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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).


Friday, August 29, 2014
BEST Co-PI Schaffer will engage students in 'Learning Where You Live'

As a new Faculty-in-Residence, Schaffer will promote intellectual…

Monday, August 25, 2014
Business as a Second Language course to provide management life skills

In response to BEST survey/applications we have developed this course …


Sep 11, 2014 05:00 PM
Pre-Seed Workshop Orientation/Dinner
Contact me now to be on a team: six slots available only A team …

Sep 15 - Sep 16, 2014
MedTech Annual Meeting: Redefining Innovation
Join the largest gathering of executives and senior leaders from

Sep 15, 2014 11:00 AM
ScienceNews reporter to give science writing workshop
Hosted in partnership with Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable…