Career Pathways Communities

"Further information for Spring 2019 coming soon."


Career Pathways Communities, introduced in Spring 2017 as an intiative of our NIH BEST grant, are peer learning groups themed around the eight career pathways categories. Each Community is facilitated by two guest professionals (i.e., a Ph.D. scientist experienced in one or more careers within the career pathway).

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


What are the Communities and when will they take place?

Each Career Pathway Community is themed around a different career pathway category.
Communities in Spring 2019-Fall 2019 are anticipated to be:

Spring 2019
Fall 2019
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


Professionals joining Career Pathways Communities in Fall 2018

Research in Academia and Government (careers in this category): 
Meeting Times: 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 11, and 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 31
Mitch McVey, PhD  Dr. Mitch McVey, Professor, Department of Biology, Tufts University
Avi Rodal, PhD  Dr. Avi Rodal, Associate Professor of Biology, Brandeis University

Research in Industry (careers in this category)
Meeting Times: 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 1, Oct. 15, and Nov. 2
Lauren Drouin, PhD Dr. Lauren Drouin, Scientist II in Analytical Development, Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.
Colby Souders, PhD Dr. Colby Souders, Chief Technology Officer, Abveris, Inc.

Policy, Legal & Regulatory Affairs (careers in this category)
Meeting Times: 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 30, and 9-11 a.m. on Nov. 15
Ronit Prawer 

Ronit Prawer, Director - Eastern US, UK Science and Innovation Network, British Consulate

Kimberly Wolfram Kim Wolfram, Director of Global Regulatory CMC, Biogen Inc.

Science Education & Outreach (careers in this category):
Meeting Times: 9-11 a.m. on Oct. 11, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16

Megan Rokop, PhDDr. Megan Rokop, Associate Dean of the Honors College, UMass Boston

Eligibility and process for participation

BBS Ph.D. students: BBS Ph.D. students are required to participate in two Career Pathways Communities: one community in Spring of their third year, and a different community in Fall of their fourth year. The time commitment is estimated to be six hours per semester, along with brief homework to prepare for the meetings. 
To participate: Instructions will be sent by e-mail to request your top three preferences for the learning communities in which you would like to participate in Spring of 2019.

For postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students across all graduate programs: Limited spots are available for optional, by-application participation (see below). Students in a stage of training earlier than third year should not apply. Applications for Spring 2019 will be announced soon.