Career Pathways Communities


Career Pathways Communities are peer learning groups themed around the eight career pathways categories. Each Community is co-facilitated by a professional (i.e., a Ph.D. scientist experienced in one or more careers within the career pathway) and a student Community Leader.


Each community is composed of 5-20 trainees, and meets three times in one semester. Meetings are two-hour discussion and activity-based workshops driven by the professional, Community Leader, and group interests.

Learning objectives

By the end of the experience you will be able to…

  • Compare attributes of careers within the career pathway
  • Articulate how skills developed in an academic setting translate into the career pathway
  • Identify actions that will enable reaching your career-related goals
  • Reflect on your progress toward goals and seek support where needed

Additional benefits

  • Build connections with a professional in the career pathway
  • Build peer networks that will enable ongoing sharing of resources and experience
  • Support progress toward career-related actions identified in your Individual Development Plan



Third year BBS students: Third year BBS Ph.D. students are required to participate in two Career Pathways Communities: one community in Spring 2017 and a different community in Fall 2017. This is a total of six hours per semester.

For postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students (Year 4+): Limited spots are available for optional, by-application participation.  

BBS students prior to their third year of graduate study are ineligible to participate. We encourage participation in other events (see our Events page and the cBCD Weekly Highlights email newsletter). Please inquire about eligibility if you have any questions.



In 2017, five Career Pathways Communities will be offered in the Spring and another five will be offered in the Fall. 

Research in Academia & Government
Research in Industry
Business & Commercial Development
Academic & Research Administration
Policy, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Public Health, Medical Testing & Patient Care
Science Education & Outreach
Science Communication & Publishing


Communities offered in Spring 2017

Science Communication & Publishing (careers in this category)
April 3, April 24, May 16: 9-11 a.m.
with Karen Eisenhauer, Ph.D., Vice President, Medical Writing, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Business & Commercial Development (careers in this category)
April 5, April 28, May 22: 9-11 a.m.
with Cynthia Hernit-Grant, Ph.D., Senior Director, Business Development, MassBiologics

Academic & Research Administration (careers in this category)
April 6, May 1, May 15: 9-11 a.m.
with Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D., Director, Professional Development & Postdoc Affairs, Boston University

Research in Industry (careers in this category)
April 4, April 25, May 19: 3-5 p.m.
with Greg Hurlbut, Ph.D., Associate Director, Senior Principal Scientist, Sanofi/Genzyme

Research in Academia & Government (careers in this category)
April 11, May 5, May 23: 3-5 p.m.
with Michelle Mondoux, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross



For third-year BBS students: Instructions will be sent by e-mail to indicate your top three preferences for the learning communities in which you would like to participate.

For applicants (postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students Year 4+): Applicants will be selected based on space availability and their responses to application prompts. The Fall 2017 application link will be posted here.


Apply to become a Community Leader

Serving the GSBS community as a Career Pathways Community Leader is an opportunity to demonstrate your own knowledge and skills about a specific career path while also gaining experience facilitating in a classroom environment.

Community Leader Roles

  • Foster an interactive, community-focused environment
  • Participate in Community Leader training session(s)
  • Work with the professional to address all learning objectives
  • Check in with cBCD staff regularly, including reporting on adaptation of lesson plans and attendance and delivering evaluation data or other materials
  • Assist with ongoing development of the Career Pathways Community experience

For advanced (Year 4+) BBS students: The Fall 2017 application link will be posted here.

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