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Wednesday November 8 (1:30 –3:30 pm) - The Professor Is In (University of Rochester)

A two-hour session with Karen Kelsky ( is brought to you by CTSI and URBEST. Elizabeth Saionz, MD/PhD Candidate, will facilitate the event in Class of 62 Auditorium Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at

URBEST Enrollment is Officially Open (November 1 – 15)

All biomedical and health sciences PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates(SMD and River Campus) are eligible to participate in University of Rochester's BEST Program. URBEST trainees will be selected twice a year. An Orientation Session and Skills Blitz will take place December 1 (noon – 1:30 pm). Please enroll at

Why Choose Us

  • You can join a program that identifies and supports bold, innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, including internship possibilities.
  • You need a team of mentors to be successful at the University of Rochester and beyond. No one person can offer you everything.
  • You will find out you are “not the only one.” Discover peers across a variety of departments that can support you by sharing their experiences.
  • You can expand your network by participating in face - to - face activities and discover opportunities through the URBEST LinkedIn Group.
  • URBEST leaders (and contacts) can discuss next steps for your professional development, no matter what career appeals to you


Comments from current and former URBEST Trainees

Jimmy ZhangI enjoy the professional and career development aspects - learning accountability, project management, team management. It's largely taking ideas that I already practice and linking them together with formal terminology.—Jimmy Zhang

The program has opened my eyes to the fact that there are other job opportunities out there for PhDs who don't feel like academia is a good fit for them. The URBEST program has helped me see gaps in my training and helped to fill them with important soft skills or experiences I may not have had otherwise. – Lauren (Rice) Walling

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