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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).

Spotlight

Thursday, December 22, 2016
December-January BEST Newsletter

BESTie, Ethan Sanford, has taken over as the BEST newsletter Editor. &…
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Cornell postdoc alumna urges scientists to get active in policymaking

Since the election, it appears that science and scientific evidence is…
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Events

Jan 17, 2017 12:00 PM
IP&Pizza: Understanding the Inventor's Role
Are you interested to know what it means to be an inventor at Cornell?…

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…