cBCD Weekly Highlights Newsletter

May 6, 2021

Spring cleaning for your resume and CV

No matter the stage in your career, spring is a great time to look back on all you have accomplished in the last year and make sure that your resume and/or academic CV reflect these accomplishments. Check out the resources below for polishing your CV and resume. 


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April 28, 2021

Mentors matter

For graduate students and postdocs, your relationship with your mentors can impact the course of your scientific and professional life. It’s important to take an active role in nurturing and growing these relationships. Learn how to get the most out of your relationship with your mentors, and how to build a network of mentors to support you in your personal and professional development. 


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April 21, 2021

Grow your scientific and professional network

There are many great reasons to intentionally build your scientific network: to develop scientific collaborations, share ideas, and plan the next steps in your research. As you grow your scientific network, you are also growing a professional network that you can tap into for your own career exploration. 


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April 14, 2021

Jumpstart your career exploration

The cBCD’s Weekly Highlights Newsletter returns this week! The newsletter highlights resources, upcoming events, opportunities to grow your skills, and job postings to enhance the career development of GSBS students and postdocs. 


To celebrate the start of Career Pathways Communities, this newsletter’s Resource Highlights focuses on career exploration. Visit our website to learn about the diversity of opportunities to leverage your training for fulfilling scientific careers. Check out this article from Inside Higher Ed, framing career exploration as a set of experiments.


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July 24, 2019

Overcoming failure

As a scientist, setbacks are a part of the job; experiments can go wrong, papers are rejected, and unexpected challenges are frequent. Learning to embrace failure, adapt your approach and overcome these hurdles can boost your resilience and success!


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July 17, 2019

Networking at a conference

Conferences provide great opportunities to share your research, catch up with breakthroughs in your field, network and foster future collaborations. Learn how to prepare and make the most of these career building experiences.


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July 10, 2019

Be your own superhero

Play a starring role in your own career story by envisioning yourself as a superhero with unique scientific strengths and abilities!


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June 27, 2019

The importance of writing

As a PhD student or Postdoc, writing is an important aspect of your work, but it's not always easy. Check out these tips for breaking through "writers block", and other writing challenges.


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June 20, 2019

Interview follow up

So you've just interviewed for your dream job, congratulations! Have you written a thank you note? Learn why strategically following-up can help seal the deal on a good interview, or salvage a not-so-great one.

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June 13, 2019

Take advantage of summer

Warmer weather is here, and summer will soon be upon us! Explore ways you can use this summer to work on your professional development!

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June 5, 2019

LGBTQ Pride Month

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Hear what it's like to be queer in STEM, and learn ways we can support our LGBTQ+ colleagues and work to make science more inclusive for all.

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May 30, 2019

Career in teaching

Interested in a career that involves teaching, but hoping to move beyond the traditional lecture style? Check out these active learning and teaching strategies to better engage students in the classroom.


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May 22, 2019

Poster presentation & networking

Poster presentations offer a fantastic opportunity to present your research and network simultaneously. How do you maximize your impact and engage your audience?


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May 15, 2019

Public speaking & presentation skills

Public speaking and presentation skills are essential for scientists. Learn strategies to engage your next audience by developing a dynamic scientific research presentation!


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May 8, 2019

International job search strategies

In honor of the UMMS International Festival being held this Friday, this week's issue focuses on international job search strategies!

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April 24, 2019


Spring is a great time to clean up your LinkedIn profile. Check out these tips on how to get noticed!


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April 10, 2019

Reflecting on personal skills

Reflecting on your personal skills, interests, and values can be helpful when considering career options and strategizing your professional development.


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April 3, 2019

Creating a support team

Having a group of mentors that can support and guide you through your training and into your career is crucial. Learn how to identify your mentorship needs, and start building your support team!


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March 27, 2019

Career in Science Communication, business, industry and academia

Interested in exploring career options in science communication, business, industry, or academia? This Spring, learn from and network with professionals who represent these roles by applying for Career Pathways Communities!

