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Insider perspectives: Beyond qualifying to thriving in graduate school

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June 22, 2022 | Duration: 1 hr. 34 mins.

The qualifying exam is a major milestone in anyone’s graduate career, but once you’ve passed this exam, what comes next? How do you make the most of the middle years of your graduate experience and set yourself up for the next step in your scientific career journey? What are the expectations from your adviser, and what should your own expectations be? In this second installment of the Education and Professional Development Committee’s “Insider perspectives” series, panelists share their journeys through the qualifying exam and into the next phases of their training and career. You’ll hear from senior graduate students as well as established scientists about steps to take and things to consider when moving beyond the qualifying exam.

Speakers

Chandrima Majumdar

Chandrima Majumdar, Moderator
University of California, Berkeley

Chloe Gregory

Chloe Gregory
GSK

Christopher Heinen

Christopher Heinen
University of Connecticut Health Center

Alexandra Kent

Alexandra Kent
University of California, Berkeley

Kyle Nguyen

Kyle Nguyen
Oregon State University

Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams
Baylor College of Medicine

Key takeaways

  • Evaluate the transition point from early graduate student to independent scholar.
  • Reflect on career decision making at the point of the qualifying exam.
  • Identify training needs to supplement research experience.
  • Align skill-building with your intended career path.
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