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Career Development

  CSHL exposes students to a variety of scientific careers, from traditional academic research careers to non-research careers in science writing, education or administration.  Through informal discussions or targeted career development opportunities, students gain valuable experience that will help them refine and prepare for their future careers.

The first-year course Scientific Exposition and Ethics invites a number of professionals to speak about their scientific careers outside of the lab.  Guest lecturers have included authors of popular science books, columnists for major newspapers and magazines, policy advocates, and lawyers for the Innocence Project, among many others.

Students gain teaching experience as part of the Watson School first-year curriculum. Students work with educators at CSHL’s Dolan DNA Learning Center, helping with course development and teaching laboratory classes.


The Career Development Program (CDP) provides students with information about careers in academia, including the job search and transitioning to an independent position.  The CDP hosts workshops on preparing for a chalk talk, an integral part of the academic job search, and “Getting to Know Your Faculty,” a series in which CSHL faculty members share stories of their careers and highlight their philosophies toward identifying interesting scientific questions, lab management, work-life balance, and what it takes to be successful. 

CSHL's extensive Meetings & Courses program, available to all Watson School students at no cost, allows students to hear the latest research in a wide variety of scientific fields and to meet scientists from around the world
.  Watson School students may be invited to attend select Banbury Meetings at CSHL, giving them access to leaders in scientific research, ethics and policy.

The Bioscience Enterprise Club (BEC) provides information for students  interested in non-academic scientific careers through an extensive series of seminars and workshops. The topics cover a wide range of non-academic and non-research careers, from  biotechnology and intellectual property to scientific publishing, non-profit administration, and venture capitalism.  BEC also works with local biotechnology start-up companies to offer on-campus recruiting interviews.