Flexible. Experiential. Empowering.
Our Vision: to help prepare you for your future career.
Our Mission is to give PhD students and postdocs the chance to test-drive specific aspects of various careers through flexible, experiential, empowering opportunities.
To read our 2018 Annual Report, click here.
Cornell BEST helps PhD students and postdoctoral scholars make the most informed decisions possible about their career paths after Cornell. For some, this means being even more confident that a career in academia is for them. Others will decide to use their expertise in careers outside of academic research settings. All PhD students and postdocs can benefit from becoming BESTies, as program trainees are called.
What we do
Engage PhD students and postdocs in their exploration of careers in and beyond: Policy; Governance, Risk and Compliance; Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management; and Communication.
How we do it
- Flexible, experiential and empowering opportunities.
- Enabling real-world experiences on campus and remotely.
- Collaborating to create experiences for skill development.
The BEST program is facilitative in nature rather than being prescriptive about what participants must do to complete it. To help PhD students and postdocs fall in love with their future careers we empower them through individualized service to sculpt their future. Successful participation results in BESTies who are more confident about and better prepared to pursue a career path of their choice.
Looking for more? BEST collaborates with many existing services on campus: Career Services, the Graduate School's Office of Postdoctoral Studies, CU-CIRTL and the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Entrepreneurship@Cornell, Center for Materials Research Industrial Partnerships, and more…
Participate on two levels: to learn about possible career pathways, or with a more in-depth experience
- opportunity pathways
- tangible skills
- experiences to add to your resume
- a flexible program
- metrics for success
- a nationwide consortium sharing best practices, originally funded by the National Institutes of Health
Continuing in academic research? Many of the skills you will acquire in BEST 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 Innovation (CTI).
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