Monday, October 24, 2016
The GPCI (Graduate and Professional Community Initiative) was created in 2013 by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. The GPCI is a framework for strategic discussions to identify and address issues related to graduate and professional student life. The below report (October 2016) is organized by topic areas identified in the 2013 initiative. The report covers:
Advancements in the Quality of Graduate Student Life in Recent Years
and provides a summary of progress on GPCI-related issues.
Specifically, the BEST Program has participated in the Career Resources effort in answer to the following need as described by the GPCI: “Acknowledging the substantial progress that has been made on career resources on campus in recent years, the GPCI asks that additional support be given for graduate students who are looking to pursue non-academic careers. The GPCI also recommends that offerings by Cornell Career Services be more accessible to and valuable for the graduate and professional student community and that transferable professional skills resources that span all fields be strengthened. Lastly, the GPCI suggests that better data collection on alumni and current students can greatly improve the offerings of career resources.”
Since 2010, the Graduate School has improved delivery of career information through partnerships with Career Services that include a dedicated career advisor, through two grant-funded centers to address future faculty (CU-CIRTL) and non-academic (BEST) careers, and via a menu of professional development programs, events, and workshops. In 2015-16, the Graduate School interacted with nearly 8,500 student participants in 185 programs providing over 570 hours of programming.
BEST Program: Through the National Institutes of Health, the BEST ("Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training") Program is available to graduate students and postdocs. This is a university-wide initiative that offers workshops, off-campus alternatives to the traditional rotations in years 1-2, and mentorship or externship opportunities for careers beyond the academy.