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Thursday September 13 (9 am – 4 pm) - URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

This year’s URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop will be held in Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) and Center for Experiential Learning (2-7536/2-7544). You do not have to attend the full day of activities if you are not able to. You can register for components. Presenters will be Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutchinson; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; and Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research. Please register for the event at Survey Monkey.


URBEST Enrollment Will 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, and enrollment happens every year in November and in April. One benefit of being an officially enrolled URBEST trainees is that URBEST can help provide support to you when applying for and undertaking an internship. You can register 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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