The deadline to apply for Career Pathways Communities is this Friday, March 29.

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March 20, 2019

Career in Academic & Research Administration

Do you have a passion for higher education and research, but would like a career outside of the lab? Consider and explore roles in Academic & Research Administration!


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March 13, 2019

The Challenges of working families

In this week's issue we recognize the challenges of being both a parent and a scientist, and consider ways we can support and advocate for our colleagues raising families.


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March 6, 2019

Tips for self care

During your PhD or Postdoc it can be easy to get consumed by your work and studies, losing track of your passions and self-identity. Check out these tips for self care, finding balance, and staying motivated.

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February 28, 2019

Diversity & Inclusion in Science

Diversity & inclusiveness in science is important; ensuring equal opportunity for under-represented groups can boost innovation and the quality of research. Learn more and explore career opportunities in D&I.


February 20, 2019

Tips on giving & receiving feedback

Giving and receiving feedback can sometimes be challenging, but is critical to your professional development. Learn how to gain perspective, interpret, and respond to feedback with these tips from the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.

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February 13, 2019

Women in science

This week we recognize the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Feb. 11, to advance the movement towards equal opportunity and gender representation in STEM careers!

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February 6, 2019

Skills on Teamwork

Strong teamwork and team-building skills are highly sought traits for jobs in and out of the academy. But how can you develop these skillsets during your training, and demonstrate that you're a team-player to hiring managers?

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January 30, 2019

The Power of Twitter

The cBCD is celebrating 5 years on Twitter! Explore how your tweets, at just a mere 280 characters each, can be effectively used to communicate science with the public, and other scientists, while further developing your career.

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January 23, 2019

Communication is key

As a scientist, having the ability to effectively communicate your research to an audience, and tell a compelling story, is key! Before your next talk, take time to brush up on your presentation skills and refine your slide design strategies.

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January 16, 2019

Planning & Strategizing in 2019

Happy New Year, 2019! Whether you are setting research and training priorities, or launching your job search, a new year brings a fresh opportunity to plan and strategize!

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December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the cBCD! As you reflect on your achievements this year and set new goals for 2019, remember to also take some time to assess and replenish your personal wellness.

Looking for a job/postdoc/internship in 2019? Check out the exciting featured opportunities!

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December 12, 2018


Yesterday's Career Pathways Celebration brought alumni and other area scientists to campus for an evening of networking and career exploration. Check out these tips to help you prepare for your next networking opportunity.

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December 5, 2018

Getting the most from your connections

Professional societies and associations can provide access to many opportunities and resources. Learn how to select and leverage your associations strategically, to make the most of your memberships.

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November 28, 2018

Inclusion & Diversity at UMMS

Here at UMMS, we strive for an inclusive culture and believe that diversity is key to our institutional excellence. This week, hear from two PhDs, ways in which we can better support and advocate for our LGBTQ+ colleagues.

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November 14, 2018

Science in Politics

In the 2018 midterm elections, more scientists and STEM professionals ran for public office than ever before. Explore the potential impacts on scientific research, education and policy.

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November 7, 2018

Tips & advice to maintain your wellness

On the road to a PhD, hindsight can be 20/20. Learn from those who walked this road before, with advice and tips to help maintain your wellness and productivity!

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October 31, 2018

Tricks for Job Interview

Happy Halloween from the cBCD! This week, learn some tricks to prepare for academic job interviews, by considering the questions that scare you most!

October 24, 2018

Navigating your skills

Want to learn which transferrable skills are most relevant to your chosen career path? Try using your professional network as your career road "GPS", to find out which skills you should develop during your training.

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October 17, 2018

Career Exploration

Even with prior research and planning, a new job may not always feel like the right fit for your personal interests and values. What do you do when your new role is not like you were expecting? Time to pivot, and reboot!

