-docs…