SciPhd Training

In May 2017, BEST sponsored an intensive 2-day workshop with SciPhd, a professional development services firm that has held career events at major research universities nationwide, including Rutgers, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Stanford. Due to the popularity of this event, BEST will host several events during the 2017-2018 academic year in collaboration with SciPhd. These events require advance registration due to limited space.

Left: Larry Petcovic and Dr. Randall Ribaudo, co-founders of SciPhD. Photo by Lauren Tanabe.

Read more about the SciPhD Bootcamp on the BEST Blog:

SciPhD Bootcamp at Wayne State Shows Scientists the (Business and Social Savvy) Paths to Industry – Part I

SciPhD Bootcamp at Wayne State Shows Scientists the (Business and Social Savvy) Paths to Industry – Part II: Creating Your Brand Through Strategy





SciPhD Bootcamp: It's all about the team

8 a.m - 5 p.m., May 21 & 22, 2018
Margherio Family Conference Center, Scott Hall, School of Medicine

This rigorous, hands-on bootcamp is open to doctoral trainees or postdoctoral scientists committed to making a successful transition to a career in business and industry.  It will be conducted by SciPhD, a nationally recognized professional development services firm.

The program will focus on the skills that industry demands in order to be successful in the first 18 months of a new position which will distinguish you from the competition and prepare you for a leadership position. Download detailed description. Topics include:

  • Successful communication
  • Building effective teams
  • Developing your people
  • Six leadership styles
  • Project management for scientists
  • Finance principles
  • Putting it all to work

Download a detailed description of topics, activities and outcomes.

***Advance registration required*** 
Early registration $35 if paid by April 6
Regular registration $45 until May 11

Nonrefundable - credit card or e-check accepted.

Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on both days and a comprehensive portfolio of resources.

Wayne State students – Use the registration link below:


Non-Wayne State students only – Use the registration link below:


SciPhD Mini-Bootcamp, Cover letters/CV to Resume

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., April 3, 2018
Maccabees Building, 5057 Woodward 6th Floor Conference Room A

cv to resume digital badgeThis is a small careers bootcamp for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists interested in exploring multiple career pathways. It will focus on the construction of cover letters and the conversion of a CV to a resume in preparation for applying for jobs outside of tenure-track positions at a university. This bootcamp will be conducted by Dr. Randy Ribaudo, founder of SciPhD.

*Micro-credential available in Career Planning

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Dissect a job ad and identify the critical technical, business and social skills required.
  • Develop experience statements to address each of the technical, business and social skills.
  • Construct a Summary of Qualifications as the centerpiece of a targeted resume that effectively describes the requirements in the job ad.
  • Construct a completed 1-2 page targeted resume that includes the Summary of Qualifications and the essential details to back up the claims made in that summary.

Light breakfast and box lunch included. Registrants should bring a laptop.

This event is limited to 20 registrants. Registration will open in January and close on Monday, March 26, 2018.
Cost: $25 nonrefundable. No walk-ins permitted.

This careers event is co-sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] program in the Graduate School.