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. 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

Timeline of Professional Development Activities
A list of potential professional development activities based on your year in the program, created by the CMB Professional Development Committee

CMB Alumni Data Tool
To help current and prospective students understand their career opportunities after graduation, a CMB student and member of the Professional Development Committee compiled this resource showing alumni career development at 1, 4, and 7 years post graduation.

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

A career exploration and IDP tool designed by the Graduate Career Consortium

Individual Development Plan
A tool to help graduate students assess current skills, interests, and strengths, make plans to achieve goals, and communicate these plans

A career planning tool to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences

Versatile PhD
A resource for exploring non-academic careers

For Future Faculty Series
A compilation of events for graduate students preparing to enter the tenure track

Office of Postdoctoral Studies
Office within the university that provides resources on postdoc positions, career planning workshops and other events

Career Exploration Series
The Office of Postdoctoral Studies keeps a listing of upcoming events, as well as recordings of many past events.

Beyond the Tenure Track
A resource for those pursuing careers outside of academe

Dissertation Writing Camps
Writing camps take place each January and May

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

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