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Reframing Career Development as a Core Component of

Graduate & Postdoctoral Education

Scholarly Focus

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PhD-trained scientists play important roles across the scientific enterprise and in society. In spite of this, graduate and postdoctoral education have traditionally assumed preparation for academic research careers. My scholarship focuses on understanding the interests and challenges faced by PhD trainees as they explore and navigate their early career, enhancing educational approaches to address these challenges, and building national capacity for evaluation, research, and dissemination of effective practices in PhD career development.   

Scholarly Projects


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Dr. Fuhrmann was invited to submit a response about the future of graduate education for Issues of Science and Technology, a magazine published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Read the published response here >



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Engaging with stakeholders across the scientific community is critical for understanding key challenges facing our field, and for applying diverse perspectives to addressing these challenges.  I welcome opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, share our work, collaborate, and learn from others.



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Contact Us

Center for Biomedical Career Development
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Suite S1-824

Campus Map (pdf)

(508) 856-1935 (office)
(508) 856-4145 (cBCD)
fax (508) 856-3659


Mailing Address:
UMass Medical School
Attn: Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann
55 Lake Avenue North, S1-824
Worcester, MA 01655

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Interested in joining our team? Please reach out! We may have a current or upcoming opportunities for full-time, part-time, intern, postdoctoral, or consultant roles--in educational research, evaluation, teaching, curriculum development, educational policy, or academic administration.

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