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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).


Friday, June 10, 2016
Cornell BEST talk science policy in Wanshington, D.C.

Select BEST trainees who took Chris Schaffer's Science Policy Bootcamp…

Wednesday, June 01, 2016
BEST Newsletter June 2016

Read this month's newsletter to see a summary of upcoming June events …


Jun 27 05:10 PM - Jun 30, 2016
Lab Safety Boot Camp
Cornell University will be hosting the Laboratory Safety Institute (…

Jun 30, 2016 10:46 AM
ASM Grant Writing Course
The ASM (American Society for Microbiology) announces the rebranding …

Jun 30, 2016 11:14 AM
ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course
The ASM (American Society for Microbiology) seeks applications from …