2020 Dates: July 12-18

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Thinking of a Career in Industry?

Developed in partnership with the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the one-week course will introduce PhD scientists, postdocs, and graduate students to the competencies they need to thrive in industry and will expose them to the culture and infrastructure of life sciences companies through MBA-style case-based teaching, professional development workshops, and a team-based project. Learn about the process through which academic science is commercialized, gain invaluable insight into the way industry views scientific research, learn about careers for scientists in industry, and how to best leverage your skill set!

Program Costs

Registration for the course is $875, which includes tuition, curriculum materials, lunches, snacks, several dinners, and campus housing accommodations. Participants will be responsible for all travel costs to and from Claremont, CA (located in the greater Southern California area). Thanks to generous support from Biogen, partial scholarships will be available ranging from $200-$400, with priority given to those with the greatest need.

Case Studies and Career Pathways

Students will be introduced to industry dynamics within the bioscience industry. Classes will include discussion-oriented lectures and highly interactive MBA-style case studies exploring dilemmas faced by bioscience companies. Participants will break into smaller groups to focus on short problem-solving exercises and work on a team project.

Professional development will be an integral part of the course, with panels of industry guests and speakers sharing in-depth information about industry R&D, career paths, and effective networking strategies.

Who should apply?

International and U.S. applicants are welcome. The course is primarily designed for graduate students with at least two years of scientific research experience, postdocs, and non-tenure-track junior scientists. You do not need to be an ASCB member to apply, but you will need to become an ASCB member if you are accepted into the course.

You Will Need to Submit:

  • A personal statement (no more than one page or 500 words) answering this question: Why do you think industry is a better fit for you than academia, and how can this course help you achieve your desired career path?
  • Your CV
  • A recommendation letter from your advisor or another person of your choosing.

Applicants will be notified in mid-April whether they have been accepted into the course.

For additional information, contact Thea Clarke, Director of Communications and Education, American Society for Cell Biology, 8120 Woodmont Ave, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301.347.9304. Keck Graduate Institute is located at 535 Watson Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.