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The URBEST Program is one of seventeen programs funded by the NIH to experiment with methods to enhance training opportunities for early career scientists and prepare them for a variety of career options in the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape. BEST’s mission is to Broaden Experiences in Scientific Training for today’s PhD graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. We believe that all biomedical research and science careers are equally valued as successful careers. The URBEST Program aims to increase the confidence and motivation of trainees to identify and pursue their career goals, and to reduce training time by enabling trainees to more efficiently direct their efforts.

The URBEST program is structured to allow for a high degree of flexibility, ensuring that trainees can meet their own self-defined learning needs. Some of our key offerings are URBEST Career Stories, the full-day URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop, Leadership and Management for Scientists, The Bottom Line: What You Need To Know About Interviewing, Hot Coffee and Cold Emails: The Art of the Informational Interview, and Mentoring from the Middle.

Please browse the URBEST Calendar for activities you might want attend. You are welcome to attend activities even if you are not officially enrolled. Open enrollment takes place each November 1 – 15 and April 1 – 15. A registration link will be made available at that time.

Some Basics to Understanding the Program:

  • Enrollment is open to all health science and biomedical PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates.
  • Although many activities take place at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, River Campus students and postdoctoral affiliates are welcome and encouraged to participate and enroll as URBEST trainees.
  • You do not need to be interested in an internship to participate in activities. If you would like to participate in an internship, you must enroll as a URBEST trainee during the November or April registration period.
  • Each URBEST activity you participate in earns you “points.”
  • Points are used to evaluate engagement when selecting trainees for internships, fellowships or travel awards.
  • NIH will track you for 15 years, using email surveys to evaluate career satisfaction and outcomes. 

As A URBEST Trainee You Will Need To Complete Three Mandatory Activities:

  • Yearly URBEST Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Yearly URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop. URBEST 2020 Retreat and Career Workshop information will be available in June 2020.
  • The Spring IND494 Leadership and Management for Scientists (2-credit) Course