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myHub URBEST Program Overview

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The myHub URBEST program seeks to better prepare graduate students and postdoctoral trainees for both academic and non-academic careers. It provides instruction in leadership and professionalism, access to training pathways for careers outside of academic research, and new opportunities for experiential learning through internships and externships.

The myHub URBEST Program was one of seventeen programs funded by the NIH between 2015-2020 to experiment with methods to Broaden Experiences in Scientific Training for early career scientists and prepare them for a variety of career options in the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape. University of Rochester has committed to continuing this important initiative and provided funding for continued program and experiential learning opportunities for School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) graduate students and postdocs.  The myHub 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 in all careers.

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Some Basics for Understanding the Program:

  • Enrollment is open to all SMD health science and biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates.
  • Complete a yearly myHub URBEST Individual Development Plan (IDP) with career and professional goals.
  • You do not need to be interested in an internship or job shadowing experience to participate in activities. If you would like to participate in an internship or job shadowing experience, you must enroll as a URBEST trainee and complete the myHub Career Exploration Modules
  • SMD participants have access to apply for myHub URBEST internships and funding for internships. Participants are required to develop and complete a myHub URBEST Personalized Program Plan that outlines their goals and strategies to preparing and completing an internship or experiential learning opportunity. The myHub team will assist you with accomplishing this. Schedule an appointment with Career Services.

 Personalized Program Plan

Trainees are welcome to join the program at any time by completing the myHub URBEST application. If you have any questions, please reach out to .

The myHub 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 myHub URBEST Career Stories, career workshops, the full-day myHub URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop held each Fall Semester, Spring IND439 Leadership and Management for Scientists (1-credit) course, half and full day certificate programs, and employer and career spotlights. Find the current list of events on the myHub Calendar. You are welcome to attend activities even if you are not officially enrolled.