According to the report of the NIH Workforce in June 2012, just 26% of PhDs in biomedical research move into tenured and tenure-track positions in academia. However, the training of biomedical science graduate students is often still exclusively designed for academic employment.

In 2013, the NIH selected 10 universities nationwide (out of more than 100 applicants) for the BESST award with the task to include career development opportunities in biomedical science training that will increase the preparedness and employability of bioscience PhDs in the non-academic workforce. The Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus is proud to be one of the ten 2013 BESST awardees.

With the leadership of the BESST Program Principal Investigator, Dr. Inge Wefes, and in collaboration and with the support of the trainees' mentors, it is our goal is to broaden experiences in scientific training for our PhD students and postdocs. To this end, we offer career seminars, workshops, boot camps, courses, internships and engagements with our bioscience advisors and successful alumni/ae.

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