BEST Workshops

VCU BEST (Broadening Experience in Scientific Training) is a series of workshops focusing on connecting undergraduate, graduate, and postdocs in the STEM-H field with career opportunities both inside and outside of academia. 

 

Fall 2018 Schedule 

Gaining Research Experience
Friday, September 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Commons Theater, University Student Commons
Want to gain hands-on experience in research, but unsure on how to get involved or what undergraduate research looks like?
Come hear Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of Undergraduate Research for Biology discuss best practices on gaining and
acquiring research experience here at VCU and beyond. All students are welcomed.

Get R.E.A.L. Experience
Friday, September 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Commons Theater, University Student Commons
VCU’s Relevant Experiential and Applied Learning (R.E.A.L.) initiative provides students with impactful, career-building
experiences through academically-anchored activities such as Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad, Internships, and
Service Learning. These opportunities are available and encouraged no matter your major or your career path. Learn how
this initiative can enhance your REAL experience in your time at VCU. All students are welcomed to attend.

“So, tell me about yourself.” Highlight Your Science & Skills
Friday, September 21, 3:30 – 5 p.m. – Space is limited. Registration is required. All event registrations are completed in Handshake.
Richmond Salons I & II, University Student Commons
“So, tell me about yourself.” Did your palms just get sweaty? Us too. Whether you have an elevator speech ready to go or are
just starting to figure out your story, come practice with VCU faculty and potential employers to learn how to effectively sell
yourself, your skills, and how to translate your science. Having an elevator speech ready is important, as you never know who
you will bump into.

Science Graduate School: Personal Statement
Friday, September 28, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Richmond Salons I & II, University Student Commons
Interested in pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. in your particular field of study, but are unsure of how to craft and write your
personal statement? Learn how to make your personal statement stand out, land an interview, and move towards the next
step in your academic career. All students are welcomed, and juniors and seniors interested in graduate school are strongly
encouraged to attend.

Science Alumni Panel
Friday, October 5, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Richmond Salons IV, University Student Commons
Interested in what life is like after walking across the stage and into the world of work? For those graduating from a science
discipline, life after graduation can take many different paths. Hear from a panel of VCU science alumni and learn how to best
navigate and build a professional network after graduation.

Science Graduate School: Interview Prep
Wednesday, November 28, 3:30 – 5 p.m. – Space is limited. Registration is required. All event registrations are completed in Handshake.
Richmond Salons IV, University Student Commons
This workshop will prepare students interested in Masters or Ph.D. programs on how to effectively interview for graduate
schools in the sciences. Practice engaging with faculty and campus partners to learn how to answer questions about your
research and your career interests in a professional manner. Professional dress is not required but strongly encouraged.
Juniors and seniors interested in graduate school are strongly encouraged to attend.

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