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Lab Life Beyond the Ivory Tower—ASCB and Keck Offer All-Expenses-Paid Intensive Summer Course for PhDs Pursuing Biotech Careers

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keckStudents at last year's Bioscience
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Is there life after graduate school? For doctoral students and postdocs who've been wondering what their future lab life could be like outside academia, say in the biotech industry, here's a chance to get a taste and some intensive training in a free-to-the-student 12-day MBA-style, case-based course. ASCB and the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), with generous funding from EMD Millipore, have teamed up to offer "Managing Science in the Biotech Industry: An Intensive Course for Students and Postdocs" to 40 postdocs and graduate ASCB members this June in Claremont, CA.

The course will introduce PhD scientists to the competencies they will need to thrive in industry. It will expose them to the culture and infrastructure of life science companies through a business school model of case-based teaching, professional development workshops, and a team-based project. Students will learn to leverage their analytical PhD skills to conduct research in industry.

KGI is a noted provider of professional education for scientists interested in business aspects of the life science industry and has conducted intensive courses similar to this one for the past two years. ASCB member Ira Mellman who is Vice President, Research Oncology, Genentech, is working with Steve Casper, Henry E. Riggs Professor of Management, KGI, to design the 2014 ASCB-KGI course.

The course will be held June 16-27, 2014, on the KGI campus in Claremont. Thanks to EMD Millipore's strong support, the 40 postdocs and graduate students selected will receive free tuition, roundtrip airfare reimbursement, housing in nearby dormitories, and meals.
Advanced international and U.S. graduate students and postdocs must have at least three years of scientific research experience to apply. Applicants must be ASCB members (to become a member join here).

To apply online applicants will need to submit a personal statement (no more than two pages) answering these questions: 1) Why are you interested in working in the life science industry? 2) How do you believe the course will help you make a career transition from academia to the bioscience industry? and 3) What relevant experiences will you bring to the course? In addition, applicants must include a CV and a recommendation letter, all as one PDF.

The application deadline is February 15 and all applicants will be notified by March 15.

Christina Szalinski

Christina is a science writer for the American Society for Cell Biology. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

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