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Read this excellent Molecular Cell paper on how to discuss your IDP with your advisor.

The NIH BEST Consortium published a paper in FASEB outlining a new paradigm for PhD training (see figure)

How to build a better PhD  There are too many PhD students for too few academic jobs — but with imagination, the problem could be solved.

ASCB Where will a biology PhD take you? (see figure above)

Make the most of PhDs The number of people with science doctorates is rapidly increasing, but there are not enough academic jobs for them all. Graduate programmes should be reformed to meet students’ needs.

Employment terms - California postdocs win new rights

The Future of the Postdoc (Nature)

PhDs need jobs too  LA times article about the academic force

Fellowships are the future: "Postdocs need a level of autonomy to get the best out of their position" Viviane Callier and Jessica Polka.

There is Life After Academia With high numbers of postdocs emerging from universities, prospective PhD students must be prepared for the fact that they will probably not end up with a career in research.

Life Outside the Lab: the ones who got away Sometimes, the brightest stars in science decide to leave. Nature finds out where they go.

Fix the PhD No longer a guaranteed ticket to an academic career, the PhD system needs a serious rethink.

The importance of stupidity in scientific research

National Reports on Graduate Education

The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree.Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Reports. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. 

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Reports

Professional Development: Shaping Effective Programs for STEM Graduate Students, 2017
Understanding Career Pathways (includes links to other resources on tracking career pathways of PhDs)
Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, 2012

Sustaining Discovery in Biological and Medical Sciences: A Framework for DiscussionThe Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), 2015

Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report, National Institutes of Health, 2012

Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, American Chemical Society, 2012

Research Universities and the Future of America, National Research Council, 2012

The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United StatesCommission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States, 2010


BEST Opportunities Aren’t Found, They’re Made. Presentation given by Susi Varvayanis,  August 2017

Dr. Tabak NIH Workforce interview by Trish Labosky. December 2015

Cornell Faculty help diversify the op-ed landscape through Public Voices program. October 8, 2015

Wayne State University BEST Program. May, 2015

Communication module
Law module
Business module
Teaching module
Government module
Community engagement module

Startup Resources & Roadmap 101:The Gateway to Everything Entrepreneurial at Cornell University

1) Entrepreneurship at Cornell. May 12, 2015
2) Entrepreneurial Pathways to a Successful Career, Cornell's BEST Program. May 19, 2015
3) Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and License Negotiations for Startups. May 26, 2015
4) The Kevin M. McGovern Family Center For Venture Development In the Life Sciences. June 2, 2015
5) Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement-Regional Resources and Support for Startups. June 9, 2015
6) Does Your Entrepreneurial Activity Conflict with Your Cornell Responsibilities? How to Start Off On the Right Foot! June 16, 2016

Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management Career Panel Cornell BEST Program, November 19, 2014

Time to Rethink Graduate and Postdoc Education, Dr. Keith Yamamoto, UCSF. February 3, 2014


Student Leadership Education Network

Clint Sidle, founding director of the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program
Summary of Leadership Wheel Model. View recording of this event

Sonia Ospina on Collective Leadership, Professor of Public Management and Policy at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Co-sponsored by Natural Leaders initiative/Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County View presentation slides