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Dear GSBS Students:

What are your career plans once you complete your graduate degree?  The biomedical research workforce has numerous opportunities for professionals with the skills you are developing.  Have you thought beyond the obvious?

You can't start too early to build your CV, define your goals, and position yourself for success. The goal of this Career Corner is to provide you access to ideas and resources that will help you plan your next steps towards a fulfilling career.  New features will appear bi-weekly, so check it often for ideas that might interest you.

Deans Barton and Blackburn

Career Corner posts


April 4:, a web resource that is part of a specialized nationwide network of state-based life science websites, has an extensive listing of job postings from across the state and country. Check them out here.

November 1: myIDP - Learn all about this unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to help you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that best fits you.

November 15: Mocktails II - This event is the perfect opportunity to have your resume reviewed by science professionals and to ask questions about how to ace a job interview.

December 6: Advice from Alumni: Every person you meet when on an interview is evaluating you, including the janitor, the waiter, the driver, the secretary, the students, and the hotel worker.  Don't let arrogance or condescension during interactions with those of 'lesser stature' than the position being sought ruin your chances in securing the job.  -- Danny R. Welch, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Cancer Biology; Kansas University Medical Center; Kansas City, KS


Jan. 23: Communicating Science: Need some pointers on how to give a great scientific talk? Then checkout this career development guide from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund that provides advice and tips from scientific speakers about preparing presentations. (Including technology to use and horror stories about talks gone wrong.)

Feb 7: Advice from Alumni: Seek opportunities to develop skills in writing publications, grants, giving presentations and obtaining certifications, because these talents are crucial for establishing leadership in your career. -- Jeff Walterscheid, Ph.D.  Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences  

* Life in the County Coroner's Office: Today, 4-5p.m.,GSBS Large Classroom. Hear Dr. Walterscheid talk about his career.

Feb 21: Trying to find a career path outside of the usual fields (i.e. academia) may be difficult, but this blog post featured on helps demystify one of the frequently referenced career options for Ph.D.s:Consulting. 

March 7: Seminar: Careers in Science and Technology: Wednesday, March 20, 2013; noon-1:30 p.m.; MSB B.645. The Graduate Student Education Committee is presenting a talk by Neal Lane, Ph.D, Senior Fellow at the Baker Institute at Rice University. Dr. Lane will cover his vast career which included working at the White House. To RSVP, please send an email to by March 18.

March 21: 2nd Annual Presidential Career Symposium: Registration is now open for this event, scheduled for May 23 and sponsored by the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association, that will offer all GSBS students and postdocs the opportunity to network and learn from experts on how to succeed in various career fields. See link for full details. 

April 4:, a web resource that is part of a specialized nationwide network of state-based life science websites, has an extensive listing of job postings from across the state and country. Check them out here

April 18: Student business cards are now available. To submit your request, please complete an online form. Have questions? Contact GSBS Communications Specialist Tracey Barnett.

May 2: When it comes to business cards, do you wish there was a way to go paperless? Well, there are several sites and apps that allow you to create mobile business cards. Here are a few options that are compatible with Android and iPhone.   

May 16: With graduation just around the corner are you still uncertain about which career path to choose after obtaining your Ph.D.? Well, the good news is there is great diversity in the biomedical workforce, as shown here in this NIH graph, and career options for Ph.D.s are growing. The best way to figure which path works for you is to start with myIDP.

May 30: Branching points: This blog created by Liza Shenfeld, a NSF funded grad student at the University of Washington, offers a collection of resources designed to give science graduate students ideas for nonacademic careers.

June 13: GSBS student Kimberly Busiek recently wrote a blog post about starting the search for an alternative career at The Graduate Student Education Committee's website. You can read her post and learn more about the committee here

June 27: Advice from Alumni: Hopefully as graduate students in pursuit of your degree, you have learned to think creatively and the ability to teach yourself, from books, articles and even YouTube. Further you have developed the persistence to achieve a goal. Therefore, regardless of the task at hand, use these skills and creative thinking to identify solutions to problems and you will never be without work. - Peter Seferian, Patent Manager, UTHealth

July 18: GSBS is thrilled to partner with The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), today's premiere leadership organization advocating the interests of women in science and technology. Click here to learn about membership benefits and how to become a member.

August 1: Reminder: GSBS students with Graduate Research Assistant status can order business cards by simply filling out a business card request form. Cards are printed every Friday and can be delivered to Smithville. See form for full details.

August 15: Recommended Read: So What Are You Going to Do With That?: A Guide for M.A.'s and Ph.D's Seeking Careers Outside the Academy

August 29: BioCareer Seminar: How to succeed in graduate school: September 4, 5 - 6:30p.m., GSBS Large Classroom (BSRB S3.8371). Come hear a panel of senior graduate students address: how to get national and local funding;
what to think about when looking for a mentor; what to expect of graduate school/ life on the bench; and how to navigate GSBS (exams, committees, timeline).

