Bioprofessionals Program

BioProfessionals Program

The IBiS Graduate Program co-sponsors BioProfessionals which includes BioSurvival Skills, BioOpportunities, and Pathway to the Professoriate. Handouts with relevant materials and speaker contact information are provided for each event. Events take place quarterly, on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Pathway to the Professoriate touches on issues important for successful academic careers including lab management, startup package negotiations, and the tenure-track process.

BioSurvival Skills are a series of workshops on topics such as presentation skills, grant and CV writing, and job hunting.

The BioOpportunities program regularly invites alumni and other professionals to talk about the diversity of careers available to the PhD student.

Recent Topics

Pathway to the Professoriate

  • Pathway to the Professorate
  • Milestones for an academic career
  • Finding a postdoctoral fellowship position
  • What's in a startup package?
  • What's in a faculty position job application?
  • At the Bench; preparing for a life in science

BioSurvival Skills

  • How to successfully write a fellowship
  • Networking
  • How to effectively present your data: from abstract to prevention


  • Landing a position outside of academia: non-profit and government careers
  • An introduction to team science
  • Teaching at primarily undergraduate institutions
  • Careers in science policy