VCU BEST program

The Broadening Experiences for Scientific Training provides doctoral and postdoctoral scientists in the biomedical sciences a career and professional development program. It is ideal for any biomedical science graduate student interested in career paths in industry, however, any VCU graduate student or postdoctoral can participate in any/all components.

The Professional and Personal Development course (GRAD 610) is also open to VCU professional students. Participants will work on their CV, individual development plan, personal mission statements, identifying career paths, and interviewing skills. 

Program TitleDateTimeLocationProgram Description
Grad School Interview Practice
January 26, 2018
3:30-5 p.m.
Richmond Salon III-IV, University Student Commons
Practice engaging with faculty and answering questions about your research and your career interests in a professional manner. This session will prepare students to make the most of their admissions process. Professional dress is not required but strongly encouraged. Recommended for pre-graduate students who are applying for Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 admissions.
Non-Academic Postdocs & Fellowships: 
Panel Discussion
January 26, 2018
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tompkins-McCaw Library 2-010
Listen to industry professionals, Allyson Kennedy with the National Science Foundation, Kimberly Mayes with Eli Lilly, Julie Zinnert with the US Army Corps of Engineers, David Kane with Altria and a representative from the National Scholarship Office, discuss the non-academic opportunities for postdocs to do great work outside academia. Recommended for graduate and post-doc students.
Careers Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: Panel Discussion
February 5, 2018
4-5:30 p.m.
Forum Room, University Student Commons
The VCU Common Book 2017 highlights the issues America faces due to the opiate epidemic. Listen to a distinguished panel share about their careers fighting the opioid epidemic, why they chose this path and how you can get involved.
Recommended for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Gaining Research Experience
February 9, 2018
3:30-5 p.m.
Commons Theater, University Student Commons
Learn the best strategies to gain hands-on experience conducting research. If you are excited to build your resume but are not entirely sure on how to go about getting involved? This session is for you. Recommended for undergraduate students.
MCV Etiquette Happy Hour
February 19, 2018
5-7 p.m.
MCV Alumni House
Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and Graduate and professional Student Programming Board (GSPB)
Learn to navigate happy hour situations professionally, exit and enter conversation courteously and speak candidly about your profession. Recommended for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
The Evolution of a Field
and a Career in Biotechnology by
a VCU Grad 
(1979 – 2018)
February 23, 2018
Noon-1 p.m.
Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1013
Dr. Glenn D. Hoke, Ph.D., has been Chief Scientific Officer of Avant Diagnostics, Inc. since May 12, 2016. He has had a distinguished career in biotechnology, beginning with earning his MS in Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from MCV/VCU. He will share lessons learned from his career.
Surveying Academic Jobs: Panel Discussion
March 16, 2018
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tompkins-McCaw Library 2-010
Come explore the career possibilities in an academic setting. You will meet professionals in teaching, administration, research and hear their perspective on this career path. Recommended for graduate and post-doc students.
Science & Health Career Fair
March 21, 2018
2-5 p.m.
Richmond Salons, University Student Commons
Explore opportunities within the Science & Health industries. Meet with local, regional and national health and science employers to learn about programs, internships, and full-time opportunities. Recommended for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
So I Missed the Deadline, Now What?
March 23, 2018 
3:30-4:30 p.m. 
 TBD 
You had your mind set on going to graduate school, but somehow the deadline passed and your application was not submitted. What happens next? Define next steps you can take to make a move in your career, gain experience and prep your application. 
How to Succeed in Grad School
April 20, 2018 
3:30-5 p.m. 
 TBD 
Celebrate Research Week with VCU Career Services and get your grad school questions answered by a panel of graduate students in a program for 2 or more years. Recommended for pre-graduate students.