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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.

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.

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








2020-21 Events 

Monday, November 9, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00 PM Via Zoom 

Networking and Finding Opportunity in the Modern Age: Covid Edition


Clement Chow, PhD, Department of Human Genetics

Roshni Rao, PhD, Director of PHutures at John Hopkins

Chase Neumann, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Greg Ducker's Lab


Tuesday, February 2, 2021 12:00PM - 1:00PMVia Zoom

Mental Health: How to Deal

As graduate students and trainees, particularly in the science field, we are under extreme amounts of stress constantly for years on end - and that doesn't even include Covid-Era mental health struggles. The CaDeTs committee will be hosting a workshop to help students discuss mental health in these contexts, along with practical tips for moving forward with our careers and in life.

Four psych interns, Sheilagh Fox, Michael Azarani, CJ Park and Luke Huckaby from the University of Utah Counseling Center will provide a guided discussion targeting our demographic specifically on mental health issues and common feelings and concerns, especially those felt within the past year. They will also provide practical techniques/tips to help us manage stress, anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc., during uncertain times as well as when things return to normal.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:00PM - 3:00PM Via Zoom

Project Planning and Follow-through

Join us to hear speakers from different professional backgrounds, describing their idea of project planning and goal setting. The panel members for this session are Minna Roh-Johnson (Assistant Professor, Biochemistry), Kimberely Frizzell (Senior Project Manager PharmaDx at ARUP Laboratories), and Zachary Wilson (Postdoctoral Fellow, Hughes Lab, Dept. of Biochemistry). They will be sharing with us their thought process behind formulating and executing short- and long-term goals.

This will be followed by a Q&A session, so please bring your questions for the panelists.


Monday, March 15, 2021 1:00PM - 2:00PM Via Zoom

Scientific Figure Design

Led by Shraddha Nayak (Postdoctoral fellow) and Grace Hsu (Biomedical Visualization Specialist) from the Iwasa Lab ( It will broadly address figure making strategies and include demo sessions on Illustrator. 

In case you would like to follow along, please make sure you have Adobe Illustrator installed on your device-

If you would like to learn a particular feature in Adobe Illustrator, please fill out this form and we will forward the responses to our speakers:

(Please note that your suggestions could range from “how to make a curly arrow” to “how to make a lipid bilayer”)


Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:00PM - 1:00PM Via Zoom

Science in Government: Science Diplomacy and Advising

Living in a pandemic has shown all of us the importance of science in government. This CaDeTs seminar will focus on learning more about what it is like to be involved in science diplomacy. We have three speakers that will participate in our seminar series. Dr. Dana Carroll received his Ph.D. from UC Berkley in Chemistry. He is a Distinguished Professor in the department of biochemistry, his research focused on genetic engineering and his interests now include the societal implications of genome editing. Dr. Jeffrey Kahn received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Philosophy/Bioethics. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. He explores the intersection of ethics and science policy, such as public health, and ethical issues involving biomedical technologies. Dr. Kahn appeared in the Netflix series "Unnatural selection". Dr. Sydney Chamberlin received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee in Physics. She works as a Climate Policy Associate at the Nature Conservancy (TNC). Her work focuses heavily on policy, but more from the outside looking in. She helps connect the dots between science and policy in California, and helps to drive science-based solutions for climate change.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:00PM - 4:00PM Via Zoom

Internaitonal Opportunities in Science

In today's global economy there are lots of opportunities to work in science outside of your home country. Come find out and discuss the opportunities, benefits, and next steps for students considering an international career move. Trainees of all stages are welcome!


Thank you to all our Speakers and Guests!

Series Organized by the CaDeTs Student Committee



Career Day

Tuesday, October 27, 2020



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 



3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

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 



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


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: 5/17/21