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October 10, 2018

Science Policy

In addition to apples, foliage and cooler weather, Fall is also a time for science policy fellowship deadlines! Hear more about science policy-focused careers and explore opportunities to gain training and experience.


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October 3, 2018

Conflict Management

When disagreements cause tensions to run high in the workplace or lab, how do you find common ground? Learn strategies to mitigate conflict, before it impacts your relationships, wellness, and productivity.

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September 26, 2018

Tips on successful job search

The quest for a new job can be exciting, but can also surprise us with unique challenges. Boost your self-confidence by learning how to adapt to the ups and downs of the job search.

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September 19, 2018

Postdoc Appreciation Week

This week we celebrate the 9th annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Postdocs play integral roles here at UMMS, as scientists, colleagues, and mentors. We appreciate and thank you!

September 12, 2018

Science Education and Outreach

Do you enjoy teaching, and communicating the importance of science to students and non-scientists? Consider a career in science education and outreach!

September 5, 2018

Scholarly Identity

As new UMMS PhD students consider rotation labs, it is a good time for all in academia to consider what they wish to be known for, and work towards developing their scholarly identities.


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August 29, 2018

Back to School

Next week, new incoming graduate students will join the UMMS community! Consider ways in which you can welcome, mentor and support your new peers as they join our campus community.

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August 22, 2018

NIH Fellowships

Learn about the different types of NIH fellowships and how they can benefit your research, training, and career

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August 15, 2018

Academic Job Search

It's academic job search season!
The Academic Career Readiness Assessment (ACRA; developed by UCSF) tool gives insight into what hiring committees look for at different types of institutions. 

  • Seeking a faculty position this year? Use ACRA to help tailor your application materials.
  • Expecting to apply to become faculty in a few years? Use ACRA to consider ways to better prepare yourself for a faculty position.

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August 8, 2018

Acing the Interview

Interviewing for a new job can be exciting and stressful, and it pays to be prepared. Learn ways you can stand out from the crowd, and impress during your next interview.

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August 1, 2018


Having hobbies outside of lab is an important component of wellness, but did you know that your pastimes can help you develop translatable professional skills?

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July 18, 2018

Social Media for Scientists

This summer, learn ways you can utilize social media to broaden your professional network and advance your scientific career.

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June 20, 2018

Transferrable Skills

In addition to your research, summer is a good time to work on your professional development. Learn what translatable skills employers are seeking, and ways you can enhance your own skillsets.

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June 6, 2018

BIO Convention

The BIO International Convention is taking place in Boston this week, connecting biotechnology leaders from across the globe. Local news media are highlighting Massachusetts as a hub for biotechnology.


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May 30, 2018

NAS Reports

The National Academies of Sciences recently released two reports highlighting career development as critical for graduate and postdoctoral education.

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May 23, 2018

Postdoctoral Training

Unsure if further training is needed for your career of interest? Explore the types of postdoc training opportunities available, and consider questions you can ask to guide your decision.

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May 16, 2018


Being smart can help get you accepted into graduate school, but it takes determination and resilience to overcome the many challenges along the road to completing your degree.

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May 10, 2018

Career in Research in Industry

This week, the Career Pathways Community, Research in Industry held its first meeting. Explore career opportunities in industry, and learn strategies to succeed in your job search.

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May 2, 2018


This week, learn the importance of professional networking and how it can launch and advance your career.

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April 25, 2018

Presentation Skills

Preparing to present your research at a conference can be stressful. Boost your confidence by brushing up on your presentation skills.

April 11, 2018

The Business of Science

Interested in the business of science? Explore careers in business & commercial development.

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March 28, 2018

Building your network

Networking is one key aspect of career success. Explore ways to build your network, and learn how to use it effectively to land your dream job.

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March 21, 2018

Career in Science Communication & Publishing

Do you enjoy writing, reviewing, and talking about science with others?  Consider a career in science communication & publishing.

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March 14, 2018

Career in Academic Administration

Interested in teaching, curriculum development, or leadership? Consider career options in academic administration.

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