Photos from Careers in Science Outreach Panel

posted Feb 17, 2017, 1:36 PM by Alexandra Weinheimer   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 1:39 PM ]

Photos taken at the Careers in Science Outreach Panel on 02/10/17.





Consulting Internship at Prescient Healthcare, Summer 2017 (Deadline 02/28!)

posted Feb 10, 2017, 11:23 AM by Alexandra Weinheimer   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 1:41 PM ]

For those of you who went to the Pharmaceutical Consulting panel, you may remember that Krithika mentioned that her firm is looking for an intern for this coming summer. If you are interested, see the flyer below for details.

The deadline for application is February 28, 2017!

Photos from Intellectual Property Event

posted Jan 23, 2017, 8:12 AM by Alexandra Weinheimer   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 1:40 PM ]

Photos taken at the Intellectual Property Event on 01/20/17.


Consulting Club

posted Apr 18, 2013, 9:09 AM by Tomasz Bakowski   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 9:15 AM ]

If you're interested in management consulting and what it takes to get involved or do well on hands on case practice interviews, come join us every two weeks to practice case!
The club is sponsored by the Alumni Network of the Fundamentals of Bioscience Industry Program. 

The next one is April 24th at 530 PM in SAC 309!

More information can be found here:
Cases can be found here.

Come prepared by reading up on a least one case of your choice!

If you have any questions, email

Post-Doc Panel’s Post-mortem

posted Jul 13, 2012, 8:42 PM by Ansa Varughese   [ updated Sep 21, 2012, 3:42 PM ]

Graduate and postdoctoral students from Pharmacology to Microbiology and Biomedical Engineering to Health Sciences attended our Post-Doc Panel Event—gaining career insight from a motley group of panelists within government, industry and academia. 


Panelists had their fair share of student life…

Lidia Sobkow did three postdocs in five years before choosing her path in commercialization of innovations for start-up companies.  She recognized that traditional science career wasn’t a good fit for her skills and found that this route engages her in all aspects of developing technology. 

 I know the science language. I’m learning the business language and how business people work in industry. This puts me in the unique spot in between two worlds and allows me to facilitate a realistic dialog beneficial for both parties.” -Sobkow

Suzanne Golisz returned to the lab environment after working as a scientific program administrator for one year.   Her postdoc position at Brookhaven National Laboratory, BNL, is one step on the path to a career in the chemical industry. Golisz also noted that the national laboratory system gives postdocs higher salaries than the academic system.  (BNL is not the only lab of its kind in the U.S. though)

Making the jump from a graduate student to a researcher at a company is a really big jump, and since I was coming from a non-research position I decided it would be important to get back into the lab so that when I do make the next step to an industrial position, I’ll be ready to go.  ” –Golisz

Daniel Farrell relinquished computer programming that analyzed air traffic patterns and returned to academia with the Laufer Center where he found his interest through professors who enjoyed what they did.  

Sometimes you want to plan, be aware.  Don’t let stupid things distract you.  Don’t knock yourself out of the equation and give yourself a chance, get used to knowing and talking to people.” –Farrell


Nadine Dalrymple was always comfortable with academia, and wanted to expand her graduate research from insect viruses to public health, finally pursuing research on the dengue virus and how it leads to hemorrhagic disease.

What attracted me to this was that it was something that was starting out, so it would be my own project.  I just felt I wasn’t as prepared in graduate school and wanted to be in charge and that’s something that I wanted in my postdoctoral experience.” -Dalrymple

Lolahon Kadiri knew she wanted to go into industry and talked to her postdoctoral advisor about any opportunities—where she was subsequently offered a position at a start-up company founded by the adviser. 

At the end of my PhD training, I realized that the area of specialization I mastered during my PhD training was not in high demand in industrial research environment because most pharma companies were interested in biochemical or biomolecular skills. This lack of transferrable skills relevant to industry prompted me to get into academic postdoctoral training. Within a year and a half, I have learned new techniques and collected enough data to submit an article for a publication and moved on” -Kadiri



So, is that decision deadline creeping up on you?

