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Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
What can you be with a PhD?

 - A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention -

Supported by a New York City regional consortium of colleges and universities and recognized as a nationally preeminent career convention. What Can You Be With A PhD? A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention is a unique opportunity to connect the private and public sector, industry and academe with the rising generation of scientists and engineers who will become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. 

Over 1300 graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in the biosciences, physical sciences and engineering in the larger metropolitan area, representing the region’s great academic institutions from Connecticut to Pennsylvania, attended the last convention in 2013.

As the importance and influence of science and technology to the broader economy and larger society grows, the event fosters early career exploration and planning through exhibitors, industry representatives, symposia focusing on opportunities and trends in career sectors, and networking. The overall program will feature exhibitors and symposia in the following tracks:

• Academic, private and government research and administrative careers.
• Biomedical, physical science and technology-based industry careers
• Financial, legal and corporate careers
• Careers in publishing and communications
• Entrepreneurship

To register as a Cornell graduate Student or Postdoc go to:

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE), Cornell Career Services, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program, and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies

We will not be providing transportation to the event.  In the past we have helped connect students attending the event so they can carpool/ share transportation cost. For BESTies who RSVP to Azucena Ortega and who carpool together, we will offer mileage reimbursement.


October 24, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am Workshop: Interview Skills
10:00am - 11:30am Panel: Government Careers
10:00am - 11:30am Panel: Bench Science in Private Industry
10:00am - 11:30am Workshop: Schmooze or Lose
10:00am - 11:30am Panel: Technology/Business Development

1:00pm - 2:30pm Panel: Careers in Science Journalism
1:00pm - 2:30pm Workshop: Negotiation Skills
1:00pm - 2:30pm Panel: Careers at Regeneron
1:00pm - 2:30pm Panel: Medical Writing
1:00pm - 2:30pm Workshop: Relationship Skills

3:00pm - 4:30pm Workshop:Careers in Publishing
3:00pm - 4:30pm Panel:Women in Science
3:00pm - 4:30pm Panel:Non-research Industry Careers
3:00pm - 4:30pm Panel: Academic Administration
3:00pm - 4:30pm Workshop: Career Satisfaction

5:00pm - 6:30pm Keynote Speaker: Rush D. Holt, PhD

October 25, 2015
10:00am-11:30am Panel: Getting to the Dark Side: Preparing for a Career in Industry
10:00am-11:30am Panel: Choosing a Postdoc
10:00am-11:30am Panel: Careers in Science Policy
10:00am-11:30am Workshop: NRSA Fellowships
10:00am-11:30am Panel: Careers in Finance & Equity Research

1:00pm-2:30pm Panel: Consulting Careers
1:00pm-2:30pm Panel: Non-traditional Postdocs
1:00pm-2:30pm Workshop: Resume Workshop
1:00pm-2:30pm Panel: Careers in Teaching and Education
1:00pm-2:30pm Panel: Entrepreneurs: From Science to Startup

3:00pm-4:30pm Panel: Interviews: Formal and Social. Making the Most of Both Opportunities
3:00pm-4:30pm Panel: Faculty Positions in Academia
3:00pm-4:30pm Panel: Careers in Non-Profits and Foundations
3:00pm-4:30pm Panel: Careers in Data Science, Analytics & Visualization

5:00pm-6:30pm Keynote Speaker: Peter S. Fiske, PhD

New York City
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