September 12: Recommended Read: Life after graduate school: 12 steps to your post-doctoral position

September 26: GSBS BioCareers Seminar: Pathway to the Professoriate, 5-6:30p.m. Wednesday, October 2, GSBS Large Classroom. Featured speakers will be Drs. Ilya Levental and Shane Cunha.

October 10: GSBS has partnered with The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the premiere leadership organization advocating the interests of women in science and technology. Click here to learn about membership benefits and how to become a member.

October 24: GSBS BioCareers: Paths to Permanent US Residence for Scientists: November 6, 5-6:30p.m. Speaker Rose Mary Valencia (Interim Director, Office of International Affairs, UTHealth) will cover topics such as visa options for researchers, dependent visa sponsorship concerns, etc. 

November 7: CompeteUT Student Investment Competition $100,000 1st Place Investment Award: This competition, made possible by the UT Horizon Fund, encourages innovation and entrepreneurship throughout all The University of Texas System Institutions. It's open to all UT undergraduates, graduates, Ph.D. candidates, postdocs, medical residents, medical interns and trainees. To compete for an award, you must attend the first mandatory instructional webinar on Monday, November 11, 4-6p.m. See flyer for details.

December 9: Need some helpful hints on the art of networking? GSBS Program Manager Marenda Wilson, Ph.D., gives you the scoop on how to utilize this often undervalued skill.


January 9: In this post from ASBMB Today's Career Insights blog learn how your digital footprint may be hampering your job search. 

January 23: Life Science Case Studies: The Perils and Rewards of Entrepreneurship: Thursday, February 27, 1-2p.m., Onstead Auditorium. This lecture, co-sponsored by the UTHealth Medical School Graduate Student Education Committee and GSBS, will feature Jack Gill, Ph.D., co-founder of Vanguard Ventures, research scientist, lecturer and faculty of Harvard Medical School, Rice University and MIT. Gill will discuss the essential elements of life science startups.

February 6: Measuring research impact, and careers in science publishing: Monday, February 24, 4p.m., GSBS Large Classroom. Dr. Kinga Hosszu, Outreach Director, Faculty of 1,000 Ltd., will discuss career publishing. Session is geared toward trainees. See link for more information about Dr. Hosszu.

February 20: The Role of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers in High-tech Startups: March 18 - April 24, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6p.m. BioScience Research Collaborative. This class is a great introduction to your future as an entrepreneur and a place to meet students & professionals with similar interests. It's open to anyone in the medical center & Rice. Graduate students can even receive credit for the course!

March 6: Write Winning Grants - Two seminars for MD Anderson Cancer Center faculty and trainees: April 28 and 29. Sponsored by the MDACC's Department of Scientific Publications, this series will address both practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal-writing process. To register, please complete and return this form or register online. Priority registration for MD Anderson faculty and trainees ends Monday, March 24. UTHealth students (etc.) can register from March 24 - April 7. Please note that there is no reduced fee for student status. 

March 20: Business Innovation for Successful Entrepreneurship course: Developed in collaboration with the UT-Austin McCombs School of Business, this 12-week online course provides a detailed understanding of the steps required to commercialize technologies and launch a successful business. See above link for registration details.

April 3: The TMC LEAD Calendar is now a permanent button in the Essential. Find it, along with other helpful GSBS buttons, under the "In The News" feature located in the bottom, left-hand column of the newsletter. The LEAD Calendar is also available on the GSBS calendar webpage. (And remember, there are also permanent links to the GSBS Newsmakers form, student business card form and much, much more in the Essential!)


Career Development Resources

The purpose of this page is to provide information for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the areas of careers and career planning (see also Employment Links).

One Year Plan -- an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education on how to organize your time so that you complete your last year of graduate school with both a Ph.D. and a fulfilling new job

Alternative Careers

Other occupations to consider including companies and organizations that employ scientists:

Occupational Outlook Handbook -- Bureau of Labor Standards site includes job titles and descriptions, the outlook for specific occupations and sources of career information

National Association of Colleges and Employers Jobwire -- linking jobs, job seekers, and job-search information

IC2 (Innovation, Creativity, Capital) Institute of The University of Texas at Austin -- IC2 is an organization that uses modern technologies to link research universities, businesses and other resources in order to promote economic development and revitalization

GSBS Alumni In-Reach Mentoring Program -- GSBS alumni in a wide variety of occupations assist students with job and career-path decisions

Academic Advising Resources on the Internet -- a site developed for the National Academic Advising Association as a starting point for academic advisors and others who are beginning to explore the Internet (primarily graduates/undergraduates)

Workshops and Seminars

Workshops and seminars will be offered to the student body at various times throughout the year. Please monitor your e-mail account ( for announcements.