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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
BEST Day in Albany...

Learn how science policy is made and understood at the state level. Meet the professionals who are at the heart of environmental and public health policymaking in Albany. Get a taste of what it's like to live, work, and thrive in this field if you are considering it as a career. Learn what qualities they look for and what skills you should master to go into this line of work to best make use of your PhD degree.

We have set up meetings on May 24 for a group of BESTies.  It will be a very fun and full day.  We have confirmed Steve Englebright, Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee in the State Assembly (and a scientist) and Jim Tierney, Deputy Commissioner for Water in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (chemistry major undergrad. and a lawyer). Another two meetings are planned at the Dept. of Health and with our State Senator, Tom O’Mara.  All these meetings will be with people in the public health and environmental health and environment areas. 

Two of our meetings are with politicians and they love cameras!

Please contact Susi Varvayanis if you are interested in participating and can commit 100% to attend. Let us know what your motivation is, what you hope to get out of the trip, and how it might help your future career plans.

BEST mentors Charles Kruzansky, Associate VP University Relations at Cornell University, and Zoe Nelson, Associate Director, Office of State Government Relations at Cornell are facilitating these info-packed meetings.

Preference will be given to BESTies who have not been awarded a travel scholarship or other monetary support in the past year. Learn more about the mentors/facilitators at the recent 'BEST Careers for PhDs in...Science Policy' event on April 20

The ideal candidate to participate in this trip will be finishing up their PhD in the next year or so, and would sincerely consider a career next step in Science Policy, but might want to know what it's like to work in this environment before taking the plunge. 

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