Survey Says: Faculty approve of graduate students attending career development events

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When institutions in the BEST consortium began their programming, they were concerned that the faculty would resist – wanting trainees to be in the lab and not at career development events. However, a recent publication shows that faculty support these events and agree that their trainees need to prepare for a wide range of careers.

The publication, Faculty perceptions and knowledge of career development of trainees in biomedical science: What do we (think we)know?, was a collaboration between seven of the BEST institution. Each institution sent a faculty survey to determine faculty attitudes about exposing trainees to professional and career development opportunities. Faculty reported that they are aware of the need for these kinds of activities and that the institution should offer this type of training. In addition, the faculty do, in fact, support their trainees participating in these events.

Watts SW, Chatterjee D, Rojewski JW, Shoshkes Reiss C, Baas T, et al. (2019) Faculty perceptions and knowledge of career development of trainees in biomedical science: What do we (think we) know?. PLOS ONE 14(1): e0210189. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210189

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