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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, July 15, 2016
BESTies attend MSL conference

What is an MSL? A medical science liaison.  If you love science …

Wednesday, July 06, 2016
BEST Newsletter July 2016

Read this month's newsletter to see upcoming events in July and news …


Jul 27, 2016
Finding Your Scientific Voice
Finding your scientific voice 
Dates: July 27, 28, 29 and

Aug 15, 2016 11:11 PM
Deloitte Consulting Life Sciences PhD Recruiting: Online Application deadline
Deloitte Consulting Life Sciences PhD Recruiting Applications are now…

Aug 17, 2016 01:00 PM
ASBMB-BEST Webinar Series: Building professional relationships
The ASBMB is working with the National Institutes of Health's …