The tip to succeed in academia, government and industry (without really trying) is figuring out the dynamics of the institution you’re applying to:

  •  In academia, you’ll want to look at different postdoc labs and talk to the students, do some background reading on the lab
  • Sobkow says a postdoc will give you a chance to be independent and do what you want to do; it will also give you credibility on your work
  • Farrell recommends giving talks and poster presentations; if you can communicate well it opens up a lot of doors
  • Golisz suggests thinking early about fellowships because you’ll need a research proposal and an adviser 
  • Kadiri advises to do some soul-searching and self-reflection before making any decisions about your career move.  Start with identifying your strength and weaknesses, likes and dislikes and think of the general lifestyle you want in your future. Then get out of the lab and put yourself in novel situations, talk to people outside of your immediate research area, try new activities. This will give you enough opportunities to explore  possible science-related careers beyond lab bench.  Most and foremost know yourself and your priorities, since this will help you to evaluate the opportunities that come along the way and make the best possible decision about your next professional move.
  • For places like the Center for Biotechnology, Sobkow noted that while it’s oriented toward business it’s still set up in the academic environment (best of both worlds)
  • In addition to working at a national lab as a postdoc, all scientists have the opportunity to perform research at the national lab user facilities (e.g., National Synchrotron Light Source), according to Golisz


Tips from recruiters

“Breaking Down the Job Interview”

“Interviewing Skills for Chemical Professionals”

 Source: American Chemical Society


Time for Job Hunting?

New York Academy of Sciences: Career Development

National Science Foundation




If you missed the event, don’t get all worked up.  Keep following our posts—there are more events headed your way.

Best New Organization

posted May 9, 2012, 8:00 PM by SBU GCA   [ updated Oct 10, 2012, 2:00 PM by Vinal Patel ]

Stony Brook University held its annual Student Life Awards for Excellence in Student Leadership and Campus Involvement. It is a celebration of all of the exceptional faculty, students, and organizations that make Stony Brook University great.  

The Stony Brook Graduate Career Association was proud to be nominated and chosen for the Best New Student Organization Award. We are pleased and humbled to receive this award. Pictured at right is our President and founder, Vinal Patel, accepting the award on behalf of the GCA Executive Committee. 

We feel that this organization fills a void within the graduate student community by providing direction and alternatives for career planning beyond doctoral studies. The well over 100 students who have signed up to join us shows the importance of such an organization.

We hope to continually improve and make ourselves worthy of the title bestowed upon us of best new student organization by offering the first of many great career planning events on June 1st. We look forward to sponsoring many more and collaborating closely with like minded organizations both at Brookhaven National Labs and Cold Spring Harbor Labs. Stay tuned.

GCA: The Introduction

posted Apr 7, 2012, 7:04 PM by Ansa Varughese   [ updated Apr 7, 2012, 7:27 PM by SBU GCA ]

Are we still going to keep on weaning on the promises of today’s failed systems?  Systems not equipping us with the guides to find stable alternative careers?

Stony Brook University’s Graduate Career Association, GCA, is mobilizing working professionals and connecting them to you, because today, it’s harder than ever to get the job that matches your degree. 

Over the past decade, the number of graduates earning a master’s degree increased by 49 percent, and you can expect the possibility of getting the job you’re looking for is slimming.  Now, it’s all about how to find the job that matches your skills.

Here’s what you can expect from GCA once you get started:

  • Events like our first Post-Doc Panel Q&A, you can ask post-doctorates from government, industry and academia backgrounds about their experience, and how that can apply to you
  • Networking with professionals and getting mentorship opportunities

This is a two-step investment where you’re getting the chance to market yourself.


Then, there’s your course of action:

  • Find out where you’re the strongest
  • Draw in the employers

What makes you stand out to employers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medical fields?

I read this article from Bloomberg that public policies are wrong for herding students into STEM fields. 

“It misses the complexity and diversity of occupations in a modern economy, forgets the dispersed knowledge of aptitudes, preferences and job requirements that makes labor markets work, and ignores the profound uncertainty about what skills will be valuable not just next year but decades in the future.

How do we resolve this?

Well, the key is to be diverse—having those valuable skills that are useful for the shifting labor market. 

“The most valuable skill anyone can learn in college is how to learn efficiently -- how to figure out what you don’t know and build on what you do know to adapt to new situations and new problems.

So what do you say to joining the GCA?  We are already on a diverse campus, why not go further?

Challenge yourself to stand out, project yourself and find your vocational identities. 

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