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Flexible. Experiential. Empowering.

BEST 2018 Annual Report (front page)
We envision a future where you ...become passionate about your future career.

Our mission is to give PhD students and postdocs the chance to test-drive specific aspects of various careers through flexible, experiential, empowering opportunities.

To read our 2018 Report, click here.

We help PhD students and postdoctoral scholars make the most informed decisions possible about their career paths after Cornell.  For some, this means being even more confident that a career in academia is for them.  Others will decide to use their expertise in careers outside of academic research settings. All PhD students and postdocs can benefit from becoming BESTies.

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JOIN :  Sign Up to participate in unique mentorship opportunities and join our email list to learn more about events relevant to you.

EXPLORE : Check out our resource pages for more information on careers in policyindustrycommunication, or governance and more.

LEARN MORE : Visit our FAQ pages. Faculty may be especially interested in reading our faculty FAQ. Make an appointment for individual consultation on how the program can be personalized to fit your needs.

Looking for more? BEST collaborates with many existing services on campus: Career Services, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, CU-CIRTL, the Office of Inclusion and Student EngagementEntrepreneurship@CornellCenter for Materials Research Industrial Partnerships, and more…

What we do: see program and FAQ pages

Engage PhD students and postdocs in their exploration of careers in and beyond: Policy; Governance, Risk and Compliance; Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management; and Communication.

How we do it

  • Flexible, experiential and empowering opportunities.
  • Enabling real-world experiences on campus and remotely.
  • Collaborating to create experiences for skill development.

BEST is facilitative in nature.  To help PhD students and postdocs fall in love with their future careers we empower you through individualized service to sculpt your future.  Successful participation results in PhDs who are more confident about and better prepared to pursue a career path of their choice.

Continuing in academic research? Many of the skills you will acquire through participation in BEST will also help you in an academic career of your choice. 

Interested 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 Innovation (CTI).


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