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Career Resources


University of Utah Career Services provides many resources for the job search and career planning.  Check out their online resources, including free access to CareerShift, an online service helping you find networking opportunities.

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Science magazine’s “Individual Development Plan” is a free service aimed at helping scientists in career planning. Questionnaires about your skills, interests, and values will match you to careers options and provide links and resources for each career.

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Another Science magazine resource with articles on a variety of different science career paths and current science career trends.




Career Development Training Series (CaDeTs)








2021-22 CaDeTS

You have conquered your experiments, mastered techniques, and crushed your data analysis… now it’s time to tell your story to the world!  It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the idea of sharing complex scientific ideas with an audience. Add to that the anxiety many people experience when they have to speak publicly, and it’s no wonder that so many people dread presenting their research in class, at conferences, or even in casual settings. Drawing on theatre practices, this introductory talk offers several practical techniques that will help anyone improve their presentation skills and their ability to communicate science in a variety of settings. No acting required!

About our Guest Speaker:

Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she teaches new play development, dramaturgy, theatre history, theory, and criticism, and dramatic literature.

Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell’s current research focuses on the application of theatre techniques in non-traditional places, like healthcare settings and STEM education. She is Principle Investigator, with Dr. Gretchen A. Case, on a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a rehearsal framework to improve the interpersonal communication skills of medical learners. This study is funded by a Research Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell regularly collaborates with multidisciplinary teams at the NIH-funded Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) to leverage the arts—particularly theatre and storytelling—in the creation of health education and support materials for women and families. Previously, she worked with a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Nalini Nadkarni and funded through the National Science Foundation to explore using theatre, narrative, and ecological restoration as tools to shift the way people see themselves in relation to science, technology, engineering, and math. Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell recently published a title in Emerald Insight’s Arts for Health Series: Theatre (2021).

Before her turn to applied theatre, she served as a dramaturg on more than 20 professional productions in the United States. Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell earned a PhD in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism from the University of Washington’s School of Drama in 2004, and received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Minnesota.

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Thank you to all our Speakers and Guests!
Series Organized by the CaDeTS Student Committee

Annual Career Day





Learn about the variety of careers open to PhDs and get career advice from leaders in academic, industry, communication, and other fields

Career Day


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Full Listing of the 2020 Speakers & Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Life After a PhD: 5 Lessons Learned While Designing my Career
Dr. Roshni Rao
Director, PHutures Professional and Career Development Office
Johns Hopkins University
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Non-Academic Panel Discussion
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Non-Academic Breakout Sessions: 

Finding an Industry Job: Resumes & Networking
Mike Howell
Sr. Recruiter, Myriad
Careers in Industry
Seth McDonald
Senior Scientist Protein Engineering, Illumina
What can you do as a consultant?
Henok Eyob
Boston Consulting Group
Careers at Biofire
Angel Castillo
Talent Sourcing & Engagement Specialist, Biofire
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Academic Panel Discussion
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Academic Breakout Sessions: 

Exploring the Academic Lab/Project Manager Role
Colleen Stone
Staff Research Associate
Rogawski Lab
University of California, Davis
Preparing your Application for an Academic Tenure-Track Position
Dr. Benjamin Arenkiel
Associate Professor, Depts. of Mol & Human Genetics and Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine
Science Education
Randy Booth
Salt Lake Community College 
Advice from an Assistant Professor
Minna Roh-Johnson
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
University of Utah 


Career Resource Library

The Program Office has a collection of Career Resource books available to check out.  Email to check for availability.

Books about careers in academia:

Bloomfield, Victor A., and Esam E. El-Fakahany. The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science: A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2008. Print.

Feibelman, Peter J. A Ph. D. Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993. Print.

Reis, Richard M. Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering. New York: IEEE, 1997. Print.

Books about non-academia careers:

Kreeger, Karen Young. Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis, 1999. Print.

Robbins-Roth, Cynthia. Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower. San Diego: Academic, 1998. Print.

Sindermann, Carl J., and Thomas K. Sawyer. The Scientist as Consultant: Building New Career Opportunities. New York: Plenum, 1997. Print.

Books about career planning and professional development:

Fiske, Peter S., and Peter S. Fiske. Put Your Science to Work: The Take-charge Career Guide for Scientists. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union, 2001. Print.

Rosen, Stephen, and Celia Paul. Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals. San Diego: Academic, 1998. Print.


Last Updated: 9/10/21