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Career Support and Outcomes

Career Centers

Each school at the University of Rochester offers extensive services to support the career development needs of their master’s and doctoral students. They can help you with personalized approaches to exploration from your first year on campus all the way to your transition to a career after degree completion with access to employers seeking graduate level candidates.

Some of the resources provided by these centers are listed below:

  • Meliora Collective (connections with alumni)
  • Networking events with alumni and employers
  • Professional development seminars and workshops
  • Handshake

Professional Development Funding

The University's AS&E and SMD schools are pleased to provide travel awards to aid in student success.  Specific funding opportunities may vary by year and may include:

  • Internship Funding
  • Job Shadowing Funding
  • Scientific Conference Funding (ie SACNAS, ABRCMS, AISES)
  • Professional Development Workshop Travel & Registration Funding assistance

Student Reviews and Success Stories

I learned the plethora of tools available for networking, and improving my online presence. I also learned how to effectively find connections between the University and careers I am interested in through services such as Linkedin and Handshake.

-Andrew, 2nd year MS in Microbiology

They really listened to what my goals were and spent our time really focusing on those goals; I felt like my time was well-utilized. On top of that, the advice I got was very good. I went in looking to spruce up my CV, and the improvements suggested by the CPD specialist helped me hear back from a recruiter very quickly about a job I want.

-Carolyn, 5th year PhD in Toxicology

I worked with the career specialist on my Curriculum Vitae. The specialist clarified differences between resume and CV and provided additional help with the structure and information to be included in my CV. I also gained assistance to structure and fine tune my cover letter, including a detailed proof read of my cover letter for clarity before submission to an employer.

-Mallory, 5th Year Ph.D. Student in Biophysics

The writing specialist was highly effective in improving the contents and format of my resume, cover letter and CV. The guidance was personalized to my needs so I could exactly see which areas of my writing need to be improved. The specialist also shared resources that I later used to hone my writing. Overall, I feel confident that my writing now has the elements that can deliver the required message.

-Sanjukta, Master’s alumna

Dr. Smolock was very enthusiastic during the meetings. She was able to answer all my questions and give me her wise and objective writing recommendations; I definitely would recommend her services as a Scientific Writing Specialist in the CPD.

-Carlos, 2nd Year Ph.D. Student in Pathology