Professional Development

Throughout our program, the transferable skills and global perspective of our trainees are honed through a series of professional development activities. The following opportunities seek to cover the breadth of what it means to be successful professional scientist today. We aspire to develop marketable skills, taking students beyond the traditional technical training paradigm and into a competitive class marked by intellectually flexible and authentic professional confidence.

Each trainee completes at least one off-campus experience with a governmental, business, international  or non-governmental partner. These opportunities provide trainees with skills to translate their research activities on campus to real world problems.

Interest Groups

Students meet on a regular basis for peer discussions on topics of interest. Past meetings have included research chalk-talks and more structured programs (e.g. How to Create an Individual Development Plan).

Science communication training is provided in partnership with the Grady College of Journalism to foster confidence and clarity of message.

Seminar Series

A bi-annual student-run seminar series provides students with the opportunity to select, invite and host a guest speaker.

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