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Rethinking training for Cornell STEM graduate (Ph.D.) students and postdoctoral scholars

BEST mission: Enhance training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to prepare for careers beyond conventional academic research.

We are in the business of empowering students to realize their potential.

JOIN : Join our email list to learn more about events relevant to you, or fill out our BEST Fellowship form to participate in unique mentorship opportunities.

EXPLORE : Check out our resource pages for more information on careers in policy, industry, communication, or governance.

LEARN MORE : Learn more about us by visiting our FAQ pages. Faculty may be especially interested in reading our faculty FAQ.


Looking for more? 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

Continuing 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. 

Interested 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).


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Charlotte Levy's research is highlighted in the Chronicle

Kudos to BESTIE Charlotte Levy who presented her research at the …

Monday, August 14, 2017
BEST funded trainee wins 3rd place at case competition

Varun Kopparthy, a postdoc at the Sibley School of Mechanical and …


Aug 17, 2017
BEST Professional Portrait Day
Award Winning Portraitist Roger William Theise will again be on …

Aug 25, 2017 11:15 AM
BEST Opportunities Aren't Found, They're Made
An overview of the BEST Program for STEM graduate students on making …

Sep 06 - Sep 07, 2017
In conjunction with the AAMC GREAT Group Professional Development …