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)

Higgs Lab


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.

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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.

Timothy McFarland

Timothy McFarland

Dr. McFarland received a PhD in physiology from Wayne State University in 2010. After graduating, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Wayne State's School of Medicine. He is currently a Scientist at Emergent BioSolutions in Lansing, Michigan, where he designs and validates biological assays on vaccines created on-site to ensure their safety. Dr. McFarland has published articles on molecular biology and biochemistry in a variety of academic journals.

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