Career Planning

A unique feature of ISB is the integration of career development into the curriculum.  Our students are enrolled in the ADAPT Program through the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development.

Training in Writing Grants

As part of the comprehensive exam, students are required to submit a proposal to a PhD supporting program such as the NIH or NSF predoctoral fellowship programs. This requirement provides exposure to real-life competition for grant money and provides training in scientific writing skills. 

Ethics Training

Scientific ethics is an important requirement for a career in science and is usually overlooked in most graduate programs. The required course in Scientific Ethics ensures that students are prepared for making informed decisions when questions of ethics arise.

Career Development Training

In the third year of study, students submit a career development plan, detailing their goals for obtaining future postdoctoral or job training, to their Dissertation Advisory Committee. The Dissertation Advisory Committee will guide the student in identifying, applying for, and securing top postdoctoral positions.

Students are encouraged to participate in numerous career-development workshops offered throughout the year. View additional career development information

Students will be integrated into the career development activities of local, national, and international societies promoting molecular biology. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in conferences and symposia, both local and non-local, to apply for travel fellowships, and to take advantage of young investigator awards, poster awards, and presentation awards that are available to young scientists.

Opportunities for Women Scientists

Women have comprised approximately 50% of students in biological and biomedical science graduate programs for many years; however, the number of tenured female faculty members has remained low. The University of Pittsburgh has demonstrated a clear commitment to increasing the number of women in senior academic positions, and the successful recruitment and development of female scientists at this institution is reflected in the makeup of the ISB faculty. 

Female trainees are encouraged to participate in the Organization of Women in Science (OWIS), which provides students with the opportunity to interact with successful female role models. In addition, the "Survival Skills and Ethics" workshops and career development programs sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development include specific attention to gender specific issues. Interested students are invited to explore the following weblinks:

Student Diversity

ISB actively seeks a diverse student body, and offers a number of relevant activities to ensure success of students in the program including academic support and counseling, peer tutorial services, and guidance in professional networking.