Career and Professional Development Resources

This page is home for information on events sponsored by BMCDB or other career and professional development events of interest, several of which are co-hosted by BMCDB students or committees. Monthly events are highlighted followed by general resource links.

Seminars and Panel Discussions:

Feb. 29 at 9:30 am: BMCDB will host a presentation by Lyndsey D. Ruiz, PhD, Senior Career Advisor for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Services at the ICC. She will review the many resources for graduate students offered by the ICC. More info including location to come.

    theirSTORY: Thursday, March 7th,  4:00pm-6:00pm, in Walker Hall 1220. The goal of theirStory is to celebrate underrepresented scientists at UC Davis by inviting them to share their stories including their struggles, achievements, and everything in between in the journey of a scientist. The next meeting will feature Drs. Susan Lott (Assoc. Professor, Ecology and Evolution), Betty Ma (DVM, Veterinary Services) and Esther Asamudo (Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Pharmacology). Please RSVP here.

    DEB Friday Seminars (Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology) are open to everyone and are aimed at STEM doctoral students interesting in biotech innovation and careers. The schedule often includes UC Davis alums who will talk about their current positions and career paths. Seminars are every Friday at 11am in 1022 Green Hall (unless otherwise indicated on the schedule). Go to the DEB Friday Seminars page for the full list, including these upcoming seminars:

    Workshops and Trainings

    The Internship and Career Center hosts a number of trainings or resources for topics from writing a resume to interviewing to career exploration, for both academic and non-academic career exploration. For general information, go to https://icc.ucdavis.edu/mpp where there are many links. Most events are now listed via Handshake so be sure to make an account if you haven't already. While we may highlight a few events here, you can sign up for weekly notifications to see all events at the page above- scroll down until you see "Subscribe to ICC Listserve" and then scroll down on that page to the link for "Opportunities and events for graduate students and postdocs". Of interest for March 2024:

    Developing Confidence and Independence   March 12, 2024 | 11:30am-1:00pm - Register for Zoom Here!

        This workshop will share strategies for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop confidence,    as well as ways to receive and ask for different kinds of feedback. We will then discuss what independence looks like for your role and research, as well as in your mentoring relationships.

    Becoming a Mentor    March 21, 2024 | 11:30am-1:00pm - Register for Zoom Here!

      This workshop is for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in developing their skills as mentors. Participants will learn the latest research and practices in mentoring, as well as tools and approaches to strengthen mentoring relationships. This interactive session will include group work and activities to discuss common mentoring scenarios. 

    Visit Graduate Studies for multiple professional development resources, including the Gradpathways Institute for Professional Development https://grad.ucdavis.edu/professional-development

    Career Fairs aren't just for undergraduates! Check out the career fairs offered by UC Davis throughout the year, and their webpage also lists other events, such as the  Graduate Career Consortium PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo  March 6, 2024 

    Professional Societies often have career and professional development resources including workshops. For example the American Society for Cell Biology has many resources on academic, industry and other careers and hosts a yearly workshop about transitioning into biotech. AAAS and other societies have career pages as well, so be sure to check them out.