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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).


Thursday, May 05, 2016
Invited speaker recruits BESTies to test policymaking waters

As an outcome of Charles Kruzansky's and Zoe Nelson's visit to …

Saturday, April 30, 2016
BEST Newsletter May 2016

Get (more) involved in Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training …


Jun 01, 2016 09:13 AM
Deadline for Bain & Company - Advance Into Consulting
A Career with Bain & Company offers Advanced Degree candidates the…

Jun 03, 2016 03:00 PM
From Science Policy to Patents
As part of the symposium to celebrate the retirement of Ken Kemphues, …

Jun 08 - Jun 10, 2016
ASAP BEST SciPol trip to Washington, D.C.
ASAP and BEST are planning the Washington D.C. science policy