What's offered... for Students

You came to UMMS to develop your research skills and knowledge. To succeed in science—as a trainee and in your future career—you will need a host of professional skills and to be able to navigate your own career advancement. We are here to support you in these goals.

With funding from a Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant and a NIH BEST grant, we are launching new initiatives over the next few years.

cBCD resources and services tailored to you:

  • Lessons within the required curriculum for BBS (Basic Biomedical Sciences) students to enhance the professional skills you will need for success in graduate school and in any career you pursue thereafter. These include foundational exposure to skills such as dissecting a research paper with purpose, presentation, writing a research proposal, presenting science, transitioning into a new research group, engaging mentors, career exploration, and career planning via an Individual Development Plan.
  • Annual Individual Development Plans (IDP) (all post-qualifying BBS students as part of BBS865)
  • Deep-dive professional skills workshops offered periodically, on topics such as career planning via an IDP, presentation skills, communication and leadership skills, writing skills, designing figures, developing a network, and navigating a job search. For example, the 4-part "academic job search series" is offered annually each summer.
  • Career-specific events, such as the Careers for PhDs and Career Chat series and Career Pathways Communities
  • Library of #MicroSim job simulations that you can use to go deeper in informational interviews
  • GSBS Career & Professional Development special collection in the Lamar Soutter Library
  • Weekly e-newsletter (cBCD Weekly Highlights) featuring resources, events, opportunities to gain experience, and example job postings
  • Individual, confidential appointments with cBCD staff to discuss a specific issue related to your own career development (available to current and former Ph.D. students and postdocs)
  • Web resources to help you:
  • Advising to student/postdoctoral groups organizing career and professional development events or other efforts

Additional resources

  • Office for Postdoctoral Scholars events and resources
  • Company site visits, organized by the student/postdoctoral initiative Industry Exploration (IndEx) program
  • MassTERi eClub events organized by trainees to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and network with successful academic entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, legal professionals and business people
  • Learn or teach data analysis and visualization software and techniques -- including the programming languages R, Python, and more -- with the students and postdocs of GSBS Bootstrappers
  • Request to reserve the GSBS office conference room for a phone, online, or in-person interview or career-related meeting (tele- and video- conference equipment available)

Providing feedback

We value your input and feedback. We are rigorously evaluating our programs to identify best practices, measure outcomes and impact, and understand unintended consequences.  We appreciate your contributions to this effort, and welcome your feedback.