University of Wisconsin–Madison

Professional Development

CMB Professional Development Committee

Professional development activities in CMB are led by a student-run committee that was launched in 2005 and plans and coordinates various professional development activities open to the greater campus community. Recent events have included panels on the biotech industry, teaching, and science outreach, as well as mock interviews and improv for scientists workshops. The committee is currently planning a new professional development seminar series that allow students to explore career options by hearing from and connecting with CMB alumni currently working in a variety of careers. Recently, the committee created a Professional Development Activities Timeline for CMB students. To get involved with the committee, contact the CMB Office.

See the CMB Committees page for more leadership opportunities within CMB.

Photo of Professional Development Committee
Milky Way
Photo from Origins multimedia project, published by CMB alumna Kelly Tyrrell. Photo by Jeff Miller, UW-Madison.

Alumni Career Info for Current Students

The Alumni Directory on the Alumni page lists current positions for CMB alumni. We encourage current students to use this tool to explore potential career paths, and to reach out to alumni working in areas of interest. In addition, students can visit the CMB Office to access additional information about alumni career paths. We encourage students to take advantage of the diverse experiences of the CMB community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Biology Outreach Club (BOC)
Biology Outreach Club is a group of UW-Madison graduate students in the biological sciences who help others experience the excitement and wonder of science. The club provides an informal setting for graduate students to discuss ideas and issues in science with the public. You will have the opportunity to participate in various outreach activities including science nights, after school programs, Science Expeditions, Science Olympiad, Wednesday Night at the lab, PLATO, etc.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Each summer, the CMB Program participates in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Biological SIGNALS program, a 10-week summer science research program for undergraduate minority students from across the country. Undergraduate researchers work with graduate students and postdoc mentors to complete a research project. Opportunity involves direct mentoring of undergraduate students who complete a research project, poster, paper, and final presentation.

 

Bioscience Opportunities (BOPs) Preview Weekend
Bioscience Opportunities Preview Weekend is a program designed to provide underrepresented minority undergraduate students with an introduction to bioscience PhD programs and research opportunities offered at UW-Madison. Participate in the graduate student panel presentation, lunch with BOPS students, dinner, and/or a poster session.

 

PEOPLE Program
The PEOPLE program is a pre-college program for underrepresented minority students that is designed to teach students how to apply, be successfully admitted, and enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mentor a high school students in the biological sciences as part of their summer research experience in a CMB research lab.

Resources & Guides

CMB Alumni Data Tool
To help current and prospective students understand their career opportunities after graduation, a CMB student and member of the Professional Development Committee compiled this resource showing alumni career development at 1, 4, and 7 years post graduation.

Professional Development Activities Timeline
This document was created by the CMB Professional Development Committee to give current CMB students ideas of activities to participate in during different stages of their grad careers.

Guide to Graduate Student Life
A guide created by the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development & Engagement

GradConnections
Created and distributed by the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. GradConnections is distributed weekly to all graduate students on campus via email. Click on the link to access archived issues.

Graduate School Professional Development
This website includes lots of information and resources related to creating a plan for success in graduate school, building skills, and career-related information on topics such as career exploration, applying for jobs, post-doc training and more!

DiscoverPD
An online tool developed by the Graduate School to help grad students be proactive when planning their professional development

ImaginePhD
A career exploration and IDP tool designed by the Graduate Career Consortium

Individual Development Plan
A tool to help graduate students assess current skills, interests, and strengths, make plans to achieve goals, and communicate these plans

myIDP
A career planning tool to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences

Versatile PhD
A resource for exploring non-academic careers

For Future Faculty Series
A compilation of events for graduate students preparing to enter the tenure track

Office of Postdoctoral Studies
Office within the university that provides resources on postdoc positions, career planning workshops and other events

Career Exploration Series
The Office of Postdoctoral Studies keeps a listing of upcoming events, as well as recordings of many past events.

Beyond the Tenure Track
A resource for those pursuing careers outside of academe

Dissertation Writing Camps
Writing camps take place each January and May

Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School
From Phds.org, various graduate school survival guides and resources on succeeding in graduate school

Careers in Science and Engineering

A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond

NASW

National Association of Science Writers website, includes information about “A Field Guide for Science Writers”, a book that was co-edited by UW-Madison professor, Deborah Blum

Ethics in Science
 
From the National Academy of Sciences, the popular book titled “On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research”, topics range from authorship practices to experimental techniques and the treatment of research data

Delta Program
The Delta Program is a research, teaching and learning community for faculty, academic staff, post-docs, and graduate students

Life as a Professor at a Small Liberal Arts College 
Article posted in Molecular Biology of the Cell

The Scientist
Online newsletter

New Scientist/PI Guide
HHMI guide to obtaining a faculty position, navigating university structure, setting up your lab, and crafting a mission, staffing, mentoring, funding, time management

NIH Career Resources
Developing Career Skills, Postdoctoral Scholar’s Associations, Additional Resources

Grad Student to Post Doctoral Fellow Transition 
Handout on the details of preparing to become a postdoc, applying for a postdoc, and tips for once you’ve started in a postdoc. Developed by Ann Miller, PhD. Ann is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Bill Bement’s lab at UW-Madison and is a member of the ASBMB Educational and Professional Development Committee

Employment Opportunities

Available Postdoctoral Positions at UW-Madison
UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies site with links to Postdoctoral positions posted centrally on campus

Postdoc Jobs
Site for job seekers and employers: search hundreds of postdoctoral positions worldwide, including academic, industry and government. Post resume, search postdoctoral fellowships

Minority Postdoc
CMB alumnus Alberto Roca, PhD 1997, is the founder and editor of this resource

Science Jobs
Industry, academic, government, and post doc jobs in a range of disciplines; can search by region and sector

American Society for Cell Biology
ASCB job board, career strategy articles, and general career information

Science Careers
Careers, job postings, meetings, and events

USA Jobs
Official Job Site for U.S. Federal Government Positions

State of Wisconsin Government Jobs

Wisconsin Technology Network
Regional source for news, commentary & analysis for science and technology, including articles about many local biotech firms

BioForward
A member-driven state association that is the voice of Wisconsin’s bioscience industry

Careers in Consulting
Complete list of consulting firms in the US by state