Biological Sciences Career Initiative

Ph.D. Program
Current Students

The Biological Sciences Career Initiative (BSCI) is a group run by graduate students for graduate students. It aims to provide career resources for Biological Sciences PhD students interested in diverse fields, as well as to foster a strong alumni network. BSCI was founded by 2 students, Jennifer D’Arcangelo and Chinweike Okegbe, in 2014. With the support of the Biological Sciences department, it has successfully hosted career panels, info sessions, and networking events to better prepare students for a diverse array of careers after graduation. Upcoming Events


Career Resources

    Academia
    Consulting
    Teaching
 

Self-Exploration

 

Career Exploration

General

  • WetFeet has great introductions to industries including consulting, pharmaceuticals, and non-profits. It also has some useful resources for consulting especially. The resources are free for Columbia students, but you need to sign in with your UNI through the CCE website to download them: WetFeet portal
  • Vault is another website that gives very broad overviews of different industries. Access Vault for free from the CCE website here.

 

Specific career paths, listed alphabetically:

Academia

Learn about the career path:

Apply:

  • Job postings on Nature: here

 

Biotech & Pharma

Learn about the career path:

  • From the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists: here
  • From the PhD Career Guide: here

 

Consulting

Learn about the career path:

  • From ManagementConsulted.com: here
  • From Oystir (also includes advice about how to break into consulting): here

Get experience:

Prepare to apply:

 

Data Science

Learn about the career path:

  • From Springboard.com: here
  • From Lifehacker.com: here

Get experience:

 

Medical Communication

Learn about the career path:

  • From American Medical Writers Association: here
  • From Nature: here

 

Medical Science Liason

Learn about the career path:

 

Nonprofit & Foundation work

Learn about the career path:

 

Patent Law & Technology Transfer

Learn more about the career path:

  • From Science Magazine: here
  • From the PhD Career Guide: here
  • From Rutgers iJOBS: here 

Get experience:

 

Science Journalism

Learn about the career path:

  • From Council for the Advancement of Science Writing: here
  • From Nature: here

Get experience:

 

Science Outreach

Get experience:

 

Science Policy

Learn about the career path:

Get experience:

 

Teaching

Get experience:

 

Applying to jobs

 

Have a resource you want to share? Let us know!

 

Fellowship Opportunities

International Students:

US Citizens:

 

 
Career Panels:

Panel structure: guided Q&A followed by an informal networking session 

Pizza and beer will be served

        Business/Consulting
             When: Thursday, October 5th, 6:30-8:30pm
             Where: 700 Fairchild
             Panelists: Andy Washkowitz, '13 Papaioannou lab; Analyst, Venbio
                               Jenn Stahmer, '15 Miller lab; Senior Associate, Charles River Associates
 
       Data Science/Computational
             When: Thursday, October 12th, 5:30-7pm
             Where: 700 Fairchild
             Panelists: El-ad David Amir, '13 Pe'er lab; Data Science and Computational Biology Consultant, El-ad David Amir LLC;
                                                                                 Senior Data Scientist, Keywee
                               Jie Zhou, '16 Vallee lab; Data Scientist/Actuarial Analyst, AIG
 
        Academia
             When: Thursday, October 26th, 6-8pm
             Where: 700 Fairchild
             Panelists: TBA
 
        Biotech/Pharma
        Diverse
        Writing
 
 
 
Fall Semester
Career Panels:
        Data Science/Computational
        Business
        Academia
        Biotech/Pharma
        Diverse
        Writing
 
Spring Semester
Workshops:
        LinkedIn
        CV & Resume
        Cover letter
"How to get a postdoc" Info Session
Biological Sciences Alumni Reception
 

Board Members

 

Current:

Yinglu Zhang, Tong lab, President

Lyudmila Kovalchuke, Lloyd Greene lab

Lisa Kahl, Dietrich lab

Noopur Khobrekar, Vallee lab

Jessica Chan, Greenwald lab

James Martin, Palmer lab

Former:

Nicole Benvin, Yang lab

Soyeon Park, Lloyd Greene lab

Niyo Kato, Gautier lab

Danyi Wu, Prives lab

Yuting Deng, Greenwald lab

Chinweike Okegbe, Dietrich lab (founder)

Jennifer Stahmer (nee D’Arcangelo), Miller lab (founder)

 

Contact Us

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Business Office

Department of Biological Sciences
500 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2401
Columbia University
1212 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Academic Office

Department of Biological Sciences
600 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2402
Columbia University
1212 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
biology@columbia.edu
212 854-4581