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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).


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
BEST Careers in ...Science Policy - Rocco Casagrande talk

Rocco Casagrande, Cornell alumnus (Tim Huffaker's lab) gave a talk on …

Thursday, December 22, 2016
December-January BEST Newsletter

BESTie, Ethan Sanford, has taken over as the BEST newsletter Editor. &…


Jan 23, 2017 11:00 AM
2017 Symposium on Responsible Conduct of Research-Rigor and Reproducibility
The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance has extended …

Jan 25, 2017 08:59 AM
Finding Your Scientific Voice is now a course
Finding Your Scientific Voice, taught by Itai Cohen, has been promoted…

Jan 26, 2017 02:00 PM
The Outlook for Science in the New Administration and Congress
Join AAAS CEO and former Congressman Rush Holt and American Enterprise…