Welcome to the Center for Professional Development
Alison Billroth-MacLurg won a CPD-sponsored travel award to attend a mini-course about career planning and managing science in the biotech industry. Read about what she learned!
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to supplement every trainee's scientific education with the professional and career development opportunities most appropriate to each individual trainee’s interests and skills.
There are several School of Medicine and Dentistry courses related to professional development available. Check out the Course Description / Course Schedule (CDCS) to review availability by term.
Request an appointment with our Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Elaine Smolock, for assistance learning how to improve your skills in any of the areas below. Review our Services List for additional details.
- Career Services
- Fellowships and Grants
- Scientific Writing Fundamentals and Publication
See our Success Stories to learn what others have to say about our individualized services.
Opportunities to Explore
Opportunities to Explore (OTE) is a weekly email newsletter specifically for SMD graduate students and postdocs. OTE highlights professional and career development items of interest throughout the University, the Rochester community, and the country. OTE also highlights current webinars, articles, and other online opportunities. OTE is specifically for trainees in the life sciences and is distributed on Fridays. View the OTE Archive.
There are more than 500 resources available throughout this website including articles, blogs, webinars, websites, and more.
Seminars and Workshops
Seminars and workshops are offered weekly on a variety of topics including transferable and supplemental skills development, career exploration and planning, fellowships and grants, writing, and research ethics. Useful materials from recent seminars and workshops are available on the relevant CPD webpage, as well as in the Recent Seminars and Workshops Archive.
The CPD is a proud sponsor of the following programs:
Need Writing Assistance?
Request an appointment with our Life Sciences Writing Specialist
View our Success Stories