Professional Development

The educational philosophy of the Biological Sciences Ph.D. Program is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for highly talented individuals to develop skills and experience necessary to become research leaders in academic and biotechnology, biomedical, or pharmaceutical industries.

Our program recognizes that graduate students have various career goals and that training and advising requires a broad range of information. Ph.D.'s graduating from our program will have sought after skills and experiences suited to a broad range of career paths - ranging from faculty positions at research universities and teaching colleges through positions in private industry to leadership roles in science communication and policy.

Career Exploration Opportunities

BIOPATH - Professional Pathways in Biological Science

To introduce students to the many professional fields in which they can use their scientific training and to help them learn how to prepare and plan for career paths inside and outside academia, we have been developing a comprehensive BioPath Program, which has the following componsents:

Professional Pathways Fundamentals Course (BGGN 292)

The cornerstone of our program, this 1-unit seminar course (BGGN 292), is designed to connect UCSD graduate students interested in career planning and professional development with experienced science professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The focus is on the biosciences in academia as well as biotechnology, biomedical, and pharmaceutical industries. Professional Pathwasys enables students to learn about career options in academia, science industry, and other allied roles and then create and develop their own personal career action plan. As part of the program, students have opportunities, if desired, to visit and shadow the participating professionals at their own workplace.

Workshops

We offer a series of workshops that take place during the summer and fall quarters. Topics covered in these workshops range from "Choosing and Structuring your PostDoc Experience" and "Writing a Curriculum Vitae" to "Interview and Negotiation Skills".

Biological Sciences Graduate Student Mentor / Alumni Dinner

This once-per-year event is sponsored by our Graduate Student Association and Alumni Relations. The event brings back several alumni from our doctoral program to meet and mentor current students. The event is planned as a dinner and networking event on campus.

Career Services Center

The UCSD Career Services Center assists students in fulfilling their career goals through a variety of services and resources, job listings, on-campus recruiting, reference materials, and career consultants.

Skill Development Opportunities

BioEASI

BioEASI (Bio Education and Art for Science Innovation) is a team of graduate students in the UCSD Division of Biological Sciences. The mission of BioEASI is to facilitate the interaction between scientists and the public through outreach, education and the arts to increase public interest in and support for basic scientific research, and to enhance the communication and creative thinking skills of scientists.

Preparing Future Faculty for Active, Engaged Teaching

The Teaching + Learning Commons’ Center for Engaged Teaching leads the promotion of continuous improvement in high quality teaching, learning, assessment, and research at UC San Diego. Graduate students can participate in the many workshops offered to faculty, instructors, graduate students, and postdocs each quarter.

The Teaching + Learning Commons offers programs specifically for graduate students as well:

Teaching + Learning at the College Level is a quarter-long workshop series aimed at graduate students and postdocs who already have experience as teaching assistants and are interested in making the leap from grading, running discussion sessions, or leading labs to being the instructor-of-record at UC San Diego and beyond.

Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) is a program providing excellent opportunities for graduate students who have advanced to candidacy to obtain mentored teaching experience. The program gives the student opportunities to practice their instructional skills at the university level in progressively more complicated environments, while preparing the materials one needs to develop a competitive teaching portfolio.

UC San Diego Extension

UC San Diego Extension offers a limited number of vouchers every quarter to graduate students for complimentary enrollment in courses they offer. The list of courses is available at the link above.