Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)

5057 Woodward, Room 6305
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2170
(313) 577-2903 (fax)

Chemistry Building


The BEST Program will develop university infrastructure that allows trainees to explore multiple career opportunities and innovative ways to enhance their skills. Trainees will be prepared for a dynamic and evolving job market to meet the needs of the 21st century economy. These skill sets will be developed in partnership with local and national employers through mentored internships to ensure alignment between the employers’ expectations and the skills of our trainees.

View more information about the BEST Program

View a Brief Story About BEST published in BioMatters (Fall 2014)

Phase II Workshops -- Registration Now Open

ATTENTION students considering applying for the BEST Phase III Internships for summer 2015:

**Starting Fall 2015**:  Eligibility for the BEST Program Phase III internships will be limited to currently enrolled doctoral students who will be graduating after January 2017.  These eligibility requirements will restrict students who are graduating in the same academic year of the internship from applying.  Therefore, if you will be completing your PhD anytime between January 2016 and December 2016 , you will not be eligible to apply for the BEST Phase III internships in the summer of 2016.  

Therefore, if you are graduating before December 2016, the optimal time for you to apply for the BEST Phase III internships is for the current December 14, 2014 deadline for the summer 2015 internships.

Jaron Lockett

Jaron Lockett

Dr. Lockett received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathobiology and Cancer Biology from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University in 2007. His graduate research was funded by an F31 predoctoral training fellowship from the National Cancer Institute, a major component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Upon graduation, he joined another NIH institute, the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Neuroscience, and he later became the Scientific Recruiter and Associate Training Director for the NIA. In August 2012, Dr. Lockett joined the NIH Management Intern program to pursue a career in science administration and management.

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