Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)

Where can my Ph.D. take me?

The Wayne State University BEST program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide doctoral students, postdoctoral scientists and faculty with information on exploring multiple career pathways in areas such as:

  • science writing and communication
  • biotech and pharmaceutical industries
  • state and federal government
  • regulatory science
  • research administration
  • public policy
  • undergraduate college teaching
  • law

BEST helps meet the needs of doctoral students and postdocs who pursue these career paths, which are complementary to tenure-track faculty careers in research institutions. Our 3-phase approach provides participants with training that focuses on how their scientific skills, problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are transferrable to other domains. Training includes information sessions, hands-on workshops and immersive learning experiences.

Success spotlight

Dulmini Barupala, Ph.D. Dulmini Barupala, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator of WSU Med-Direct
Zheni Shen, Ph.D. Zheni Shen, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Biology, Wayne State, 2015

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