Gain hands-on experience and meet employers and alumni at Career Advancement professional development events and competitions. Programs in the 2021-2022 academic year include:
- Biological Sciences & Healthcare Innovation Challenge (Fall/Winter Quarters): This team competition focuses on assessing and providing the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically focusing on drug development and distribution, and recommending improvements (be they systemic, biotechnological, policy, etc.) to better prepare for subsequent health crises.
- Biology Explorers (Winter 2022): Launch your exploration of biology career pathways in an interactive 5 week-long series of workshops and talks with innovative industry experts, leading researchers, and faculty. Express your interest in joining this curated set of experiences today here!
- Engineering Career Forum (Fall 2021): The Engineering Career Forum focused on immunoengineering, bioengineering, and other interdisciplinary engineering themes connecting students with employer including IsoPlexis, LanzaTech, Abbott, Twist Bioscience, Genentech, and BillionToOne.
- Climate Career Conference (Winter 2022): Learn about career pathways focusing on climate change, network with alumni, and hear from speakers in this half-day event!
- Biological Sciences Careers Pathways Spotlight (through the year): Learn about Biological Sciences career pathways through workshops, keynote talks, and panels with employers and graduate programs from across the globe.
- Sustainability Innovation Challenge (Spring 2022): Partner up with fellow students to explore a social enterprise idea that tackles carbon emissions.
Career “treks” are experiences that give students the opportunity to meet multiple employers in their field of interest from a specific city or region. Past treks have showcased biology career paths in Boston, North Carolina, and San Francisco. Trek participants visited companies including Biogen, Impossible Foods, as well as graduate programs. Treks take place during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Visit the upcoming treks page to stay up to date on future treks!
The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program provides 4,000 paid substantive internships to students each year across a variety of career fields. Students studying biology can intern and work with leading industry experts at the forefront of biological research and innovation as biotech companies, government agencies, “green” organizations, and pharmaceutical firms.
For example, University of Chicago students have had opportunities to work with a number of organizations in these exciting fields, such as: 3TBiosciences, Cascade Forest Conservancy, the Center for Disease Control, Heat Biologics, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Additionally, the University of Chicago is closely affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, which offers multiple educational, research, and career opportunities for students interested in biology and environmental science including an annual summer internship program. Learn more about these programs here.
Finally, for students interested in exploring the sustainability and conservation sectors, the UChicago Conservation Corps and the Global Water Innovation Cohort are cohort-based professional development programs. They support students from a variety of backgrounds who have secured internship opportunities in the areas of sustainability, clean energy, water engineering, environmental policy, and environmental conservation and rehabilitation across the country. To learn more about these programs, please contact Will Lutterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORT THE PROGRAM
Biological Sciences Career Pathways could not succeed without the support of alumni and experienced professionals. If you are an employer or practitioner in a biology-oriented field, please consider getting involved in our career treks, participating in our signature events, hosting an intern, and donating to the program. If you are interested in any of these options or have ideas of your own, please contact Tara Ford at email@example.com.