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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 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 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, 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, April 07, 2015
Annual Report of the BEST Program highlights early successes

We are pleased to share our 2015 annual report with our participants …

Wednesday, April 01, 2015
video of careers in industry, entrepreneurship and management panel

If you missed it-here's the video of the panel discussion with BJ …


Apr 22, 2015 09:00 AM
Design your career like a rockstar: BEST-ProSky event
Design Your Career Like a Rockstar- Presented by ProSky + BEST Program…

Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2015
Charter Day Weekend 1865-2015
Cornell at 150: A Festival of Ideas and Imagination Celebrate Cornell

May 04, 2015 01:30 PM
NYBIO 25th Anniversary Conference
Join our NYBIO panel on "The Power of Young Innovators" …