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.

Students meet for peer discussions on topics of interest, agreed upon and led by the students themselves.

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

Self-guided workshops help transition students to independence in working with infectious disease data