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Welcome to URBEST!

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  • 2019 URBEST Manuscript Writing Bootcamp

    Derek Crowe presenting "Designing Publication Quality Figures"

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    Next URBEST Retreat - September 2020!

    Date and details will be available Summer 2020

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    Julianne Feola Presents at 2019 URBEST Retreat

    UR Alumna Julianne Feola presents "From a PhD Program to a Career in Clinical Trials Management"

Molly Wilson, Ph.D.

Molly Wilson, Ph.D.

SMD, Ph.D. Graduate ’16; Product Owner, Academic Analytics

CPD/URBEST Event: Program by the Numbers: Being a PI in your discipline

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Presented by Molly Wilson, Ph.D. (SMD, Ph.D. Graduate ’16); Product Owner, Academic Analytics

Join us for an information session where we will share data from Academic Analytics, a database of research activity across the United States.  We will look at the numbers for tenure track faculty in your discipline nation-wide so you will be able to answer questions like: How long after degree do people usually get faculty positions in my field? How many papers do I need to be competitive on the job market? What does the research career look like for faculty in my field in terms of output?

Join this Zoom event at Need accommodations?

Contact at least three business days prior to the event.

Jennifer Stripay, Ph.D.

Jennifer Stripay, Ph.D

SMD, Ph.D. Graduate ’16; Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children’s


Career Story w/ Jennifer Stripay- Uncharted Waters: Navigating tides of change in biomedical career planning

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.| Zoom

Presented by Jennifer Stripay (SMD, Ph.D. Graduate ’16); Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Join this Zoom event at  Need accommodations?

Contact at least three business days prior to the event.

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

The URBEST program has helped to show me that there are other career options outside of academia and have made these options feel attainable. It has really helped to end the stigma around academia being the only choice and has done an excellent job of providing resources and training needed to excel in our future career choices! – Emily Warner

URBEST really opens up new opportunities for career avenues outside of tradition academia. Although I am still unsure of my path it has better directed my general interest that will hopefully become more focused as I progress through my program. It also gives me the ability to network with people that could increase my current research scope while increasing possibilities of procuring a job in the future. – Emily Quarato

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