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Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Day

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Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

Career Day is planned by members of the Graduate Student Association of Penn State College of Medicine and overseen by the Office of Graduate Education and Career Services. This daylong, student-organized event showcases a variety of career options and experiences available to graduates with advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences and public health.

The Career Day planning committee invites a wide range of speakers for a number of moderated panels covering various careers including, but not limited to, research, business and industry, education and outreach, public health, science communication, and science policy and law.

This event is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Career Day 2019 Overview

Oct. 18, 2019: Graduate Education Etiquette Dinner Expand answer

6 to 8:30 p.m. (registration at 5:30 p.m.), University Conference Center

The Etiquette Dinner is an interactive and dynamic event featuring a facilitated dining and networking experience. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will have the chance to meet and network with alumni and other professionals while enjoying a formal, three-course meal.

Graduate students and postdocs: The dinner is free, however, a refundable deposit of $20 is required with registration. Attendees will get the deposit back; those who register, but do not attend, will forfeit the deposit.

Career Day panelists and graduate alumni: While the dinner is free to attend, consider sponsoring this important educational event for graduate students and postdocs. For details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Jessica Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at


The following organizations are generous sponsors of the 2019 Graduate Education Etiquette Dinner.

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Oct. 19, 2019: 10th Biennial Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Day Schedule Expand answer

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Penn State College of Medicine

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast and registration and conclude by 4 p.m.

8 a.m.: Registration and breakfast, outside C3621
8:45 a.m.: Opening remarks, Lecture Room A
9 a.m.: Morning panels, session 1, various rooms
10 a.m.: Break
10:15 a.m.: Morning panels, session 2, various rooms
11:15 a.m.: Break
11:30 a.m.: Lunch available in C1845
There will be two opportunities to network with panelists and attendees (session 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and session 2, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.)
1:15 p.m.: Break
1:30 p.m.: Afternoon panels, session 1, various rooms
2:30 p.m.: Break
2:45 p.m.: Afternoon panels, session 2, various rooms
3:45 p.m.: Wrap-up and evaluations

Career Day Co-Chairs Expand answer

Erika Dahl, PhD candidate, Biomedical Sciences:

Angela Snyder, PhD candidate, Neuroscience:

Panel Sessions Expand answer

There will be four career tracks with approximately 14 to 16 panels.

  • Business: Consulting, pharmaceutical administration, medical science liaisons and scientific support, startup companies/entrepreneurship
  • Research: Academic PI and research associates, government administration and research, science/medical administration, research and development
  • Alternative: Scientific policy, teaching intensive, science writing and communication, science education and outreach
  • Public health: Community health and education, health policy, global health, epidemiology/biostatistics
For Graduate Alumni Expand answer

Penn State and Penn State College of Medicine graduate alumni are invited to participate in the Etiquette Dinner, Career Day (as panelists), or both events. Contact the co-chairs for details.

For Corporate Partners and Advanced Degree Professionals Expand answer

If you are employed in life sciences, public health, or a related field and are interested in Career Day, please contact the co-chairs for details.