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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"

Eric Schott

Eric Schott, Ph.D.; Co-Founder

Head of Translational Research and Clinical Development at Solarea Bio

Breaking into biotech: Not as scary as you think

Monday, March 9, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576),
Medical Center

Dr. Eric Schott's will be visiting URBEST from the Translational Research and Clinical Development unit at Solarea Bio. The title of his talk will be Breaking into biotech: Not as scary as you think. The Career Story will be held 11:00 am - noon and pizza will follow from noon - 1 pm.

Paul Duman, Ph.D.

Paul Dunman, Ph.D.

Previous Wyeth (Pfizer) scientist and current UR Associate Professor


Monday, April 6, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Combined Northeastern Room
(1-9525 & 1-9535), Medical Center

Did you know that Paul Duman, Ph.D. had a career in industry before joining University of Rochester. Paul will share his career story moving from a scientist position at Wyeth, which was an American pharmaceutical company acquired by Pfizer in 2009, to a position in
academia. Paul has been a member of the University of Rochester community since 2010. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

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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