Career Pathways Communities


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 joined by a guest professional (i.e., a Ph.D. scientist experienced in one or more careers within the career pathway).

In the Fall 2017 offering, Career Pathways Communities will take on a new format: members of the community will interact with multiple Ph.D. scientists experienced within the pathway, with new activities to structure discussions as well as open-format networking. 

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



Five Career Pathways Communities were offered in Spring 2017 and another five will be offered in Fall 2017. 

In Fall 2017, all five Communities are anticipated to meet on Wednesday, November 15 (12:30-4 p.m.) and Friday, December 8 (2:30-5 p.m.).

Spring 2017
Fall 2017
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




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.

For postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students across graduate programs: Limited spots are available for optional, by-application participation (see below). BBS Ph.D. students in a stage of training earlier than fourth year should not apply.

In Fall 2017 we anticipate hosting a networking event at the culmination of Career Pathways Communities, which will be open to the UMMS campus community: students of all stages and programs, postdocs, faculty, and staff. When available, details will be posted on our Events page.



For fourth-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 in Fall 2017. 

For applicants (postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students):  This is a competitive application process, and not all applicants will be selected. Applicants will be notified by mid-October regarding their application status. Apply now >



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