Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities within CMB

CMB Professional Development Committee
Professional development activities in CMB are led by a student-run committee that was launched in 2005 and plans and coordinates various professional development activities open to the greater campus community. Recent events have included panels on the biotech industry, teaching, and science outreach, as well as mock interviews and improv for scientists workshops. The CMB Professional Development Committee also has a Career Machinations Blog. To get involved with the committee, contact the CMB Office.

Other Leadership Opportunities
See the CMB Involvement page for more leadership opportunities within CMB.

Resources & Guides
Guide to Graduate Student Life
A guide created by the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development & Engagement

Created and distributed by the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. GradConnections is distributed weekly to all graduate students on campus via email. Click on the link to access archived issues.

Graduate School's Professional Development
This website includes lots of information and resources related to creating a plan for success in graduate school, building skills, and career-related information on topics such as career exploration, applying for jobs, post-doc training and more!

An online tool developed by the Graduate School to help grad students be proactive when planning their professional development.

Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School
From, various graduate school survival guides and resources on succeeding in graduate school

Careers in Science and Engineering

A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond


National Association of Science Writers website, includes information about "A Field Guide for Science Writers", a book that was co-edited by UW-Madison professor, Deborah Blum...

Ethics in Science
From the National Academy of Sciences, the popular book titled "On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research", topics range from authorship practices to experimental techniques and the treatment of research data...

Delta Program
The Delta Program is a research, teaching and learning community for faculty, academic staff, post-docs, and graduate students...

CALS Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Development

Teaching resources, research resources, classes/workshops...

Life as a Professor at a Small Liberal Arts College
Article posted in Molecular Biology of the Cell