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.

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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.

Charlene McGunn

Charlene McGunn

Dr. McGunn has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit.  She is the Executive Director of the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families, a federally funded community coalition in Macomb County that focuses on the prevention and reduction of youth substance abuse. Dr. McGunn also is in clinical practice in Rochester Hills and is a part-time faculty member in the Wayne State Graduate School of Social Work.  She has presented locally on issues related to clinical practice and community coalitions and at national forums on issues related to youth substance abuse.

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