Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)

The BEST Program at Wayne State is funded by
NIH grant #DP7OD018427. The grant PI is:

Ambika Mathur, PhD
Associate Provost and
Dean of the Graduate School

The BEST Program at Wayne State is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assist doctoral trainees in exploring multiple career opportunities, not just those affiliated with university research settings. WSU is one of 17 institutions nationwide to receive a BEST grant. BEST seeks to transform graduate education so that nonacademic careers are viewed as positive outcomes, neither "alternative" nor "second-best."

For more information about the NIH-BEST initiative, see Read more about how Wayne State's BEST Program is helping to transform graduate education in the US: Article in Science Translational Medicine

For more information on the origins of the BEST program see this: The origin and implementation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training programs: an NIH common fund initiative

Our goal is to help prepare doctoral trainees to meet the needs of the 21st century economy in a dynamic and evolving job market, in such areas as business and industry, undergraduate teaching, communication, law, and government. The skill sets associated with these fields will be developed in partnership with local and national employers through mentored field experiences to ensure alignment between the employers' expectations and the skills of our trainees.

Students from the following departments have participated in BEST activities since the program began:

  • Communication
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Translational Neurosciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Political Science
  • English
  • Sociology

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