Biology Bootcamp Rebooted
The number of Ph.D. graduates in biological sciences continues to increase, while the number of tenure-track positions available is shrinking. To help biology graduate students think about alternatives, Professor Mohamed Noor and several current grad students successfully revived Noor's 2015 professional development course as "Biology Bootcamp 2.0." For the spring semester of 2017, Biograds Irene Liao, Patrick Green and Kathryn Picard revised the course in light of feedback from the first iteration. They sought a more focussed approach, shortening the course to concentrate on six topics. These included Time Management, Job Applications, and Transferable Skills. The team plans to continue refining the course to include more examples of different types of positions and institutions. We commend all concerned for tackling a significant and under-studied problem.