GMS is dedicated to the professional development, career exploration, and mentorship of our master’s and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral trainees. We aim to meet the diverse needs of our trainees by developing their skills in critical thinking, communication, leadership, bioethics, intellectual property as well as enhancing their professional and career development.
To meet these needs we offer our students, trainees, and fellows workshops and seminars on various topics related to their professional development and career exploration. Our efforts include personalized mentorship, supportive grant writing training, networking opportunities, site visits to local biomedical companies, and internship information. To ensure our programming is informed by market needs and we work closely with industry partners to align our course of study with actual industry demands, ensuring you’re trained for both jobs that are open now and future careers that might not even exist today.
Our goal is to assure that our MS, PhDs, MD/PhDs, and post-doctoral fellows are prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, the public sector, local or federal government, and various other opportunities after BU. Learn more about our professional development programs and job offerings.
Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) Program
As one of only 17 Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) schools chosen by the NIH, Boston University’s BEST Program was developed to enhance biomedical career development curricula for PhD and postdoctoral trainees in a way that explored careers both inside and outside standard academic research. GMS has now institutionalized this support and the Professional and Career Development Office will continue to expand on the successes of the BEST program.
Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs
BU’s Professional Development & Postdoctoral office, or PDPA Office, provides a supportive environment and resources for PhD students and postdoctoral trainees. These professional development opportunities are available to PhD students, postdocs, and their faculty mentors, capturing and reporting postdoc data, and informing BU policy development.
Are you a GMS alumnus/a? Stay in touch! We are building an alumni network to maintain our relationship, allow current students to interact with alumni and to help graduates find each other. So let us know: Where are you now? Where has your degree taken you since your time with us? We’d love to hear from you!