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Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, assistant dean of professional career development for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

        Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, assistant dean of professional career development for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Briefly explain your role and how it supports the overall institution.
I direct the Center for Biomedical Career Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. We develop educational programs and resources to support the preparation of UMMS students and postdoctoral scholars for careers across the biomedical research enterprise.

What part of your job brings you the greatest satisfaction?
It is immensely rewarding to feel that through my job I can help to empower the next generation of scientists. I teach them critical skills for success, such as how to communicate about their science, be effective leaders and plan strategically for their career. With National Institutes of Health funding, we are rigorously testing the impact of our curricula so that we can identify and share best practices with other universities. I am also honored to contribute to a number of national initiatives aiming to enhance the career development of PhD scientists nationwide.

What do you like about working at UMMS?
It is exciting to be at a research university that values innovation not only in biomedical research, but also in the education of our trainees. Scientists are needed in roles outside of academia, from developing new therapeutics in industry, to teaching science, to forming national science policy. I appreciate that UMMS supports our center in creating career development training, just one of the recent innovations within our graduate school curriculum.