TRACK: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
According to an NIH study, only 23% of PhDs trained in the life sciences become tenure track academic scientists. Despite this fact, the PhD training model remains focused almost exclusively on academic careers. It’s time to rethink how we train today’s PhDs and postdocs to prepare them for realistic and attainable career outcomes. The NIH has created a new grant mechanism to broaden experiences in scientific training (BEST) and this panel features the two New York awardees. The discussion will highlight examples of creative methods to enhance experiential training opportunities for PhD scientists. The fields of Industry, Science Communication, Policy, and Government all require specific skills sought by future employers, and this presents an opportunity for those stakeholders to collaborate to develop training resources and experiences that will benefit all. Tangible outcomes include potential industry partnerships with these programs, reduced time spent in training positions, and a more immediately productive workforce.