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Insider perspectives: Preparing for graduate school and beyond

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Organized by the 50業子 Education and Professional Development Committee and 50業子 Student Chapters Committee

March 16, 2022 | Duration: 1 hr. 45 mins.

An undergraduate degree in a life science discipline opens up a world of different career paths, and it can be challenging to figure out which path to take. Whether you have just started or are wrapping up your undergraduate education, now is the time to prepare for the next step in your career journey. In this panel discussion, speakers at various stages in their training share their perspectives on their decision-making process to pursue advanced training in life sciences and how they set themselves up for success in this pursuit. Additional faculty speakers share their insight in helping students prepare for and succeed in advanced training.

Speakers

Folnetti Alvarez

Folnetti Alvarez
Graduate student at Stony Brook University

Alexis Craft

Alexis Craft
Graduate student at Alabama A&M University

Candace Jones Carter

Candace Jones Carter
Associate professor at Lane College

Narendra Kumar

Narendra Kumar
Associate professor and interim director of graduate studies at Texas A&M University

Madeline Sanders

Madeline Sanders
Undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley

Moderator

Kirsten Block

Kirsten Block
Director of education, professional development and outreach, 50業子

Who should watch

  • Undergraduates in BMB and related disciplines

Key takeaways

  • Consider the breadth of research careers open to those with life science training.
  • Understand the role and types of advanced degrees needed to pursue various scientific careers.
  • Identify skills and experiences that can be leveraged in the pursuit of advanced training in the life sciences.
  • Understand the role and value of postbaccalaureate training as a stepping stone in your career path.